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Which Mitsubishi Outlander is best for me?

Mitsubishi Outlander: which is best for me?

The Outlander’s line-up means there is something for most users. The PHEV makes up the bulk of sales and does a great job of mixing high fuel economy with low CO2 emissions, and hence low tax.

However, the diesel model is best if you predominantly travel very long distances or tow large loads.

Road tests: Mitsubishi Outlander models currently on sale

Previous Mitsubishi Outlander road tests

Mitusbishi Outlander PHEV 2.4-litre 4hs
Tested October 2018, by Richard Kilpatrick

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4hs red A17 MMC

Mitsubishi may be facing a small setback with the removal of the plug-in car grant, but the Outlander PHEV should never have sold purely on the strenght of a £2,500 subsidy. Dominating sales in this particular niche is down to getting the blend of technology and packaging right, not discounting.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4hs red side A17 MMC

Given the length of time this shape of Outlander has been on sale it's even more apparent that in the real world, buyers value familiarity just as much as they do novelty. There are no visually challenging slashes in the bodywork, complex materials and surfaces on the dashboard; the Outlander is almost boring in how conventional it is.

Which makes the moment the start button is pressed, and the subtle whirr of motors and gentle mechanical noises make themselves known, all the more startling. Rather than clattering off, the Outlander's electric motors shove the large SUV forward with impressive torque and zero fuss.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4hs interior

Behind the wheel nothing is challenging. Unlike some EVs and hybrids, the Outlander is intuitive both for normal driving and advanced selection of modes, including regeneration that passably mimics engine braking. Even the smartphone-based infotainment is straightforward.

Light, slightly vague steering masks a car which weighs rather a lot, due to the batteries and motors; the 2.4-litre engine is light and efficient, but only contributes 135hp; it's tuned to be extremely efficient at a constant engine speed. Faced with a blend of urban and motorway traffic, the improved battery capacity allows a pure EV range of 29 miles in 50mph average cameras and congested streets.

Plugs for Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

There are real-world benefits to the PHEV, and home charging is relatively straightforward. Not only can the relatively small battery be charged quickly on a domestic supply, the Outlander is capable of recuperating energy for a decent EV range in mixed driving too. Clever touches, like a light inside the charging port cover (which mirrors the fuel flap on the opposite side) show how much thought has gone into making the PHEV genuinely user-friendly.

The only downside of the PHEV compared to a regular Outander is the strict five-seater configuration; no third row option, and frankly it's better for it. Rear seat space is comfortable, bright and airy for passengers, and there's plenty of room for luggage.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV rear seats

Richard Kilpatrick's verdict

If you think that hybrids and electric vehicles are for technical wizards and early adopters, the Outlander PHEV is the car for everyone else. There's no trickery or futuristic design, just a solid family SUV using advanced technology almost inivisbly, and effectively.

Refinement and ease-of-use stand out, though handling could be more engaging. Even if you don't plug in regularly, economy is better than a 2.0-litre petrol, automatic 4x4; indeed it's marginally better than Mitsubishi's own smaller, lighter 1.5-litre Eclipse Cross. Plugging in makes the running costs are far more palatable.

If you're in a rural location and have solar panels, this car can do all the local errands without costing a penny - or local air quality - and cope with anything the weather throws at the roads.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4hs rear

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2.4-litre 4hs
Tested September 2018, by Lawrence Cheung


The most popular Plug-in hybrid SUV in the UK to date receives a raft of updates for 2019.

Bar the new wheels and tweaked bumpers, you’ll be hard-pressed to spot any difference outside, but it’s beneath the bodywork where you’ll notice the difference.

There’s a larger, more powerful 2.4-litre engine with 135hp and 211Nm of torque, while the rear electric motor now puts out 95hp. Battery output increases by 10% too and this all culminates into a slightly lower 0-62mph time of 10.5 seconds. Top speed in electric-only mode also climbs up to 84mph.

So that’s performance sorted, but how the Outlander behaves on the road has improved too. The steering now has a sharper response and the stiffer body shell and suspension contains the level of body roll in a more tidy fashion than before.

