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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The Top Gear car review:Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Running costs and reliability
If you’re thinking about a PHEV, you’re doing it for one of two reasons – you like the idea of being a bit more environmentally friendly, or you’re an important business person looking to minimise your tax liability. Both valid, and both reasons to consider the Outlander.
Mitsubishi hasn’t released prices or specs yet, seeing as the new PHEV doesn’t go on sale until September. The current car starts at £32k, rising to just under £44k for a fully-specced ‘5HS. We’d expect the new car to be there or thereabouts, with the best-selling models coming in at under the all-important £40k mark.
And it’ll be cheap to run. You probably won’t get 141.2mpg, unless your commute can be done entirely on e-power and you only use the engine at weekends (Mitsubishi says the internal-combustion engine can go 89 days without starting…), but the Outlander nonetheless promises decent fuel economy. And CO2 emissions of 46g/km (WLTP – on the old NEDC cycle it’s rated at just 40g/km) mean your tax bill will be tiny. If you get a company car, we’re talking thousands less per year than an equivalent petrol or diesel.
Charging takes four hours from a normal, 230V/16amp household socket – 30 mins longer the old car. The battery’s grown in size, so the charging time has too. On a CHAdeMO charger it’ll do 80 per cent in 25 minutes. Mitsubishi says the PHEV is ‘smart grid’ compatible, so like the Nissan Leaf it can send energy back to the grid. A fully-fueled, full-charged Outlander can apparently power a regular-sized house for 10 days.