BBC TopGear
BBC TopGear
Subscribe to Top Gear magazine
Sign up to our Top Gear Magazine
Long-term review

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - long-term review

£39,500 OTR/£39,500 as tested
Published: 30 Aug 2019


  • SPEC

    Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV



  • BHP


  • MPG


  • 0-62


Cracking a dial

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.

Advertisement - Page continues below

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?

Advertisement - Page continues below

Subscribe to the Top Gear Newsletter

Get all the latest news, reviews and exclusives, direct to your inbox.

By clicking subscribe, you agree to receive news, promotions and offers by email from Top Gear and BBC Studios. Your information will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

BBC TopGear

Try BBC Top Gear Magazine