Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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The Outlander PHEV, updated in 2019,  is all wheel drive plug-in hybrid is powered by a new 2.4 litre petrol engine that produces more torque and improving fuel economy. The motor attached to the rear wheels is now 10% more powerful and the battery pack capacity has increased to 13.8 kWh, (the mini countryman phev has a 7.6kWh battery and the Toyota prius phev 8.8 kWh) The electric only range is quoted at 28 miles by WLTP but the reality is closer to 20 miles. The location of the rear motor means the hybrid is only available with five seats. Other than that there are no compromises on practicality, as unlike with many other hybrids, the boot is virtually the same size as in the Outlander petrol at 436 litres.  Most of the time the Outlander PHEV runs on battery power alone. However, if the batteries need topping up or more drive is required the petrol engine kicks in.  The PHEV can sprint from 0-62mph in just 10.5 seconds,  while the top speed is limited to 106mph. It can even drive at up to 84 mph on battery power alone. The PHEV weighs approximately 200kg more than the petrol car, but because the batteries are located under the floor of the cabin, it has a lower centre of gravity which aids stability when cornering.

 

Mitsubishi PHEV motability car fuelIt takes up to five hours to fully charge the Outlander PHEV from a normal household 13 amp socket. However, you can charge batteries to 80 per cent in just 25 minutes from a fast charger, you will have to buy an extra cable to do this which is £299 from Mitsubishi or around £150 for a 32 amp cable from a specialist supplier.  The batteries in the Outlander PHEV are also topped up whenever you brake, as when you slow down the electric motors work in reverse as dynamos to generate electricity thereby recouping lost energy. You can even alter the extent of the ‘engine braking’ effect using the steering-wheel mounted paddles. The range on electric power alone is up to 28 miles but as there is no traditional engine to warm or cool the car the air con or heating is run from battery power that reduces that range. There are three driving modes in the PHEV. EV Drive Mode is an all-electric, the front and rear motors drive the vehicle using only electricity from the drive battery. In Series Hybrid Mode, the petrol engine operates as a generator supplying electricity to the electric motors. The system switches to this mode when the remaining charge in the battery falls below a predetermined level, and when more powerful performance is required, such as accelerating to pass a car or climbing a slope.  Then you have Parallel Hybrid Mode, where the petrol engine provides most of the power, assisted by the electric motors as required. The system switches to this mode for higher-speed driving.

 

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The Outlander PHEV is on the scheme in new trims, Verve, Design and Dynamic (in that order) so as they are all priced the same Dynamic is the one to go for. Verve cars have parking sensors, LED lamps and heated front seats, Design trim adds smartphone connectivity, 18-inch alloy wheels and a reversing camera, Dynamic adds Blind Spot Warning and sensors that monitor for traffic crossing behind you to make overtaking safer. PHEV’s official figures of 148mpg and 44g/km have been weighted with the results of two 25 km test runs, one where the battery is drained and another where it isn’t. The PHEV is clearly more suited to short commutes than trips away and you do have to charge the batteries from a power source in order to gain the advantage of the hybrid PHEV, should you be fortunate enough to be able to garage your PHEV and charge it overnight or if you have an understanding employer who will install a charging point at you place of work then the PHEV makes for an extremely low cost vehicle to run. The petrol engine is improved but remains very thirsty and the moment it kicks in you are draining the tiny 45 litre tank faster than you would believe. If you do long journeys or can’t keep your batteries topped up then the Outlander is not for you. If you drive 15 miles to work and can charge the car at home and work then it’s perfect.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy – Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2.4 Plugin Hybrid 4wd PHEV ‘Dynamic’ – £2999 Advance Payment (£1887 wpms)