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June Neary gets to grips with Plug-in hybrid technology with Mitsubishi's Outlander PHEV

Will It Suit Me?

Switching to electric power in your car isn't as hard as I thought it might be. At least that's my conclusion after some time behind the wheel of Mitsubishi's Outlander PHEV. This petrol/electric hybrid has recently been revised, giving me a good opportunity to find out just why it's been so successful on these shores.


The only outward difference between the diesel Outlander and the PHEV model is that the hybrid comes with just five seats, against the diesel's seven. If you can live without the extra seats, then you'll be rewarded with excellent luggage space in a well thought out cabin. Five adults will sit in comfort and the clear infotainment display works intuitively with both touch-screen and button controls. I thought that the rather elegant design of the Outlander PHEV carried enough prestige to rub shoulders with BMW and Mercedes SUV's on the school-run, and it won't look out of place outside Waitrose. The Outlander's robust nature lends itself to riding over the mild terrain that Crossover buyers may be accustomed to, such as muddy car-parks or the fringes of a farm, with two motors fulfilling the roll of the complex mechanisms required in the diesel's four-wheel drive system. Mitsubishi builds cars that can take a hammering and the Outlander PHEV feels like it will stand up to heavy duty use. Plastic abounds in large swathes across the cockpit, but is finished nicely where the occupants interact with it the most.

Behind the Wheel

The overall experience of the Outlander PHEV begins before climbing aboard, as your house becomes your personal filling station. Charging the battery at a standard 13amp socket will take about five hours. For faster charging, it's recommended that a dedicated charging point be installed at your home. If you don't have time to re-charge, topping-up with unleaded will keep you moving. The 2.4-litre petrol engine can drive the front wheels directly, saving electricity for specific areas like city centres. The revised engine allows for higher torque, smoother operation, and overall higher efficiency. Now for the tech bit: as part of this, the generator output is increased by 10%, the rear motor output is increased by 10%, the drive battery capacity is increased by 15% and the drive battery output is increased by 10%. All significant increases. There are more driving settings too, for the 4WD system. The NORMAL and 4WD LOCK modes of previous models are joined by two additional options. A SPORT mode gives the driver more direct control. A SNOW mode provides greater confidence on snow-covered, or slippery surfaces. On the move, the Outlander PHEV switches imperceptibly between pure electric drive, hybrid drive, and direct drive and a simple dial on the dashboard makes clear how power is being used at any given moment. The motor uses regenerative braking to feed additional charge back into the battery but, style. Around town this petrol/electric Mitsubishi breezes along with an addictive smoothness and a quiet hum that will soon form the underlying soundtrack of the UK's major cities. It cruises effortlessly at high speeds over long motorway miles and only on the twisty roads, or under heavy breaking, are you reminded there's a lot of extra weight on-board. All PHEV variants of the Outlander have identical performance characteristics, accelerating to 62mph in 11 seconds and topping out at 106mph. Mitsubishi claims 141.2mpg on the combined cycle WLPT test for this car and a CO2 return of just 46g/km. Driving on petrol alone, the Outlander will return around 33mpg and a full tank and charged battery should allow a driving range of about 540 miles. On electric power alone, the vehicle will cover around 28 miles on a full charge, which covers most people's daily commute.

Value For Money

So, what'll you pay for cutting edge plug-in technology in this car? It certainly helps that, rather generously, the government will put £5,000 towards the asking price, courtesy of the Plug-in car grant, that may not continue much longer. The Outlander PHEV range starts at around £30,000 (government grant contribution included) if you're happy with a lesser spec.

Could I Live With One?

I was initially a little wary of plug-in hybrid technology but quickly adapted to connecting up my car at the end of each day. What you get here is, essentially, a sensible five-seat estate car with the looks of a prestige compact SUV. And one that, for short runs at least, needn't cost you anything in fuel at all. That's a big draw for buyers and I can see why it's been so successful. Smooth, comfortable and with a good turn of pace when called for, the performance on the road stacks up against the astonishing fuel economy and financial savings to result in a thoroughly good all round vehicle. I liked it.