Any drawbacks?

While previous Outlanders would never trouble the most sporting of SUVs in the corners, they did at least glide over bumps with aplomb for the rest of the journey. Now, this has been compromised resulting in a ride that never really settles down.

Fuel efficiency figures appear to have dropped?

Due to the more stringent WLTP system used to measure a vehicle’s fuel economy and CO2 output, the electric range for the Outlander appears to have dipped down to 28 miles, compared to the previous model’s 33 miles. Fuel economy is now a claimed 139mpg, compared to 166.1mpg and CO2 output has climbed from 41g/km to 46g/km.

While this may look slightly worse on paper, in reality these figures are more attainable. Plus, the slight rise in CO2 doesn’t affect the Outlander PHEV’s road or BIK tax banding.

Otherwise it’s a worthy update to see this PHEV into 2019.

Is the 4hs worth getting?

The extra safety equipment on the 4hs brings adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, front and rear parking sensors and automatic high beam for the headlights. All of this may be worthwhile if you cover a high level of motorway mileage, but if you do, then you may as well consider a diesel SUV and not a plug-in hybrid.

The lane-departure warning also is pretty redundant for those who frequently use narrow country lanes; its constant beeping from straddling the middle line will simply have you switch it off.

Lawrence Cheung's verdict

The 4h is the best-seller in the range and continues to make the most sense – including over the 4hs tested here. While the soft comfortable ride quality has gone, the Outlander PHEV drives with more confidence than before - which will be welcome to many customers, even if it’s still lacking dynamically to other road-focussed SUVs.


Mitsubishi Outlander 2.0 PHEV 5hs 
Tested April 2017 by James Dennison

Mitsubishi Outlander 5hs

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a contradiction in itself, promising the space and driving characteristics of an SUV, along with fuel economy returns of up to 166mpg. It does this by combining the conventional power of a 2.0-litre petrol engine with plug-in hybrid technology.

Charge up the lithium-ion battery from the mains and the car will run on pure electric power for short distances in and around town, resulting in significantly lower refuelling costs. A combination of the petrol engine and electric power can also be used for longer distances.

There aren’t many direct rivals, either, with only the Audi Q7 e-tron combining SUV capabilities with pure-electric plug-in power. The Lexus NX and Toyota RAV4 do offer hybrid powertrains, but can’t be charged up from the mains.

How does the Outlander PHEV drive?

Despite our test car running on reasonably sized 18-inch alloy wheels, the Outlander PHEV’s ride quality was disappointing. It’s fine over gentle bumps or undulations, but introduce a cracked and potholed urban road and things quickly become undone.

The suspension fails to isolate the cabin from the resulting jolts and bumps, leaving the passengers’ backsides to deal with the brunt of any surface imperfections. It’s a shame as the urban driving experience is otherwise impressively refined.

Providing you’ve got a fully charged lithium-ion battery the Outlander PHEV can trundle around the city for up to 33 miles in almost total serenity. Should you need to accelerate hard the 2.0-litre petrol engine will step in to provide extra oomph, as long as the driver hasn't selected electric-only mode. 

It's efficient, too, with short inner-city journeys easily achievable on electric power alone. That said, we never eked out the claimed 33 miles of pure electric range, instead managing no more than 20.

Move to a fast A-road or motorway and fuel consumption is noticeably higher – the 2.0-litre petrol engine doing the brunt of the work. It’s punchy enough, but can get raucous when worked hard and the CVT transmission does take some getting used to. Once you’re acclimatised, however, it’s exceptionally smooth and reasonably responsive.

For such a heavy car the Outlander PHEV is surprisingly wieldy to drive, offering a tight turning circle and a willingness to change direction. As in the case of the ride, though, the diesel Outlander outperforms its hybrid sibling on the handling front.

James Dennison's verdict

The Outlander PHEV is an intriguing proposition and an accomplished all-round car, combining SUV levels of space and kit with genuinely low emissions credentials.

