Chevrolet Captiva Review
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Mitsubishi Outlander Test Drive & Review
Mitsubishi Outlander - Pictorial Review Exteriors
We all know Mitsubishi as Dakar rally winners and as makers of rugged suv's like Pajero and Montero but we often fail to understand Mitsubishi is as good as any auto maker in making comfortable sedans. But this story is not about Mitsubishi's new sedan but about the new Outlander a crossover.
Like CR-V and Captiva, Outlander has a car-based design that translates into pleasing design and a comfortable interiors. Though the wheel arches are flared up there is no prominent shoulder line. The roofline peaks which over the driver slides towards the rear like a coupe. The exterior gets various touches of chrome to liven things up Rear is dominated by the ample glass area and LED tail lamps. The fake LED over the hatch and fake skid plate are nice styling elements.
Surprisingly there is no diesel powerplant, there is only a petrol unit to power the 2tonne Outlander. The 2.4L MIVEC petrol engine is developed by Mitsubishi in conjunction with DaimlerChrysler and Hyundai. The 2.2L MIVEC engine develops 170PS of maximum power at 6000rpm and 226Nm of peak torque at 4100rpm. Six speed CVT transmission with optional tiptronic mode for conventional driving style. Driver can select between P-R-N-D-DS modes. behind the gear lever. Also, the Formula 1-style magnesium shift paddles mounted on the steering column allows the driver to shift manually. Behind the gear lever is a chunky dial, look carefully you can understand the vehicle is a All Wheel Control (AWC) drive one.
Turn on the ignition key, the engine starts with ease. Slot the floor mounted gear lever in Drive mode and forget about everything. Floor the acclerator, tacho needle shows 6000rpm and then it starts bottomming out. Outlander is capable of reaching a top speed of 166kmph. But you need little time to get used to CVT if you had driven a manual earlier. Though the engine loves to rev a lot, the insulation is very good to absorb the noise generated. Another feel good about the outlander is its fuel efficieny. It returns a combined mileage of 9kmpl.
Outlander driving dynamics inherits the popular Mitsubishi's rally DNA. Outlander takes corners with confidence. MacPherson strut and trailing arm multilink suspension at the fore and aft. Though there is discernable body roll but it is well controlled. The steering is light but slightly vague and tend to torque steer much.
Off the road, Outlander performs better than its peers but remember this is a crossover. We slug the outlander in beach sand in 4WD mode it moved easily, but on serious it caught in the mud and we have to tow the outlander out. 215/70 R16 Yokohama Geolander tyres and on-the-fly four-wheel-drive gives the car traction in slippery conditions.
comes in six attractive colours - river blue,silver dew,cascade white,sunrise yellow,pasture green,new moon black and twilight red with two interior options.
Mitsubisihi Outlander Interiors - Pictorial Review
Being an 5 seater crossover, Outlander has acres of space for storage. Two large glove boxes and an instrument box to store essential items. Door pockets are also large to hold large bottles and documents. Cargo space is very large and you can make it even more by holding down a small button hidden in the side of the boot for two seconds and the rear seats electrically flip forward for a flat loadbay. Another notable feature is flip gate that helps you load heavy luggages easily.
Considering the good handling, the ride quality is also quiet decent. Seats are comfy and suit contours of anyone. But all the luxury is limited to front passengers. The rear seat is straight,rigid and uncomfortable. Surpisingly you cannot control air flow or control audio from back bench.
The interior holds to smart minimalist themes with clean surfaces and large controls that couldnt really be easier to operate. Steering only tilt adjustable, discharge headlamps with automatic
levelling device,automatic climate control Headlamp washer, parking sensor, MID,cruise control and a keyless ignition system to eliminate the need to fuss with keys.
It's simply rocks, that's what i can say all about Rockford Fosgate stereo - 6CD changer with 650W 9 speaker sound unit. The massive subwoofer mounted in the cargo area and the neat little tweeters next to the A-pillars emits fine notes of ARR's Ghajini. You can't find a better place to drive and listen to sweet music than the Outlander's driver seat.
Active safety features (to assist the driver with crash avoidance) that come standard across the Outlander line include antilock brakes (ABS), which allow steering during panic stops; electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), which varies front and rear braking force to optimize stopping power in emergency stops; electronic stability control, which automatically minimizes skids during turning maneuvers; traction control, which limits wheel spin in slippery conditions; and tire pressure monitors, which warn drivers of under-inflated tires.
Though assembled in India unlike the CR-V. The price of the Outlander is on the higher side. On the road Chennai Outlander is Rs23.5 lakh.
Though the refinement and higher price tag of Outlander is still short of segment leader Honda CR-V. Also, a diesel powerplant would have done wonders for Outlander. But putting aside these things, Outlander offers everything you love to have in a car of this segment. CVT, Paddle shifts and Outlander's impressive handling chracteristics makes it unique among class of crossovers. Adding to it is Outlander's off road potential (though limited). All and all Mitsuibishi's outlander has everything to challenge the segment leader Honda CR-V.
Chevrolet Captiva Test Drive & Review
The luxury SUV class has seen one of the fastest growing markets in India. In the face of environmental awareness and fuel conservation, the large SUV was always a prick in the conscience and a hole in the wallet. GM has tried to address this by introducing the Captiva with a greener diesel engine.
The Captiva is one of the cars which when you see on the road, say cool and then go ahead and mind your business. It is designed to appeal to a larger group of people and has succeeded. The flared wheel arches, roof rail and muscular build make the car very sporty.
The traditionally styled headlamps and fog lamps with the huge fender will appeal to a more conservative audience. Inside the two tone theme carried across all Chevrolet models is seen. The up market leather upholstery and huge space make up a plush environment.
The 2 liter turbo charged diesel engine with the common rail technology produces 150 bhp at 4000 rpm and 320 Nm at 2000 rpm. Considering the size of the car, these figures are not as exciting as on paper. With a top speed of 170 kmph and a 0 to 100 sprint completed in less than 12 seconds, this is not too bad either. The efficiency also figures at a class topping 12 kpl in the city.
Ride and Handling:
Macpherson struts in the front and a monocoque chassis do not help the body roll and under steer that is common in SUVs. GM’s Active Rollover Protection too doesn’t help much. The immense torque introduced in the front wheel drive without the aid of traction control makes you consider insurance at high speeds. There simply is no response. On good roads, however the Captiva is the car to be in. The flat torque curve despite the pronounced turbo lag never fails to impress you.
Despite the not so perfect handling, the ride is very comfortable, with the sheer mass of the Captiva ironing out most undulations. The reclinable middle row is an innovative idea. Space is aplenty inside and is actually one of Captiva’s strong points.
Anti lock Braking System and dual air bags with the standard central locking, child locking etc make up for a safe ride.
The Captiva, a premium luxury SUV is bought mostly to be driven in and not to drive. So this may seriously bypass all major flaws in the cars dynamics and highlight the comfortable interiors and impressive fuel efficiency. So it can still prove a threat to the Honda CRV, the class topper.
* Chevrolet Captiva review and Captiva test drive report listed here are done by experts. However vicky.in advises users to check the Chevrolet Captiva variants personally and decide as per their liking. Mileage figures quoted in the Chevrolet Captiva review are test data and mileage in actual conditions may vary. We test drive Chevrolet Captiva car provided by Chevrolet.
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