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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (2014 – 2021)

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Summary


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 was on sale in the UK from 2014 until 2021, and for most of that time was the county’s best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle.

The plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander was by far the biggest-selling version of the model in the UK. There was also a regular petrol model available, but those sold in tiny numbers and are not covered here.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV received mostly average to good reviews from the UK media during its production life. As of September 2021, when Mitsubishi withdrew from the UK market altogether, it had an Expert Rating of 60%.

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

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
Removed from sale: Autumn 2021


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Autocar

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Honest John

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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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 economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 2.4 PLUG-IN HYBRID 4X4 CVT
Date tested: February 2021

3.9 / 10

CLEAN AIR INDEX

3 / 10

ENERGY EFFICIENCY INDEX

4 / 10

GREENHOUSE GAS INDEX

The Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4-litre petrol/electric plug-in hybrid received a two-star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021. 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 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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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (2014 – 2021)The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV received average to good media reviews during its production life, and was taken off sale in the UK in 2021.