If you need an SUV and you mostly drive short distances, the plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi could be the car for you. Decide how much equipment you really need, though, as the top-spec 5hs model is expensive by anyone’s book.

And if you regularly drive long distances? In this instance the Outlander PHEV makes little sense, acting as a big, thirsty petrol SUV on long distance runs. If this type of driving makes up the bulk of your annual mileage, head for a diesel Outlander (or one of its rivals) instead


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2.0 4hs Auto
Tested: January 2017 by Tom Goodlad

Mitsubishi Outlander 4 hs PHEV

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – the current best-selling plug-in hybrid electric car (PHEV) in the UK – has been given some very mild tweaks for the 2017 model year.

While you won’t be able to notice any difference from the outside, Mitsubishi has tweaked the trims and made some changes to the chassis and powertrain in a bid to improve its green credentials further and make it a more refined package.

What’s changed?

There’s a new EV button on the centre console taking control of EV Priority mode. This allows the driver to select electric power alone without the petrol engine cutting in – providing there’s enough charge left in the batteries to do so.

There’s also an electric parking brake with auto hold function, new trim for the dash and centre console, extra safety kit (we’ll detail that later on) and new luxuries including a heated steering wheel and ambient lighting.

Tweaks have been made beneath the surface too. There are new dampers and suspension bushes to improve comfort and refinement, while the car’s key figures have improved, too:

  • Pure electric driving range of 33 miles (improvement of one mile)
  • CO2 emissions of 41g/km (down from 42g/km)
  • Rapid charging to 80% in 25 minutes (five minutes faster than before)

Has it worked?

While gains in EV range and lower CO2 emissions are minimal, it’s the mechanical changes that have made the biggest difference to the Outlander.

Driving in pure EV mode was always serene anyway at low speeds, but even when you floor the throttle and the 2.0-litre petrol engine fires into life, the sound is never too intrusive like it can be in other hybrid cars with a CVT gearbox. The extra sound insulation has clearly improved refinement effectively.

It’s not a car you’ll want to drive too enthusiastically, though. It feels much better suited to relaxed urban driving than on country lanes. It feels heavy and there’s a noticeable amount of body roll to contend with in the corners, plus it can crash into bumps and potholes in the road rather significantly.

The good news for urban drivers is that driving in town is where you’ll get the most out of the car’s efficient and effective plug-in hybrid powertrain.

To get anywhere near the claimed 166mpg fuel economy figures, you’ll need to be using battery power alone for a significant number of journeys, recharging it at each end of the journey, too.

Otherwise the battery can deplete rapidly – especially if you make regular use of the climate control, heated seats and heated steering wheel. Real-world electric range is closer to 25-28 miles, according to Mitsubishi, while we found that when the petrol intervenes regularly, economy drops to something you’re more likely to experience in a regular diesel SUV.

Read more about the 2017 VED car tax winners and losers 

Under the new scheme, a 5hs version of the Outlander PHEV will cost £10 in the first year, moving up to a £140 flat rate per year for every year after. However, because this car costs more than £40,000, there’s an additional £310 supplement for five years. That means it’ll cost £2,260 in road tax over the first six years of its life compared with £0 under the current rates.

The 4hs we're testing here isn't hit as significantly because it costs £38,999. That means it's down for a £140 annual fee after the first year. However, that's still not as appealing as £0 in tax costs under the current scheme.

Tom Goodlad's verdict

The Outlander PHEV is unique in offering a plug-in hybrid powertrain in a practical SUV body – it’ll certainly appeal to families looking to bring down running costs.

However, as with any car with an alternative powertrain like this, you’ll need to be able to charge it as much as possible to really benefit from those headline-grabbing economy and efficiency figures.

What stands in the way of the PHEV’s continuing success is the changing car tax situation in the UK, meaning what made this such an appealing car in the first place has been taken away from it, but that's not Mitsubishi's fault...


