Mitsubishi Lancer GSR 2013 Review

January 15th, 2014 by Darren Cottingham

Back in 1997 if you wanted a fast but cheap road car you had a huge number of choices. Subaru Legacy RS, GT, and WRX; Nissan Skyline GTS-t and GT-Four; Nissan Pulsar GTi-R; Honda Integra Type R; and Mitsubishi Galant VR4, and Evo I, II and III. You could also get a version of the Evo with a 1.8-litre engine: the Lancer GSR.

mitsubishi-lancer-gsr-2014-rear-quarterThe GSR looked very similar to an Evo I. In fact, many people put Evo I and Evo II body kits on their GSRs, and worked the engines up to well over 300kW. The GSR was much cheaper than an Evo, and you still see them around today (more so than older Subarus, which is a testament to how strong the 4G93 engine is).

mitsubishi-lancer-gsr-2014-side17 years on, while I look back at my time owning performance cars with affection, I’m sitting in what could (or should) be the spiritual successor to those point-and-shoot turbo sedans of my youth. Except I’m not. The Lancer GSR might have the huge spoiler and the sharp body kit, but that’s where it stops.

mitsubishi-lancer-gsr-2014-front-interiorIt’s now a family car with sporty pretentions. It’s got a CVT gearbox and that’s not very sporty, although it does help with fuel economy around town. Quoted fuel economy is 7.3l/100km combined. I couldn’t get anywhere near this, hovering around in the high 9s. This isn’t particularly flash from a car that’s only pumping out 115kW and 201Nm. Acceleration off the line isn’t brisk, but overtaking performance is OK. Continue reading “Mitsubishi Lancer GSR 2013 Review” »

Mitsubishi ASX Sport 2.2D diesel 4WD Review

December 5th, 2013 by Darren Cottingham

We had an ASX Sport almost two years ago now, albeit a petrol one (read the review here). On the face of it, there’s not a huge amount of difference, except that it doesn’t seem as comfortable (more about that later). The reversing camera image has moved from the rear view mirror to the large screen in the centre of the dashboard. The central console area has been redesigned and utilises the space much better. The steering wheel has a slightly better feel and the buttons that control the cruise control and stereo are arranged to be marginally easier to use without looking at the wheel.

mitsubishi-asx-diesel-2013-rear-quartermitsubishi-asx-diesel-2013-front-interiorYou still get paddle-shifters behind the wheel which control the six-speed automatic gearbox that is hooked up to the 112kW, 366Nm 2.2-litre turbodiesel. That is plenty of torque and it results in competent overtaking performance and reasonably constant cruise control speeds (engines lacking in torque struggle under cruise control in hillier terrain). However, it sometimes feels like it holds a high gear too long as you slow down and you get that low frequency vibration that, if you were in a manual car, would signal that you should change down a gear. You can use the paddles to quickly flick it down or up a gear if you need to.

Fuel economy is quoted at 5.8l/100km combined. Our primary journey was four people and light luggage to Mount Maunganui in which it achieved low a 5l/100km figure.

There are seven airbags (including a driver’s knee airbag) plus four-wheel ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution and active stability control – pretty much the same as the previous model.

Rural owners will appreciate the scratch resistant bumpers. Ironically, someone backed into our test ASX while it was parked and definitely left a scratch on the bumper – perhaps it could have been worse. Continue reading “Mitsubishi ASX Sport 2.2D diesel 4WD Review” »

Mitsubishi Outlander LS 4WD 2013 Review

March 13th, 2013 by darren


The Outlander LS is the cheapest four-wheel drive version of the Outlander range. You can get a 2WD two-litre model for $39,990, and that would be fine if you’re trying to save money on petrol (its quoted fuel economy is 6.6l/100km vs the LS’s 7.5l/100km), but this 4WD LS develops more power and torque (126kW and 224Nm) which will make it better for towing, and it has the flexibility of a trick 4WD system. Both vehicles will tow the same amount (1600kg on a braked trailer).

Mitsubishi-Outlander-radio The Outlander has never really Continue reading “Mitsubishi Outlander LS 4WD 2013 Review” »

Peugeot 4008 Feline 2013 Review

January 11th, 2013 by Darren Cottingham

Peugeot was a bit late to the serious SUV market so has got up-to-speed by a co-production and platform sharing deal with Mitsubishi.

Its first offering was the 4007. We tested this around a year ago and it was very evidently based on the Mitsubishi Outlander. As you’ll see from our Continue reading “Peugeot 4008 Feline 2013 Review” »

Mitsubishi Outlander VRX 4WD 7-seat 2013 Review

January 10th, 2013 by Darren Cottingham

The seven seat Outlander has been up at the pointy end of the pack for a while now. In fact, a year ago we tested the XLS version and our only gripes were the interior and the dull colour range.

Enter the 2013 Outlander…in a kind of brown, which is a colour that should have been left with Mark II Cortinas in the 80s. OK, it’s kind of coppery, almost burnt orangey brown, but my personal preference is any one of the other colours for this top-of-the-line Outlander.

There’s a significant redesign on the outside which looks good from the three-quarter angles of the front and rear, but a little Continue reading “Mitsubishi Outlander VRX 4WD 7-seat 2013 Review” »

Special-Edition Triton 4WD to Debut at Mystery Creek

May 21st, 2012 by Karen Joy Provo

The new double cab ChargerX is based on the popular GLX 4WD. However, Mitsubishi says it’s equipped to look and drive like a top-range GLS, yet at a special price: for the manual transmission version, $35,990 plus GST and on road costs.

