What is it?
Britain’s biggest-selling plug-in hybrid car, the 2019-model-year Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, in mid-range '4h' form and driven in the UK for the first time. Prices start from under £35,000 for the car after the government's 'PiCG' purchase incentive for ultra-low-emissions cars.
The Outlander PHEV has just had the third model-year revision since its launch in 2014 and the most wide-ranging yet. The most important part of that revision makes the 2019-model-year Outlander WLTP-emissions certified – and therefore one of not-very-many of the current crop of PHEVs that are technically still on sale after the passing of the old emissions regime’s August registration deadline.
The Volkswagen Golf GTE is currently on a sales hiatus awaiting a re-certified version, likewise the BMW 330e – although discounted, pre-registered examples of both probably wouldn’t be difficult to track down in dealer stock over the coming weeks. Mitsubishi’s firm hope is to hoover up plenty of existing PHEV owners from other brands who are due to replace their cars soon, but would otherwise have to wait to get the updated version of their current car. It stands a reasonable chance of doing that if it can deliver cars quickly enough – since fleet drivers who are used to paying 13% benefit-in-kind company car tax aren’t likely to want to go back to paying more than double that with a conventionally fuelled car.