What should I look for in a used Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4x4?
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is proving to be a very robust car, so your main checks should centre on whether it has been well cared for. Look under the bonnet and boot carpet for signs of repaired crash damage.
If the car has been used for towing, check for any unusual noises from the four-wheel drive system. Another point worth considering is that Mitsubishi increased its standard warranty in 2015 from the original three years to five years (and eight years on the battery).
What are the most common problems with a used Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4x4?
The most frequently cited complaint with the Outlander is that the PHEV model falls a long way short of the 148mpg that it achieved in official fuel tests, although in fairness to Mitsubishi, it’s never tried to hide that. As with any plug-in hybrid, the Outlander doesn’t make sense if you mainly do long motorway journeys, in which case the diesel model would be a better buy.
Some PHEV drivers have noticed that their battery range, according to the display, has seemingly reduced over time, but Mitsubishi’s answer to such claims is that it is most likely the car learning how they drive and adapting the predicted range accordingly.
While not a reliability issue, it’s worth pointing out that the Outlander makes an unusual amount of annoying beeps and buzzes from its various warning systems, and the infotainment system on higher-spec models is far from intuitive to use. Some owners have also reported a fault with connecting iPhones to the system via Bluetooth, but upgrading to Apple’s latest iOS software should resolve this.
The large flap covering the charging sockets has also been known to bend, or for clips to fall off, meaning it doesn’t close easily.
There have been three recalls for the Outlander PHEV over the years, the first of which relates to door latching mechanisms that can malfunction in hot weather on cars built between 23 April 2015 and 14 March 2016; the ECU might overheat and require a replacement on examples produced between 5 December and 19 April 2016. Finally, the parking brake caliper boot could let in water and lead to corrosion and reduced effectiveness of the parking brake on Outlanders made from the start of production until 28 December 2016.
Is a used Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4x4 reliable?
Reliability is excellent, in fact. The Outlander PHEV finished in third place out of a group of 11 electric and hybrid cars, while Mitsubishi as a brand finished an impressive fourth overall out of 31 car manufacturers.
If you would like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.