Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV range, MPG, CO2 & charging

The Outlander will do 28 miles on electricity alone and has impressively low CO2 emissions. Just don’t take the official MPG figure at face value

MPG CO2 Electric range Rapid charge time
140mpg 46g/km 28 miles 25 minutes (0-80%)

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has great official emissions and economy figures of 46g/km of CO2 and 140mpg. But don’t be misled by that last number.

High miles-per-gallon figures are easy for plug-in hybrids to achieve in test conditions, but in the real world you’re better off working out your running costs based on whether you can charge up regularly and make the most of the 28-mile pure-electric range.

Remember, once the batteries run out of charge, you’re going to be running a fairly thirsty petrol SUV.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV range, MPG, CO2 & charging

The Mitsubishi Outlander’s claimed pure-electric range of 28 miles (you may see a higher figure of 33 miles in some material, but that was achieved using an old testing procedure) is up there with the best plug-in hybrids.

We found that 25 miles was quite achievable in the real world; that should allow a lot of commuters to do the daily grind without rousing the petrol engine at all.

Once the petrol engine does kick in, you can of course use the Outlander like any other combustion-engined car, so there’s no limit to how far you can go short of needing the usual pit-stops for fuel and crisps. Therein lies the beauty of plug-in hybrids.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a 13.8kWh battery pack that'll charge up from a three-pin domestic socket in around four hours, while a dedicated fast charger will deliver an 80% charge in as little as 25 minutes.

Certainly, if you have workplace chargers – even slow chargers – you’ll have no problem getting a full charge into your Outlander PHEV within the duration of a normal working day.