Jaguar I-PACE Vs. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Vs. Alfa Stelvio: Video


Gasoline vs Plug-In Hybrid vs Electric

Auto Trader recently released a brief comparison of three cars – Jaguar I-PACE, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Alfa Romeo Stelvio – which at first could seem rather unusual (we are accustomed to comparing EV to EV), but from a broader perspective, it’s important for those who are not yet convinced by electric cars.

The three selected models represents three powertrain types – respectively electric, plug-in hybrid and gasoline. Each has its strong and weak points.

Electric is zero emission, quiet, quick, easy to use and brings savings on fuel, however even the long-range I-PACE requires expansion of the fast-charging network and takes more time to recharge than to refuel of the tank of gas.

The plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, on the other hand, is more universal, gives more flexibility and doesn’t require you to change driving habits.

For us, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is not appealing, although it’s cool looking, costs less than the long-range BEV and enables one to go long distances without much searching for a place to refuel.

For sure BEVs should be purchased by those who can afford the higher upfront cost and their driving needs can be fulfilled by the vehicle’s range (with some DC fast charging from time to time). Those who are interested in electric, but can’t go full electric, should consider the plug-in hybrid model. But we’d suggest you pass on the full-on gasser.

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5 Comments on "Jaguar I-PACE Vs. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Vs. Alfa Stelvio: Video"

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This sort of say it all really.
The plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, on the other hand, is more universal, gives more flexibility and doesn’t require you to change driving habits.
show the big problem that many drivers have with a PHEV. To get the best out of one (and I’ve driven an Outlander for 45K miles) you have to change your driving style. You need to adapt it in order to get the best out of the battery and regen braking.
By doing this I do most of my driving on battery alone and charge it up at home.

If you don’t adapt your driving you end up with little more than a Prius type hybrid.

I love the Mitsubishi phev, haven’t driven it but I heard it drives exactly like a gasoline car and it’s rugged. Is it true? I’m stoked for it but don’t wanna buy a “longer Prius”

With the engine off (you can do this) it drives like a pure BEV. Add in the 4WD and you have a pretty good vehicle for most off road use when needed. Not in the I-Pace league by any means but it works for me when going up a muddy track to my woodland. It also tows 1500kg.

I have gotten into the habit of turning off the ICE when going through towns and villages AND when I’m in a traffic queue.
Take one for a test drive. There isn’t a pure BEV with 4WD and towing capability in its price range. I can get quite a lot of wood in the back without resorting to using my trailer.
The driving position is higher up than the Prius and there is plenty of room in the back for adults.

Here’s how it breaks down:
it’s a SUV with 4WD ability so any measure of efficiency is moderated by weight;
its battery is good for 30mi on pure electric, giving way over 120mpg-e;
otherwise it’s a 2l petrol auto, giving 35mpg.
You can either take control of when it uses the battery (for short journeys, force it on all the way) or let it automatically amortise it across the range.
Mitsubishi take a weighted average of the mpg+mpg-e figures (based on how many times they expect you to empty the battery per combined range) and say you can expect 60-odd mpg(-e) combined.
This is much the same as a diesel in the same body.
Maybe 10% more on a good day.
Now take it out on an interesting road that requires the 4×4 ability and that 10% disappears as fast as it came.

Neighbours had two in succession but have reverted for now. The real quantum improvement is only by going wholly BEV.

Typical review by non-EV people missing the point. “Petrol” car takes the longest to refuel because first you have to drive to the gas station. I don’t have time for that! EV takes only a few seconds to refuel. Take the charge cable and insert it when you get home at night, disconnect it before leaving in the morning.

The Jaguar lady was sitting much too close to the steering wheel, too.