Plug-in hybrid in endurance test: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Outlander plug-in hybrid in endurance test

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
engine Four-cylinder, front across
Displacement 2360 cm3
power 99 kW (135 hp) at 4500 rpm
Max. Torque 211 Nm at 4500 rpm
Electric motors one each on the front and rear axles
power front 60 kW (82 HP) / rear 70 kW (95 HP)
Max. Torque front 137 Nm / rear 195 Nm
Max. System performance 165 kW (224 hp)
battery Lithium ion
capacity 13.8 kWh
drive Four-wheel drive / automatic input
Length Width Height 4695 / 1800-2121 mm * / 1710 mm
wheelbase 2670 mm
Track gauge front 1540 / rear 1540 mm
Curb weight 1951 kg
Payload 439 kg
Trailer load 1500/750 kg
Trunk 463-1602 l
top electric 135 km / h – hybrid 170 km / h
acceleration 0-100 km / h in 10.5 s (factory setting)
consumption 1.8 l S (EU mix)
Exhaust gas CO2 46 g / km
E range 54 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 restrained 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 energy 160.15 euros
Inspection costs (including oil change)
20,000 km 318.59 euros
40,000 km 466.13 euros
Tire costs (including assembly)
1 set of summer tires 225/55 R 18 V Yokohama Blue Earth E70 600 euros
1 set of 225/55 R 18 V Goodyear UltraGrip Performance SUV winter tires 788 euros
Prices / loss of value
Test car price 4/19 (including extras) 49,990 euros
Current new price (including extras) * 50,990 euros
Estimate 4/20 24,800 euros
Depreciation of the test car 25,190 euros
Total cost for 1 year
to 50,371 km 11,048.98 euros
Cost per km 0.22 euros
Cost per km with depreciation 0.72 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 test At the end of the test
acceleration acceleration
0-50 km / h 4.1 s 0-50 km / h 4.0 s
0-100 / -130 km / h 9.7 / 16.1 s 0-100 / -130 km / h 9.9 / 16.9 s
0-160 km / h 24.8 s 0-160 km / h 26.2 s
Intermediate sprint Intermediate sprint
60-100 km / h 4.7 s 60-100 km / h 5.1 s
80-120 km / h 6.6 s 80-120 km / h 7.1
Braking distance Braking distance
from 100 km / h cold 37.9 m from 100 km / h cold 38.2 m
from 100 km / h warm 39.3 m from 100 km / h warm 38.1 m
Interior noise Interior noise
at 50 km / h 57 dB (A) at 50 km / h 57 dB (A)
at 100 km / h 64 dB (A) at 100 km / h 65 dB (A)
at 130 km / h 70 dB (A) at 130 km / h 70 dB (A)
Test consumption 8.8 l S – 11.2 kWh Test consumption 8.9 l S –

11.4 kWh


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