Externally there’s little difference between this and the PHEV or the top of the range Aspire; the different style of the alloy wheels is a clear indicator plus some chrome highlights not found on the LS and all models have colour coded mirrors and fog lamps at the front but the Aspire does get a sunroof. Internally the LS gets cloth seating trim, non electric seats, a key ignition whilst all models across the range have a reversing camera, Mitsubishi’s ECO score display (a measure of Economical driving) and a suite of airbags. There’s a difference in trim on the dash, being somewhat more restrained in the plastics, The LS gets privacy glass on the rear windows (the entry level ES misses out) and dips out on both heated seats and the HID headlights higher up the ladder. Dual zone climate control airconditioning, satnav touchscreen, rear seat heater ducts are common across the range and the LS can be specced with a bigger (2.4L vs 2.0L) petrol engine alongside the seven seat option.
There’s plenty of interior room and if you don’t go the seven seat option (or fold them down if you do) there’s anywhere between 463 to 888 litres of cargo space, handy for shopping/family stuff and so on.
The LS comes standard with Mitsubishi’s venerable 2.0L petrol engine with 110kW and 190 Newton metres of torque (6000/4200 revs), has a towing capacity of 1600kg (Aspire diesel has 2000kg), runs a CVT (constant variable transmission) gearbox with preprogrammed six speed shift points (Aspire has a traditional automatic with six speeds, both cars with paddle shifts) and has a slightly higher overall fuel consumption figure (rated at 6.6L vs 6.2L per 100 km).
Ride quality is a touch tighter on the LS with the same size and profile tyres (225/55/18) found across the range with the presumption that spring and damper rates are somewhat softer underneath the LS. Turn in, feedback, overall quality is fine except for the short throw of travel on the front suspension over certain larger speedbumps. Under acceleration the LS is somewhat thrashy from the bonnet region with a noticeable amount of noise from the CVT and using the paddle shift makes for more human interaction rather than any major difference in driving.
At the time of writing (mid June, 2014) Mitsubishi has some driveaway pricing on the Outlander range, with the LS five seater and 2.0L petrol at a tick under $35K. The diesel Aspire is not far off $50K whilst the Aspire PHEV is $55K. Taking into consideration the amount of kit provided with the LS, if you’re not into the need for leather heated seats or a sunroof then it’s a screamingly good bargain and weighs up well against opposition such as the Captiva, Kuga or X-Trail.
For details go here: http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com.au/vehicles/outlander/range and for pricing options https://www.bidmycar.com.au/special-offer/?utm_source=AWT&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=AWT-lead or www.privatefleet.com.au