Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (2014) Review

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (2014) At A Glance

4/5

+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 £22,996
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)

RealMPG

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

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Average performance

43%

Real MPG

49–80 mpg

MPGs submitted

185

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Are there alternatives to the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV?
"I wish to purchase a 4X4 AWD commercial SUV. I was looking at the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, but heard that Mitsubishi will soon withdraw from Europe. Are there alternatives?"
The Land Rover Defender Commercial is set to get a PHEV powertrain: https://vans.honestjohn.co.uk/van-reviews/land-rover/defender-2020/ A non-PHEV alternative would be the Toyota Land Cruiser Utility Commercial. It's diesel-only. But I rate it as one of the best 4x4 SUV vans on sale today: https://vans.honestjohn.co.uk/van-reviews/toyota/landcruiser-utility-2018
Answered by Dan Powell
Can you advise me on buying a hybrid SUV for long journeys?
"I'm seeking a reliable hybrid (possibly electric) SUV 4WD that is sufficiently comfortable, economical and powerful to use chiefly for lots of 600-mile journeys on motorways. I don't really know where to start. Should I go for an older Porsche Cayenne, a Honda CR-V, a Kia Sportage, a Range Rover Sport? I don't want an Audi or BMW but would look at anything else. I could spend £30,000 or more but would prefer to compromise a bit and spend closer to £20,000. Ideally, I'd want to be able to sell it again having put 30,000 miles on the clock in four years time for a decent residual value too. Your advice would be much appreciated, please!"
I wouldn't buy a hybrid for those sorts of journeys. They're very inefficient at that sort of range, they make the most sense for short journeys in town. Cars worth looking at in your budget include the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, BMW X5 PHEV and standard hybrids like the Lexus RX and Toyota RAV4.
Answered by Russell Campbell
Can you recommend a reasonably priced electric car?
"I'm hoping to help my grandson buy a used EV. Most of the journeys are local, with the occasional 200-mile trip. It's easy in my Renault Zoe, but can you advise on a suitable EV nearer the cheaper end of the used market? Thanks."
I suspect this journey will be a bit of a mission in an affordable used EV. You'll struggle to get much more than 80 miles out of a 24kWh Leaf - which'll mean many stops on that long trip. Something like a Hyundai Kona Electric could work, but you're not going to get much change from around £30,000. As a compromise, would your grandson consider a plug-in hybrid? A Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will have space for all the family and he'll be able to cover local journeys under electric power, with a petrol engine on hand for those longer trips.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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.
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What does a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (2014) cost?

Buy new from £22,996 (list price from £28,645)