Four years on from its launch in 2014, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV remains as popular as ever, with 476 registrations in April contributing to overall year to date sales of 2,695 units.
It sees the Outlander PHEV cementing its position as the UK’s most popular plug-in electrified vehicle, with more than 36,800 currently on the road. It helps that the Outlander PHEV has no direct rivals, with plug-in SUVs from the likes of Volvo, Porsche and BMW costing considerably more.
In fact, at £32,305 after the Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG), the Outlander is more closely aligned to the Audi A3 e-tron, Volkswagen Passat GTE and Toyota Prius Plug-in, which are less practical than Mitsubishi’s SUV. That said, you will pay £43,555 for the most expensive 5hs model with leather seats.
Rob Lindley, managing director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: “Despite ever more competition entering the market, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV continues to win more and more customers over thanks to its no-compromise, SUV versatility and low real-world running costs.
“With more excellent new SUV models joining the range, such as the Eclipse Cross and Shogun Sport, we have ambitions to grow the Mitsubishi brand even further in 2018 and beyond.”
Up to 33 miles of electric range
The Outlander PHEV pairs a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with two 60kW electric motors to deliver CO2 emissions of just 41g/km and a theoritical 166mpg, but in reality this is more likely to be 40mpg in everyday use.
However, once charged, the Outlander can deliver up to 33 miles of pure electric driving, which makes it appealing to those who combine a short daily commute with the need to drive longer distances at weekends.
In most other respects, the Outlander is beginning to show its age, and lags behind more modern SUVs when it comes to dynamics and quality. But for now, the petrol-electric powertrain will ensure that this plug-in hybrid SUV remains at the top of the segment sales chart.