£4,500 scrappage offer on Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug-in

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV scrappage scheme

Mitsubishi is offering a £4,500 scrappage discount on the Outlander PHEV when you trade in your old car. The vehicle must have been registered before 1 January 2013.

This reduces the price of the entry-level Outlander PHEV to £30,955.

The offer is set to run until 27 March 2020, and customers must agree to have their trade-in car scrapped. To qualify, the vehicle must have been registered in your name for at least 90 days prior to the new car’s registration date.

Nearly 50,000 Outlander plug-in hybrids have been registered in the UK since 2014. This makes it the UK’s most popular plug-in car. However, it faces growing competition, including a new breed of all-electric SUVs.

Following an update in 2019, the Outlander PHEV offers an all-electric range of 28 miles and 134mpg, based on the WLTP test cycle.

Although the basic Verve trim costs £35,455 (pre-scrappage), the most expensive Outlander PHEV weighs in at £46,000. For now, it remains the best value plug-in hybrid SUV, not least because rivals of a similar size tend to be offered by the premium manufacturers.

The slightly smaller Kia Niro PHEV costs £31,945 and offers an electric range of 36 miles. Standard specification is high, and you also benefit from Kia’s seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. If you don’t require the extra space, the Niro PHEV could be a cost-effective alternative to the ageing Outlander PHEV.

Right now, the Niro PHEV is available on a five percent PCP deal with a £2,000 deposit contribution from Kia. Mitsubishi is offering similar finance deals on the Outlander PHEV.

Rob Lindley, managing director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: “Moving to a new, ultra-low emission vehicle is an aspiration many people have but it’s a big financial step for many owners of older vehicles.

“Our scrappage offer, combined with competitive finance offers, puts a practical, versatile and low-emission vehicle within reach for many more people. If we were able to combine this offer with some form of compelling government-backed support for plug-in hybrids, it would all help put the government’s Road to Zero ambitions back on track.”

This tiny Mitsubishi is Japanese car journalists’ car of the year

Mitsubishi ek X

The Mitsubishi eK X and eK Wagon kei cars have been named 2020 Car of the Year in Japan.

The diminutive pair – which aren’t available in the UK – took the honours at the Automotive Researchers and Journalists Conference (RJC) in the country. 

RJC praised the pint-sized heroes’ comfortable cabin and interior space, as well as their performance and efficiency.

It’s the second win in a row for Mitsubishi, with the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross named 2019 RJC Car of the Year at the conference in 2018.

Previous winners include the Suzuki Swift (2018), Nissan Note (2013), Nissan Leaf (2012), Honda Insight (2010), Mazda RX-8 (2004), Honda Civic (2001) and Toyota Prius (1998).

The first RJC Car of the Year was the rotary-engined Mazda RX-7, back in 1992.

Mitsubishi launched the eK Wagon and eK X (pronounced ‘eK Cross’) in March 2019. The eK X is the first crossover variant of the eK kei car.

The pair, developed by Mitsubishi and Nissan, boast all-new platforms, engines and CVT transmissions. They also feature MI-Pilot, a single-lane driver assistance system – the first of its kind in a Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi ek wagon

MI-Pilot includes tech not normally associated with the kei car segment. Adaptive cruise control and forward collision mitigation have been the preserve of much larger vehicles.

The eK Wagon champions the customer’s “desire to seek out new destinations with greater assurance,” says Mitsubishi. Meanwhile, the eK X “responds to the wishes of adventurous customers seeking new challenges”.

At launch, the ek Wagon was priced from 1,296,000 to 1,506,600 JPY (£9,300 to £10,800), while the eK X cost 1,414,800 to 1,765,800 JPY (£10,100 to £12,600).

Of greater interest to UK customers is the launch of a new Mitsubishi Mirage in Thailand on 18 November.

The new Mirage will feature bold new styling to bring it into line with the rest of the Mitsubishi range, but other details will be confirmed next week. Could the Mirage make it three RJC wins in a row for Mitsubishi?

Opinion: the new Mirage will need more than just ‘Mitsubishi-ness’

New Mitsubishi Mirage

In a game of playground football, the Mitsubishi Mirage would be the last kid to be picked for a team. Then told to play in goal.

