What’s the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV like inside?
The infotainment display is on the smaller side at 9.0 inches, compounded by the fact Mitsubishi has intentionally tried to accentuate the width of the Outlander’s interior by using strip-like vents integrated into the front facia highlight.
The system has standard satellite navigation, along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Physical buttons and dials for volume and frequently used functions have been retained and that extends to the climate control functions found just below the infotainment unit.
One of the positives is the 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, which can be configured to show a variety of functions, including which mode the vehicle is operating in.
ES and Aspire versions are five-seaters with 485 litres of boot space with all seats in use. The seven-seat Exceed and Exceed Tourer don’t suffer much from the extra row, with a 478-litre capacity. The reflects the fact you’re not shoehorning anyone beyond a small child who can’t complain too much into those rearmost seats.
Aspire versions benefit from the visual impact of 20-inch rims, along with tinted “privacy” glass, a power-operated driver’s seat and heated front seats.
A pair of 240-volt standard household plugs (one in the cargo area and below the air vents in the second row) enable owners to charge anything from electric drills to hair straighteners, providing the draw isn’t greater than 1500 watts.
There’s also a powered tailgate, a pair of USB ports for second row occupants and a wireless phone charger.
The Exceed ups the ante with a five-plus-two seat layout, quilted leather-accented upholstery, three-zone climate control, a nine-speaker Bose sound system and powered passenger seat, along with a hands-free tailgate.
Finally, the Exceed Tourer adds two-tone paint and two-tone leather upholstery, along with a massage function for those in the front seats.
What’s under the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s bonnet?
There’s an electric motor on each axle; the front with 85kW and 255Nm and the rear packing 100kW/193Nm.
Supplementing the electric drive is a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine with 98kW/195Nm.
Total combined outputs are 185kW/450Nm.
There are four modes to operate the motors and engine: “Normal” which uses petrol or electric drive depending on torque demand and the battery’s state of charge; “EV”, which maintains electric-only driving until the battery is depleted; “Save”, which focuses on using the engine for power and “Charge”, which fires up the engine to act as a generator and recharge the battery.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a braked towing capacity of up to 1,600kg.