Mitsubishi Outlander 4 2.2 DI-D auto
Tested: January 2017 by Tom Goodlad

 

While it’s the plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV that grabs the headlines with ultra-low running costs and the title of the UK’s best-selling plug-in car, the Outlander diesel has bumbled along garnering much less attention because it costs more to run.

The huge number of new SUVs and crossovers flooding the market and competing for sales probably doesn't help its case, either.

So, Mitsubishi has given the Outlander a tweak for the 2017 model year to keep it on buyers’ radars. Here we find out what’s new, if it’s any good, and whether you should consider it over its rivals. Or even its plug-in hybrid twin.

Subtle changes for 2017

You’d be hard-pushed to tell the difference between the 2017 car and its predecessor, the changes are that minimal.

Mitsubishi has made tweaks to the interior trim – namely the arrangement of the centre console and the decorative trim, which now houses an electric parking brake instead of a traditional one to save cabin space.

There’s also mood lighting, a heated steering wheel and extra safety kit, including blindspot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

What's good are the driving position and visibility. You sit high, all the controls fall easily to hand and there are plenty of big windows for a good view out – something you’ll appreciate as a driver and as a passenger.

There’s plenty of space too. Head and legroom in the first and second rows is very generous, and there’s even enough space in the third row of seats for a pair of (small) adults on shorter journeys.

If you don’t use the third row, boot space is a useful 591 litres and accessed via an electric tailgate; albeit a very slow one.

How does it drive?

The Outlander’s handling can be described as safe. Body control is good and it has a remarkably refined and comfortable ride, but the steering lacks any real involvement. It feels more agile than its PHEV sibling though, which carries around a set of heavy batteries.

The 4WD system provides ample traction in corners and slippery weather conditions, which inspires confidence in the grim winter months.

The 2.2-litre diesel is a good match, too. It produces 150hp and 360Nm of pulling power, meaning there’s plenty of get-up-and-go for motorway driving and steep inclines. It’s also useful if you tow anything regularly, with a braked towing capacity of 2,000kg.

Power delivery is punchy through the six-speed automatic gearbox, but also smooth when you want to take things easy.

Tom Goodlad's verdict

With all that said, the Outlander is an expensive proposition as a family 4x4. While it’s a good car in isolation (and even compared with the PHEV version), it falls down when it comes to the driving experience and interior quality when you start look at some of its rivals.

While they don’t offer the rugged appeal of the Outlander, they’re better all-round packages that will be more suited to family life.

However, if you want a no-nonsense rugged 4x4, the Outlander is well worth a look, but you’ll find better value at the cheaper end of the range.


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2.0 MIVEC GX5h Auto
Tested: August 2016 by Adam Binnie


 

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a large SUV offering incongruously reasonable fuel economy thanks to its hybrid powertrain of petrol engine and electric motors.

It can be driven further and faster in pure electric mode than hybrid versions of the Toyota RAV4 and Lexus RX, and recharged using a domestic plug socket, too.

Range facelifted for 2016

A dusting of updates for the 2016 model year include a new front bumper and LED lights, plus a seven-inch multimedia system and more durable materials in the cabin.

What’s it like to drive?

Unlike a conventional hybrid car that uses electric power to boost the performance and economy of a petrol or diesel engine, the Outlander PHEV defaults to pure electric power for most of your time behind the wheel.

Driven carefully, Mitsubishi reckons on 32 miles of silent electric motoring before you either need to charge it up or use the 2.0-litre petrol engine. Using electricity alone the Outlander is very impressive, taking off from stationary with vigour thanks to its instantly available electric torque. It'll carry on to motorway speeds, too.

The petrol motor will kick in if you press the accelerator pedal hard enough and will charge the battery when on a long cruise, in addition to the energy collected when coasting and from the regenerative brakes.

What’s it like to live with?

In town, it’s very relaxing, thanks to a muted drivetrain and the ability to deliver all its power with the slightest flex of your right foot. In total you get 164bhp and 332Nm of torque, meaning you'll cover 0-62mph in 11 seconds. That’s not world beating, but the Outlander certainly feels quick from the getaway.

