Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review: “It’s basically an EV, you can smoothly ride it practically” by Naoto Shimazaki

I once again drove the new all-new Outlander PHEV and I thought, “oh well.” I found out many things that I didn’t understand about it during the test driving session. It currently has many rival SUVs, but this model is still leading among all its rivals in terms of its running performance.

Its special feature is that it is basically an EV, but it has been refined. It runs smoothly, it has a lower engine noise than before, and it has a powerful running performance. When you charge it at a sufficient level, you can drive it using a motor and it would make you think that its acceleration is a bit strong when you drive it in town areas until you drive it at high speed. When you’re used to the feeling of driving the usual hybrid cars, you would wonder, “Can I really drive using the motor at a vast and wider distance like this?” When using the regenerative brake while driving, the charging speed when generating engine power is relatively fast, and when you look at the meter, the charging scale would rise up from the bottom in one hour. On the other hand, you completely shift from motor to engine so it would be pleasant to drive at a high speed, and its accelerator would also give you an ample response.

It would lessen the road noise when you’re driving in EV mode. It would make you think that it’s silent even when you’re driving on paved roads where the noise would normally stand out. It would also make you feel comfortable as you’re riding.

Due to my tight schedule, I was not able to make use of a charging station, but as I was naturally driving without caring about the remaining battery quantity of this car, which is different when I’d keep on looking at the electricity I’ve consumed on a smartphone, this is a great advantage for normal EVs.

When I used the engine when driving, its drivability became more polished. However, the switch button of the Multi Information Display inside the meter is placed enough to be hidden on the right side of the steering column light switch (of the lever), so it took me a little longer to find it. I think it would be easier to look for it when the switch button is attached to the steering wheel. Incidentally, it has great material quality for its interior parts, but in terms of mechanism advancement, I’m not satisfied with the newness of its design.

It has a high waistline and I think its large body would require a little more time to get used to it depending on the passenger. However, it has a 5.3m minimum turning radius so I can drive the car smoothly. And if I adjust the seat a little bit higher, I can clearly see its entire hood.

Deliberately, when I normally rode this model, I actually felt that its practicality is high enough. It’s also great that you can smoothly drive it without any arguments. It has a great riding feel like that of a high grade saloon so I’m very satisfied with it.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)
Born in Tokyo in 1958. He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university. In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor, and photographer for magazines and independent publications. Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)