Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Dark Horse Teems with Exciting Extras; This Dark Horse Is a Sure Thing in a Big Field of Attention-Seeking Adventurers

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Dark Horse Teems with Exciting Extras; This Dark Horse Is a Sure Thing in a Big Field of Attention-Seeking Adventurers

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MY husband is something of a pugilist. The kind that loves the art of boxing rather than slugging it out in a ring.

In fact, "Friday night fights" is the real reason our inherited 25-year-old television was finally consigned to the scrapheap, replaced in a flash by one of those gigantic plasma contraptions that are now all the rage. Such is his fascination with the sport that I can hardly believe our little girl's first complete sentence was not, "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee".

Funnily enough it was this famous saying of Ali's that came to mind after spending some time in the Mitsubishi Outlander.

True, the only jungle it is likely to rumble in is that of the concrete variety, but the Outlander remains light on its feet, driving with the ease of a sedan but packing the punch of a four-wheel drive when needed.

Unlike Ali though, it is no exhibitionist. There is no "look at me, look at me", just a quiet confidence that comes with getting the job done with ease.

The Outlander is a dark horse in a class teeming with attention-grabbing favourites but you'd do well to stick a quick $10 on the nose.

Comfort

The interior has been freshened up with new seat, door and dashboard trims as well as stylish chrome accents and a new instrument cluster. Plush, heated leather seats add comfort both on and off the bitumen with electronic adjustments that make it is easy to find a suitable position.

Refreshingly, the air-conditioning system works quickly to cool the car and steering wheel controls are well placed and easy to use.

There is seating for seven, but it is best suited for five, with storage and nifty cup holders aplenty.

The steering is adjustable for height but not reach which can be a bit of an inconvenience but hardly a detrimental one at that.

On the road

Changes to the 3.0-litre V6 engine have resulted in an extra 7kW of power to 169kW, and more pointedly some 15Nm more torque. …

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