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Mitsubishi Outlander: “Little luxury, but practical and fiscally advantageous”

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The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is the most popular hybrid on the European market. It will cost you between 30,000 and 35,000 euros, which is a very attractive price—but is it worth it? Athlon investigated.

In recent years, many Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrids have been sold. As it is a hybrid, the Japanese car enjoys tax advantages. But with a range of just 50 kilometres, the car's electric capacity is rather limited. “So you could not claim that the Mitsubishi Outlander is an ideal transition to an electric car”, says Athlon employee Ann Maes, who has test-driven the car.

Not a luxury car

Ann Maes: “Generally speaking, I had a positive experience with the car: the boot and the interior are both very spacious. But what I immediately noticed about the Outlander was that it lacked the comfort of other lease vehicles from Athlon. For instance, it was barely possible to adjust the height of the steering wheel or the driver's seat. For many people these can be disadvantages. What’s more, the dashboard computer and the GPS navigation system are not user friendly. I had a lot of trouble connecting my smartphone to the system using Bluetooth.”

Smooth SUV

So what are the plus points of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV? “The driving experience was very pleasant, certainly for a heavy car like an SUV. The suspension is a little firmer, but of course that's normal for SUVs. Furthermore, drivers who need to take a lot of equipment to work, such as those who work in construction, but do not need to cover large distances, can fit a lot into the Outlander.”

Decent price

The car's biggest advantage? “That's undoubtedly the price”, concludes Ann Maes. “The SUV costs between 30,000 and 35,000 euros and so is within most budgets. That is different to other electric or hybrid SUVs. If you're not looking for luxury but a smooth driving experience, lots of space and a practical car that is fiscally advantageous, then the Mitsubishi Outlander Plugin Hybrid fits the bill.”

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