Deceleration without gasoline
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2016 in the test
Why: because driving with him is so relaxing
Why not: because you do not feel like slowing down
What else: Toyota Prius PHEV, Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid, Audi Q5 hybrid
Mitsubishi's success model comes up quietly. After all, the Outlander plug-in hybrid has already sold 2013 since its European debut 75.000. Even in Germany, where actually SUV and diesel are considered inseparable, every third Outlander customer orders the part-time electricity variant. We also had the eco-Japanese come to the test.
The mid-size SUV differs after its facelift at the end of September even more clearly from the conventionally powered versions. A beefier front, the generous use of chrome and the 50.990-standard alloy wheels and LED headlights as well as the LED rear lights featured in our highest-end 18 Euro gearbox, available from XNUMX Euro, visually enhance the plug-in model.
Mitsubishi has also improved the interior. With higher-quality plastics, new seats - covered in leather with the top - and a modified center console, the interior still does not provide an increased pulse, but everything now fits together much more harmoniously. The space available for the 4,70 meter long five-seater is ample, provided that only a maximum of two people get in the back. In addition to leather, “Top” also includes navigation, a glass sliding roof, two-zone air conditioning and various assistance systems such as lane departure warning systems and collision warning systems.
As before, the Outlander plug-in hybrid relies on the combination of an electric all-wheel drive system and hybrid drive. A 2,0-liter petrol engine with 89 kW / 121 hp and a 60 kW / 82 hp electric motor are used on the front axle. A rear electric power unit with 60 kW / 82 PS complements the drive train. The 12 kWh lithium-ion battery is located under the floor between the axles. Their capacity allows up to 52 kilometers of purely electric driving - at least in theory. In practice, our test car, which was charged at a household socket overnight in the garage, never showed more than 43 kilometers of electrical range.
No matter - simply unplug the vehicle and you're ready to go. The driving itself is uncomplicated. The electronic drive control automatically selects the optimum driving mode depending on the driving conditions and battery state of charge. That is, fully charged and on a flat stretch, the electrical program takes over "EV Drive Mode". Here, the two electric motors drive the front and rear axles - without consuming any gasoline. Meanwhile, the driver can relax and enjoy the quiet in the interior. In EV mode, you'll notice that the Mitsubishi engineers have reduced vibrations and noise from tires, drivetrain, wind, and body with the facelift.
When the battery power is exhausted, the gasoline engine comes into play and charges the battery as a generator. At speeds above 120 km / h (at Tempo 170 the SUV is regulated) takes over the petrol engine the main role in propulsion - the two electric motors are only supportive. Then it becomes noticeably louder and the on-board computer indicates a consumption of 8 liters.
Now you might be annoyed or think about why you've got yourself a plug-in hybrid: you want to be economical and environmentally friendly way. So you should just try it with cosiness, call the gas foot to order and move the vehicle relaxed. This does not mean that as a Schleicher you have to annoy the other road users. In dense traffic, for example, the eco mode can be activated. Here is the response of the engines and the ancillaries (including the air conditioning) restrained, but the consumption less.
A green flower shows in different flower strength, how economical one is on the way. In addition, by using the brake energy recovery, the battery can be fed with additional kilowatt hours. On the display you can follow the interaction of the engines and the degree of recuperation. Learning to use the most sophisticated technique most effectively is easy. The reward for relaxed driving and gentle gas foot: On average, 4,2 liters flowed through the gasoline lines of the all-wheel drive, this is of course still electricity from the domestic socket. The standard value is given by the Japanese with 1,9 liters plus 13,4 kWh.
The relaxed basic attitude thus gained benefits the new multimedia system. Although the system works better and faster than its predecessor model, it can only be handled quite cumbersome. The effort to click through the menu cumbersome, makes you like for the activation of the navigation system, but not to make phone calls. But honestly: no phone calls while driving is also something nice.
At the very end is again decelerated: The tailgate opens and closes very slowly. After all: The trunk volume varies depending on the configuration between 463 and 1.602 liters. That is enough for the everyday transport requirements and also for more. Incidentally, the warranty services are also relaxing: five years on the vehicle and eight years on the driving battery.