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Mitsi’s family seven-seater

A genuine seven-seater with a strong safety package and a high level of technology, Mitsubishi has a quality family vehicle in its Outlander SUV.

The seating configuration gives an owner the option of a seven-seater people mover or a vehicle with a massive boot when the third row of seats is folded away.

The second row is also versatile as it can be moved to allow for leg room where it is needed, back from the front seat or forward to improve the comfort of the two third row passengers.

Also extremely versatile is the offering of four-wheel-drive which is easily engaged with a button. When not in four- wheel-drive, the vehicle engages between all-wheel-drive and two-wheel-drive, depending on the road conditions.

The LS 4WD has a 2.4 litre petrol engine with 112kW of power at 6000 rpm and 193Nm of torque at 4200 rpm. The transmission is a six-speed CVT automatic. Fuel efficiency is 7.2 litres/100km. There is sports mode for increased power.

It has 18-inch alloy wheels, a full-size alloy spare, dual zone air conditioning and an electric park brake.

The Outlander range includes the more highly-spec’d XLS, and VRX, as well as a 4WD diesel model.

Mitsubishi is well aware of the importance of safety, particularly to families.

All Outlanders have traction and stability control, while the VRX and XLS include advanced safety systems, adaptive cruise control and forward collision mitigation. A five-star safety rating is standard for Outlanders.

Keyless entry, an electric park brake, daytime running LEDs, and a push-button start also show up on the list of features. State of the art technology and high-level connectivity is standard for the Outlander.

They all feature the smartphone link display audio system that allows the driver to simply plug in an iPhone or Android to play music, send messages, make phone calls and use maps, all from the phone. The system is voice-activated and your apps are displayed on the large touch screen in the centre of the dash.

The driver has control of the Outlander’s audio system, Bluetooth and cruise control from the leather steering wheel. All models feature a high-power six-speaker sound system.

A top-class suspension and excellent sound proofing, as well as comfortable seating, make the Outlander a dream to drive and a perfect vehicle for long trips.

While it is billed as the ultimate family vehicle, the Outlander is going to appeal to a lot of other buyers who seek comfort, safety and styling at a reasonable price. The LS sells for $37,500, with Mitsubishi’s 10-year warranty plan.