Price £37,000 (inc £2500 PICG) On sale Now What’s new? Pow­er­train, chas­sis and styling tweaks for UK’S big­gest-sell­ing plug-in hy­brid

Autocar - - First Drives -

WHEN MIT­SUBISHI LAUNCHED the Out­lander PHEV four years ago, the car founded a class of one as a rel­a­tively af­ford­able, ‘ul­tra-lowe­mis­sions’ four-wheel-drive fam­ily SUV. Oddly enough, it’s still all alone in that niche.

It has just been given more pow­er­ful elec­tric mo­tors, a big­ger drive bat­tery and a new 2.4-litre petrol en­gine, which im­prove out­right and zero-emis­sions per­for­mance slightly. The real-world elec­tric-only range stays at 25-30 miles.

New dampers and steering have made the car han­dle a lit­tle more pre­cisely and ride more com­fort­ably, but it still feels heavy and re­mote at times. Not that you’ll care much if it’s adding a few thou­sand pounds to your bank ac­count in lower fuel bills and com­pany car tax li­a­bil­ity.

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