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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV — long-term review

Cracking a dial

Specification:
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Engine:
2360cc, 4cyl petrol + electric, 4WD, 175bhp, 156lb ft
Claimed MPG:
139.0mpg, 46g/km CO2
Performance:
0–62mph in 10.5secs, 106mph
Weight:
1880kg
Price:
£39,500 OTR/£39,500 as tested

On the left of the speedo is a dial that looks like a rev gauge, but isn’t a rev gauge. It’s taken me a few months, but I think I’ve finally cracked what it all means.

The green zone (9 to 12 o’clock): that’s when you’re running on electric only. Light blue: harvesting energy under braking. Dark blue: running on petrol – the further clockwise, the more power the combustion engine is generating.

All a bit complicated, but quite helpful. The Outlander does a pretty seamless job of juggling its power sources in the background, so it’s useful to know what its powertrain is up to. With one tiny exception. I still have no idea what the white section (12 to 1 o’clock) denotes. Some sort of petrol-electric neutral buffer zone, perhaps?

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