There are some gripes though – the air-conditioning wasn’t particularly effective and the charging cable was about three inches too short to stretch from the nearest plug socket to the car. And you can’t use an extension cable.

For short trips the fuel economy was very impressive, regularly topping three figures thanks to a large percentage of electric use. On a longer commute though the battery drained quite quickly, and using the petrol motor to save electricity resulted in mpg figures in the 30s. Many diesel SUVs will do better than that.

Adam Binnie's verdict

If you’re a company car driver who has access to a charge point at home and at work, and a reasonably short commute, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is nice way to get around.

It would be worth trying to test drive one for a couple of days to make sure it fits into your lifestyle first, though.


Mitsubishi Outlander GX4hs 2.0-litre PHEV
Tested November 2015 by Debbie Wood

Mitsubishih Outlander GX4hs

Launched in 2012 with the hybrid version introduced a little over a year ago, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been revised for 2016 and we’ve been driving the updated version on UK roads for the first time.

What’s new?

From the outside you’ll struggle to notice any real difference. Design updates have been subtle with the main changes including new LED lights, a revised bumper and new alloy wheel designs.

Inside sees the introduction of a new seven-inch infotainment system, plus the fabrics around the cabin have been revised to offer greater durability and refinement.

There’s been a £1,000 price hike across the Outlander range and for the money you get more kit as standard (depending on which trim you choose) including a heated steering wheel, 360-degree camera, auto-dimming rear view mirror and a three-digit MPG display - which we think is particularly important if you buy the hybrid and want to see how well it's working.

Living with electric

Mitsubishi claims you can travel up to 32 miles before the battery will need recharging and the petrol engine kicks in. Take advantage of the adjustable regenerative braking system and you should be able to extend the range even further.

On test we completed an 18-mile route which combined city driving, dual carriageway and B roads. At the end of the hour-long journey there was still five miles of electric power remaining, which we think is pretty good for a real-world test.

Fitted with a rapid-charger socket as standard, you can get 80 percent of the battery life back in just 30 minutes; or you can use a domestic socket which will take five hours to charge the Outlander back up to full again.

The improvements to insulation and the increased glass thickness on the revised car results in virtually no wind or road noise intruding into the cabin up to speeds of 60mph and comfort levels overall impress. The supple suspension soaks up all the bumps in the road and the engine is smooth and refined. Its small turning circle makes the car easy to drive around busy city streets too.

Mated to the engine is a slick automatic gearbox, and the Outlander is the only plug-in hybrid to combine two electric motors for enhanced off-road ability. Although on this occasion we didn’t manage to take the PHEV version off-road, we have driven the diesel model before and were impressed with its performance.

One of the headline changes for this 2015 model is the introduction of a new 7.0-inch infotainment system, and although a vast improvement over the previous system and easy to navigate around, it’s not as refined or modern as others we have used in terms of its responses or design.

The spacious and practical cabin is filled with storage options with ample leg and headroom throughout. In the boot there’s room for two large suitcases or the monthly shop, plus there's a 12-volt power source, light and various clips to secure your bags.


The Parkers VerdictThe Parkers Verdict

The Outlander plug-in is one of the best-packaged hybrids you can currently buy and now, thanks to some interior enhancements and improvement equipment specification, it's better than ever.

Diesel and petrol models are rather harder to justify. Though they're well specified for the price newer, more sophisticated rivals are better dynamically. If not opting for the PHEV, we'd recommend sticking to the entry-level models.

Mitsubishi Outlander model history

Mitsubishi Outlander: is it an up-to-date model?

February 2013 – Third-generation Outlander reaches UK showrooms with a 2.2-litre diesel engine, six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes, four trim levels – GX2, GX3, GX4 and GX5 – and a focus on achieving a top-rated Euro NCAP crash test score.

April 2014 – Outlander PHEV – plug-in hybrid electric vehicle – launched with 2.0-litre petrol engine and two electric motors (front and rear) to provide permanent all-wheel drive hybrid SUV for the same cost as a diesel model. Benefitted from CO2 emissions as low as 46g/km, making for big tax breaks. Derivatives are GX3h and GX3h+.

