Complete Car Test Drives Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The PHEV may have completed the Paris-Dakar’, but how does it handle the world?

When: January

Where: Barcelona, Spain

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

International first drive

rating: 3.5/5

Mitsubishi’s new PHEV is a remarkable car in a wholly body, but perhaps the most thing about it is how ‘normal’ it to drive. Combining the best of alternative-fuel worlds it is a family SUV that can achieve nearly with emissions only by fully electric cars.

Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Prius+

CO 2 emissions: 44g/km A1, 170 per annum)

Combined consumption: 1.9 (148mpg)

Top speed: 170km/h

11 seconds

Power: 204hp


In the Metal: 3/5

This is a case of never judge a by its cover. The styling of the Outlander is at inoffensive and at worst instantly but the PHEV version (Plug-in Electric Vehicle) is a ground car underneath. The PHEV wears a front bumper, new alloy and an extra ‘fuel’ flap to it from its cousins.

It is a similar story inside little to suggest that is anything other than a Outlander — unless you are To accommodate the rear electric the rear bench has been by 45mm, which does cut headroom, and the boot floor is higher, but this only to a loss of 14 litres of boot (463 litres compared to Probably the biggest difference is the of the third row of seats — the PHEV is strictly a five-seater, does put it at a disadvantage against like the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia

Driving it: 4/5

Perhaps the easiest way to the Outlander PHEV is by comparing it to distinct cars. Fully from a domestic power the PHEV offers an electric of 52 kilometres, which means it is to compare it to traditional hybrid that struggle to hit double on EV power alone. Instead a comparison would be a pure car like the Renault Fluence ZE.

the Renault, however, the Outlander not need a three-hour charge the batteries are depleted; instead it up the 2.0-litre petrol engine to act as a generator — or range — much like of the Opel Ampera. In this hybrid’ mode the engine provides charge to the battery from which the twin motors (one on each for full time four-wheel draw power. Note: the does not turn the wheels in guise.

That is kept for ‘parallel mode, which kicks in at in excess of 120km/h, or when the asks for more power the 162hp maximum the electric provide. Then the Outlander much like a Toyota — only in reverse. In a or most other hybrids for matter, the engine is the main source with the electric backing it up. In the Outlander the motors are the primary propulsion source the engine acting as back up. all sounds very complicated, and an engineering stand point it is, but the car all the work itself — seamlessly between EV and series mode depending on the state of charge and the driving conditions.

The time you notice any difference is the vehicle enters parallel as it must raise the revs of the engine to match those of the motor before it can close the

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For that reason the Outlander is as uncomplicated to drive as a diesel-powered with an automatic transmission. D, touch the throttle and let the bank of sort things out. The can switch between ‘Charge’ and modes via centre console which will either the engine to top up the batteries or conserve is in them for later — or can use the wheel mounted paddles to the amount of regenerative braking.

early on that little or no noise can lead to increased of wind and road noise has worked hard to insulate the further. The whole underfloor is in sound-deadening material, the front are 4mm thicker than usual and the itself is said to be soundproof. The is a remarkably quiet and refined

Thanks to the fitment of balancer the engine only makes its known as you switch from to parallel hybrid mode and at motorway speeds do you become of wind roar. At normal conversations can be had at a quiet whisper and the Rockford Fosgate sound of our test car was wasted — a chirping quietly in the boot have sufficed.

Of course the weight of that deadening, not to mention the 200kg of batteries, does have an on ride quality. Even retuned suspension the car tends to jar on surfaces. However with the mounted between the wheels, the of gravity has been lowered, the PHEV actually handles than its petrol or diesel cousins. Steers better too to S-AWC (Super-All Wheel

Acting much like vectoring the system uses the motors, anti-lock braking Active Stability Control and Yaw Control (first seen on the Evo) to determine which needs the most torque, a very balanced drive.

you get for your Money: 3/5

One of our main with advanced cars as this has been the price, puts them out of reach for buyers. And with an expected tag of 44,500 the Outlander PHEV looks like another folly. That is until you that this only a 10 per cent premium over the range topping diesel with an automatic transmission.

You do to do without the seven-seat option of the car, but otherwise the PHEV it on spec with Bluetooth, seats, dual-zone climate and a rear-view camera all included as

As we’ve shown before here to read the full ) the price difference between and petrol models can take to recoup and it would seem a case between the Outlander and PHEV models, but with of just 44g/km and official consumption of a scarcely believable 1.9 the PHEV may pay you back quicker. By way of a diesel automatic has emissions of and consumption of 5.8 litres/100km. As ever, not easy to achieve official in real life.

Mitsubishi has that by the year 2020 up to 20 per of its fleet will run either EV or drivetrains. With this in the next PHEV model to after the Outlander will be the This model was previewed by the concept at last year’s Motor Show and is said to the ‘next stage’ of PHEV

Exactly what that is we have to wait and see, not too long as the car is slated to appear in

Shortly after that come the XR-PHEV, a smaller SUV will only be offered in drive (though four-wheel is for conventionally powered cars). to debut in 2016, it sounds a lot the next-generation ASX to us.

From the outside it looks as if has arrived very late to the game, but by starting PHEV from an EV rather than engine standpoint it (technologically at has surpassed established players. The PHEV offers an electric that most rivals can dream of and the car simply wants to run on power alone for as long as it firing up the engine when no choice remains. It is a different way of but one that makes an awful lot of

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Mitsubishi Outlander Electric Cars
Mitsubishi Outlander Electric Cars
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