Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV
Price £33,304 - £45,054
- Cheap for a hybrid
- Exempt from road tax
- Excellent fuel economy
- Batteries reduce boot space
- Looks same as standard Outlander
- Conventional model is better to drive
At a glance
"The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a hybrid that’s capable of seriously impressive fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures."
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a spacious 4x4, which, thanks to its plug-in hybrid technology, is capable of seriously impressive fuel economy and ultra-low CO2 emissions figures.
Combining a petrol engine with batteries and a pair of electric motors, it's an SUV alternative to practical hybrids like the Toyota Prius+. Low running costs make it a good choice for family buyers, while tiny tax bills make it an attractive company car.
Best of all, it costs about the same as a conventional Mitsubishi Outlander diesel (once you've taken account of the Government's £5,000 grant for plug-in electric cars), which means this is arguably the first hybrid on the market that that doesn't demand a premium over the equivalent conventionally powered model.
With incredible claimed fuel economy of 148mpg, the Outlander PHEV combines the raised seating position of an SUV with fuel economy previously unheard of for a 4x4.
It's capable of travelling for up to 32 miles in purely electric mode with the petrol engine turned off and its battery can be charged by a standard domestic socket in five hours. A dedicated electric car charger reduces this to three-and-a-half hours, while a rapid charger will give you 80% charge in 30 minutes.
Unlike purely electric cars, which are limited by their battery capacity, the Outlander's 2.0-litre 119bhp petrol engine means you can continue driving when the electric power runs out. But if you can charge the car up at home or at work, you should be able to complete most everyday journeys on zero-emissions electric power alone.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV's four-wheel-drive system means it's one of the few hybrids that'll be excellent in wintry conditions and it should also be a decent tow car.
As its batteries are stored in the floor, the PHEV is still a spacious five-seat car with a big 436-litre boot.
With prices starting under £30,000 and low fuel bills, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is cheap to buy and run
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