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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a medium-sized SUV/crossover that is powered by a combination of a 2.4-litre petrol engine and an electric motor. It has been the UK’s best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle since it went on sale in 2014.

The plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander is by far the biggest-selling version of the model in the UK. There is also a regular petrol model available – we will be building a separate page for this model, so check back soon.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has received mostly average to good reviews from the UK media, and as of August 2021 it has an Expert Rating of 60%. The car has now been on the market with minimal changes for five years, and although it was considered ground-breaking when new, other manufacturers have very much caught up in recent years.

The Outlander PHEV has received praise for its low running and ownership costs, but it has been criticised for falling behind the best vehicles in its class for comfort and driving dynamics.

Mitsubishi has announced that it is leaving the UK market sometime soon, so the Outlander is unlikely to get any future updates and resale values are likely to drop as a result of the entire company up and leaving the country. As a new car, it’s now difficult to recommend the Outlander over other plug-in hybrid SUVs.

Key specifications

Body style: Mid-sized SUV/crossover
Engines: plug-in hybrid (petrol/electric)
Price: From £36,755 on-road

Launched: Spring 2014
Last updated: Summer 2018
Replacement due: N/A

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MEDIA REVIEWS

Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2013

88%

ADULT OCCUPANT

84%

CHILD OCCUPANT

64%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

81%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4-litre petrol/electric plug-in hybrid received a two-star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021. We are currently updating our Euro NCAP database, as the organisation changed its rating system and we need to change our database accordingly to be able to display the new scores.

Green NCAP said: “A 2.4-litre petrol engine is coupled with two 60 kW electric motors, one for each axle. The driver is offered a wide variety of driving modes including pure electric and battery-charge sustaining.

“Green NCAP’s tests were conducted in these two modes and the results combined in a way that represents how the car might typically be used, based on the available electric range. Because of the relatively low range, the rating is biased more towards the petrol mode than the electric one. In all three areas of assessment, the Outlander scores only modestly.

“Overall, with a rating of only 2 stars, the Outlander disappoints, with performance that is no better than many non-electrified competitors.”

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has received

2019

  • Company Car and Van Awards – Best Plug-in Vehicle

2015

  • Next Green Car Awards – SUV of the Year
  • Fleet World Honours – Best Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle
  • The Scotsman Awards – Plug-in Vehicle of the Year

2014

  • Next Green Car Awards – SUV of the Year
  • Fleet World Honours – Best Environmental Vehicle
  • Green Apple Awards – Best Electric Hybrid Vehicle
  • DieselCar Awards – Best Alternative Fuel Vehicle
  • Caravan Club Awards – Judges’ Award for Innovation
  • BusinessCar Techie Awards – Green Award

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