A bit pricey but big savings on tax make this 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV a tempting option…
It’s a new plug-in hybrid version of the company’s Mazda CX-5 rival, and it’s powered by both a 2.0-litre petrol engine and two electric motors, the second of which powers the rear wheels, giving four-wheel drive capability.
You can plug the PHEV in, charge up and use its electric power alone for short trips, and then rely on the petrol engine to take you farther afield.
According to the official government figures, this makes the PHEV capable of 148mpg, but even Mitsubishi is throwing a pinch of salt at this because of the unrealistic way the official tests are conducted.
The Outlander PHEV should, in theory, be ideal for anyone who does mainly shorter trips, with the occasional longer journey thrown in. Anyone who regularly bashes the motorways will be better off with the standard diesel Outlander, however, and that’s exactly what Mitsubishi’s dealers will be telling potential customers.
Mind you, company car drivers will see a sizeable tax benefit from the 44g/km official CO2 output, while regular visitors to Central London will enjoy exemption from the Congestion Charge.
Image courtesy of whatcar.com
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