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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2014 review

Mitsubishi Outlander is a hi-tech, plug-in hybrid which delivers 148mpg and proves good to drive, too
No other SUV can match the Outlander PHEV’s running costs – and it feels a well resolved car, too. The refinement is excellent and no other car combines this amount of space with such good fuel economy. The ride is a bit unsettled and the handling not particularly sharp, but Mitsubishi deserves praise for its brave approach.

The Outlander PHEV has jumped the competition, and come March it’s set to be the first plug-in hybrid SUV on sale in the UK.
As a result of its hi-tech powertrain, this four-wheel-drive, five-seat SUV can run on electricity for 32 miles, and promises fuel economy of 148mpg and CO2 emissions of 44g/km.

Those figures mean some big savings for buyers, including a £5,000 refund from the Government by way of its plug-in car grant and exemption from road tax and the London Congestion Charge. They also ensure company car drivers will pay just five per cent Benefit in Kind – the cleanest Nissan Qashqai sits in a 14 per cent band.

But what’s the Outlander like to drive? In a word, silent. The PHEV is much quieter than the regular diesel Outlander, no matter which operating mode it’s in – petrol engine and electric motors working together, or as a pure EV.


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