Like a phoenix rising from the fire, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is one of those cars that's constantly reinventing itself. The latest PHEV version is truly something to marvel at, and here are the top 5 reasons why. Tom Roberts reports.
Emission-free, max economy, family PHEV
PHEV has become one of those acronyms that is getting tossed around car conversations like a plastic cup in a dishwasher – you hear it all the time but are not really sure what it's all about until you take a closer look.
What does it stand for? Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, and if I'm going to boil it down into real terms for you all, I'll do it with this simple statement: driving a PHEV will save you thousands of pounds!
So, why choose the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV? Well, here's 5 damn good reasons to start with:
It WILL save you thousands
The Outlander PHEV is a shining beacon of family driving. Its fuel economy and CO2 figures are impressive, and they translate to huge savings on fuel.
Families are the key winners with vehicles of this size and comfort level, and your outgoings will be massively trimmed down by driving this clever car.
There ARE four more reasons to go…but I think this one might just have clinched it for you, right?
It's hybrid SMART…like REALLY smart
Under the bonnet of Mitsubishi's PHEV version of the Outlander is a very clever powertrain consisting of a 2.0-litre petrol engine and two battery-driven electric motors – the very essence of a hybrid.
Forget gears, the car just works out where to transmit power. The car decides when to switch between the engine or the motors – and when it needs to, it turns the motors into generators that it uses to recharge the car's battery. Amazing technology!
That Mitsubishi drive quality comes as standard
Mitsubishi has retained everything good about the Outlander in the PHEV version – great visibility, nice driving position, and an all-round fun drive. At low speeds, it's all electric and the smoothness will impress even the hardest critic.
And how about when the petrol engine kicks in? Well, while the cabin doesn't stop all the noise getting in, you'll be so comfortable you won't give two hoots.
It's well-equipped AND well-appointed
Infotainment is a key component of the techy side of this vehicle. The powertrain is advanced tech, so it's only fitting that the dashboard lives up to all that cutting-edge oomph!
Sat-nav, touchscreen, bold lighting, fighter jet-like styling, it all comes together to make you feel like you're driving a slice of the future…which you are…while you save money. Seriously, what else do I have to say to get you into one of these?
Classic, tailored comfort
Head and leg room is just what you'd expect from an SUV, and the sheer amount of cubby holes, cup holders and storage will leave you reeling from deciding where to put things.
The second row of seats – as comfortable as the ones in the front – fold in a traditional 60/40 way so you never have to compromise THAT much when you want to extend the size of the already spacious boot.
What's the verdict?
In a nutshell, it's a well thought out vehicle, and one that if you ARE in the market for a new family car, you should see it for yourself without any hesitation – you'll come for the financial savings and stay for the drive. Simple as that!
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