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Mitsubishi Challenger XLS (2010)

by John Ewing,reviewed April 2010

Harnessed to a smooth-shifting, five-speed auto in our test XLS seven-seater, the Challenger’s new 2.5-litre turbo-diesel offers solid mid-range punch with less blatant turbo-lag than the manual Triton we tested earlier. But it’s not the quietest around, with obvious clatter.
The ride is too lumpy at low speed and overall just rates as acceptable. Cornering feels predictable and tidy, albeit with significant body roll.

No steering reach adjustment, roof mounted child restraint points and a transfer case lever too close to the driver’s seat (vibrates against it) are annoyances. Proving capable of solid off-road challenges though, it’s still a likeable, cheaper alternative to Pajero.
Mitsubishi Challenger XLS 2010


Strong engine, features


Noisy, lumpy ride

Key features

Alloys, rear differential lock, side steps, leather trim, climate control, power driver’s seat, third row seats, sat nav, premium sound system, reverse parking sensors and camera


Anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, stability and traction control, front seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters and dual front, front side and curtain airbags

Car Details

Vehicle make Mitsubishi
Vehicle model Challenger XLS
Vehicle type All-Terrain 4WD
Year 2010
Price when new $58,890 (seven-seat auto) MLB
Current price range $ - $

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Engine 2.5-litre, 4-cyl. turbo-diesel
Emissions rating
2 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.