Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: endurance test –

A pioneer with a plug

This Mitsubishi can also be electric. 50,000 kilometers in the Outlander PHEV reveal strengths but also weaknesses.

EIt took Mitsubishi to take the Outlander plug-in hybrid in the AUTO BILD endurance test. The first generation was already offered in Europe in 2003, which was far ahead of its time. Plugin hybrid 17 years ago! Nevertheless, Mitsubishi landed a hit and showed that alternative car drives do not have to be in a strange shell. But it was only with the third generation, thanks to the environmental bonus and 0.5 percent company car tax, that sales success came. Mitsubishi already reports 54,382 new registrations in Germany. Overall, they have sold 91,632 Outlanders to us since the beginning. Of course, not just as a plug-in. Initially, the share of the cheaper petrol engine without a plug predominated. But in 2019, 64 percent opted for the plug-in variant.

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Consumption and range are the biggest weaknesses

Clean engine compartment: Under the hood, nothing indicates the elaborate plug-in technology.

On April 15, 2019, the, well, not permanent, but annual test started. In brilliant mother-of-pearl white, with lavish furnishings. Cost: 49,990 euros. Another extra on the price list is a GPS for 600 euros. But you can save yourself that is lame, cumbersome, not competitive. So Mitsubishi decided to give the testers Apple CarPlay and Google Maps instead. Drive, space and driving behavior are more important. This brings us to the impressions that the Outlander left. He can convince with his background noise. No trace of the roar of the combustion engine when accelerating like a Toyota Prius. Discreet in tone and behavior, it switches discreetly when necessary. Very pleasant. Like all of the noise insulation. This is matched by the well-damped, yet firm chassis, of which 18-inch bumps only penetrate on lousy slopes. Overall, the tall white is also recommended as a relaxed touring car with comfortable seats and plenty of space inside. And it reveals its greatest weaknesses on the road: consumption and range. Electrically, Mitsubishi specifies that it can cover up to 54 kilometers. We did 50 kilometers at the start of the test, but still 45 a year later. Okay for an empty weight of almost two tons, but not overwhelming.

Technical specifications
engineFour-cylinder, front across
Displacement2360 cm3
power99 kW (135 hp) at 4500 rpm
Max. Torque211 Nm at 4500 rpm
Electric motorsone each on the front and rear axles
powerfront 60 kW (82 HP) / rear 70 kW (95 HP)
Max. Torquefront 137 Nm / rear 195 Nm
Max. System performance165 kW (224 hp)
batteryLithium ion
capacity13.8 kWh
driveFour-wheel drive / automatic input
Length Width Height4695 / 1800-2121 mm * / 1710 mm
wheelbase2670 mm
Track gaugefront 1540 / rear 1540 mm
Curb weight1951 kg
Payload439 kg
Trailer load1500/750 kg
Trunk463-1602 l
topelectric 135 km / h – hybrid 170 km / h
acceleration0-100 km / h in 10.5 s (factory setting)
consumption1.8 l S (EU mix)
Exhaust gasCO2 46 g / km
E range54 km
* Width with outside mirrors

The is developed Outlander PHEV for speed-limited streets

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Cruise to 130 km / h and relax. Then consumption under nine liters is possible.

Tester Stefan Novitski locates the intended use as a “utility tractor for home and craftsmen without long-distance ambitions.” All others rely on the combustion engine at the end of the short electric route. But it is thirsty (9.8 liters super in the long-term test average, with sporty gait over 12 liters) – and the tank is small (43 liters). Nothing changes that Mitsubishi lets the gasoline engine work according to the Atkinson principle. Without going deep into engine technology, the gasoline engine should be curbed in terms of consumption and exhaust gas behavior. Which also robs him of performance. Conclusion by KLASSIK author Martin Puthz after 3000 kilometers: “The Outlander is economical only where I don’t need a heavy SUV with all-wheel drive, namely on short journeys in city mode.” You should understand this hybrid as its concept is designed: developed for speed-limited roads. Cruise to 130 km / h and relax. Then consumption under nine liters is possible. We tried: The three of us with lots of luggage from Munich to Hamburg, in many cars that would be a pain. The editors Branke and Klangwald as well as photographer Ruddies got out in Hamburg relaxed. Even in the back seat, the trip was not an ordeal. Two pit stops (small tank!) Were often used for coffee breaks.

Operating costs / guarantees (fixed costs per year
Liability 16 (100%, R 11)800 euros
Fully comprehensive 23 (500 € SB, R 7) *1380 euros
Partial comprehensive 25 (€ 150 SB, R 9) *163 euros
Motor vehicle tax (Euro 6d-Temp-Evap-ISC)48 euros
* current type classes: HPF 17 / VK 23 / TK 24
Fuel cost for 50,371 km
4923.82 liter S (= 9.8 l / 100 km)6,844.11 euros
485.3 kWh of electrical energy160.15 euros
Inspection costs (including oil change)
20,000 km318.59 euros
40,000 km466.13 euros
Tire costs (including assembly)
1 set of summer tires 225/55 R 18 V Yokohama Blue Earth E70600 euros
1 set of 225/55 R 18 V Goodyear UltraGrip Performance SUV winter tires788 euros
Prices / loss of value
Test car price 4/19 (including extras)49,990 euros
Current new price (including extras) *50,990 euros
Estimate 4/2024,800 euros
Depreciation of the test car25,190 euros
Total cost for 1 year
to 50,371 km11,048.98 euros
Cost per km0.22 euros
Cost per km with depreciation0.72 euros

There is nothing to complain about in terms of reliability

Relaxation with reliability too: zero problems. The team combustion engine plus two electric motors harmonize perfectly. There were also no complaints about the processing. It takes some getting used to the sometimes arbitrary arrangement and distribution of various switches in the cockpit. That leaves the cost side. Anyone who streams and recharges should expect just under 23 kW for 100 kilometers. Makes around 7.59 euros on the electricity bill. The gasoline engine costs around 12 euros for 100 kilometers with a tame gas foot. In the more researched gait it is rather 14 euros.

Conclusion by Manfred Klangwald: Mitsubishi has been building plug-in hybrid SUVs since 2003, which meant the Japanese were ahead of their time. The third generation is routine, easy and reliable. However, the pure e-range is no longer up-to-date, multimedia can do better.

At the start of the testAt the end of the test
0-50 km / h4.1 s0-50 km / h4.0 s
0-100 / -130 km / h9.7 / 16.1 s0-100 / -130 km / h9.9 / 16.9 s
0-160 km / h24.8 s0-160 km / h26.2 s
Intermediate sprintIntermediate sprint
60-100 km / h4.7 s60-100 km / h5.1 s
80-120 km / h6.6 s80-120 km / h7.1
Braking distanceBraking distance
from 100 km / h cold37.9 mfrom 100 km / h cold38.2 m
from 100 km / h warm39.3 mfrom 100 km / h warm38.1 m
Interior noiseInterior noise
at 50 km / h57 dB (A)at 50 km / h57 dB (A)
at 100 km / h64 dB (A)at 100 km / h65 dB (A)
at 130 km / h70 dB (A)at 130 km / h70 dB (A)
Test consumption8.8 l S – 11.2 kWhTest consumption8.9 l S –

11.4 kWh


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