2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review

2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review


Mitsubishi has been within the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) recreation in Australia for a substantial variety of years – in reality, it launched it’s first PHEV domestically in 2014. Nevertheless, this powertrain expertise remains to be solely a microcosm in new automotive gross sales.

In 2023 a complete of 11,212 PHEVs had been offered in Australia out of a record-breaking 1.2 million automobiles. This equates to roughly 0.92 per cent of all new automotive gross sales throughout 2023.

The present-generation Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which is arguably the best-known PHEV supplied domestically, has been on sale in Australia for over a yr now and it lately acquired just a few tweaks and the next price ticket for MY24.

One among these tweaks included a brand new rear seat alert operate throughout your entire vary, which detects rear door use upon entry and might notify the motive force with both an instrument cluster message or horn notification once they’re exiting the automobile.

Different tweaks embody LED rear fog lights, as a substitute of halogen items, and new exterior paint color choices.

WATCH: Paul’s video assessment of the Outlander PHEV Exceed

On check right here is the flagship 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Exceed Tourer with its flashy two-tone exterior paint and inside upholstery. It’s additionally the costliest Mitsubishi automobile at present on sale.

Does the Outlander PHEV kind as an SUV it is best to really take into account in flagship Exceed Tourer kind? Learn alongside to search out out.

How does the Mitsubishi Outlander fare vs its rivals?

View an in depth breakdown of the Mitsubishi Outlander towards equally sized autos.

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How a lot does the Mitsubishi Outlander value?

  • 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander ES 5-seat: $37,740
  • 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander LS: $41,240
  • 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander Black Version: $42,990
  • 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander LS AWD: $43,740
  • 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander Aspire: $44,840
  • 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander Aspire AWD: $47,340
  • 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed AWD: $52,640
  • 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed Tourer AWD: $55,190
  • 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV ES AWD 5-seat: $57,290
  • 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Aspire AWD 5-seat: $63,790
  • 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Exceed AWD: $69,290
  • 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Exceed Tourer AWD: $71,790

All costs exclude on-road prices

To see how the Outlander compares with its rivals, line it up side-by-side with any automotive you need utilizing our comparison tool.

What’s the Mitsubishi Outlander like on the within?

Strolling as much as the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid EV there’s no instant means differentiate this mannequin from the petrol-powered variants aside for the PHEV badging on the entrance door panels and tailgate – this continues on the within as nicely.

Due to its sought-after excessive experience top, this implies it’s very easy to get out and in of the Outlander PHEV. You don’t must step up or down, however can relatively simply step in and swivel your hips to get snug.

The flagship Outlander PHEV Exceed Tourer on check right here comes outfitted with leather-based seats which have a really cool-looking two-tone black and saddle tan end.

Each entrance seats have a improbable quantity of electrical adjustment, in addition to reminiscence. My favorite a part of the motive force’s seat was how a lot thigh assist I used to be in a position to obtain.

As well as, each entrance seats are heated, that are a deal with on cool Melbourne mornings, and have a therapeutic massage operate. Nevertheless, they’re lacking air flow which is slightly disappointing given that is the flagship variant.

Forward of the motive force is an extremely thick leather-wrapped steering wheel, which feels good within the hand and has perforations with the intention to permit your palms to breathe and never get too sweaty. It’s additionally heated.

All of the buttons on the steering wheel have a tactile click on or push motion and are logically positioned; although, the button to initially activate the adaptive cruise management takes a bit to search out and get used to. It doesn’t appear like a typical cruise management icon, however is as a substitute one which exhibits a automotive surrounded by a spread of curved strains.

Behind the steering wheel is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that provides high-resolution and loads of configuration choices.

The digital instrument cluster has two most important display layouts, in addition to numerous informative pages to select from. No matter which format, I like seeing the web page that exhibits what the PHEV system is doing with reference to the place energy is being despatched and when regenerative braking kicks in.

There’s something that may be a little irritating is while you activate adaptive cruise management for the primary time on a drive. The digital instrument cluster mechanically modifications to the web page devoted to adaptive cruise management. It’s a must to manually change it again to what you need after this occurs – although you possibly can dig by menus and change this off.

The top-up show is no less than giant and brilliant. The knowledge it initiatives onto the windscreen is simply sufficient to maintain you trying forward and never having to look down on the instrument cluster.