January 2015 – New PHEV version called GX5h and GX5hs target company car drivers, with low benefit-in-kind bills promised despite high specification including leather, sunroof and touchscreen multimedia.

October 2016 – special edition Juro version of Outlander PHEV is launched. Based on GX3h+ specification and costing the same, this had TomTom sat-nav along with cruise control, heated front seats, climate control and a touchscreen CD/DVD unit.

November 2016 – improved diesel specification aligns it with PHEV line-up. Trims are 2, 3 and 4 with more kit on all trim levels.

January 2017 – Outlander PHEV updated to keep up with rivals. Suspension and safety were both upgraded, while the plug-in hybrid powertrain was tweaked and now boasted CO2 emissions of 41g/km and fuel economy of 166mpg. Electric range was 32 miles, while the battery could be rapid-charged to 80% in 25 minutes. Trims were 3h, 4h and 5h.

March 2017 – Juro version revised with an electronic parking brake, EV Priority mode, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay mirroring, DAB and a reversing camera.

June 2017 – Keiko special edition launched for diesel version of SUV. This was based on Outlander 3 and gets leather seats plus Mitsubishi’s touchscreen multimedia system, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

June 2018 – final update for the PHEV model ushers in larger 2.4-litre petrol engine and revised figures, including a recalculation for more representative fuel economy and emissions to the latest WLTP standard. Headline figures include 141g/km and 46g/km, while 0-62mph took 10.5 seconds and electric range was quoted as 28 miles.

4hs and 5hs trim levels feature additional sensors and safety equipment, adding adaptive cruise, forward collision mitigation and lane departure warning plus parking sensors front and rear and a 360-degree camera. 5hs luxury features include premium nappa leather in a range of colours, and more adjustment for the electric seats.

Buying and selling the Mitsubishi Outlander

Buying a new Mitsubishi Outlander SUV

Mitstubishi Outlander: will it be easy to buy new?

The Outlander has proven an incredibly popular SUV for Mitsubishi, and for that reason there’s a decent amount of supply. You may be able to get a good discount on one if you head to a car supermarket or online broker as they buy in bulk, and because the trims are so highly appointed and there aren’t many options available it’s likely you’ll find a car with all the kit you need.

We’d advise speaking to the dealer about fitment of a wallbox to go along with a PHEV version of the Outlander – these work far faster than a conventional three-pin plug.

PCP finance explained

Buying a used Mitsubishi Outlander SUV

Mitsubishi Outlander: will it be easy to buy used?

At time of writing the Outlander is one of the best plug-in hybrid vehicles you can buy as a used car, and represents great value, with the battery’s warranty lasting up to eight years or 100,000 miles. The diesel has more capable rivals and isn’t anywhere near as popular, so it’ll be harder to find a good one.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GX4hs
Tested April 2014 by Kieren Puffett

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GX4hs

This new hybrid version uses a two-litre petrol engine combined with twin electric motors and batteries, where the batteries can be re-charged by either the petrol engine or brake regeneration while driving, or from the mains electricity via a plug-in cable.

The Outlander PHEV also has a neat trick to increase or decrease the amount of battery charging via brake re-generation. There are two paddles behind the steering wheel which can increase or decrease the amount of brake regeneration. Increasing it not only helps charge the batteries faster but also helps slow down the car quicker.

That means this hybrid is claimed to travel on battery power alone for up to 32 miles and can achieve 70mph (combined with the petrol engine top speed is 106mph). .  

Battery powered travel means that fuel consumption can be kept right down and the official average fuel consumption figure is 148mpg.

Strong performer in town and decent cruiser

I tested the car in Bath’s narrow city streets and surrounding roads. In town the electric motors provide near silent acceleration that quickly shifts the car off the line – very impressive.

Out on the open road the petrol engine kicks in and sometimes it is to power the front wheels, sometimes to help recharge the batteries. 

For sharp acceleration above 30-40mph then you can hear the petrol motor rev loudly and you sense the car build more speed. There were no jerks or major pauses but the acceleration was not particularly strong.

Thanks to the hybrid set-up, you have four-wheel drive when the electric motors are at work (they power the front and rear wheels, the petrol engine only powers the front ones).

The ‘S-AWC’ (Super All Wheel Control) system helps ensure the wheels with the most grip get the most power. Certainly the Outlander feels very controlled cornering and even doing a bit of mild off-roading.

Low running costs

I spent 30 mins gently criss-crossing the historic Georgian town before finally heading out for a nine-mile drive entirely under electric power. 

After that the range indicator revealed I still had a range of eight miles under electric power left. Given the hilly nature of Bath, (and I had the air con on) that isn’t a bad result.

So with care, driving on a full charge can provide a good 20-25 miles of mixed use without using petrol power. Even cruising at 70mph the electric motors kept a steady speed without the petrol motor chiming in.

The worst indicated fuel consumption figure I saw was 60mpg and the best was 941, so if you are an average mileage driver with a mix of town and open road driving and can regularly charge the car, it is possible you could achieve a three-figure mpg average.

Throw in zero road tax and ownership costs start to look incredibly appealing.


 

Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2 DI-D GX5 Auto
Tested: February 2013 by Gareth Evans

Mitsubishi Outlander GX5 diesel auto

Recently facelifted, the Mitsubishi Outlander is a car fairly well suited to larger families who are after no-nonsense motoring. We’ve been driving it in top-spec GX5 trim to find out exactly why it’s going to appeal to such a demographic.

There’s only one engine available to UK buyers: a 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel with 150hp and pulling power of 360Nm. It’s coupled to a six-speed automatic gearbox of a conventional design rather than the new twin-clutch systems, which means gear changes and throttle response perhaps aren’t as sharp as they could be.

On the open road the Outlander is ordinary. The steering is pretty much devoid of any feeling, but it’s direct and not too heavily weighted, which will make the car accessible to a broad section of society.

The seating is very comfortable, while the high driving position means vision simply isn’t a problem. It’s quiet too; in an effort to make the car more aerodynamic the Japanese manufacturer has done a lot of work to the exterior of the car, and that’s produced an almost serene driving experience considering the nature of the vehicle.

In terms of handling, it’s much the same as the pre-facelift model and that’s no bad thing. Bodyroll is well-contained and it grips very well thanks to its four-wheel-drive system. The engine pulls well, and although slightly latent thanks to the older style gearbox, you soon learn to drive around the lag.

With regards to running costs, according to Mitsubishi this model of Outlander returns 48.7mpg on the combined cycle. We found a figure closer to 40mpg was more realistic if driven carefully; you’ll very rarely see anywhere near the economy manufacturers quote.

Carbon dioxide emissions dictate how much road tax you’ll have to pay. In this case, 153g/km is the quoted figure. This translates to a VED band of G.

Our model is the top-of-the-range trim, which is what makes it perfect for families. On top of GX4 spec - which nets you such luxuries as leather upholstery, heated seats, parking sensors and sat nav – you also get a host of features aimed at making life both easier and safer for all those using the vehicle.

Whichever version you pick, ensure all electrical and mechanical systems function as they should and the paint and interior are in good nick. Mitsubishi generally builds strong, reliable cars, though, so it shouldn’t be too problematic.

It’s worth discovering if the car you’re looking at has been used off-road or for towing, too, because this could have put extra strain on the drivetrain components and/or underbody trim.

Ensure you carry out a Parkers Car History Check to highlight any hidden past you need to be aware of.


Selling your Mitsubishi Outlander SUVSelling your Mitsubishi Outlander SUV

If you’ve got a PHEV Outlander, make a point of stating the tax and fuel economy benefits in the advert. It’s also worth listing the spec of the car in detail to make yours stand out.

Take a good set of clear pictures and perhaps a walkaround video, but consider getting any minor damage repaired before you do.

Price your car accurately using a Parkers Valuation, which can be adjusted for mileage and optional extras.

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