Mitsubishi claims this is the best value price ever seen in New Zealand for a sport specification ute equipped with electronic stability and traction control and a full set of airbags.

The one-tonne-payload ChargerX produces 407 Nm of torque from its 2.5 litre turbodiesel. It has front, side and curtain airbags, ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, and tows a 3.0 tonne braked trailer.

Its sport spec instantly sets it apart. Chrome, silver and leather accents abound, there’s carpeting throughout, protected with ChargerX logo’d mats, bucket-type front seats, sport side steps and smart alloys. The four-speaker Bluetooth-integrated sound system has MP3 and USB inputs.

“While some businesses are riding high, many are not, and buyers are rightly demanding exceptional value when they need to invest in a work vehicle”, said Mitsubishi’s head of sales and marketing strategy Daniel Cook. “We’re excited that in ChargerX we can help customers get a sharp-looking, high-spec, high-performance vehicle into their business fleet – or their home garage – despite tightly-squeezed budgets”.

If you can’t get to Mitsubishi’s Fieldays stand you can see the ChargerX, manual and auto, in Mitsubishi dealer showrooms from late May.

If you can’t wait until then, or would like a second hand Triton, there are plenty for sale here.

But Is It Art?

March 3rd, 2012 by Tim Grimley

As if determined to prove that it was going to be outdone on the crappy weather front by summer, autumn arrived on the North Island today with a hefty dose of meteorological misery. While up in Jafaland we seemed to escape the full force of the fury, it was still a hateful enough mix of rain, wind, more rain and more wind for weathermen to declare that it was very much a ‘movie day’.

The problem with movie days is that they don’t happen in our house. Finding a consensus between the current Mrs Grimley and I on what exactly constitutes a flick worth watching is about as easy as negotiating a lasting settlement in the Gaza Strip. So rather than the cinema, we decided that the best course of action would be to have a nose around the Auckland Art Gallery, which came with the added bonus of being free.


For anyone in the area who has not yet popped in, I’d highly recommend it – the refurbishment has seen life breathed into a wonderful old building through careful restoration and the seamless addition of a fantastic modern atrium. The whole thing comes together beautifully and is a glowing example of a very talented architect’s craft. Unfortunately they’ve then gone and buggered it up by filling the inside with some absolute crap.

I accept that what tickles one person’s aesthetic fancy will not necessarily blow everyone’s frock up, but it should be blatantly obvious that anything which could be dreamed up and executed by a drugged gibbon is probably not worthy of lumping in the same generic category as Michelangelo’s ‘David’. A badly laid slab, UPVC door, pile of bricks and random sticks are not art; they are a products of people who dream of creativity but lack the talent to produce something truly beautiful yet are – for reasons completely unfathomable to a sane human being – indulged by idiots who misguidedly think that motivation is just as important as the end result.


A trip to Queenstown last weekend provided a stark reminder that no matter how good intentions are, all that really matters is the final product. Financial constraints meant that a budget hire car was the order of the day and on arrival at the airport we were presented with a Mitsubishi Lancer complete with a small engine and a continuously variable transmission.

Thanks to meagre budgets and a particularly twitchy finger when the ‘Buy Now’ buttons of online auction sites are involved, I have been the beneficiary of some pretty heinous motoring experiences over the years, but this took things to a whole new level. Any attempt to negotiate hilly terrain – something that those familiar with that part of New Zealand will know is devilishly hard to avoid – was met with the acrid stench of burning vehicular components and every journey was accompanied by an engine note that sounded very much like a crashing Messerschmitt 109 in any given war film.

Despite some people having a bit of a downer on CVT transmissions, I remain a strong fan of the concept. The idea of having a transmission system that can constantly adapt and adjust itself in order to let the engine get on with the job of running at a speed that will provide best power or economy is a good one.

Oh yes

Sadly in the little Mitsubishi with its pathetic engine, the topography of the South Island proved too much of a challenge and the poor car was completely flummoxed as to whether it was a better idea to aim for frugality, performance or just making it up the hills at all. The result was a continuous, ear-splitting cacophony and a thirst that would have made Oliver Reed look like a teetotaller.

Of course, it served as an excellent reminder of what a joyous thing a well engineered car really is. By experiencing such an abomination, it gives you a renewed appreciation and enthusiasm for the effort and skill it takes to put together a truly rewarding vehicle.

I’d love to think this is the same reason the curator at Auckland Art Museumchose to display the work of Kate Newby in the same building that currently houses pieces by Degas, but somehow I doubt it.

Mitsubishi Outlander XLS 7-seat 2012 Review

January 19th, 2012 by Darren Cottingham

If life has dealt you the hand of abundant fertility there are several car makers vying for your dollars when it comes to transporting your progeny. You don’t need to have a hideous van or MPV when you can have a relatively sleek SUV such as the Outlander XLS.

Of course, it will appeal to you altruistic car-pooler types, too, as you ferry your friends’ kids to school – and it will deal with the urban jungle with aplomb. You could pull up outside any school and the Outlander will not look out of place whether the other parents are driving utes or Maseratis.

Leading the handsome look is the ‘fighter jet’ grille taken straight from the Evo X. This is framed by self-levelling high-intensity discharge headlights that follow your steering wheel – steer left, and the Outlander illuminates the way to the left.

Flared wheel arches and a strong sloping shoulder line draw your eye to the neat reverse slope of the rear window, which is something many cars fail to make look good.

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