Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review

Category: Hybrid car

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:hybrid, petrol
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Outlander PHEV brochure prices are competitive by class standards. However, if you hanker for range topping Dynamic Safety trim, just be aware that it breaches £40,000: the barrier beyond which the UK’s premium car tax is levied. It's also worth noting that like other plug-in hybrids, the Outlander PHEV is no longer eligible for government grants for electrified vehicles.

The PHEV can travel short distances on electric power alone and should be cheap to fuel if you use it mainly around town. That advantage will rapidly fade when you make longer trips, though, when the petrol engine will do most of the work. Although its official fuel economy and electric range look remarkable on paper, expect them to be much lower in the real world.

And while the PHEV’s low official CO2 emissions figures do attract relatively low benefit-in-kind company car tax bills, the Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4, Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 and DS7 E-Tense all have longer pure-electric ranges and generate less CO2, putting them into a lower BIK bracket. 

Service intervals are fairly short at 12,500 miles or 12 months, though, and the Mitsubishi servicing plan – fixing the price of the first three scheduled services – is worth considering, but it isn’t as cheap as plans offered by many rivals.

Mitsubishi as a brand performed admirably in our 2019 Reliability Survey, finishing 13th out of 31 manufacturers. However, the Outlander PHEV itself didn’t particularly shine, finishing down in 10th place out of 11 models in the hybrid category. Thankfully, the PHEV gets a comprehensive five-year/62,500-mile warranty, which should quell any concerns about battery life and electric motor problems. There’s also a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty and three years’ pan-European roadside, home and accident assistance.

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Overview

Thanks to low emissions, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is worth considering as a company car, but its ride and refinement let it down, and newer plug-in rivals offer a more appealing all-round package.

  • Refined at low speeds
  • Low company car tax
  • Good standard equipment
  • Thrashy engine
  • Unsettled ride
  • Average interior quality