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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review 2015


Good points

  • Generous 60 kilometre electric range
  • Near silent battery-powered motoring
  • More practical than most hybrids

Needs work

  • Efficiency suffers if you tap into petrol power
  • No seven-seat option
  • Expensive to purchase

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV shows just how little you have to compromise with a modern electric vehicle.

Mitsubishi produces Outlanders with a variety of powertrains: there are petrol and diesel options that are competent, and not offensively inefficient. The conventional engines are now joined by the Outlander PHEV, a petrol-electric hybrid version. The Outlander PHEV sets itself apart from the few other hybrid SUVs on the market, such as the Lexus RX450h, by offering a large battery, chargeable through the household grid, and capable of driving the Outlander for 60 gentle kilometres. The Outlander PHEV is exceptional in its ability to provide compromise-free, green family motoring, with cheaper running costs, and greater style, than the Toyota Prius V.

ChasingCars.com.au borrowed this vehicle for our Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review:

  • 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Aspire (top-trim), with the 2.0-litre aspirated four-cylinder and electric-hybrid motor and continuously-variable automatic, in Starlight White with black leather, priced at $52,490 before on-road costs.
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Key specs (as tested)

Electric + naturally aspirated
87kW @ 4500rpm
186Nm @ 4500rpm
Single gear transaxle
Power to weight ratio
49kW / tonne
Fuel type
Electric + petrol
Fuel capacity
1.9L / 100km
Average Range
All wheel drive
Engine configuration
Unoccupied weight
Cargo space seats up
Cargo seats down

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