2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review By Telegraph Cars – Video

DEC 27 2015 BY MARK KANE 20

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Telegraph Cars’s Rebecca Jackson presented the new 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, this despite any rainy weather the UK is known for.

The PHEV is still available only as a five-seater (or van), while the ICE version can seat up to seven.

Misubishi has recently improved the acceleration at low speeds and refined the interior.

With its 12 kWh battery, it’s a great car for those who need an SUV for short trips. On long journeys, fuel economy will not be a lot better than the conventional version, but the whole concept of a plug-in hybrid is to have the electric capability just in case, or when needed.

Telegraph Cars notes  that Outlander PHEV is too heavy to consider it sporty.

“Can you really have a big SUV and pay supermini running costs? The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a plug-in hybrid that claims to do just that. Rebecca Jackson puts it to the test.”

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I know the small battery makes it unlikely, but I am curious what happens to this car if you plug in regularly and only drive electric for a few months.

Does anybody know if the engine gets started once in a while to makes sure all the bits stay lubricated?

Yes it does run the engine periodically to stir the tank ! Around once every two weeks but only for around 30 secs to a minute.

That’s not entirely true… It will do a 20 liters fuel burn every 6 months if the ICE isn’t used…

Supermini running costs? Well, maybe if you never exceed the approximately 23 mile all-electric range.

Gotta hand it to Mitsubishi for making and selling a popular PHEV, one of the two best-selling PHEVs along with the Volt… I’m not sure which has more world-wide sales.

But ~23 miles of all-electric range is woefully inadequate for the average driver. Here’s hoping that Mitsubishi significantly increases the size of the Outlander’s battery pack, and soon.

Agreed.. Just an extra 10 miles would make a huge difference, as that would put it in the 30’s. I suspect that would require an extra 3 or 4 kwh, but I think most people would be willing to pay the extra. Packaging may be the issue, but with the newer high density cells out, it might be possible to get a little more range from the same size pack.

Adding another 4 kwH would add another $1000 To its cost. Maybe that is the reason they have not introduced it in US. Maybe the American version will have at least 18 Kwh just like volt.

Yes but …. in the USA, the extra 4kWh would also qualify for a tax credit of more than $1000, so the next cost will be negative.

Adding 4kWh might not give it much additional range considering the size, weight and Cd of the vehicle. I am guessing that Outlander will be lucky to get 2.5 miles/kWh in the EPA testing cycle. So, additional 4kWh (without further derating) will only add 10 miles at best.

But I agree that it should have at least 16kWh since the Feds are paying for it.

They probably can’t fit the 16kWh without changing the chemistry of the battery/cooling design or intruding the cargo capacity.

You raise a good point Jim, but with regen, weight isn’t quite the problem for a PHEV in city driving that it is in a conventional car. I think the problem is finding the room for 4 more kWh of pack without sacrificing utility/cabin space. Given the fact that you get a credit in the US that is dependent on the size of the pack, it is silly not to take advantage of the full 16 kWh/$7500 worth of credit. Unless it takes up a large part of the boot.

This is actually a 3 year old design. Batteries have had major capacity increases. If they did buy the new batteries coming out now, it’d surely fit into the same space, with more capacity.

It’s like Ford’s CMax Energi. Today, if you put in modern batteries you’d increase the range and fix the trunk space issue. Management is funny( incompetent ) sometimes.

23 miles is enough to offset (almost) all commuting on average for the people in the regions it’s sold in.

I of course want it to have more range too but it’s most definitely adequate for the average driver.

It’s a very limited number of countries where people drive that much more that it would not be adequate.

23 miles on electricity is potentially 8000+ miles per year on electricity.

In comparison, the typical Leaf owner does around 10,000 miles per year.

An Outlander PHEV replaces a SUV/CUV that might get 20 MPG. That saves 400 gallons of gas per year.

A Leaf replaces a passenger car that might get 30 MPG. That saves 333 gallons of gas per year.

How exactly is saving 400 gallons of gas vs. 333 gallons of gas not good enough? Would I like more range? Sure. But saving gas is saving gas. The math doesn’t lie.

First thing to do is paint the upper part of the bumper to match the color on the car then, with the “ugly” removed you have a fine PHEV SU.

Did it in Photoshop and it is great improvement over the designer of the car who should be taken out behind the woodshed along with the designer of the Lexus and Toyota that also have stupid front “whale mouth” grills

I need the 7 seater version. So disappointed that after 6 years we still don’t have a 7 seat plugin for less than 50K available. Here’s hoping Chrysler does it with the town and country this year.

The Nissan e-NV200 is a 7-seater for a lot less than $50k.

I would expect it to sell very well over there in the US if it is available in all states.

It’s a great car !

JimGord: I totally agree on the whale mouth. Would like to see that photoshop rendition

After being spoiled by my Volt’s 40 mile EV range I wouldn’t consider purchasing a PHEV with less than 50 EV range.
Saying that, this Mitsubishi with 50 real world miles EV range would be perfect if I needed an SUV. By the time I am ready to trade (+- 6 years) I’m sure Mitsubishi and other manufacturers will have accomplished that or more. The future looks bright.

Mitsubishi management – I hope you’re reading this excellent consumer-driven comments and taking action to make them a reality.

I changed from a Subaru to a PHEV just over 6 months ago.
I was averaging about £250 a month on petrol. To do the same 1,0000 per month it now costs me about £40 of petrol and £10 of electricity. I managed to make my first tank of fuel last just over 1,500 miles. I last put fuel in exactly one month ago, I still have half a tank, so I will probably fill it up again in another couple of weeks. I’m not geting the 144mpg, I’m only getting 105mpg.

I would have liked a bigger battery, because city driving it is much nicer on electric.