Test: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV MY16: – up and conclusions (III)

¿Is the plug-in hybrid the solution of mobility final? The first thing that Mitsubishi should have a good commercial network that explain whether in each particular case this car is the ideal solution. Precisely because of the differences of the tours that we have every one, you can extract a better or worse result in terms of consumption. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV may not be the perfect base for a mobility hybrid plug-in, but a car is emotional, edgy and stylish and that also is paid.

In fact, your engine is a 2.0-121 HP that joins two electric motors of 60 kW to extract a set of 203 CV. Its acceleration from 0-100km/h in 11 seconds while the top speed is 170 km/h; it is not a car to run, but it will not defend evil.

The first tours are very soft and thanks to the electric propulsion can move without problems through the city. We start from the theoretical base that we could go up to 52 miles without activating the gasoline engine, but the reality is that it is a fact optimistic or very optimistic, depending on if we activate the climate control or not. If we have on the climate, the autonomy low-nothing less than 10-12 kilometers, though if you deactivate, immediately goes back up. As we have heated seats, we could make a little effort because they just spend energy.


Double optical LED for the dipped beam. Halogen for long.

The braking serves to feed the batteries. Paddles behind the steering wheel increase the resistance that the car makes when you release the throttle in five levels (plus one without resistance) and the instrument cluster informs on whether we use or regeneramos energy. Barely can feed the battery unless we do not face long distances downhill, but if you thereupon comes a uphill, we have to have a certain foresight about our movements.

52 kilometers theorists in EV mode.

The car forces the driver to assess each movement so as not to lose energy in useless way… and the reality is that one is not driving this way on the day-to-day in your conventional car. However, if we take advantage of the full potential of the vehicle and taking into account that in my particular case some kilometer to another I have to use fast roads, I can overcome the 40 miles with the climate control since.

once you enter the gasoline engine and the feeling of stress begins. The average consumption rises, and our economy looks atentada; we want to get as to our point of loading. As a minimum, from Monday to Friday the Outlander PHEV has to be used in electric mode. From home to work and back to home with a technical stop as much.


Without chains you can reach where others have not reached even if the electrical system is complaining about a little

, There are 30 km in mode 100% electric, using the climate control without hesitation and throttle to our whim, because it is really how we drive any combustion car. Then it loads and you need to wait about 5 hours (5:30 according to the box of instruments, though then reduced a bit) before returning to use the car. Do you fit this profile? This is your car. Must have charger at home and at work if you have to cross a city like Madrid, or come from the outside.

If you turn on the combustion engine, then the profitability starts to drop. We have performed three tests with different scenarios:

  • Consumption with 3 charges: 0 liter/100km using the climate control once in a while.
  • Consumption with 2 loads: 2,56 l/100km: 2,76 eur.
  • Consumption without load with getaway the weekend (114 kilometres): 12,56 litres.

If we put these data to a power consumption that amounted to around 18kW/h according to the car’s computer, we conclude that if your distance requires you to turn on the motor of the car during the week, then you can perfectly assess another option, because the range Outlander is full of proposals. In my case, it could be perfectly usable so I have not had to stop to refuel at any time except for these tests in particular. The deposit can last for weeks.


The details do not go unnoticed, as the rims blacked out or the chrome lower

And is that the car itself works of cinema. It feels light and agile if you are required a little. Of course it has limitations, but one we have managed to resolve with a 10 on 10 is the radius of gyration. Surprising what it is capable of giving this SUV. According to the technical data the minimum radius is 5.3 meters and it is sensed that it is about curbs.

it Has ECO mode, SAVE, and CHARGE

The suspensions behave excellently at an intermediate point between comfort and dynamism to an SUV. The address is soft and conveys little and there is a driving program to this point. Just one touch ECO button, which will be our ally in battle efficiency, and then two specific programs for the electrical charge: one that is called ‘SAVE’ where we can save battery on the road and use it later in the city (although if the car believes that the good option is to use the electrical energy, used in the same way) and another mode which is called ‘CHARGE’ that serves to feed the battery from the engine heat. Particularly I have doubts if in reality the savings is greater than the expenditure so finally, I have avoided the use of this mode.

Even in a stretch of snow, where a Premium 4X4 had to desist, the Outlander showed a lot of potential and could go further despite the fact that under the foot from the accelerator and brake and you could see that on the electric system it was hard for him to understand the loss of traction on the ice once that the situation was extremely slippery. However, we were given a pleasant impression in this aspect.


¿Snow? With this button, you will come out of more of a trouble

we Insist that the Outlander PHEV has to appreciate the detail because the consumption of fuel/electricity is high in mixed cycle, but if our daily tours allow us to, then it is an interesting proposal in a market with little to offer PHEVS for the time being.