What is it?
The 148mpg Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Except, of course, it isn’t, because nobody, not least Mitsubishi itself, truly believes anyone is going to achieve the economy recorded on the regulations-enforced NEDC test cycle.
But even with a healthy dose of realism installed, this is still a mid-sized, five-seat, large-booted, plug-in hybrid 4x4 that can achieve up to 32.5 miles on electric charge alone (an 80 per cent charge is possible in 30 minutes), and one which is estimated will be more economical to run than the equivalent 2.2-litre diesel Outlander for the majority of people travelling around 100 miles between charges.
It goes without saying that the potential range and economy will vary depending on the types of roads and driving style, but it’s still a decent indication of the benefits of the plug-in hybrid system, which switches between a 2.0-litre petrol motor and two electric motors according to needs.
Throw in the fact that the Mitsubishi emits an official 44g/km of CO2 – and therefore only attracts a five per cent benefit-in-kind tariff and is London congestion charge free – and the sums could start to add up in your favour.
Beyond that, anyone familiar with the Mitsubishi Outlander will know the drill: the only significant differences are a minor increase in weight due to the floor-mounted battery pack, a reduction of 14 litres of boot space and slightly less space for your feet in the rear, where the floor has risen to accommodate the batteries.