Cost & verdict

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review

Manufacturer price from:£27,680
What Car? Target Price:£21,943
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24 Jan 2017 15:08 | Last updated: 17 Oct 2018 12:44

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

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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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV infotainment
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Verdict

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV makes a tempting company car, but its ride and refinement let it down.

  • Refined at low speeds
  • Great company car
  • Good standard equipment
  • Thrashy engine
  • Unsettled ride
  • Average interior quality
There are 7 trims available for the Outlander 4x4. Click to see details.See all versions
Juro
The entry-level Outlander PHEV still gets plenty of kit including 18in alloy wheels, a reversing camera, dual-zone climate control, a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone link display, a...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Petrol/Plug-In Elec Hybrid
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Juro
The PHEV Juro is essentially the hybrid version of the 3 model, but it also comes with neat touches such as heated seats, heated electric folding door mirrors and automatic wipers...View trim
Fuel Diesel
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£23,967
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4
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Petrol
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£26,388
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4h
Along with all the bits Juro gets, 4h adds blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert, LED head and fog lights, a power tailgate, 360-degree camera, leather seats and a heated steering wheel...View trim
Fuel Petrol/Plug-In Elec Hybrid
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£37,471
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4hs
Think of the S in this model standing for safety; you get automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and front and rear parking sensors included...View trim
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£39,529
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5h
Based on 4h, you gain Nappa leather seats, an Alpine stereo and a colour coded mat set. It is expensive, though...View trim
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£41,391
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5hs
All the goodies of 5h plus automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and front and rear parking sensors.Far too expensive to recommend...View trim
Fuel Petrol/Plug-In Elec Hybrid
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£43,449
Average Saving £2,161
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