The previous model didn't ride particularly well and often felt fat and wallowy when thrown into corners, but these mild updates have made a tangible difference to the driving experience. Potholes and bumps in the road are successfully smoothed over, and it's now possible to drive the vehicle semi-quickly without worrying about passengers throwing up all over the fancy leather interior.
This car seems very capable when driving, which is nice on really rainy and windy days. I have not yet polished it in the snow, but I am coming that the front wheel drive will perform well for me. The hotel warms up quickly, which will be nice when turning comes.
Mitsubishi has also introduced a 'Sport' button to the centre console, which adds additional weight to the steering and improves throttle response, but it's a far cry from Ferrari levels of excitement. More interesting is the Super All-Wheel Control system that has been pinched from the recent Eclipse Cross model, which offers a 'Snow' mode that calls upon some clever traction control to afford better acceleration from standstill and cornering abilities on slippery surfaces.
Improved insulation against noise and vibration makes new Outlander PHEV a relaxing place to sit and it remains quiet at motorway speeds, so long as the driver goes easy on the throttle inputs.
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If there's one thing the Outlander PHEV does encourage, it's considered driving, as it seems to be the best way to get the most out of the hybrid system.
Going easy on the right pedal allows the system to occasionally call upon the electric motors and prevents the petrol engine from gargling too much fuel, while there's a 'Save Mode' that reserves the battery charge for use at a later time.
With an upright seating position, steering that lacks feel and a heavy body to shift; the entertainment here comes from attaining the highest mpg figure, rather than beating any self-imposed B-road lap times.
Interior Mitsubishi Despite the myriad revisions, Mitsubishi's decision not to replace its clunky infotainment system is disappointing, as it looks cheap and is much slower than many of the systems found in rival cars. Read next The best dash cams for any budget in By WIRED It does support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is essential seeing as navigation doesn't come as standard or as an optional extra, but it does mean you have to put up with an often unresponsive Apple Maps if you're an iPhone user.
The instrument cluster has been overhauled to include a new digital display that offers an insight into what the hybrid system is doing at any given moment, while the front seats have been revised to offer more support.
The Mojo packed upside-down forks on the discontinued UT iteration. The Mojo ABS, on the other hand, gets turned telescopic forks at the front to keep the levels low. The instrument console on the Mojo ABS broncos an analogue tachometer along with a digital screen.
Top specification models will also receive a new leather finish, and when optioned with all the bells and whistles the Outlander PHEV is a fairly smart and comfortable place to while away the hours. That said, it looks decidedly cheap when up against a rival Volvo, but then it costs less to buy and all of the scratchy plastics that appear unsightly are made of tough stuff that have been designed to withstand daily punishment. Verdict A series of minor tweaks and updates have improved the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in many key areas, including overall comfort, straight-line performance and its ability to perform in adverse weather conditions, but the overarching story remains largely the same.
If you have the sort of life that includes regular short journeys, the ability and desire to easily plug in and the occasional need for longer motorway schleps, the Outlander PHEV will likely prove a lean, green money-saving machine that offers plenty of space inside for passengers and kit. Advertisement However, if you're a company car owner that doesn't give a hoot about plugging in and knows the motorway service station network like the back of your hand, this vehicle largely represents a good excuse to save a bit of money on tax.
Mitsubishi should be applauded for putting the plug-in hybrid on the map, but an increased all-electric range would do wonders for the Outlander PHEVs green credentials. If you truly want to save the planet, it's probably worth holding out for a pure EV that fits your requirements.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV in-depth review - Carbuyer