Shifting throughout the dashboard, the Outlander PHEV Exceed Tourer comes with a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that does look slightly on the smaller aspect given this mannequin’s ‘prime of the road’ standing. This isn’t helped by the big piano black bezels across the touchscreen itself.

Regardless of this, the touchscreen appears to be like high-resolution and has loads of processing energy. This implies it activates shortly at startup and new pages load snappily.

The infotainment system helps each wired and wi-fi types of Apple CarPlay; although, it solely helps wired Android Auto.

With my iPhone 12 Professional Max related with wi-fi Apple CarPlay for the whole thing of my time with our Outlander Exceed Tourer, I didn’t expertise any dropouts in anyway. That is stunning as quite a few automobiles battle with connection when travelling by toll cubicles, for instance.

It wasn’t excellent nonetheless; the wi-fi charger fried my telephone a bit and precipitated it to overheat quite a few instances. This possible means the coils contained in the Qi charger didn’t correctly align with my telephone, which is disappointing.

The Outlander PHEV Exceed Tourer’s touchscreen infotainment system additionally comes with in-built satellite tv for pc navigation, which is simple sufficient to make use of. Regardless of this I discovered I used Google Maps with smartphone mirroring as a substitute.

Wanting across the inside of our tester there are a wider vary of black and saddle tan parts, just like the seats. There are additionally fairly quite a few soft-touch supplies which makes the automotive really feel surprisingly high-end, which it ought to given the asking worth.

Piano black parts nonetheless pop up disappointingly on completely different surfaces within the Outlander PHEV Exceed Tourer’s inside – as everyone knows this end will get dirty and scratched very simply.

There’s additionally a pretend silver steel part subsequent to the gear selector which does look a tad kitschy.

The Outlander PHEV Exceed Tourer comes commonplace with a panoramic glass sunroof which helps create an ethereal atmosphere to the cabin. It additionally opens up a good means which permits the cabin to vent sizzling air faster.

Shifting to the second row, there’s loads of house when the seats are pushed all the best way again. Leg and shoulder house are positive; although, head room is slightly compromised because of the sunroof.

The quantity of leg room within the second row might be lowered while you inevitably pull it ahead to permit for extra space for these within the third row, nonetheless.

By way of second-row facilities there are centre console-mounted air vents, heated outboard seats, in addition to a fold-down centre armrest with cupholders.

If you wish to erect the third row of seats, the perfect place to do that is from the boot. There are variety of steps to this course of nevertheless it doesn’t take too lengthy to study.

As soon as the third row seats are erected you’ll discover they’re extremely skinny and have arguably the world’s funniest trying headrests – why are they so lengthy?

The third row is unquestionably a kids-only or emergency house as adults gained’t match comfortably in anyway. I gave it a crack at a leggy 182cm and located my head was severely crooked and my legs had been splayed at extraordinarily awkward angles with the intention to match.

Across the again the Outlander PHEV Exceed Tourer has a powered tailgate with a hands-free kick operate that’s extraordinarily useful in case you’ve acquired your palms full.

As soon as the boot is open you’ll discover there’s not very a lot house (161 litres) if all three rows of seats are upright. Fortunately this turns into extra usable 461 litres with the third row of seats folded down.

There are some cool hard-shell luggage with velcro bottoms for the Outlander PHEV’s charging cables, which permit them to be caught onto the boot ground or a seat backrest. This ensures they don’t slide round and they are often tucked out of the best way.

As a result of location of the Outlander PHEV’s high-voltage battery, there’s no spare tyre in anyway. There’s a tyre restore package nonetheless, which is good to have however is nowhere close to as useful as a correct spare wheel.

What’s underneath the bonnet?

The Mitsubishi Outlander is obtainable with both a standard 2.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, or like our tester, a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain with a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, twin electrical motors and a lithium-ion battery.

Mannequin Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid
Engine 2.4-litre naturally aspirated Atkinson-cycle 4cyl petrol
Engine energy 98kW
Engine torque 195Nm
Electrical motors Entrance- and rear-mounted electrical motors
Entrance electrical motor energy 85kW
Rear electrical motor energy 100kW
Complete system energy 185kW
Complete system torque 450Nm
Transmission Single-speed transaxle
Battery 20kWh lithium-ion battery (350V)
Pushed wheels All-wheel drive
Weight 2145kg (kerb)
Gas economic system (declare) 1.5 litres per 100km
Gas economic system (noticed) 3.3 litres per 100km (68 per cent in EV mode)
Gas tank measurement 56 litres
Gas requirement 91 RON

How does the Mitsubishi Outlander drive?

