Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid: What Do You Want To Know?

Here at Transport Evolved, we love getting our hands on the latest plug-in cars to make it to market, from the Tesla Model S all the way through to the Volkswagen e-Up.

What would you like to know about the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid? Be sure to let us know!

What would you like to know about the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid? Be sure to let us know!

This week, we’re excitedly awaiting the arrival of a Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid, which will join our fleet for a week as a temporary member of the Transport Evolved fleet. Already on sale in Europe, the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid SUV to go on sale in Europe, and features a two-litre turbocharged gasoline engine matched with a pair of 60 kilowatt electric motors and 12 kilowatt-hour battery pack. As a consequence, it can operate in all-electric mode for round-town trips or use its range-extending engine for longer-distance trips.

As always, we’ll be putting it through its paces as best we can, with as many different driving scenarios as we can muster from motorway cruising through to driving it down country lanes and through busy city centres.

There's plenty of space in the Outlander PHEV for luggage.

There’s plenty of space in the Outlander PHEV for luggage.

We’ll be checking out its load carrying capabilities, its tech, and of course its charging capabilities. And as the first plug-in hybrid to go on sale with quick charge capabilities, we’ll even see how quickly it can charge at a DC quick charge station.

But what do you want us to test in the week we have Mitsubishi’s first plug-in hybrid? Perhaps you’d like to know what its all-electric all-wheel drive capabilities are like? Or perhaps you’d like to know about visibility and in-car tech?

Whatever you’d like to know, be sure to leave your burning questions in the Comments below — and we’ll do our best to answer them all in our usual duo of Quick Charge and ChargedUp Reviews.

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  • offib

    Just for exploring the unknown, what’s the off road capability like? Most reviews show offroading as driving along a dirt road, gravel driveway or over a steep foot path. nnnI’ve only seen one video, obviously Dutch and the driver did get his car bogged down in proper mud, but those were with its low-rolling resistance, 18″ tyres. How about swapping the wheels from Robert’s Land Rover? He’s not going to be using it anytime soon, if it fits that is. It’ll be different and there are a few people out there holding out on a Plug-In and holding on to a Jeep or Defender because they actually need 4WD performance. nnnJust like what Mark said a while back, EVs are much prefered by drivers in the country side instead of the city because people really want to preserve the clean and peaceful environment they benefit from.nnnAn off road test can really show what performace the PHEV has over ordinary 4X4s and the other Plug-in SUVs that are coming soon.

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      • Curtis Ling

        just make sure you extra water proof itnbut yeah thats otherwise standard with 16 inch mud tyres

      • offib

        I completely forgot about that.

  • Andy Mitchell

    I think we can assume that the off-road capability is pretty much the same as a standard Outlander – I have one as my other car to a ZOE as I live out in the country in the Scottish Islands (Orkney). What we need to know is the mpg on mixed motoring, day by day. In other words, what advantages are there in terms of cost on the road. Will it substantially reduce costs as well as making you feel good?

    • Danni Efraim

      It depends on your driving patterns and nothing else. If you lived in a city and only took shorter trips you can go the rest of your life without using a drop of petrol. Since you live in the country, this probably won’t be the case for you.nnnI usually get 30-40 km on pure electricity, depending on speed and traffic. This is enough to keep me from using any petrol in my day to day driving, which obviously gives me an infinite mpg. Even on longer trips I’ve been surprised at how little petrol it’s used. Last Friday I took a trip of roughly 130 km (~81 miles) one way, starting with a full battery, and the trip computer said the average petrol consumption when I arrived had been 5,8 l / 100 km (~41 mpg). I didn’t have time to refill the battery fully before heading back home, only roughly to three quarters full, and on the way home the trip computer said 7,0 l / 100 km (~34 mpg). I think those numbers are still quite impressive. I haven’t bothered to measure actual fuel consumption based on refuel data yet.

  • Andrew North

    Several reviews have criticised the navigation system on the Outlander. It would be good to get your view. Some more clarity around whether it does the job effectively. People seem to be preoccupied by the energy flow monitor but the sat Nav and media centre is important too.

    • Danni Efraim

      The whole multimedia system is complicated and very hard to navigate. The telephony part is dreadful – the only easy way to make a call is using voice control. Otherwise it’s at least 10 clicks just to make a call. I never use the energy flow monitor on the big screen, only on the small screen in the instrument cluster (it’s cleaner and easier to read).nnnThe navigation part isn’t too bad, though. The navigation system itself is quite intelligent, actively switching views both on the big and the small screen to present the information that’s most relevant to your current situation. It shows very clear information on which lane to choose. Overall, I like it. I have heard some people comment that it often chooses strange routes, though I haven’t used it enough to notice this myself.nnnI haven’t tried playing any media from USB or CD, so I can’t say anything about those parts. I usually just stream from my phone.