Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV price revealed

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV road
1 Apr, 2014 4:37pm Jessica Rumboll

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will cost from £28,249, the same price as the Outlander diesel

UK prices for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV - has been announced. Prices start at £28,249 (including the £5000 government grant for electric vehicles), which is identical to the equivalent diesel model.

This aggressive price strategy means the PHEV is the only plug-in hybrid on sale that doesn’t carry a premium price tag for its technology.

The other variants of the Outlander PHEV are the GX4h and the GX4hs, which are priced at £32,899 and £34,999 respectively. These include the same hybrid technology as the GX3h but with a higher specification.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a pair of 80bhp electric motors – one on each axle. providing economy and emissions of 148mpg and just 44g/km. On electric power only the PHEV can travel up to 32.5 miles.

The base model comes on 18” alloy wheels and includes cruise control, dual-zone climate control air conditioning, Bluetooth hands free, leather steering wheel with audio controls, privacy glass and electric folding/ heated mirrors with indicators as standard.

The more premium models will get you extras such as powered tailgate, wide –beam HID headlamps, DAB Radio, heated front seats, electric sunroof, reversing camera and sat-nav with a seven-inch touchscreen. The GX4hs adds adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and forward collision mitigation system.

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148mpg over what distance? If you drove this on a long journey, it would return petrol fuel figures.? The Citroen DS5h 4 is far more sophisticated and better value. This will end up like the original LPG Outlander.

Mitsubishi themselves have said that the breakeven point is approx 150 miles, assuming full charge to start with. Anything over this, the diesel Outlander (circa 40-45mpg I'm guessing?) is more efficient. So it's quite a substantial distance. Most people don't do over 150 miles every day, and those that do should probably buy something else.

Given that this will be able to do a reasonable commute (15 miles each way) on no fuel, attract no congestion charge, no road tax and enjoys all the company car benefits that come along with it, I suspect this will actually prove quite popular. Clever move by Mitsu, could be just what they needed to be back in the game.

I like the DS5 Hybrid but the depreciation is scary and that ride is a bit hard for a Citroen on 18/19 inch wheels. I think Mitsubishi's approach is just right. I have the diesel Outlander and I can't fault it. I need to test drive the Hybrid to see if it is worth changing to.

Same price as the diesel? Only if you believe the £5k grant comes from the fairies and not the taxpayer

Absolutely. Mitsu have done their research and they know there's a market for people who don't do long commutes. I've got one on order - after considering many other manufacturers Kia, Hyundai, Honda, Nissan, Toyota - and I'm trading in my Range Rover for it (which returns 20mpg!!)

Of course we know the £5k is a government grant and therefore funded by taxpayers (such as me). Mitsu makes this absolutely clear in all of their marketing.

British Gas also provide a free home install of a 16A fast charger (worth £2k). And they will install an electric point at your friends and family homes too. So, let's say you get it installed at your best friends place for you and your wife, and both of your in-laws. That's another £10k coming from the taxpayer too.

Have I got a problem with that? No, its called 'progress'.