It’s value flagging immediately there are a variety of various methods to drive the Outlander PHEV, relying on the way you cost the automotive.

All through my time with our automobile I attempted out as many various methods to drive, cost and expertise the Outlander PHEV as doable, which suggests it won’t be immediately similar to how an on a regular basis individual would use their automotive.

Beginning up the Outlander PHEV is essentially a silent affair with a press of the facility button producing a few chimes. That’s it, you’re able to go.

It does take slightly bit to get used to the humorous gear selector which requires you to both push or pull it to pick both drive or reverse – am I incorrect for considering it’s slightly bit like a Bop It?

When you get transferring you’ll realise the Outlander PHEV has a extremely excessive bonnet, which makes it really feel bigger than it’s. There’s additionally a “king of the highway” vibe, which could be very wanted amongst SUV consumers.

The Outlander PHEV is punchy from takeoff due partly to its twin electrical motors. It is because the complete quantity of the electrical motor’s torque is obtainable from standstill.

You’ll simply be pulling forward of site visitors on the lights and that type of speedy acceleration will proceed in all city and metropolitan settings. That is actually stunning given the SUV’s 2.1-tonne kerb weight.

When you do actually punch the accelerator, the Outlander PHEV’s petrol engine can change on however doesn’t essentially make the acceleration occur any quicker. The engine may also keep on for some time after you’ve punched the accelerator to correctly heat up.

In low-speed situations it’s extremely straightforward to note how gentle the steering is. It’s virtually too gentle which might make it slightly devoid of feeling.

An upside of this; nonetheless, is it makes the Outlander PHEV straightforward to park. That is supplemented by the entrance and rear parking sensors and surround-view digital camera that’s of respectable high quality.

One thing humorous in regards to the Outlander PHEV is when it’s in EV mode there’s a cute beeping noise when reversing. You may solely faintly hear the noise from contained in the cabin, however its goal is to alert close by pedestrians.

The Outlander PHEV doesn’t include a one-pedal driving operate; although, there’s a setting that amplifies the regenerative braking. A few of my colleagues actually like this operate, however I discovered it to be jarring and jerky as you continue to must depress the brake pedal to return to a whole cease.

The brake pedal additionally has numerous journey, which makes it arduous to gauge how a lot strain you might want to enter to correctly cease. I a lot most well-liked the common regenerative braking mode, which remains to be sturdy sufficient and seems like a extra pure and progressive cease.

In EV mode the Outlander PHEV is extraordinarily quiet. There are the odd few electrical whirs however that’s to be anticipated and one thing you discover extra when there’s an absence of engine noise.

Thanks partly to its bigger 20kWh battery pack, there’s an abundance of EV-only vary. When absolutely charged the journey laptop ceaselessly learn out EV-only vary figures round 80km; although, relying on how I drove, this virtually prolonged in the true world to 100km!

This quantity of EV-only vary is improbable as many individuals would be capable to drive to and from work fully on electrical energy. It’s value noting in case you are solely utilizing EV mode you’re just about lugging round a petroleum engine and its elements for no cause.

The Outlander PHEV may also stay in EV mode as a lot as doable. Even when the journey laptop is studying zero EV vary left there seems to be a little bit of cost left to maintain the petrol engine switched off when stationary.

When the petrol engine does change on it transitions tremendous seamlessly. When you weren’t paying consideration you mightn’t even know the petrol engine has turned on as a result of it’s so quiet.

Regardless of having speedy EV acceleration, the sporty vibe surrounding the Outlander PHEV unravels when you hit some tough or twisty roads. The suspension tune is slightly awkward at low speeds, making the automotive really feel cumbersome and floaty.

This sense is made even worse at larger speeds. Over sure bumps it feels such as you go away the motive force’s seat and the third row seats – which aren’t correctly latched – as you bounce up and down.

The Outlander PHEV additionally feels prefer it falls over itself at larger speeds round corners – that is when the SUV’s 2.1-tonne kerb weight is most obvious.

Relying on the battery cost, the Outlander PHEV can nonetheless be in EV mode at freeway speeds. That is when electrical motors are at their most inefficient, so count on to see the claimed EV vary shortly plummet.

To negate this there are a bunch of different EV-related modes. The ‘Save’ mode runs the petrol engine with the intention to maintain the battery pack cost on the similar stage. When you’re strategic with how you employ this mode, you possibly can maximise the full distance the Outlander PHEV can go on a single tank of petrol and full battery pack.