  • Rear window demister
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Side and rear window privacy glass
  • Intermittent rear wiper with washer
  • Front variable wipers with washer
  • Automatic rain sensors

  • Brake auto hold
  • Active city braking
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Brake assist function
  • Hill start assist
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Active stability and traction control

  • Floor carpet including luggage area

  • Apple CarPlay preparation
  • Android Auto

  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Adjustable speed limiter
  • Blind spot warning
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Eco mode
  • Power Steering
  • Rear view camera
  • Cruise control

  • Engine start/stop button
  • 10amp 240v 5m charging cable
  • Chademo rapid charging connection
  • EV priority mode
  • Remote charge heating via smartphone app

  • Smartphone link audio display
  • Range remaining display
  • Trip computer
  • Service interval indicator
  • 4 wheel drive drivetrain mode indicator
  • Instrument display with digital meters

  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Electric folding/heated door mirrors with integrated indicators

  • Gloss black dashboard

  • Bi-directional charging

  • Radio with 6 speakers
  • Bluetooth with music streaming
  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB port
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • RDS information

  • Silver roof rails
  • Chrome front grille
  • Colour keyed rear spoiler
  • Colour keyed door mirrors/handles
  • Extended roof spoiler
  • Shark fin roof aerial
  • Colour keyed front and rear bumpers
  • Visible VIN plate

  • Rear high-mounted stop lamp
  • Dusk sensing headlights
  • Follow you home headlamp function
  • Headlamp washer
  • Halogen headlamps
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Front and rear fog lamps

  • Pollen filter
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Electric heater

  • Regenerative braking paddles
  • Joystick style gear knob
  • 12V sockets in front, rear and centre
  • Centre console box
  • Luggage area underfloor compartment
  • Rear centre armrests with cupholders
  • Front armrest with storage box
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Retractable luggage cover
  • Interior tailgate handle
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Black headlining
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • Leather door panels
  • Front cupholders

  • Luggage area lamp
  • Front and rear interior lamps

  • Reinforced Impact safety evolution (RISE) body safety system
  • 3 point front seat belts
  • Acoustic vehicle alerting system
  • 3 point seatbelts on all rear seats
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners/force limiters/ELR
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Seatbelt warning lamp
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Rear child proof door locks
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • 2x 2nd row ISOFIX child seat mountings
  • Front, side, curtain and knee airbags

  • Front seat heaters
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • 8 way electric adjustable drivers seat
  • Driver seat lumbar adjustment
  • Front passenger isofix child seat attachment
  • Sliding/reclining front seats with fully-flat function
  • Height adjustable rear headrests
  • 60/40 split rear seats with fold flat facility

  • Thatcham Category 1 alarm
  • Deadlocks
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Immobiliser
  • Remotely controlled keyless entry
  • Keyless operation system

  • Permanent 4WD with super all wheel control

  • Front sunvisors with extended vanity mirrors

  • 18" alloy wheels

  • Tyre inflation kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 300
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 30-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 210
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 3.6
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): 25
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: 50
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: 0-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 13.8
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles: 34
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City: 56
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City - Min: 56
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City - Max: 56
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 45
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min: 45
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max: 45
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City: 35
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City - Max: 35
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City - Min: 35
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 28
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 28
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 28

  • CO2 (g/km): 40
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 46
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min: 46
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max: 46

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 12.0:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 88
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 97
  • CC: 2360

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N

  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb: 159.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb: 1.77
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb: 2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb: 139.7
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min: 139.7
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max: 139.7

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Dynamic
  • Coin Description: PHEV
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 62500
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Special Edition: True
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 26E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 224
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.4
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

  • Engine Power - KW: 165
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 156
  • Engine Torque - NM: 211
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 4500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 224
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.5
  • Top Speed: 106
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 21.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Front: 225/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1710
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4695
  • Width: 1800
  • Wheelbase: 2670

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1890
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2390
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 43
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 886
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Loading Weight: 500
  • Max. Roof Load: 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1602
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.6

  • Metallic paint: £575
  • Pearlescent paint: £655
  • Special paint: £845
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Metallic - Atlantic Grey: £575
  • Metallic - Sterling silver: £575
  • Metallic - Granite brown: £575

  • Pearl - Ruby black: £655
  • Pearl - White pearl: £655
  • Pearl - Amethyst black: £655

  • Solid - Frost white: £0

  • Special paint - Red diamond: £845

  • Leather - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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