In a running race, it would be the last one to finish, crossing the line long after everyone else has packed up and gone home. The last piece of quiche left on the buffet table. The last raffle prize picked at the office Christmas party.

The Mitsubishi Mirage isn’t very good. In a world of exceptional small cars, it would be a while before some deranged thinking leads you to the Mirage, and even then you’d still contemplate taking the bus instead.

When movies are promoted using vox pops of excitable cinemagoers making hysterical claims, there’s a pretty good chance that the film will be wack. It’s going straight to DVD.

Mitsubishi has used a similar approach in the brochure for the current Mirage.

“You cannot find a better car in its class for your money,” says Zach. “I love this car! It’s adorable.”

Sorry, Zach, but even in a class of one, the Mitsubishi Mirage would struggle to be the class-leader. Google ‘really good small car’, and you’ll be presented with a list of names as long as your leg. And adorable? Pull the other one.

Mitsubishi Emptiness

Mitsubishi Mirage 2019

Even people who have zero interest in driving pleasure will be sent into a coma by the Mirage, while the rear-seat accommodation is about as inviting as an East German border post.

Mitsubishi calls it ‘first class accommodation’, which it is, if the price spent on it equates to the price of a postage stamp.

There are points in its favour: the cabin is quite spacious, the 1.2-litre engine is reasonably economical, and the top-spec version offers a decent level of kit. There’s also a tight turning circle, which will make things easier when you decide to do an emergency U-turn should you find yourself test-driving a Mirage.

To find the showroom, turn left at ‘hell freezes over’, go straight on at ‘fat chance’, then left at ‘never in a month of Sundays’. If you reach the end of the world, you’ve gone too far.

It’s just that, when cars like the Volkswagen Up, Dacia Sandero, Kia Picanto and Hyundai i10 exist, it’s hard to stake claim for something as mediocre and lacklustre as the Mitsubishi Mirage. The new one can’t come soon enough.

From Despair to Where?

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage

Mitsubishi speaks of a ‘distinctive Mitsubishi-ness’, whatever that means. If nothing else, it’ll mean that the new Mirage has a look that fits with the rest of the range. The teaser photo suggests it will be quite the looker – even the four-door saloon looks vaguely desirable.

If the Mirage can retain its lightweight construction – the current car weighs 875kg in its most basic form – it will help efficiency, and it could even make the Mirage fun to drive. Memories of the flawed but bonkers Colt Ralliart come flooding back.

It also needs an interesting dashboard and cabin. Suzuki provides the proof that you don’t need swathes of soft-touch plastics and expensive materials to make a good interior. Something that looks like the interior designers could be bothered would be a start.

The Volkswagen Group and the South Koreans have had things their own way for too long. We need a credible and interesting rival to enter the ring. The Japanese have the ingenuity and skills required to strike a blow. Let’s hope ‘Mitsubishi-ness’ can land a killer punch.

Engine and interior upgrades for 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander petrol

Such is the success of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, it’s easy to forget that there’s a non-plug-in hybrid version of the SUV on sale.

With prices starting at £28,085, the Outlander petrol undercuts its headline-grabbing sibling by around £7,500 and offers the added bonus of seven seats.

For 2020, CO2 emissions from the 2.0-litre petrol engine have been cut to 169g/km, reducing the first-year VED rate by £325.

Further updates include a larger 8.0-inch infotainment system with DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus a built-in TomTom sat-nav on top versions.

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander interior

The climate control panel has been redesigned, while the driver’s seat now features lumbar support. In the back, rear-seat comfort is improved thanks to additional ergonomic padding.

Design and Exceed

For 2020, the new entry-level Outlander will be the Design version, which offers seven seats, four-wheel drive, automatic transmission and the new 8.0-inch touchscreen as standard.

The Outlander Design also packs 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, keyless entry and start, automatic lights and wipers, cruise control, dual-zone climate control and privacy glass.

2020 updates for Mitsubishi Outlander

The top-spec Outlander Exceed adds leather seats, 360-degree camera, TomTom sat-nav, LED headlights, heated steering wheel, electric tailgate, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and two USB ports in the rear.

In Design trim, the Mitsubishi Outlander costs £28,085, while the Exceed is priced at £30,385. The new Mitsubishi Outlander petrol is in showrooms now.

