Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (2014) Review

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (2014) At A Glance

Cheap to run if you can charge at home and don't do many miles. Masses of space. Significantly improved for 2019.

Very heavy. Real mpg user average 62.6 mpg. Uncultured cabin and driving experience. Loses sixth and seventh seats of diesel Outlander.

New prices start from £34,305, brokers can source from £23,052
Contract hire deals from £323.53 per month
Insurance Groups are between 22–27
On average it achieves 43% of the official MPG figure

When it launched in 2013, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV held the honour of being the world’s only plug-in hybrid SUV. It was also the first plug-in vehicle that could genuinely fit in with day-to-day life... the boot was big enough for families to go on holiday and, being a plug-in hybrid, you could just fill it up with petrol rather than stopping to charge it up with electricity all of the time.

There was a long list of perks, too: free VED tax, a £5,000 Government electric car grant, London congestion charge exemption and very low company car tax. Combine that with incredible economy figures (166mpg and 41g/km CO2) and no wonder electric car charging companies struggled to keep up with the sudden demand from Outlander PHEV drivers.

Those advantages have diminished over time. While first year VED remains free, you'll pay £130 in subsequent years. The plug-in car grant has been reduced to £2,500 and company car drivers will now pay more in tax.

Mitsubishi's made various upgrades over the years in an attempt to keep the Outlander PHEV looking fresh, with the current model boasting a higher quality cabin than the original, improved performance and better ride quality.

Journey carefully for fewer than 20-25 miles per day, and always keep your PHEV plugged in at home, and in theory you’ll never delve into your fuel tank. But once you begin to task the four-cylinder petrol engine with work things go downhill rapidly – unless you’re literally going down a hill. You can expect 30-40mpg from the PHEV if the battery is flat, because the engine is not only moving this two-tonne car about, but charging the massive battery too.

And it does so in noisy fashion generally, although conversely when running on electric power alone the PHEV is a model of quiet comfort and refinement – and surprisingly good at going around corners, too.

Despite the cabin improvements brought about with the facelift, the interior of the Outlander is hardly inspiring. It’s well put together and feels durable, but the design is bland, the switchgear incoherent, and the infotainment system old-school. The driving position conspires to perch you too high in the car, while some practicality is lost compared to the diesel Outlander because the rearmost seats (six and seven) make way for an electric motor and the boot is smaller.

Ultimately, Mitsubishi has found a very useful niche with the Outlander PHEV by offering this much space in such tax-friendly fashion, which could well be enough for plenty of company car buyers – those with company fuel cards, especially. However, those advantages are declining and the Outlander lacks charm and flair, and remains very much a purchase for the head rather than the heart.

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Real MPG average for a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (2014)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

43%

Real MPG

49–80 mpg

MPGs submitted

182

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ASK HJ

I want a Mitsubishi Outlander. Is this wise considering Mitsubishi's recent news?
I'm considering purchasing a plug-in Mitsubishi Outlander in the next few months. It's my first venture into electric vehicles, however, I've seen that Mitsubishi have announced they will not be selling new cars in the UK market. I';m concerned this will inevitably lead to less and less support for the current models and am now wondering whether I should look elsewhere. What's your opinion?
The brand isn't withdrawing from the UK entirely. As we understand it, it will continue to sell its existing range of vehicles for the foreseeable future and then, after that, provide aftersales support. The cars will still be sold elsewhere so parts should be relatively easy to source. It's a bit different to a brand like Saab or MG Rover, for example - both of which existed one day and were gone the next.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best, used plug-in hybrid?
What are the best, used plug-in hybrids on the UK market currently?
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a popular choice. It's very reliable and practical. If you don't need an SUV, consider something smaller like a Volkswagen Golf GTE or Hyundai Ioniq. You could also consider premium alternatives like the Mercedes-Benz C350e or BMW 330e.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can we afford an eco-friendly car?
We currently have a diesel Skoda Superb. We are looking to change it for the most eco-friendly car we can afford. The Superb is a 2016 model with about 40,000 miles on the clock so we have that to trade in and about £5000 - £7000 extra. Are there any cars that are either electric or hybrid (which might be the only thing available in our price range) that you'd suggest? We like the space of the Superb but could go a bit smaller. Ideally, not smaller than a saloon or crossover.
You could probably get an electric Nissan Leaf or Kia Soul EV within budget, but I'm not sure either will be big enough for your needs. How about a plug-in hybrid like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV? This is a good compromise if you can charge a car at home and you regularly cover short journeys. Most of your journeys can be under electric power with the backup of a petrol engine if required. PHEVs can be thirsty on longer journeys without regular charging, however. Alternatively, consider a conventional hybrid like a Lexus IS 300h or Kia Niro.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Could you suggest an economical, reliable, 4WD car - which also has low BIK and low CO2 emissions?
I'm an employee who does about 18,000 - 20,000 miles a year. I'm looking for an economical, low BIK, low CO2, reliable, 4WD car that can also tow. It needs good boot space too.
You could consider a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. It officially emits 40g/km CO2 and can tow a braked trailer up to 1500kg, however it'll be very thirsty for your mileage without regular charging. A diesel will probably be a better option, although you'll be penalised on BIK rates... a Skoda Kodiaq has a big boot and a 2000kg braked towing capacity. The five-seat 4x4 model emits 136g/km meaning it'll cost you more in tax than the Outlander but it's likely to be a lot more efficient in the real world, and it'll be a better tow car.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (2014) cost?

Buy new from £23,052 (list price from £28,645)
Contract hire from £323.53 per month
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