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GWA recently had the pleasure of reviewing the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV over a 2 week period. Being such a popular model with businesses we wanted to show our customers the benefits it can bring to your business.

Mitsubishi has found great success in the UK with its first PHEV model. This facelifted model keeps the changes small underneath with minor adjustments to emissions and fuel economy. The major change is the exterior styling with a fresh new look to the front of the car.

The PHEV offers ample space and good versatility. The four-wheel drive Outlander makes a good go-anywhere family car. The low running costs of the PHEV make it particularly attractive for company car users.

Pros
• low running costs
• Spacious cabin and high-class interior
• High specification levels

Cons
• Claimed MPG figures very hard to achieve

• Petrol engine noisy

Exterior

The Outlander may be a rough-and-tumble 4×4, but it’s not the Tonka Toy you might expect. Those curved surfaces and sleek shape aren’t just there for effect, they are designed to make the car more aerodynamic, and more fuel-efficient as a result. It’s a very smart-looking car. LED daytime running lights are standard, as are the chrome flashes on either side of the grille and on the door sills. The finishing touches are the silver roof rails, alloy wheels and tinted rear windows, giving the PHEV a stylish appearance.

Interior

Mitsubishi hasn’t been renowned for the quality of its cabins, but the Outlander’s is probably it’s smartest yet. The quality of materials compares well to other cars in this class. The layout is generally good also, with nice chunky easy to use buttons. The Interior is also full of gadgets and displays so that you can keep any eye on your eco driving. There are no complaints about the driving position, it is a very nice place to be, and giving the slightly higher view that 4×4 buyers love.

Practicality

The Outlander will make a fine family car. There’s plenty of room both in the front and back, but the transmission tunnel in the floor slightly limits the space for a central passenger. To cap it all, the boot is well-sized the hybrid model loses a little space to the batteries and you can fold down all the rear seats to leave a completely flat floor.

Ride & Handling

The suspension has clearly been set up for comfort and to pretty good effect. The car was very comfortable on longer journeys and felt very solid on every road surface. There was some body roll in tighter corners, but being a hybrid it’s best to settle back into a more relaxed driving style and watch those MPG figures.

Performance

The hybrid model is almost silent and plenty quick enough in electric-only operation in town, with the electric motor’s pull available immediately. Generally, it’s pretty good beyond the city limits too, with same smooth and easy performance you enjoy in town. However, if you want full acceleration, it gets a little noisier when the petrol engine kicks in, with a 0-60 time of 11 seconds. But the majority of the time you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the EV mode.

Running Costs

There’s no shortage of cars in this class, but it’s the PHEV’s excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions that may well tempt customers to look at the Outlander. For company car users, the plug-in hybrid is exceptionally attractive, thanks to its amazingly low CO2 emissions; it’s in a very low BIK tax band. It works well for private owners also who mainly use it for short journeys and can run it on all-electric power most of the time. It has a range of up to 30 miles on electric power alone, which is enough for most people’s commutes, but if you regularly need to make long journeys, the diesel Outlander will work out cheaper to run.

Equipment

The base model PHEV GX3h is very well spec’d as standard, including parking sensors, Bluetooth and automatic wipers, and LCD display to full colour. Go for GX4h and you get leather upholstery, sat-nav, DAB radio and a powered tailgate. The GX5H gives you upgraded audio, heated rear seats and some other exterior styling additions.

Why Buy

The good economy and emissions figures on the hybrid model make this one of the most attractive 4×4s to run as a company car. With prices starting from £29,249 including the Government plug in car grant of £5,000 and company car tax at 5%. The PHEV also benefits from £0 road tax and also £0 congestion charge. On top of that, the Outlander is also a fine family car, with plenty of room for five. If you have a short commute to work and want the luxury the PHEV brings, this is the car for you.

For further enquiries on the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV call the GWA Team on 01243 510 650 or drop us an email on sales@gwacars.com.

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