Mitsubishi updated the Outlander PHEV in September. On sale since 2014, it’s the UK’s most popular plug-in hybrid vehicle, offering an all-electric range of 28 miles and CO2 emissions of 46g/km.

PHEV prices start from £35,455 for the Verve trim, rising to £43,455 for the Exceed Safety.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales buck downturn trend

Mitsubishi bucks trend as plug-in car sales nosedive

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales buck downturn trend

In spite of reports from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) that plug-in sales are down 50 percent compared with June 2018, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV remains popular with buyers.

Mitsubishi says the plug-in Outlander PHEV sold equally well last month as in June last year. It puts this unexpected resilience down to awareness of the car. Indeed, for many buyers, the Outlander is the default PHEV.

Why are PHEV sales down?

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales buck downturn trend

PHEV sales are down mainly due to the government’s cancellation of purchase incentives for plug-in hybrid vehicles. Marques like Mitsubishi have been very vocal in criticising this decision.

“Instead of growing, the market share of plug-in vehicles is now shrinking, which makes it difficult to understand how this can be considered progress,” said Rob Lindley, MD of Mitsubishi UK.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales buck downturn trend

“We are calling on the government to work with the industry to put together a package of incentives to encourage the adoption of all progressive technologies and outline how this plan would move drivers to a pure EV future over the course of the next decade, for example.

“Recent sales figures prove, however, that while customers want to do the right thing and buy a more environmentally friendly vehicle, they need incentives, both financial and social, along with assurances that their investment will retain its value down the line – both of which could be provided with a clear governmental timetable and framework.”

‘The UK isn’t ready for all-electric’

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales buck downturn trend

Mitsubishi’s assertion is that the UK is not ready to dive headlong into full EV adoption. It’s critical of the existing and foreseeable charging infrastructure’s ability to cope with demand. Especially if buyers adopt electric cars to the extent the government wants.

‘The charging infrastructure is not fit for widespread EV adoption and is struggling to cope with the relatively tiny number of EVs currently on the road. PHEVs, however, reduce the demand on charging infrastructure in the short-to-medium term,’ says Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi drivers do charge their PHEVs

Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in sales buck downturn trend

It’s a valid argument. However, it’s been claimed that most PHEV drivers don’t charge at home, relying mostly on petrol power instead. 

Mitsubishi disagrees, saying its independent research has found 90 percent of customers charge their vehicles regularly (two or three times a week).

It also found that 68 percent of Mitsubishi PHEV customers charge once every day. In addition, those people do half their weekly mileage in EV mode.

Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in sales buck downturn trendThe statement for the marque continues: ‘With transport CO2 emissions on the rise as consumers move away from diesels, PHEVs again offer an immediate alleviation to the problem without requiring any additional infrastructure or huge shifts in user habits.’

Great cars that are cheaper than the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage

Mitsubishi Mirage 2019The Mitsubishi Mirage: a car to file under ‘cars you didn’t think were still available to buy new.’

Well, it is, and according to Mitsubishi, the 2019 Mirage is offered at a “competitive price point right in the heart of the small car segment”. But is it? 

You can buy a Mitsubishi Mirage 3 for £11,295 – which is £1,000 less than the outgoing Mirage Juro. But that’s hardly cheap for a small car dating back to 2012, albeit with a ‘facelift’ in 2016. The Mirage 4 costs £13,355 with a manual gearbox or £14,020 with a torpid-o-matic CVT.

And while it’s true that 11 grand isn’t a huge amount of cash for a new car – especially when the Ford Fiesta range starts from £14,000 – things begin to fall apart when you discover what else you can buy for that kind of money.

Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want

Dacia Sandero

The most obvious alternative is the Dacia Sandero, with its headline-grabbing £6,995 price tag. Even in Comfort trim, the Sandero costs just £8,795 – not bad for a car that’s longer, wider and taller than the Mirage, has a larger boot, and a far superior infotainment system.

Dacia’s new Essential trim for the Sandero really shows up the poor value of the Mitsubishi, though. As its name suggests, it includes ‘essential’ items such as air con, DAB radio, electric front windows, body-colour bumpers and 15-inch wheel trims… yet costs just £7,795. That’s £800 more than the base Sandero… and £3,500 less than the cheapest Mirage. 

