QuickCharge: Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid

The first plug-in SUV on the market anywhere in the world — and the first plug-in hybrid in the world to offer DC CHAdeMO quick charging capabilities — the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid has proven popular among early adopters in its home market of Japan, as well as more recently in select European Markets.

Due to go on sale next year in the U.S., the Outlander PHEV combines the practicality of a mid-sized five-seat SUV with the fuel economy of an electric vehicle around town. With a claimed all-electric range of 32.5 miles per charge, most drivers will be able to use the Outlander PHEV on a daily basis without turning on the 2.0-litre gasoline engine at all. At weekends, up to 500 miles of range is possible from a full tank and full battery pack.

The Outlander PHEV is priced from £28,249 including the UK Government’s £5000 grant. It will go on sale in the U.S. next year.

But what does it feel like getting behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for the first time? Armed with a camera phone, Nikki recorded her initial thoughts getting behind the wheel of the Outlander PHEV last week, something we call Quick Charge.

QuickCharge is the Transport Evolved show where your intrepid hosts get behind the wheel of a new car and record their first impressions to camera. Unlike our other shows, which are recorded on professional camera and audio equipment, QuickCharge is recorded in a quick’n’dirty style in order to truly capture our first impressions, unencumbered by camera equipment and sound checks.

We'll share more opinions of the Outlander PHEV in our Charged Up show at the end of our press-car loan.

We’ll share more opinions of the Outlander PHEV in our Charged Up show at the end of our press-car loan.

By the end of this week, she’ll have recorded her full, considered Charged Up review of the same vehicle after living with it for one week.

Together, the quick and dirty Quick Charge and the fully-edited Charged Up give you a representation of what it’s like to drive a new car for the first time and what it’s like to live with.

What are your first impressions of the Outlander PHEV? Is it a car you would consider? Let us know below.

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  • CDspeed

    Yay finally, I love Transport Evolved’s video road tests, you need to do more of them! I really like how you test drive a car, and don’t make a big deal out of it being electric (or a plug-in hybrid). It makes the car’s being electric just feel natural, unlike reports from other sites that make the electric bit sound like a special feature. But I miss Mark, bring back the man in the banana jumper! : )

  • Jonathan Tracey

    the local wifi things just seems silly, would be interesting to hear from Mitsibushi why they went that way, Its going to cause users no end of problems

  • Paul Churchley

    I had a 3hr test drive last week. I liked it. I was confused at first with the “+” and “-” on the regen paddles but I think I have worked out why they appear the wrong way round…nnYou would typical use them when descending a hill to control speed instead of using the brake pedal so if you want to speed up you want less regen, hence the “+” for more speed and if you want to slow down you need more regen hence the “-” for less speed. So I see the plus and minus to refer to the car’s speed and not the amount of regen.nnI found the paddles a great way to get the most from regen. Loved them! There is even a “glide” mode which allows the car to neither use power nor regen. Loved that too!nnAs I say, overall I liked it. I found I got over 30 miles on a full charge and about 45mpg on petrol only both of which I would expect to be fine for most people.nnI look forward to your full report 🙂