Video: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV first drive
Bob takes a drive around Dublin
So why is the Outlander PHEV so important?
Mitsubishi have staked everything on the new PHEV technology, they have tried to make the Outlander a car that can do everything from taking the kids to school to driving up a hillside.
Has it worked for them?
Well there’s certainly a big shift on when it comes to the quality of the interior, there’s a decent amount of refinement in the materials used but still the Irish buyer is hung up on diesel and Mitsubishi are trying to say that the Outlander PHEV can replace the fuel economy that a diesel offers.
While I’m thinking of fuel economy Mitsubishi claim that the Outlander PHEV can do 1.9l/kms which is startlingly low but in my drive around Dublin I used no fuel at all because the car always tries to run on batteries right up to 120kms.
When it runs out of power in the batteries or you overtake another car you find that the engine will cut in but only briefly, once the power starts flowing back to the battery the car runs from that again.
The other side is that it’s a plug in, which means you can use both normal and fast charging stations meaning that if you’re clever you can drive around town and never actually run out of electricity.
Having the petrol engine there just as a back up means that you don’t feel that same range anxiety that you get with a pure electric powered car, you just keep on driving and when you run short you just put some petrol in and keep on going.
It’s a brave move for Mitsubishi because it’s price pointing puts it up there with the diesel rivals, the entry level Intense + is €41,950 and that’s missing all the good toys like the touch screen and satnav. The Instyle is €47,450 and while it has all the kit you’ll ever need including leather seats the purchase price will be off-putting to some.
The good news is that both models are in tax band A1 and that’s €170 a year, for a car of this size that’s very impressive. Servicing should be a little cheaper too because there’s nothing much to service in the electric parts and the petrol engine is a standard Mitsubishi stock model that has proved reliable.
The Outlander PHEV will be hitting showrooms very soon and it’s certainly worth a look if only to wonder at the silence in the cabin when you drive off.