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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review: The Fuel Economy Run

If there’s a car that may change perceptions of electric and hybrid vehicles, it’s the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

Here we have a practical family SUV that doesn’t cost the Earth and boasts a useful – if not terribly generous – electric-only range.

Being able to charge it from a wall-outlet means visits to the petrol station should be few and far between, provided your trips are mostly short ones.

And thanks to its 2.0 litre petrol engine, the PHEV can keep running long after its battery is depleted.

This gives the PHEV the range-extension needed for longer trips. You could easily drive it between capital cities, using the petrol engine to keep things charged.

So it’s like the Holden Volt, only much cheaper and roomier, and it’s an SUV.

But before sceptical family buyers can be convinced of the Outlander PHEV’s worth, Mitsubishi’s fuel economy claims need to be assessed.

Is it as frugal as the 1.9 l/100km ADR-tested figure when driven in the real world? Do the economics of charging from a wall outlet mean you’ll save enough money over the long term to cover the extra premium of the PHEV?

As part of the Outlander PHEV’s local launch, we drove it over an 80-km closed course in a fuel economy competition against our fellow journalists. We also happened to win, and you won’t believe our final fuel consumption figure.
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