There’s additionally a ‘Cost’ mode that makes use of the petrol engine to not solely energy the wheels however cost up the battery. This mode may be helpful when you’ve got no correct solution to cost the Outlander PHEV, nevertheless it’s undoubtedly not probably the most environment friendly means.

After I was making an attempt out the ‘Cost’ mode within the Outlander PHEV I discovered the claimed gas consumption skyrocketed all the best way to 10 litres per 100km. Eeek…

I had an identical feeling when driving the Outlander PHEV with none cost left within the battery and kind of driving it like a daily hybrid. I used to be averaging round 6.0 litres per 100km, which matches to indicate how heavy {the electrical} elements should be.

When the Outlander PHEV’s battery pack is low the petrol engine sometimes acts as a generator for the battery to energy the electrical motors; nonetheless, it could possibly immediately energy the wheels if wanted. That is extra outstanding at larger speeds.

In these sorts of conditions the automotive nonetheless has sufficient energy; although, it’s nowhere close to as responsive as it’s at decrease speeds in EV mode. You’ll want to think twice about overtaking since you might get caught out.

By way of charging, the Outlander PHEV may be AC charged utilizing a Sort 2 plug, or DC fast-charged utilizing a CHAdeMO port.

Mitsubishi claims absolutely charging the Outlander PHEV’s battery pack utilizing a 240V, 8A-10A socket takes round 9.5 hours. At a DC fast-charger however the automotive’s battery pack may be absolutely recharged in 38 minutes.

On the protection entrance, the Outlander PHEV’s adaptive cruise management usually works positive; although, it could possibly overreact and slam on the brakes when a automotive pulls forward of you. I fully perceive the system is making an attempt to maintain me secure, however I want it was slightly extra refined in regards to the braking.

The lane centring operate as a part of the adaptive cruise management system however is improbable. I discovered this actually stunning as I sometimes despise these sorts of methods and by no means use them – it doesn’t randomly tug on the steering wheel like some lane centring methods can do.

The very last thing I’ll point out on this part is that the adaptive LED headlights on this Outlander PHEV Exceed Tourer are nice. They permit for top beam to be on as a lot as doable when it’s darkish, which in rural and regional settings could make seeing animals which might be about to run onto the highway quite a bit simpler.

What do you get?

Outlander ES highlights:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Automated headlights
  • Automated high-beam
  • LED headlights
  • Full-size alloy spare wheel (Petrol)
  • Tyre restore package (PHEV)
  • 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster (PHEV)
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system (PHEV)
  • Wi-fi Apple CarPlay (PHEV)
  • Wired Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • Cruise management
  • 6-speaker sound system
  • Two USB inputs
  • Twin-zone local weather management
  • 5 drive modes
    • Regular, Eco, Tarmac, Gravel, Snow (Petrol)
  • 6 drive modes
    • All 5 petrol drive modes + EV mode (PHEV solely)
  • Electrical parking brake
  • Auto maintain with reminiscence
  • Keyless begin
  • Paddle shifters
  • Driver aspect window one-touch up/down
  • 5 seats
  • Material seat upholstery
  • Driver’s seat guide adjustment with guide lumbar assist
  • Entrance passenger’s seat guide adjustment
  • Second row recline adjustment
  • Rear seat alert operate
  • Mode 3 charging cable (PHEV solely)
  • Mode 2 AC charging cable (PHEV solely)

Outlander LS adds:

  • Space-saver spare wheel
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • LED front fog lights
  • Privacy glass
  • Silver roof rails
  • 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay
  • Satellite navigation
  • Wireless phone charger
  • 2 x rear USB ports
  • Keyless entry
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shifter
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Seven seats
  • Second-row slide and recline adjustment

Outlander Black Edition adds:

  • 20-inch black alloy wheels
  • Black front and rear bumper
  • Black door mirrors
  • Black grille
  • Black headlining
  • Black gearshift panel
  • Microsuede seat upholstery with synthetic leather bolsters
  • 6-way power driver’s seat with electric lumbar support
  • B and C-pillar garnishes
  • Heated front seats
  • Removes roof rails

Outlander Aspire provides (over LS):

  • 20-inch two-tone alloy wheels
  • LED headlights with automated levelling
  • Adaptive Driving Beam
  • Energy tailgate
  • Head-up show
  • Encompass-view digital camera
  • 5 seats (PHEV solely)
  • Microsuede seat upholstery with artificial leather-based bolster
  • 6-way energy driver’s seat with electrical lumbar assist
  • Heated entrance seats
  • 240V/1500W energy shops (PHEV solely)

