Outlander PHEV or merc 350e

Discussion in 'Machinery' started by Robt, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. Robt

    Robt Member

    Location:
    Suffolk
    ok,
    So I can’t still can’t decide what to buy. V60 t8 is just too expensive. I’ve had the Outlander PHEV and I’m having it again on Monday. It’s juts a bit boring! I am having the new merc 300de hybrib when it arrives for three days, I am also trying the 350e . At weekends I’d be on electric only and during week I’d be on electric 30% of time.
    Does anyone have one? Pleas don’t turn this into a “how the gearbox works thread “
    Ps, the merc will be a c class Estate. 350e or 300de is the engine
     
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2019
  2. Andrew

    Andrew Member

    Location:
    Huntingdon, UK
    I have a Phev and get on well with it. Had an L200 before.
     
  3. Finn farmer

    Finn farmer Member

    I've driven an Outlander PHEV and quite liked it. It had few shortcomings common in Japanese cars (material quality and a bit poor infotainment), but otherwise i quite liked it. I do prefer the Mercedes though, mainly because of the quality interior.
     
  4. nick...

    nick... Member

    Location:
    south norfolk
    What about a Land Cruiser.
    Nick...
     
  5. Timbo

    Timbo Member

    Location:
    Gods County
    TBF - the Mitsi PHEV & Merc M class aren't exactly in the same bracket !
     
  6. Robt

    Robt Member

    Location:
    Suffolk
    Timbo , merc 350e is a c class estate. Sorry for confusion.
    Nick, due to BIK rates on 4x4 only a PHEV is affordable
     
  7. Wasn't the E350 too low? I'm sure I read that.

    Is the C350 that much higher?
     
  8. Robt

    Robt Member

    Location:
    Suffolk
    It’s for me not the wife.
     
  9. nick...

    nick... Member

    Location:
    south norfolk
    You’re the boss,get a top spec Range Rover
    Nick...
     
  10. Finn farmer

    Finn farmer Member

    C 350e, not E 350. :D
     
  11. Wombat

    Wombat Member

    Location:
    East yorks
    He would be paying £13k+ a year in tax for it
     
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  12. Cowabunga

    Cowabunga Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion,Wales
    Not that much choice of plug-in hybrids. There's a lot more choice of mild hybrids, including all Discovery Sport with auto transmissions but not sure of the timeline [imminent I think], Volvo's from now on but only the XC90 will be available over the next few months, with others following until the end of the year and the XC40 probably later still. Honda CR-V mild hybrid will be available next month. So will the Toyota RAV4

    The Honda has a very good write-up. Have a look at Honest John's latest video. Expect about 40 to 45 mpg from it. I know you said not to divert to gearboxes but the Honda apparently doesn't have one as such. Not a multi-ratio one anyhow.

    You are probably 12 months too soon for a large choice of relatively affordable PHEV's on the market.
     
  13. Jhabc

    Jhabc Member

    The PHEV is great until after about 20 minutes of sitting on the seats. What you save on fuel will be more than spent on pile medication as a result. Quite the most uncomfortable vehicle ever built.
     
  14. Cowabunga

    Cowabunga Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion,Wales
    Should have mentioned, the engine on the Mitsubishi, Honda and Toyota may well run on the Atkinson Cycle rather than Otto Cycle. I can’t remember offhand which do and which don’t but I’ll take a punt that they all do.
     
  15. fermerboy

    fermerboy Member

    Location:
    Banffshire
    What the hell is the Atkinson and Otto Cycles?
     
  16. Cowabunga

    Cowabunga Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion,Wales
    Google them. They must surely be explained on Wikipedia or somewhere for you. While you are at it, learn about Miller Cycle as well. It’s all exciting stuff.
     
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  17. fermerboy

    fermerboy Member

    Location:
    Banffshire
    I did!! And interesting it is. Thank you!
     
  18. neilo

    neilo Member

    Location:
    Montgomeryshire
    @unlacedgecko Didn’t you have a hybrid Outlander that you thought a lot of?
     
  19. unlacedgecko

    unlacedgecko Member

    Location:
    North Lincolnshire
    I had one on contract hire but I didn’t think a lot of it!

    Nice comfortable car to drive, but that’s it. Battery range of 15 miles (approx). After that the petrol engine does 28-30mpg on the motorway. The tank is too small for long trips. When towing the mpg drops to single figures. It has no off road capability, and there is no dif lock.

    I would have been better off buying a hilux.
     
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