Brochure prices look relatively high, with a few models attracting the Government's premium car tax. 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 model can travel short distances on electric power alone, so it should be cheap to fuel if you use it mainly around town but less so if you do longer trips, when it makes more use of the petrol engine. While the claimed fuel economy and electric range sound remarkable on paper, expect them to be much lower in the real world.
It certainly has extremely low company car tax bills. Service intervals are 12,500 miles or 12 months, while the Mitsubishi servicing plan, which fixes the price of the first three scheduled services, is worth considering, but it’s not as cheap as plans offered by many rivals.
As a private buy, the car is far less appealing; we’d definitely recommend getting it as a company car instead.
Mitsubishi’s reliability record is good, with the brand coming an impressive fifth in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey. However, the Outlander itself didn't feature. Hybrid versions get a comprehensive five-year/62,500-mile warranty, which should quell any concerns about battery life and electric motor problems.
The PHEV gets a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty and three years’ pan-European roadside, home and accident assistance. It also comes with stability control and seven airbags, including one to protect the driver’s knees. Top models get plenty of sophisticated safety measures, including lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and a collision mitigation system that applies the brakes if it senses an imminent crash.
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