Hardly any car has been bashed like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. After all, many lease drivers received enormous tax benefits while they rarely plugged in. For example, their 'Foutlander' consumed much more petrol than was necessary. That didn't sit well with many people. Although you may wonder whether it was the critics' concern for the environment. Maybe they were just filthy jealous…
Meanwhile, the extremely low addition for plug-in hybrids has ended. But because of their - at least theoretically - low CO2 emissions, the bpm is not too bad, and that keeps consumer prices relatively favourable. Meanwhile, you also have some serious power. That makes the PHEV an interesting and politically correct alternative to the mileage-consuming diesel driver. The fresh Cupra Formentor 1.4 TSI e-Hybrid throws its charms into battle against the Mercedes GLA 250e.
The 204 hp Cupra Formentor 1.4 e-Hybrid is available from 44,990 euros. In the VZ version of the Formentor, the well-known 150 hp 1.4-litre TSI engine is supported by an electric motor with 115 hp. Cupra states 245 hp as system power. This means that the Cupra Formentor costs at least 50,990.
“Even to far above 100 km/h, the plug boys are still enthusiastic.”
Under the hood of the Mercedes, a 1.3-liter four-cylinder turbo engine (160 hp) and an electric motor with 102 hp join forces. They come to a system power of 218 hp. In terms of torque, the GLA is just one step ahead of the Formentor: 450 against 400 Nm. For the Mercedes GLA 250e you pay at least 51,191 euros.
In hybrid mode, the Cupra Formentor accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds. The 140 kilo heavier Mercedes GLA 250e needs half a second longer for this. Even far above the snail's pace prescribed in the Netherlands, the plug boys are still enthusiastic. At least, as long as there is enough 'prick' in the battery pack. If that is just as 'flat' as Coke after a hot day at the beach, then the pep is noticeably less.
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During the test cycle, we measured an electric range of 49 kilometers for the battery pack of the Mercedes (15.6 kWh). The Cupra can travel 41 km on its 12.8 kWh battery. Another electrical advantage of the GLA concerns the charging options. While the Formentor handles up to 3.6 kW of alternating current (AC), the GLA has a 7.4 kW charging system as standard. That saves loading time. Mercedes supplies a 24 kW charging system for direct current (DC) for an additional payment of EUR 544.50.
To measure the fuel consumption of plug-in hybrids, we drive twice our regular test route. First with a full, and then with an empty battery pack. That gives the Formentor an average of 6.4 l/100 km (1 in 15.6). The GLA comes to 6.6 l/100 km (1 to 15.2). If you mainly cover short distances and are a loyal plug-in, this can be much lower.
You can read the full comparison test of the Cupra Formentor and the Mercedes GLA 250e in Auto Review 8/2021.
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