Best Mitsubishi Electric Cars
Based on 1 reviews
- Drive TypeAll Wheel Drive (AWD)
- Fuel TypeElectric and Petrol
Ross39 QLDSouth East Queensland, QLD 34 posts
We are glad we made the purchase now that Fuel Prices are so highThe truth is, I bought the car and my wife chose the colour. We both enjoy driving it and it's easy to handle once we were shown how. Fuel economy is big in our estimate. Split fuel usage is handy if travelling outside cities… Read more · 1. After waiting almost all of 2021 for electric vehicles (EV) to be released for sale in Australia and release dates being put off and put off, we took delivery of our new Eclipse Cross Exceed at the end of October 2021. Our decision to purchase the Mitsubishi was swayed by the number of Outlander PHEVs sold world-wide over quite a few years. The Eclipse Cross was said to be built on the base Outlander but with a whole new body and car on top. We had watched the Japanese You-Tube productions and were impressed with the handling. More on that later. Appearance: Styling is largely a matter of personal preference. What you think of the styling I’ll leave to you. It grew on us and we don’t have to look at it while we drive, anyway. We owned a Nissan X-Trail as a trade and, according to the information bulletins we read, the Mitsubishi was a little smaller. As it turned out, it is a little shorter and a little lower but about the same width and with less clearance. Inside is almost the same as far as we can tell. Ride and handling: The seating is quite comfortable and at least as good as the X-Trail. The whole package is a lot heavier in feel and with a driver and passenger the gross mass exceeds two tonnes (or 2,000Kg.) This makes it feel heavy, especially when cornering and braking but don’t let me fool you, it handles beautifully on most roads. Undulations are a bit hair raising but they are not often encountered so don’t let that put you off. Essentially it is a family “hack” that will accommodate two adults and two teens with boot space at least the equivalent of the X-Trail. Fit and Finish: Typically Japanese, the quality of the build is spot on. Be aware, however, there is no spare wheel in the back, just a puncture repair outfit. The 12-volt pump supplied is the best I have come across to date. It is labelled made in Taiwan but is compact, easy to use, and swift to restore pressure to recommended “doses” using the built-in pressure gauge. Appointments: As I indicated, we purchased the top-of-the-range Exceed model. As standard it comes with (manufactured) leather seating as well as some “extras” not found in the other model, the Aspire. There has been criticism from motoring writers about the Instrumentation and infotainment screen but we find it both adequate and helpful. We use Android Auto which is standard on our mobile phones but it is of the plug-in type in the car. Not a problem for us. I believe the Apple Car Play works quite well but I haven’t seen it in action. We are both in our eightys and need all the help we can get in a car. This car does just that and without confusing us. Some of the bells and beeps have got us bluffed, even after seven months. We have managed to identify mostly what each one is for and they do make a difference in crowded spaces. A great around view monitor is absolutely essential and the sensors that warn of approaching danger when back up are more useful than you might think. Running gear: As the title suggests there is a petrol engine up front and an electric motor front and rear. The petrol engine is not an Otto Cycle but rather an Atkinson Cycle and if you don’t know the difference, a quick Google search will supply plenty of information. Basically, an Otto Cycle engine is the typical petrol driven car with or without turbo charging. An Atkinson Cycle engine uses a high compression engine that reduces the air-petrol mixture as the cylinders are charged giving reduced fuel consumption at the cost of a small loss in power. It is typically used in PHEVs although the salesman who “sold” me the car knew nothing about it. What about fuel consumption? The literature the company puts out claims 1.9 l/100 kms. Well, that depends on how and where you drive the car. We do a lot of local running around our town. In practice, it is nearly all running around less than 40 kms per trip or per day. On the highway, the charge in the drive battery is quickly chewed up and then the car will run as a Hybrid, i.e. It is driven by the petrol engine assisted as necessary by the electric motors. And what that is like has to be experienced. On an undulating highway like that between Sydney and the Victorian border, the car seems to glide up the hills and when descending the other side, it makes up its own “mind” whether to charge the battery or not. It is completely transparent and if you're not listening for it, you won’t hear it happen. There is a 45-litre fuel tank and a 13.8kwh drive battery as well as a regular 12-volt battery for the instruments etc. Incidentally, look after the 12-volt battery; if it goes flat, you can’t “start” the EV car. What do we get in petrol consumption? According to my records, in the last six months we’ve averaged 2.65 litres per 100 kms but then that is only updated when we fill the tank with petrol. (I use E10.) We’ve driven over 500 kms since the last fill, and all that on electric power. Average consumption is dropping all the time. Then, when we go for a long drive and the drive battery “empties,” we use about 5.5 l/100 at highway speeds. A little bit heavy but I can live with it. I have not used an off-street charging point to date. There are none within 15 kms of where we live. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.