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Fleet World Fleet: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4hS

The Outlander PHEV proves its practicality to Alex Grant.

The Outlander PHEV disproves claims of SUV inpracticalities

SUVs have become a jack-of-all trades for manufacturers; popular with buyers but often drawing criticism around impracticality and inefficiency. The Outlander PHEV easily dispels both claims.

PHEVs don’t get seven seats, but the boxy body offers a broad, square boot which extends over a rear bench that folds flush with the load floor. After all, until the Transit follows suit, this is the UK’s only plug-in hybrid van. It even gets a third ISOFIX point on the front seat.

And it’s hard to argue with the efficiency on offer. Fuel economy variesby use, but an easy 3.8kWh around town in electric mode is impressive given its size. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

P11d/BiK: £41,965(16%) MPG/CO2: 139mpg (WLTP) /40.3g/km (NEDC Correlated) Test MPG/MPkWh:48mpg/2.5MPkWh

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.