What used Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4x4 will I get for my budget?
You can find an early 2014 or 2015 Outlander PHEV with more than 100,000 miles on the clock for around £10,000, but you’d be much better off spending between £12,000 and £14,000 on a good 2015 car, or between £14,000 and £18,000 on a good facelifted 2016 or 2017 model. If you want the 2018 or 2019 model year cars budget for £25,000 or more. There was also another facelift in 2018.
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How much does it cost to run a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4x4?
In terms of your yearly road tax fee, as long as you buy an Outlander PHEV registered before 1 April 2017, you won't have to pay anything. After that date, however, you’ll be paying £150 – unless you have a higher-spec GX5h or GX5hs version, because they would have most likely cost more than £40,000 when new. This means you’ll have to stump up an extra £325 surcharge each year, adding up to £475 a year to run an Outlander until it’s more than six years old.
The PHEV should be inexpensive to run, considering it has official NEDC average fuel economy of 148.5mpg, or 139.7mpg under the later WLTP tests. The trick, as with any plug-in hybrid, is to make sure you drive on pure battery power for as much of the time as possible, thus minimising fuel costs. And that most likely means having a dedicated socket at home or work in order to make the most of what realistically will be an electric range of about 22 miles.
Where the PHEV makes less sense is on motorway journeys, where carrying around those heavy batteries can drag the economy down as low as 30mpg. However, by combining these two extremes, many owners report average economy of about 60mpg from their PHEVs – still impressive for a car of the Outlander’s size.
Service intervals are every 12 months, so costs are higher than average. Either way, if the car is under three years old, it will pay to check if it is already covered under a servicing plan from its previous owner.
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