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2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV VRX – Car Review – the perfect stepping stone

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2020 Car Review DriveLife


We’ve always liked the Outlander PHEV at DriveLife – in fact, all of the Outlanders are pretty good, with the PHEV having that plug-in hybrid edge over its siblings.

For the uninitiated, PHEV stands for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle. Basically it means you have a larger battery pack than a car that’s only a hybrid, and you can plug it in to charge it up. It’s a better system than simply a hybrid car.

With 2020 comes an updated Outlander PHEV; not too much has changed, a tweak here, an addition there. Probably the biggest change visually is an update to the front and mechanically, a move to a 2.4-litre engine, and a slightly bigger battery pack. The outgoing model is rated at 12kW capacity, while the new one is 13.8kW.

Is the Outlander PHEV getting a little dated? Sure it is – looking at exterior and interior pics from the early days of the model, you can see little has changed.

Are there better options? We still get people saying, “I’ll buy a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid”, but they aren’t plug-in, and that’s where the Outlander has it all over the slightly cheaper RAV4. Can the Outlander PHEV still hold its own against its competition – the Kia Niro PHEV or Mini Countryman PHEV?

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2020 Car Review

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2020 Car Review AA

SOURCE: AA | YEAR: 2019 | WORDS: AA Motoring

You’ll meet plenty of people who won’t buy an electric car, and wouldn’t consider a plug-in hybrid because the tech ‘isn’t yet perfect’.

This could be because batteries improve all the time, they worry that materials are scarce, or that battery recycling isn’t sorted yet. But let’s face it, if you never bought anything that smacked of modern tech unless it was perfect, you wouldn’t have any car, any TV, any cell phone – because they continue to get better. None of it is perfect at this precise moment, even at the priciest end of the market. If it was, businesses would go bust right and left, for no one would ever need to replace anything.

Any purchase is a compromise between the best you can get to fulfill your wants and desires, at the amount you can afford to pay.

And with that out of the way, let’s just say that a plug-in hybrid could be the best compromise between the internal combustion engine and the new wave of propulsion methods that avoid burning fossil fuels as much as possible.

Petrol is pricey, diesel isn’t exactly free, and so far electricity brings range concerns, if not during the daily commute, certainly the moment you want to go on holiday without planning your trip entirely around the growing – but still sparse in places – network of high-speed charging devices.

PHEV VRX 4WD – Car Review – The understated Eco SUV


Due to some schedule changes, we got the opportunity to be the first in New Zealand to test out the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV VRX.

It was due for us later in the year and was a vehicle I was looking forward to as the previous model had seen many good reviews and customer feedback.

Would the new VRX improve on the previous model?

There are two Outlander Phev models available in New Zealand. The Outlander Phev XLS 4WD which starts at $60,990 plus on road costs, and the top of the range model the Outlander Phev VRX 4WD which is on special right now at $55,990 plus on road costs.

Both models share the same drive system and engine, a 2.0-litre DOHC MIVEC Petrol engine that is combined with a Twin motor 4WD hydrive system. The available power is 88kW and torque is 189Nm.

Both of these models are pretty well equipped with the main difference between them being that the VRX comes with leather heated and power assisted seats, LED headlights and LED high beam, power tailgate, front & rear parking sensors, blind spot warning, lane change assist, multi around view monitor, rear cross traffic alert and ultra mis-acceleration mitigation system.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: The quiet performer

Driven Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review


It’s the quiet performer in New Zealand’s EV marketplace — since 2014 Mitsubishi has been selling shedloads of Outlander PHEV SUVs, with little fanfare

Until the end of last year, Mitsubishi New Zealand had sold 500 Outlander PHEVs, making it this country’s biggest-selling pure electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle. That means 45 per cent of all EVs or plug-in vehicles sold new in New Zealand have been Outlander PHEVs.

Though the Outlander PHEV has had upgrades since its introduction here four years ago, including the ability to recharge on a fast-charging station and to run in pure electric mode, the PHEV hybrid retains the same powertrain, transmission and core as the model introduced.

In the intervening four years the competition has increased as more manufacturers have rushed to offer either hybrids or EVs of their own.

Meanwhile Mitsubishi, a motor company that has always been an engineering rather than marketing focused-vehicle manufacturer, has sold more than 100,000 of the practical PHEV plug-in Outlander SUVs across the world.
Driven recently had the chance of driving the Outlander PHEV in some of the most extreme winter conditions on the planet, high in the mountains of Norway.

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