Like theAudi Q7 e-tron, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle or PHEV. You plug it into a charging point, recharge the batteries and drive it like a normal car.
Since it launched about two years ago, the Outlander has made up over half the PHEV sales in the UK. While that’s partially because not many marquees are producing PHEVs, it’s also because the Outlander is a damn fine car. (It’s also Mitsubishi's first proper hit in years, which is kinda nice to see.)
Visually, it’s a bit love-it-or-loathe it with a new ‘Dynamic Shield’ thing on the front. Personally, it’s not my cup of tea. It’s weirdly intricate like the Toyota Aygo and simple like a SEAT Ibiza… but in completely the wrong ways.
Anyhow, like I said, it’s love-it-or-loathe-it and you need to make up your own mind.
Internally, the Outlander is big and basic. Everything in the cabin has been slimmed down and simplified which I really like. Instead of feeling like a spaceship from the ‘80s, it feels clean, modern and efficient.
On the road, it’s an all-round decent car. You’ve got a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that works in conjunction with two electric motors.
The ride is a bit firmer to account for the increased weight and there’s noticeably less body roll. That gives it a weird kinda feel. Not bad necessarily but something you'd definitely want to try out for yourself before you buy.
Spec-wise, there’s a lot of choice from with six different trims on offer. Even with the most basic, there’s a decent smattering of tech and features like dual-zone climate control, parking sensors and keyless entry.
As you go up the tiers, the additions are nice but there’s nothing you can’t live without with. Think heated seats, LED headlights, an infotainment panel and so on.