Mitsubishi, with the Outlander PHEV, are the current PHEV king. This is Britain’s best-selling plug-in, with more than 10,000 sold by May 2015.


Current PHEV range:

Outlander

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This is the replacement to world’s first PHEV 4WD SUV. The claimed electric-only range remains at 32 miles, but with the added benefit of an EV-only mode. At legal motorway speeds, expect the EV-only range to drop to around 20 miles or less. It is suitable for motorway commutes as it can run on electric power only at speeds of up to 75mph, but expect the engine to cut in if you require acceleration, or if the heater is on. Mitsubishi claim that “it has a cruising range of approximately 541 miles, which can be taken with a large pinch of salt.

The regenerative brakes are controlled via steering wheel paddles, allowing the driver to choose between free-wheeling long distances, or braking with varying degrees of resistance by reversing the electric motors.


Future PHEV range:

ASX

There are rumours of an ASX PHEV, but this will not appear until the second generation is on sale. Expect it by early 2017.


PHEV models no longer available:

Outlander

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The world’s first PHEV 4WD SUV. It has a claimed electric-only range of 32 miles, which is reasonable if around town without too many hills. At legal motorway speeds, expect this to drop to around 20 miles or less. It is suitable for motorway commutes as it can run on electric power only at speeds of up to 75mph, but expect the engine to cut in if you require acceleration, or if the heater is on. There is no functionality that imposes electric-only running and care is sometimes needed to ensure the engine does not cut in and out for short periods, which can be annoying when the engine is cold.

The regenerative brakes are controlled via steering wheel paddles, allowing the driver to choose between free-wheeling long distances, or braking with varying degrees of resistance by reversing the electric motors.


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Visit the official web site:

mitsubishi-cars.co.uk