Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

This page is dedicated to our long term review of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (MY2019). Updates include how we got on with the car, trips we accomplished, fuel consumption and more. Check back for regular weekly updates. By Alex Grant.

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Update 1: Revisiting the game-changer

Update 1: Revisiting the game-changer

This year marks the fifth anniversary of Mitsubishi’s first Outlander PHEVs arriving in the UK. It’s become so ubiquitous since (more than 40,000 sales and counting) that it’s easy to forget just how forward-looking this car was back in 2014 – a low-CO2 SUV, launched with enough of a head start that some manufacturers still […]

Update 2: The Cost of Convenience

Update 2: The Cost of Convenience

At the start of 2014, I was coming around to replacing a Vauxhall Ampera and, although I’d got on well with it, I was getting a sense that the powertrain was about to start ageing badly. The Outlander PHEV offered as much range without the practicality sacrifice, while the i3 REX travelled twice as far […]

Update 3: Best of Both?

Update 3: Best of Both?

I hit what I guess must be a PHEV milestone this month. Flying into Heathrow Airport (not a cheap place to plug in) after an early start, I did a non-stop run back to Cardiff and had a double dose of range anxiety, fully depleting both of the Outlander’s “tanks” by the time I got […]

Update 4: Part of the family

Update 4: Part of the family

It’s funny how your priorities change as life throws new commitments your way. Ten years ago I’d probably have been enthusing about the Outlander PHEV’s electrically-boosted 223hp and Lancer Evolution X platform sharing. These days, with a need to transport three kids aged five or less, I’m enjoying some very different qualities. When even leaving […]

Update 5: Getting Connected

Update 5: Getting Connected

When historians reflect on the early part of the 21st century, it might well be the smartphone that gets recognised as one of this era’s most transformative technologies. Whether it’s live streaming events before reporters, fuelling the growth of social media, or the ability to remotely check and control your central heating and lights, that […]

Update 6: A Design for Life

Update 6: A Design for Life

SUVs have become the automotive industry’s Swiss Army knife, merging estate car load space, MPV visibility and that rugged kerb appeal drivers seem to have an unending appetite for. Europeans bought a record 29.8 million of them last year, according to JATO Dynamics, and some manufacturers are dropping other products to make way for an […]

Update 7: More ‘EV’ than ‘Evo’?

Update 7: More ‘EV’ than ‘Evo’?

‘Race on Sunday, sell on Monday’ might be an ageing automotive mantra but, as a teenager in the late 1990s, motorsport had a transformative effect on Mitsubishi’s image and desirability. The red and white RalliArt war paint of the Lancer Evolution and the tunability of its roadgoing counterparts quickly made the company synonymous with performance […]

Update 8: Not Just Hot Air

Update 8: Not Just Hot Air

October has landed and, with it, some familiar routines. The Outlander has become filthy almost overnight, an iOS update has wreaked havoc with my CarPlay apps (Waze!) and I’m finding cabin pre-heating is a must-have feature. I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir here, but there are plenty of reasons why Joe and Jo Public […]

Update 9: Number Crunching

Update 9: Number Crunching

Just over a year ago, many motoring pundits were gloomily predicting that the plug-in hybrid might be about to lose its shine. Prematurely, perhaps, the £2,500 grant funding available for these cars was withdrawn with almost no warning – to plenty of criticism. A full calendar year forward, I’m not convinced this technology has had […]

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