Introducing: the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV!
Mitsubishi are taking a shot for the top SUV eco title with the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, but does it measure up?
It’s fair to say that a hybrid SUV isn’t what you’d regularly see in this bracket, but what Mitsubishi have done here is create a part electric vehicle that could potentially be seen plowing its way off road as well as scooting about the town centre. The Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicle (or PHEV for short) commands 200bhp from two power sources – dual electric motors and a 2.0ltr petrol engine which are designed in such a way as to run on pure electric for about 30 miles before it runs out and the petrol engine kicks in. Also after the battery breaths its last, it will charge the batteries back up in the background while on petrol mode. Handy!
The unique selling point of the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is its potential for astronomical savings. It has an obscenely low CO2 emissions figure at 48g/km so it’ll be in the lowest possible company car tax band. If you include government subsidy and exemption from congestion charge for low emission vehicles, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV really racks the odds up in its favor as a great company car. The Mitsubishi Outlander hybrid 4×4 is best used if you want to use it as a relatively short range vehicle for doing things such as school and shopping runs since you could save a great deal on electric-only journeys.
In a more general sense you’ll be hard pressed to tell the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV apart from the conventional diesel models of the new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – it looks pretty much the same and drives pretty much the same, although it is rather low on noise even in petrol mode and the extra weight from the batteries being low down lends a bit more stability around corners. An interesting point is the paddles behind the steering wheel which alter the break regeneration in 5 levels – on the highest level lift it will automatically break for you whenever you take your foot off the accelerator, which is very handy for break-heavy parts of a journey. Alternatively you can turn it off as with a normal car (which also saves on battery) so its use is at your discretion.
Inside, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV comes complete with the pros you’d normally expect to find in a big SUV specifically its roominess as it has loads of head and foot room and great visibility all round. The cabin itself falls a bit short of that luxury feeling but it is user friendly and does everything you need it to. The screen/infotainment screen is a bit fiddly and seems more of an afterthought rather than feeling like a fully integrated part of the design. A good thing is the boot space – the Mitsubishi engineers haven’t downsized on the space in order to fit all the electrics in as rivals such as Volvo have with their V60 Hybrid. However it’s worth noting that you don’t have the option of the 2 extra boot seats as you can with the diesel version.
The PHEV option comes in the top 3 versions of the Outlander – the X3, X4 and X5. They all come generously kitted out but a nifty thing worth mentioning about the X5 is the ability to download an app for your phone which synchronises with your car and allows you to review how much charge is left, control charging times and remotely turn on your heater (handy for warming your car up before you get in on those cold winter months).
So what do we have here with the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV? Well it’s a decent ranged hybrid 4×4 that boasts a genuine array of eco based goodies – for company drivers this should be an easy sell. It also costs exactly the same as its regular diesel counterpart at £28,249. Although this is on the pricier side of the SUV spectrum, this vehicle really stands out on account of its potential to save you a fortune on running costs as it is the most fuel efficient SUV on the market.. If you don’t do a massive amount of mileage, owning one of these can really pay off, but those needing to cover greater distances may find it more worthwhile getting the diesel version.
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