- PHEV model can be extremely cheap to run…
- …but your lifestyle will have to fit around it
- Diesel is far less remarkable in this respect
The Mitsubishi Outlander can be incredibly cheap to run if you pick the hybrid version, but that relies heavily on how you use the car.
You’ll ideally have access to a fast-charging wallbox at home and/or at work to top up the batteries regularly, and if that’s the case and you don’t do many miles per day then you could in theory use very little fuel at all. It needs some, just to keep the petrol motor functioning, but in theory you could use one tank of fuel for anything up to around six months in the right circumstances.
It's for that reason the PHEV’s fuel economy figure – quoted as 139mpg on the new, more realistic WLTP testing cycle – is academic. It’ll vary wildly depending on how you use the car. If you never plug your car in, you’ll be in for economy worse than the diesel’s; expect sub-30mpg.
The diesel’s claimed economy of 53.3mpg (for the manual) or 48.7mpg (for the automatic) is going to be difficult to hit, too. This is a large SUV, and struggles with aerodynamics, so you’ll have to drive slowly to get figures like that.
The 2.0-litre petrol could be the most costly with its claimed 37.7mpg.
When it comes to tax, the lower-CO2 PHEV models are the ones to go for. It’ll work out cheaper for private and company car drivers thanks to Government incentives to drive plug-in vehicles.
To find out the BIK costs for the PHEV, you can find them in this Company Car Driver article here
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£1,573 - £1,573 *|
|Diesel||131p||£1,124 - £1,241 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||Variable according to trip computer|
|Warranty||Five years/62,500 miles|
|Road tax (12 months)||
£0 - £440
See tax rates for all versions
19 - 32
How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
The performance of the Outlander here depends entirely on whether you’ve gone for the diesel or the plug-in hybrid model. The former has between 139 (manual) and 154g/km (automatic) CO2 output, which isn’t great, whereas the PHEV model manages as low as 46g/km on the very latest, and more stringent, WLTP standard.
The 2.0-litre petrol engine produces the most CO2 with 171g/km.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|Petrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid||40 g/km (Min)||£130|
|2.0 Petrol||171 g/km (Max)||£140|
- No horror stories to worry about
- Should prove a dependable car
- A few recalls, but issues will be fixed
We don’t think you’ll be unhappy with the Mitsubishi Outlander’s reliability. It’s a robustly built machine that shouldn’t cause you too many issues. There haven’t been any horror stories that we’ve heard of concerning its dependability, and owners generally report great news. Our Owners Reviews show no horror stories with the build. Only issues with how much it can cost to run in some situations.
There have been a number of recalls issued by the DVSA for issues with the drivetrain – particularly on 2.0-litre PHEV models – but these will have been fixed at no cost to the owner by the company.
Our testers have been impressed with the build quality in the cars we’ve experienced over the years too. The cabin isn’t the smartest, but it’s full of tough-feeling materials that’ll stand the test of time.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||Check the underside of the Outlander for any off-roading damage.|
|Engine / gearbox||No problems reported.|
|Other||No problems reported.|