But what if you don’t need something as large as the Sandero? The Skoda Citigo – widely considered to be one of the best city cars on the market – costs upwards of £9,235 as a five-door, with even the well-equipped SE L boasting the more powerful 75PS 1.0 engine coming in just £155 more than the Mirage.

Alternatively, opt for the bonkers but brilliant Monte Carlo edition, which weighs in at £11,535 in three-door guise or £11,885 as a more-door. It will remind you that you do have a pulse. You can thank us later.

The Citigo might be smaller than the Mirage, but with a 251-litre boot, it offers 16 litres more luggage capacity than the Mitsubishi. 

Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage interior

You could also look at the Ford Ka+, which (coincidentally?) is priced from £11,295, is of a similar size, and is pitched at a similar audience. In terms of a feel-good factor, the Ka+ is leagues ahead of the Mirage, even if it doesn’t have the character and charm of the original Ka.

That’s three realistic alternatives without even trying. 

Anyone interested in the Mirage will almost certainly find something to like about the Suzuki Celerio. Even the well-equipped SZ3 model costs a penny under £10,500, while the SZ2 is priced at just £8,999. Madness.

Right now, the entry-level Suzuki Ignis SZ3 is available for £10,499, while the mid-spec SZ-T could rival the Mirage with a little haggling. Heck, even the much-better-than-you-would-believe Baleno is on offer at £11,499.

An entry-level Hyundai i10 costs £9,195, the MG3 Explore costs £9,495, while a basic Kia Picanto looms into view at £9,720.

The list goes on: Dacia Logan MCV (£8,495), Toyota Aygo (£9,295), Peugeot 108 (£9,504) and Citroen C1 (£9,635) and Dacia Duster Access (£9,995).

This Charmless Man

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage

We’re not saying that the Mitsubishi Mirage doesn’t have its positives. Up to 55.4mpg WLTP fuel economy from its 1.2-litre petrol engine is perfectly adequate and the five-year/62,500-mile warranty is reassuring.

The specification of the Mirage 4 also ticks most of the boxes: sat-nav, DAB, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, climate control, cruise control, heated front seats, bi-xenon headlights, rear parking sensors and 15-inch alloy wheels is a tidy package.

And it’s fair to say that, in the case of the Aygo, 108 and C1, you’d have to spend considerably more to get your hands on such niceties. 

We’ll also concede that many Mirage owners would be prepared to live with the car’s lacklustre dynamics and coma-inducing driving experience. But surely it’s impossible to gloss over the charmless styling?

It’s true that there’s no such thing as a bad new car in 2019. But not all cheap cars are created equal.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV best selling plug-in

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV remains Britain’s favourite plug-in

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV best selling plug-in

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.

You can now buy a new Mitsubishi online

You can now buy a new Mitsubishi online

You can now buy a new Mitsubishi online

Mitsubishi is the latest car manufacturer offering customers the option to buy a new car entirely via its website.

Developed in conjunction with Rockar – the same firm which provides online car buying software to Jaguar, Land Rover and Hyundai – all current Mitsubishi models are available via the website.

Customers are able to search for cars by budget – whether that’s buying outright, PCP or HP. They can also get a quote for their part exchange.

Test drives can be booked via their website at a nearby dealership, while customers can choose to ‘leave’ the online process and complete the deal at a dealer at any point. Although it’s not possible to haggle online, Mitsubishi says customers will be given the same offers as those available at dealerships.

The website gives the customer a clear indication of how long the car will take to arrive, with home delivery available in certain areas. Alternatively, the car can be picked up at a Mitsubishi dealer.

“Consumers are increasingly looking to the internet to complete all kinds of purchases and while the vast majority of car buyers enjoy the experience of a traditional showroom environment, there is a marked growth in those that desire the convenience of an internet transaction when considering their new car,” said Mitsubishi Motors in the UK’s managing director, Lance Bradley.

“Mitsubishi Buy Online provides a highly flexible, comprehensive solution that will enhance our retail operation and provide customers with even greater choice and transparency.”

A recent survey by automotive expert Cap Gemini reveals that as much as 75 percent of car buyers would consider completing the process online.

