This weeks rental was slightly more obscure and was almost 600 miles of driving in one of Japan’s lesser known offerings- the Mitsubishi Outlander. The car itself was one I had briefly considered as a purchase, until I saw that it only comes with a CVT. I’m not a fan of lots of revving and no motion, and this proved to be the case. As a 7 seater, the front 5 are decent enough, but the rear two wouldn’t be comfortable for anyone taller than Frodo and Samwise. There was no leg room and the boot was tiny, I couldn’t even stand up my laptop bag and close it. Driving it was interesting as the steering felt very twitchy. It had plenty of fg for a middle of the road model, and had switchable 4wd.
It did the job for the 3 days I had it, and was a welcome change to the Nissans they all seem to have now.
Not sure what I’ll get the next time. I am enjoying the variety of cars I’m getting to drive so might look for a different style- saloon/compact/sports/non Nissan.
The Q5 I had 2 weeks ago was a much nicer car to be in and was better for not trying to squeeze 7 seats into a 5 seat body. While they aren’t direct competitors, the Audi betters the Outlander in every aspect except maybe price.
Glad I got the opportunity to try it out, glad I’d decided not to buy one too.
Not so lesser known over here Rodge. Mitsubishi released the PHEV version just as company car tax rules made plug in hybrids cost their drivers less than half the tax that the equivalent diesel car would at a time when all other SUVs on the market were still primarily powered by diesel engines. As a result they've sold loads of them to fleets (many of whom have sent them back after three years with the charger cable still in its original packaging).