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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV — long-term review

Strangely silent

Specification:
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Engine:
2360cc, 4cyl petrol + electric, 4WD, 175bhp, 156lb ft
Claimed MPG:
139.0mpg, 46g/km CO2
Performance:
0–62mph in 10.5secs, 106mph
Weight:
1880kg
Price:
£39,500 OTR/£39,500 as tested

The Outlander PHEV has a brilliant ‘bird’s eye’ reversing camera, allowing you to slot into a supermarket parking space with millimetric precision. But this set-up does not – unless I’ve missed a submenu of a submenu, which I’m pretty sure I haven’t – give any audible warning that you’re about to hit something. This is only really an issue if (a) the cameras are smudged by dirt or rain, or, more pressingly, (b) you’ve assumed you do have bleepers, and are reversing at pace without checking the screen.

Apparently this cameras-no-bleepers set-up is quite common in the States, but I’ve never seen it over here. It’s intriguing as, when you do pretty much anything else in the Outlander, it’ll reward you with an cacophony of bleeps and bongs.

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