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The Top Gear car review:Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
For:It’s extremely economical on short journeys, four-wheel drive, practical
Against:Overly firm ride, petrol engine is sluggish and unrefined
What is it?
Dirty great SUVs might have had a poor eco reputation in the past, but Mitsubishi is hoping to alter that with the Outlander PHEV. As its name suggests, the Japanese SUV is available with a hi-tech plug-in hybrid system, making it the world’s greenest off-roader - now freshly facelifted.
The plug-in system is split into two parts – a 2.0-litre petrol engine with 119bhp, plus twin electric motors (one on each axle) pushing out a total of 60bhp and 245lb ft. Either system can also be declutched and used to re-charge the batteries. It’s possible to run the Outlander on electric-only for up to 32.5 miles – again, a theoretical figure – and when the batteries are depleted, the petrol kicks in. Think of it like the Toyota Prius, only with more emphasis on electric-only driving and better mpg and CO2 figures (yes, really), and you’re about there.