Outlander Exceed provides:

  • Entrance LED sequential indicators
  • Panoramic sunroof with entrance tilt/slide
  • Arms-free energy tailgate
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • 10-speaker Bose premium sound system
  • Tri-zone local weather management
  • Pull-up rear door sunshades
  • Illuminated entrance door trims
  • Aluminium gearshift trim panel
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather-based upholstery (black or gray)
  • 6-way energy entrance passenger’s seat incl. lumbar assist
  • Entrance seat reminiscence
  • MI-PILOT driving assistant
    • Site visitors Jam Help
    • Lane Preserve Help (steering management help)
    • Pace Restrict Help

Outlander Exceed Tourer provides:

  • Two-tone exterior paint
  • Entrance seat therapeutic massage operate
  • Two-tone leather-based upholstery
  • Rear seat heating

Is the Mitsubishi Outlander secure?

The Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander PHEV have a five-star ANCAP security score based mostly on testing performed in 2022.

They acquired an grownup occupant safety score of 83 per cent, a toddler occupant safety score of 92 per cent, a susceptible highway consumer safety score of 81 per cent, and a security help score of 83 per cent.

Customary security options embody:

  • 8 airbags
  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
  • Rear AEB
  • Ahead collision warning
  • Shifting object detection
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane-keep help
  • Emergency lane help
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise management
  • Driver consideration alert
  • Site visitors signal recognition
  • Rear-view digital camera
  • Entrance and rear parking sensors
  • Rear seat alert operate

Additional up the vary, the Outlander Exceed and Exceed Tourer petrol and PHEV fashions choose up Mitsubishi’s MI-PILOT driving assistant.

This provides Site visitors Jam Help (adaptive cruise management that re-engages after an entire cease), lane-keep help (utilizing steering management help relatively than wheel braking), and velocity restrict help (adaptive cruise management that matches the Outlander to the indicated velocity restrict).

The steering wheel in these grades options contact sensors to deal with MI-PILOT engagement, and can disengage the system when the motive force’s grip shouldn’t be detected, when indicators are on, or when windscreen wipers are constantly operated at their highest velocity.

How a lot does the Mitsubishi Outlander value to run?

The 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is roofed by a regular five-year, 100,000km guarantee, which may be prolonged to 10 years/200,000km in case you service inside Mitsubishi’s seller community.

The Outlander PHEV’s high-voltage battery pack can be lined by an eight-year or 160,000km guarantee.

Logbook servicing is required each 15,000km or 12 months, and the primary ten companies are capped on the following:

12 months/15,000km $349
24 months/30,000km $449
36 months/45,000km $399
48 months/60,000km $449
60 months/75,000km $399
72 months/90,000km $799
84 months/105,000km $449
96 months/120,000km $799
108 months/135,000km $449
120 months/150,000km $899

CarExpert’s Tackle the Mitsubishi Outlander

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is advanced automobile that may be pushed and charged in a mess of various methods.

It has an revolutionary powertrain that may take quite a bit to correctly perceive its functionality and adaptability. If pushed and charged in a sure means it may be extremely environment friendly.

For lots of people I’d argue plug-in hybrids can function excellent automobiles given they’ll full their total day by day commute on EV mode through the week, and but nonetheless deal with longer journeys due to the petrol engine on the weekend.

When you solely have one automotive in your loved ones and your utilization sample is like this, it could possibly be your type of automobile.

Regardless of this, it’s nonetheless arduous to shake the truth that while you’re driving on EV mode you’re lugging round a petroleum engine for no cause. The identical goes for while you’re driving utilizing the petrol engine with an empty battery pack.

There’s additionally the preliminary worth premium that comes with shopping for a plug-in hybrid.

Our Outlander PHEV Exceed Tourer tester is sort of $17,000 costlier than its non-electrified counterpart, which might possible take years (if not many years) to recuperate.

When you’re deadset on shopping for an Outlander PHEV and might make a plug-in hybrid work along with your life-style, I’d be hesitant to totally advocate the flagship Exceed Tourer variant. Over $70,000 for a Mitsubishi is some huge cash and one of many few issues it positive aspects over the Exceed is a two-tone inside.

As a substitute I’d urge to look nearer on the entry-level Outlander PHEV ES or Aspire variants which have costs extra intently aligned with top-spec petrol variants.

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