Mitsubishi Outlander 2022 review: Exceed long-term – Family SUV practicality hits home

You know you’re living with a car properly when a spider takes up residence in your wing mirror. No matter how many times you wipe away the cobwebs they return again a few days later. That probably also means our long-term Outlander is due for a good bath. After all, it’s been another month of Berry family punishment.

Part 3: April 2022

Yep, three months in the Outlander Exceeded and life after the birth of our baby girl, moving house and renovations has settled down from a sleep-deprived rollercoaster ride to normality. Almost.

This month we’ve driven 718km which isn’t a huge number of kilometers but that’s because our bub’s still new and we’ve kept our travel with her fairly close to home.

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There's also plenty of room for the pram and the shopping.  (image: Richard Berry) There’s also plenty of room for the pram and the shopping. (image: Richard Berry)

Still, there’s been all the usual day-to-day hoops to jump through such as the school runs, supermarket trips, doctor appointments, Ikea excursions and a descent into hell, otherwise to the Royal Easter Show.

There’s a lot to like about the Outlander, and a couple of things not to love, but one day over the course of the past month while driving through heavy rain with a baby crying and a seven-year-old telling me he was bored I decided on something. No, not to run away. I decided the best thing about the Outlander Exceed is that it’s helpful.

  • You know you're living with a car properly when a spider takes up residence in your wing mirror.  (image: Richard Berry) You know you’re living with a car properly when a spider takes up residence in your wing mirror. (image: Richard Berry)
  • No matter how many times you wipe away the cobwebs they return again a few days later.  (image: Richard Berry) No matter how many times you wipe away the cobwebs they return again a few days later. (image: Richard Berry)

Yes, all machines are supposed to be helpful, but I can tell you there are lots of cars that aren’t because they’re not easy to drive, or they’re not practical or they might not offer features to make life more pleasant despite being marketed to families.

The Outlander Exceed is helpful in that it’s easy to drive, with light steering, a good turning circle and it’s not too big to park.

  • I decided the best thing about the Outlander Exceed is that it's helpful.  (image: Richard Berry) I decided the best thing about the Outlander Exceed is that it’s helpful. (image: Richard Berry)
  • The Outlander Exceed is helpful in that it's easy to drive, with light steering, a good turning circle and it's not too big to park.  (image: Richard Berry) The Outlander Exceed is helpful in that it’s easy to drive, with light steering, a good turning circle and it’s not too big to park. (image: Richard Berry)
  • It's got plenty of room for two kids.  (image: Richard Berry) It’s got plenty of room for two kids. (image: Richard Berry)

Helpful, too, in that it’s easy to use with proximity unlocking, push-button start, plus plenty of room for two kids, the pram, the shopping, with sun shades and tinted windows. The ride height makes it easy for everybody to climb in and means no bending when lowering our newborn into her baby seat. And helpful because it’s comfortable with great seats (heated in the front) and well laid-out controls.

For the first time in a review I’m also going to sing the praises of a panoramic sunroof. Normally I find these turn cars into hot greenhouses in summer, but over this cold autumn the rain patting down on it has mesmerized our baby and even settled her to sleep.

I also love that the handle on the back doors doubles as her dummy holder.

It's got sun shades and tinted windows.  (image: Richard Berry) It’s got sun shades and tinted windows. (image: Richard Berry)

All those things combined made our life easier as parents, and I can say that having lived with hundreds of cars in the past.

I can also say that there are a few things I’m not liking. I think the way the Outlander Exceed rides on the road needs addressing. The big wheels (20-inch alloys) and low profile tires (255/45 Bridgestone Ecopia) look damned good, but over Sydney’s pot-holed streets the impact is felt too harshly through the cabin. A tire with a higher sidewall might fix this but ask a Mitsubishi service center to recommend a replacement.

For the first time in a review I'm also going to sing the praises of a panoramic sunroof.  (image: Richard Berry) For the first time in a review I’m also going to sing the praises of a panoramic sunroof. (image: Richard Berry)

My Outlander Exceed’s fuel usage was on the high side this month at 15.2L/100km. This was measured at the fuel pump with two fills over the month. The high-ish fuel consumption could come down to carrying around quite a bit of weight with all of us on board along with the pram and the rest of the family equipment, plus this SUV is an all-wheel drive. I also live in a hilly area and cold starts and high climbs don’t do anything for fuel economy.

But now it’s time to give our Outlander a wash and see if we can find our wing mirror friend a new home.

My Outlander Exceed's fuel usage was on the high side this month at 15.2L/100km.  (image: Richard Berry) My Outlander Exceed’s fuel usage was on the high side this month at 15.2L/100km. (image: Richard Berry)

Acquired: February, 2022

Distance traveled this month: 718km

Odometer: 9032km

Average fuel consumption for May: 15.2L/100 (measured at the pump)