Mitsubishi Outlander

The Mitsubishi Outlander is the sister car to the Peugeot 4007 and Citroen C-Crosser. Like these, the Mitsubishi Outlander feels more like a tall estate car than a traditional SUV to drive, with the security of four-wheel drive for when you need it. Practicality is key to its appeal, with two additional seats folding into the boot floor, giving a seven-seater layout. There's one engine choice - a powerful 2.2-litre diesel that's offered with a six-speed manual or a twin-clutch automated manual similar to the one found in the Mitsubishi Evo X. Smart looks, a neat interior and decent equipment levels appeal, but tough competition from budget rivals makes it look expensive.

Mitsubishi Outlander SUV

£23,984 - £34,234
5 Doors
2.4 / 5
  • Massive load area
  • Practical seven seats
  • Super-efficient hybrid model
  • Dated interior
  • Diesel lacks refinement
  • Awkward rear-seat access

The Mitsubishi Outlander is a rugged SUV model designed to take on rivals like the Land Rover Freelander and Hyundai Santa Fe. It has one major selling point – a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) engine option that offers economy of 143mpg and CO2 emissions of just 49g/km. The rest of the engine line up is a lot more traditional, but the diesels still offer surprisingly low running costs.

Elsewhere, there's not much about the Outlander to make you sit up and take notice. The styling, both inside and out, lacks sparkle and it's not that much fun to drive.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV

£33,304 - £40,054
5 Doors
4.0 / 5
  • Cheap for a hybrid
  • Excellent economy
  • Free from paying road tax
  • Looks the same as the standard car
  • Conventional model is better to drive
  • Batteries compromise boot space

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a range-extender hybrid capable of impressive economy figures and low CO2 emissions. It can also drive for up to 30 miles on battery power alone. Just like the conventional Outlander, the PHEV is four-wheel drive, meaning it is one of the few hybrids that can go off road and is suitable for towing. Despite all the high-tech technology, boot space is almost the same as in the normal car.