It feels fairly robust and comes with a few shiny touches, but the Outlander PHEV’s interior is bland at best.
The Outlander PHEV’s cabin isn’t exactly exciting to look at but its controls are logically laid out and easy to use. The grey plastic on the dashboard and doors looks pretty uninspiring but most materials feel fairly soft and squidgy.
A few glossy black trims on the centre console and above the glovebox do their bit to make the cabin feel a little more upmarket but overall build quality lags behind what you’ll find in a Toyota RAV4.
Inside, the biggest difference between this plug-in hybrid model and the standard Outlander is the large silver joystick that replaces a conventional gear lever. The rev counter has been dropped in favour of a battery charge readout, too.
Entry-level models come with a 6.0-inch touch-screen infotainment system and a DAB digital radio as standard. Juro models and above come with a wider range of high-tech goodies, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring systems and a larger 7.0-inch screen. You’ll have to pick a mid-range 4h model or higher if you want leather seats and satellite-navigation, however.
The only thing less exciting than the PHEV’s cabin is having its hybrid system explained to you in great detail…
Entry-level models come with a rather small 6.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard. It comes with Bluetooth connectivity and DAB digital radio but it isn’t the easiest system on the market to use and its square shape looks a little out of place among the numerous soft curves in the PHEV’s cabin.
The upgraded 7.0-inch system fitted to all but 3h cars looks equally last-year but its bigger screen makes it a little easier to use. Both units come with simple, logical menus and selection of physical buttons for the stereo and CD player. Neither feature shortcut buttons for the infotainment system itself, however, so are slightly tricky to use while you’re driving.
Mitsubishi’s fiddly satellite navigation system is reserved for 4h models and above but the cheaper Juro versions come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard. As a result you can easily use your phone’s navigation apps instead of paying extra for Mitsubishi’s own inferior system.
The PHEV’s six-speaker stereo system sounds fine but Mitsubishi offers an upgraded Alpine system in high-spec 5h and 5hs models. It’s definitely an improvement over the standard stereo but it’s still nothing to write home about.