Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV interior & comfort

The Mitsubishi is roomy and comfortable, but the interior looks drab and the perceived quality isn’t up to the standard you’d hope given the price

The Outlander is appealingly cushy and easy to relax in, which is what you want from a big SUV. There’s plenty of adjustability and the lofty driving position gives you a good view down the road. For all that, the conventional-looking dashboard is a bit underwhelming in its appearance, as is the material quality for a car that in top-spec trim costs the same as the vastly more expensive-feeling BMW 530e iPerformance.

The large door mirrors and wide pillars cause blind spots, but nothing unusual for a big SUV, and event the cheapest model gets a reversing camera. The touchscreen feels distinctly aftermarket is fiddly despite relying mostly on familiar smartphone connectivity apps.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV dashboard

The Mitsubishi Outlander has a conventional interior with a straightforward layout and chunky switchgear, which ambient strip lighting does little to jazz up. Nevertheless, while the interior is functional and easy to use, it doesn't look as special as you feel it should given the technology under the metal and the price in the brochure; A mid-range Skoda Kodiaq is much nicer inside.

All Outlander PHEVs come with a 4.2-inch colour LCD screen between the dials to display hybrid functions such as energy flow, driving range, energy usage and regenerative braking.

Equipment, options & accessories

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is offered in five trims, starting with Juro and stepping up through 4h, 4hs, 5h and 5hs. Even the entry-level gets keyless entry and start, heated seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, climate control, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, auto lights and wipers and a seven-inch touchscreen with USB and DAB, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The 4h adds blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert, LED headlights, a powered tailgate, leather upholstery, a powered driver’s seat and a 360-degree camera. 5h brings premium leather, an Alpine audio system, mood lighting, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. The ‘s’ trims – 4hs and 5hs – signify the addition of a suite of safety equipment including lane-departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beams and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

The Mitsubishi comes with a seven-inch colour touchscreen system dubbed ‘Smartphone Link Display Audio’, or SDA. You don’t get factory-fit sat nav with that on any trim, but you do get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth audio streaming and a hands-free function, plus six speakers through which to enjoy it.

Thanks to the functionality offered through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – the official apps that allow a car’s system to display your phone’s music, contacts, phone history, maps and other relevant apps – you also get voice control.

It’s not the best system, being a bit fiddly to use and looking a bit aftermarket, plus it relies entirely on an appropriate smartphone for key functions. Even so, if you have the necessary phone then you’ll likely find it good enough – although ‘good enough’ might be not good enough at all in a car you’ve paid more than £40,000 for.