1994 Mitsubishi RVR X4 2.0 turbo diesel


Economical, practical, flexible family car


New clutch pipe. Due to poor fitment by the previous owner as opposed to any manufacturer defect.

General Comments:

I can't believe this car is 16 years old. And the design is even older. It has features that aren't available on most new cars. Full electrics. Power steering. Power/folding mirrors. Permanent 4 wheel drive. Sliding rear door. Fully folding and sliding rear seat for increasing rear leg room or boot space.


Front and rear legroom is huge. Even for the driver. I'm 6ft 2, but am all in the leg, and fully extending the seat rail, I can barely touch the pedals! I have never seen that in any other car I have driven. The seats are a bit Recaro like and very supportive, and due to the sitting up driving position, they are extremely comfortable over long distances. I would have got cramp or numb bum in other cars I have had, but not in the RVR. Only 2 seats in the back, but have extra armrests and a storage cupboard in which I intend to fit a fridge. I think there are 5 seat versions. 12v power sockets in the front, rear and boot. The sliding rear door is great for access in ever smaller car parking spaces, especially for getting baby seats and babies in and out. The sliding rear seat offers great flexibility over legroom and bootspace. Even sat in the middle, it offers a vast amount of both.


For a design nigh on 20 years old, it hides its years well, and compared to other cars of the year by the mainstream manufacturers, it still looks good. Matt black nudge plastics (like the the current jacked up Skoda's/VW's/Audi's/Volvo's) and chrome A-bar / nudge bar.

On the road:

The driving position is high compared to most cars, and I find that I am shoulder to shoulder with drivers of most 'soft roaders', although to look at, you wouldn't think it is that high. And even though it's a relatively tall car, body roll is minimal. Though this is no sports car, it does handle really well.

The engine is really quiet for a diesel and develops no smoke at all, even when I boot it - unlike modern Fords, Vauxhalls and VAG's. In gear performance is good as the turbo kicks in well, but away from the lights, I can't cause the boy racers any problems, and have been caught out a few times pulling onto a roundabout in second at low speed (my old petrol car would have been away), but with this there is hardly any power until the turbo kicks in. Bearing that in mind, I have altered my driving style and it is not a problem.

I am averaging 41 mpg around town, and that is with a varied driving style. Which for a fairly heavy car with permanent 4WD is amazing. I bet I could get even better MPG if I altered my driving a little. Not sure if it would be better MPG over a long motorway run, as it is quite low geared. Gets a bit noisy over 65 mph. Keeping it at 60mph on a motorway run would return decent fuel economy.

It performed faultlessly in the heavy snow we had back in Dec 2010, even with normal road tyres.

The modern equivalent would be the new Skoda Yeti. But save yourself £22k and get an RVR!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2011

6th Aug 2013, 01:07

Who did you insure yours with? As every insurance company tells me they only list petrol, and mine is deffo a diesel. Never thought I would have a problem, even though it is a legal import. No such confusion with my Delica L300 :(

1994 Mitsubishi RVR Super Sports Gear 2.0 turbo petrol


Undercover fast family car


The spare tire is on a swinging arm on the back of the boot. If you don't open the arm properly before opening the boot lid, the boot lid scrapes against the arm. Some paint has come off from there and there is a tiny spot of rust. I'm planning to rub it down and touch it up, then place a rubber grommet over that area so as to stop it happening again.

Maybe I'm expecting too much, but the handling is decidedly iffy. If you take it around a medium sized roundabout the wheels start screeching without you even trying to push it.

There's a disconcerting vibration when driving over 100mph. I've had the tracking done so the wheels might need balancing.

Only 4 seater, though the things you gain with the absence of a third seat in the back are nice (arm rests that double up as little tables, and storage compartments).

General Comments:

Excellent family car for those who like something that is subtle and can perform.

The back seats move backwards and forwards, can be reclined, and even laid flat to become a bed. When fully back there is acres of legroom in the back seat, and still a fair amount of boot space. Kids love all the room.

If you need lots of room, say to transport a wardrobe, the back seats can be folded up against the front seats and you get a large flat area for loading.

Speed is excellent. I'm not sure of the actual power rating, but stock I've had figures quoted of 227bhp and 247bhp. I have a Japanese test certificate that says this car has more like 266bhp (I can't see any sign of mods so this last one is unlikely). I'll get it dynoed and then post an update.

Off the mark it's very quick though takes a bit of practice cos low-end torque is a bit lacking.

Coming out of corners is beautiful cos of the four-wheel drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2005

5th Aug 2005, 19:23

The iffy handling problem has been discovered, it's the tyres.

The tyres on this vehicle are not suited to UK roads. Also the profile is very large leading to the tyres deforming in bends causing the body to roll. A simple solution is to use stiffer tyres, or replace the wheels with larger ones and use lower profile tyres.

8th Apr 2006, 17:02

Another update. I fitted the car with 17" rims and 225/45r17 Goodyear Eagle F1s and now it handles much better. It's not perfect, I mean you do get a fair bit of body roll when cornering hard, but the car is high up so what do you expect. Despite that though, it does handle well.