>NEXT: Buy a new Hyundai online in 5 minutes with ‘Click to Buy’ service

Mitsubishi launches scrappage scheme: save up to £6,500 off an Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi launches scrappage scheme: £6,500 off an Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi launches scrappage scheme: save up to £6,500 off an Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi is the latest manufacturer to launch a scrappage scheme, offering £6,500 off a new Outlander PHEV when you trade in your old car.

That’s made up of the government’s £2,500 plug-in car grant on top of a £4,000 contribution from Mitsubishi, taking the price of the cheapest Outlander PHEV Kotu down to £27,805.

Other models also qualify for smaller discounts under the Mitsubishi scrappage scheme. The Mitsubishi Mirage city car is eligible for a £2,000 scrappage discount, while the ASX crossover comes with £3,000 off. The Outlander diesel, meanwhile, is available with a £3,500 saving.

To qualify for Mitsubishi’s scrappage scheme, you need to trade in any make and model of car with Euro 1 to 4 emission standards registered before the end of 2009. It needs to have been registered in your name for at least six months, and Mitsubishi has confirmed that all cars traded in through the scheme will be destroyed.

“As we have demonstrated with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, we are committed to helping drivers enjoy more environmentally-friendly motoring without asking them to compromise day-to-day practicality and we’re delighted to offer a scrappage initiative that provides an enhanced opportunity for even more customers to enjoy the benefits of a newer, safer, cleaner vehicle,” said Mitsubishi Motors UK’s managing director, Lance Bradley.

The scrappage scheme is applicable to eligible Mitsubishi models registered before the end of December 2017. Mitsubishi isn’t the first to offer a scrappage scheme: similar offers are available from a number of other manufacturers, including Ford, Kia and Volkswagen.

What is a scrappage scheme?

A scrappage scheme is a way to encourage motorists to part exchange their old, polluting vehicle for a new, eco-friendly model. The UK government ran an official scrappage scheme from April 2009 to to March 2010. Anyone trading their old car (10 years or older and with their name on the V5 for 12 months or more) would be given a guaranteed £2,000 towards a new model (£1,000 from the government and £1,000 from the manufacturer of the new car).

The scheme proved controversial amongst environmental groups and classic car enthusiasts, as it dictated all cars traded in through the scheme must be scrapped – even if they were in road-legal condition. In total, more than 390,000 vehicles were scrapped as part of the scheme.

Although the government hasn’t announced any plans to bring back an official scrappage scheme, a number of car manufacturers are introducing similar schemes as concerns around air pollution continue to rise.

Could this Qashqai-sized SUV save Mitsubishi's fortunes?

Could this Qashqai-sized SUV save Mitsubishi’s fortunes?

Could this Qashqai-sized SUV save Mitsubishi's fortunes?

Mitsubishi has teased a new SUV ahead of its reveal at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show – and hinted that it could be a ‘turning point’ for the brand in the UK.

The Qashqai-sized crossover is rumoured to be named the Eclipse and will sit between the ASX and the Outlander in the company’s range.

The Japanese carmaker saw UK registrations plummet in 2016 – down nearly 20% to 18,237 sales last year. In recent years it’s been relying on sales of its popular Outlander PHEV crossover, which has been hit by reduced government incentives for plug-in hybrid cars.

Mitsubishi teased the new crossover in concept form as the XR-PHEV II at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

At the time, Mitsubishi UK’s managing director Lance Bradley told Motoring Research it had potential to double the manufacturer’s sales figures in the UK.

He explained that, in 2015, Mitsubishi UK was expecting to sell 10,000 Outlander PHEVs. As the C-segment crossover sector is three times larger than the D-segment SUV, the firm could potentially sell 30,000 Qashqai-rivals a year.

“I’m not saying that’s going to happen,” Bradley told Motoring Research. “We’re going to be conservative in our numbers. But when I went to Japan, Aikawa [former president and chief operating officer of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation] ambitiously suggested that it might be possible.”

The new crossover will use a shortened version of the Outlander’s platform and will feature a more stylish, coupe roofline.

Although a plug-in hybrid version would appear to make sense following the success of the Outlander PHEV, reduced incentives and high costs mean the firm might stick to more conventional powertrains for the Eclipse.

A new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine is expected to be popular, while a 2.2-litre turbodiesel will also be offered. The SUV will be available with two- and four-wheel-drive powertrains.