Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GX3h
1. Mitsubishi Outlander
- Model/Engine size:
- Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GX3h
- Petrol/Electric Plug-in Hybrid
- Fuel economy combined:
- 148 mpg* see text
Mitsubishi has never been considered as a mainstream manufacturer, trading instead on its specialism of four-wheel drive performance cars and rugged off-road models. What is less well known is its expertise in electric drivetrains, but it was one of the first major manufacturers to launch a modern electric car with the i-MiEV back in 2010.
It seems apt that Mitsubishi has chosen to combine its two areas of expertise for its first plug-in hybrid. Adding a modest sized battery and two electric motors from the i-MiEV to the 2-litre petrol Outlander enables four-wheel drive in either fully electric or petrol modes. Unusually for a hybrid you can also tow up to 1500kg.
Once fully recharged you can drive for up to 32.5 miles in full electric mode and once the battery runs out the Outlander continues to operate as a hybrid, blending electric and petrol drive as required. Mitsubishi is very open about the fact that the official fuel consumption is overly optimistic stating that in petrol mode 49 mpg is more realistic. The company also helpfully points out that after 106 miles fuel economy drops below that of the diesel model.
The best bits about the system are the useful electric range, the ability to adjust the level of regenerative braking with wheel-mounted paddles and the price, which is the same as the diesel equivalent. The worst bits are the dowdy styling, the cheap looking interior and the automatic gearbox, which hangs onto gears longer than necessary, denting refinement. Also, although the Outlander is an interesting driving experience, it’s not a particularly exciting one.
The PHEV Outlander is the first plug-in hybrid that costs the same as the equivalent diesel model once the £5000 government grant is applied. Yes the styling isn’t particularly adventurous and the interior isn’t as sharp as it should be, but if you regularly cover less than 30 miles between charges, it offers big savings in running costs and tax, without costing more to purchase.
Official range: 32.5 miles
Official electricity consumption: 193 Wh/km
Battery pack: 12 kWh Lithium-ion, 5 year unlimited mileage warranty
Recharge time: 240v charge 5 hours, 3.6 kW home wallbox (free option) 4 hours, rapid charge 30 minutes from 0 – 80%.
- Fuel economy, extra urban:
- Fuel economy, urban:
- CO2 emissions:
- Official 44 g/km. 32.5 mile electric range approx 100 g/km average UK electricity, 0 g/km renewable electricity. Petrol only running (49 mpg) approx 133 g/km g/km
- Green rating:
- VED band A - £0 a year
- 1810 kg Kg
- Company car tax liability ( 2015/16 ):
- £33,249 (Qualifies for £5,000 Government grant)
- Insurance group:
- 119 bhp (petrol) 67 bhp (electric) bhp
- Max speed:
- 106 mph (limited) mph
- 11 seconds seconds
- Euro 6: