SUV-based with plug-in hybrid PHEV option
- Car-like to drive
- Cheap to run
- Off-road capability
- Body roll when unladen
- Load space retains car fixtures
- Cheap interior feel
This is the Mitsubishi Outlander Commercial 4Work – it’s a commercial vehicle version of the regular Outlander passenger car, and the main modifications carried out include the removal of the rear seats and the blanking of the rear windows.
Because of the close relationship with the conventional car, don’t expect the 4Work to drive any different. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since the 2.2-litre engine is surprisingly economical and the four-wheel drive system provides excellent grip, even when venturing onto softer off-road conditions.
Unfortunately, the interior doesn’t quite feel as premium as we’d like, and the woolly suspension means it rolls around a lot when unladen.
It’s a decent proposition for those looking for a low-cost van with car-like dimensions, running costs and driving characteristics.
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Since it’s based heavily on the passenger version of the Outlander, the 4Work is fairly accomplished on the road.
There is a ton of grip on offer and the four-wheel drive system will keep on gripping in adverse conditions or if you venture onto light off-road surfaces. There’s a locking function available if things really get tough, but for normal driving we’d leave it in Eco mode for best fuel economy.
Expect just one engine and gearbox combination on offer here – a 2.2-litre diesel with 145hp and 380Nm of torque fitted to a six-speed manual ‘box. This means a sprint from 0-62mph in 10.2 seconds when unladen.
When driving you get the sense this is a strong engine, which really instils a confidence in the car. Less concerting is the lean through corners, though, especially when unladen. This trades off with a comfortable ride, but loading the car up certainly would help keep things more stable.
The no-nonsense interior is largely lifted from the passenger version of the Outlander, but in an effort to keep costs down it gets slightly less kit too.
You get a CD player with six speakers, a USB jack, iPod and MP3 connectivity. The comfortable front seats are fabric, while the plastics used for much of the dash feel hard-wearing if not particularly high quality.
The controls are well laid-out, however, and we found their chunky nature made them easy to use.
There are some nice touches to report, including air conditioning and heated, electronically adjustable wing mirrors.
With just one engine available, running costs are a fairly simple matter. The 2.2-litre diesel engine returns a claimed 53.3mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle.
Service intervals are every 9,000 miles or 12 months (whichever is soonest), while you get a three-year, 100,000-mile warranty too.
We wouldn’t have thought you need to worry too much about reliability with the Mitsubishi Outlander 4Work. The firm has a good record of building strongly built cars with no record of major recalls to speak of.
There’s a fair bit of safety and security kit installed on the Outlander 4Work. You get a cat 1 alarm and immobiliser along with keyless entry to keep things secure.
Safety kit includes hill-start assist, ABS, electronic traction and stability control, five airbags, an adjustable speed limiter and a tyre inflation kit.
Of course, you also get the same four-wheel drive system as other Outlanders, which means you’ll never be left wanting for traction on the road and you’ll be able to drive in a lot off-road situations too.