The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was one of the aboriginal boilerplate cars to appear as a constituent amalgam in Australia, it has batty ammunition ability and the advantage for all-encompassing electric abandoned driving. But as a new brand of hybrids – led by Toyota’s outstanding RAV4 – acreage in Australia, is the PHEV still a affection option? We acquisition out.
Here are bristles things you allegation to apperceive about Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV.
MORE THAN MOST CARS, THIS REALLY IS A HYBRID
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a “plug-in amalgam electric vehicle”, which agency you allegation bung it into ability outlets to allegation its battery. The Outlander bridges the gap amid conventionally-powered and committed electric vehicles, alms the best of both worlds by aggregate the zero-emissions burghal alive of an electric car with the accessible long-distance alive of a petrol SUV.
Updated for 2020, the latest Outlander PHEV has a 2.4-litre petrol agent with a 7kW/13Nm advantage over the aboriginal model’s 2.0-litre motor. It works in alliance with a 60kW advanced electric motor and 70kW rear motor fuelled by a revised 13.8kWh battery.
IN A PERFECT WORLD, THE OUTLANDER PHEV WOULD BE A GIANT KILLER
The sum absolute of its three motors would accomplish for a befuddled crossover, and its official ammunition 1.9L/100km ammunition amount is adamantine to beat. At that rate, with a abounding array and 45 litres of ammunition on board, the Outlander would action added than 2000 kilometres of alive range. But the amalgam arrangement doesn’t assignment like that.
Its accumulated aiguille ability is a little added than 160kW, and the 1.9L/100km amount is a abundantly abstract one acquired from government ammunition tests. In the absolute world, an Outlander with a abounding array allegation can run on electric ability abandoned for about 50 kilometres, again bake about 8L/100km aback the array is flat.
Folks who allegation the array agilely will use about aught ammunition during the academy run or burghal commute.
IT SUITS A DILIGENT DRIVER
A UK analysis of Outlander PHEV owners showed added than two thirds allegation their cars every day, commutual about bisected their alive in electric-only mode.
A smartphone app allows you to agenda the Outlander’s charging for off-peak electrical periods, and about-face paddles on the council caster animate drivers to manually set their adapted akin of anchor about-face to top up the array or let the car free-wheel as required.
If that sounds like too abundant hassle, Toyota’s fuss-free “self-charging” amalgam ambit ability be a bigger bet.
THE TECHNOLOGY ISN’T CHEAP
The basal petrol Outlander with an automated manual and seven seats costs $31,490 drive-away, while a fully-loaded Exceed adaptation with covering trim, a sunroof and powered tailgate costs $46,190 drive-away.
A amalgam archetypal with the aforementioned akin of accessories will set you aback $60,390 drive-away, bringing appearance such as an 8-inch touchscreen with smartphone mirroring, acrimonious seats, a 360-degree camera and absolute apartment of disciplinarian aids. The bolt is the amalgam archetypal abandoned has bristles seats (the petrol adaptation gets seven) and its array fills amplitude appropriate by a additional caster (replaced by an inflator kit).
IT’S A MIXED BAG ON THE ROAD
Mitsubishi’s amalgam tech is actively able – it’s one of the affidavit Renault and Nissan alloyed with the Japanese aggregation aback in 2016, and you can apprehend to see it in approaching models. It’s chic to use petrol to allegation its array while on the road, again run in authentic electric approach already you ability an burghal centre.
Beyond that, the Outlander Exceed is ample and well-equipped, but apparent to behold. It’s not cheap, and it’s a footfall abaft best-in-class models such as the Toyota RAV4 or Mazda CX-5 on the road, with a firmer ride and ample responses. But barter admiring to its appropriate powerplant will attending accomplished its shortcomings.
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV EXCEED VITALS
Price: From $60,390 drive-away
Engine: 2.4-litre petrol constituent hybrid, 164kW combined
Warranty/Service: 7-year/u’ltd km,
Safety: 5 stars, 7 airbags, auto emergency braking, alive cruise control, lane befitting assistance, rear cantankerous cartage alert
Fuel use: 1.9L/100km
Cargo: 463 litres
Spare: Inflator kit