Test bench | The competition of the Mitsubishi Outlander

Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe and Volkswagen Tiguan. Three well-established names. The Outlander, from Mitsubishi, stands out on certain points in the face of this competition.

Honda CR-V

Price: from $ 31,521

The CR-V has a good reputation, sells very well, but the Outlander does not have to be ashamed of the comparison so far. Mitsubishi’s latest addition offers all-wheel drive as standard, while the entry-level CR-V only relies on its front-wheel drive. The 1.5 L supercharged Honda is more flexible, more economical, while the box (CVT too) has the merit of being forgotten, as its performance is impeccable. Despite its older design, the CR-V remains one of the smartest utility vehicles in its class when it comes to interior design.

Hyundai Santa Fe

Price: from $ 31,399


Hyundai Santa Fe

The Santa Fe gets a facelift this year and it has the merit of offering a classic hybrid version (read wireless) as soon as it is released. A rechargeable version is expected by the end of the year. As for the gasoline version, it benefits from a 2.5 L (atmospheric or turbocharged) more lively than the Outlander engine. Also, unlike this one, the Santa Fe offers traditional eight-speed gearboxes (one has a dual clutch). The base warranty is equivalent to that of Mitsubishi, but this one takes the advantage with 10 years / 160,000 km coverage on the powertrain.

Volkswagen Tiguan

Price: from $ 29,795


Volkswagen Tiguan

The Tiguan offers an optional third row of seats, but this one is just as uncomfortable as the one offered by Mitsubishi. The Tiguan’s turbocharged 2.0L engine appears more lively, but in reality is no faster than the naturally aspirated 2.5L of the Outlander. Like the turbocharged Santa Fe, the Tiguan benefits from an eight-speed automatic transmission that is smoother than Mitsubishi’s CVT. Handling is good, without being exceptional, and overall comfort is roughly equivalent to that of the Outlander.

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