I've read alot and seen alot of videos but I'd like some actual owner input on what to expect for fuel consumption on the motorway, from 25 mpg to 45-50 mpg.
I know it varies massively on driving style and weather conditions, and I understand the PHEV drivetrain design has a massive efficiency range (very high and very low) vs conventional ICE.
I know the EV range is ~ 20 miles, thats fine for my wifes commute and local driving. What I'm unsure about is longer distances as I've seen varying reviews and numbers.
So let me tell you my driving style and commute I'm looking to assess, I have a 48 mile (each way 96 round trip) commute, which consists of:
- 4 miles of 30-40mph B road
- 43 miles of dual carrigeway & motorway
- 1 mile B road (40mph)
That's roughly the commute, I drive usually 65mph max on cruise control on motorway with a light right foot looking ahead down the road to match speed to traffic, aiming to pass green lights moving etc and basically no harsh accelerating and avoiding the brake (heat) pedal as much as possible.
I understand aerodynamics and energy consumption etc, I have a Passat CC 2.0 Tdi which I get average of 55mpg on this trip (usually higher on return due to elevation, wind direction and temperatures in the afternoon vs morning).
My main question is what could I expect from an outlander PHEV, I understand the engine will drive the front wheels above 42mph, and I can probably expect 20 miles EV only (depending on temp & weather conditions etc).
The ICE will fire up at some point in my commute and I should be able to charge at work (but can't guarantee this) so I'm after an idea of what kind of fuel (petrol) consumption could I expect to consume over my commute?
Also is it best to drive as far as possible on EV mode then let ICE kick in, or is it better to leave more in the battery and run more miles in hybrid/parrallel mode?
I'm contemplating hiring an Outlander PHEV for a week to try my commute out and see what I can expect.
I'm not expecting a 2 tonne 4wd SUV to match my Diesel 2wd Saloon, so many factors there that will mean they aren't comparable but hopefully some owners can align to how I drive and provide some real world feedback and advise on what I might see.
Thanks in advance