4.2 out of 5 4.2
Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

Five-seat plug-in or seven-seat petrol for Mitsubishi*s large SUV

Mitsubishi Outlander (12 on) - rated 4.2 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £28,340 - £44,225
Lease from new From £306 p/m View lease deals
Used price £4,825 - £33,330
Used monthly cost £120 - £832
Fuel Economy 32.5 - 141.2 mpg
Road tax cost £0 - £455
Insurance group 19 - 32 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Practical design with five or seven seats
  • Highly efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain
  • Update for 2019 model year to keep things current
  • Should prove a robust, reliable machine

CONS

  • Rivals are much better to drive
  • PHEV doesn*t suit all drivers
  • Functional cabin doesn*t look great
  • Petrol engine best avoided

Mitsubishi Outlander rivals

Honda
CR-V
4 out of 5 4.0

Written by Tom Wiltshire on

The third-generation Mitsubishi Outlander hit the market in 2013, and had somewhat of a lukewarm reception until the launch of the Outlander PHEV 每 with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

This addition catapulted the Outlander to become the best-selling plug-in car in Europe, making it a big hit for Mitsubishi. But it*s not just the powertrain that*s appealing 每 the Outlander*s also a practical, reliable and family-friendly SUV 每 though that does put it into contention with more modern rivals such as the Skoda Kodiaq, VW Tiguan Allspace and Hyundai Santa Fe 每 not to mention fellow hybrids such as the Toyota RAV4, Kia Niro PHEV and Honda CR-V Hybrid.

Petrol or plug-in power available

By far the most popular engine option for the Mitsubishi Outlander comes in the form of a PHEV model. It pairs an electric motor on each axle with a 2.4-litre petrol engine (or 2.0-litre before the 2018 facelift) and a large battery pack. This combination allows the Outlander to drive purely on electric power for up to 28 miles 每 more than enough to complete most commutes, school runs or inner-city jaunts.

The battery can be topped up from a three-pin socket in four hours, or a 50kWh fast charger will do the job in 25 minutes.

When the juice runs out, the petrol engine kicks in 每 either charging the batteries or driving the car directly. It*s the combination of the two power sources that allows Mitsubishi to quote an impressive official fuel economy figure of 139mpg.

Very few people opt for an Outlander that isn*t a PHEV, but Mitsubishi does offer options for those who wish to. Previously a 2.2-litre diesel was available, but this was dropped from the range in favour of a very old-fashioned 2.0-litre petrol engine that does without turbocharger or supercharger.

Having experienced this engine in the Outlander*s smaller brother, the ASX, we*d suggest it*s one to steer well clear of.

Dated driving experience and interior

Despite the high-tech powertrain, though, the Outlander experience falls short in a number of other ways. Put simply, this six-year-old design can*t compete with the most modern SUVs when it comes to its driving experience or interior ambience.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander interior

Whether PHEV or petrol, the Outlander*s set up for comfort over handling. There*s a lot of body lean in the corners and the steering is dead and lifeless. It doesn*t inspire very much confidence when driving fast, especially compared with the likes of the Skoda Kodiaq or Toyota RAV4.

The interior remains a sticking point, too. It feels very old-fashioned and plasticky, with a mish-mash of different materials and buttons. The sat-nav infotainment system feels aftermarket, too, and all in all there*s very little of the high-tech feeling that most alternatively-powered rivals manage to get right.

Even compared with more conventional rivals, such as the Kia Niro PHEV, the Outlander*s awkward layout and poor materials feel cheap and tacky.

It*s very practical, however. Five seat models 每 which includes all PHEVs, as the batteries go where the sixth and seventh seats would fold away 每 have a cavernous boot and room for five adults to stretch out in comfort. Where fitted, the rearmost seats are only really suitable for children, but they*re a useful addition to have for emergencies and don*t impact boot space much when folded.

Could the Mitsubishi Outlander be your family SUV of choice? Read on for the full Parkers review.

Mitsubishi Outlander rivals

Honda
CR-V
4 out of 5 4.0