What used Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4 will I get for my budget?
You’ll need £11,000 to buy a 2013 diesel Mitsubishi Outlander with about 50,000 miles on the clock, while going for a hybrid of the same age and mileage will set you back more than £13,000.
Increasing the budget to £15,000 will open up plenty of sub-30,000-mile hybrids to choose from, while if you want one of the facelift Outlanders you’re looking at paying £19,000 for a diesel, or £22,000 for a PHEV.
How much does it cost to run a Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4?
With CO2 emissions of just 44g/km (42g/km for the facelift model), the Outlander PHEV qualifies for free road tax and exemption from the London congestion charge. The diesel model’s 138g/km output might have been good for its day, but it still means you’ll pay comfortably more than £100 per year for tax. In addition, the diesel’s real-world fuel consumption of 40mpg, if you opt for a car with a manual gearbox, or 35mpg for an automatic, falls behind rivals such as the Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V, in part because the Mitsubishi is only offered with four-wheel drive.
The PHEV should in theory be much cheaper to run, although that does depend how you use it. 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 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, which is still impressive for a car of the Outlander’s size.
Servicing costs are higher than average (intervals are every 12 months), with diesels generally costing more to maintain than PHEVs. 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.