Long-Termers: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GX3hS
That said, it is possible to exceed that figure. Mitsubishi reckons on a maximum range of 32.5 miles under battery power, so the car is capable of covering average commuting distances on batteries alone. In that case, it would be possible to commute without using the 119hp 2.0-litre petrol engine at all, so mpg could be better still.
On the other hand, long-distance travel without recharging along the way could see fuel consumption below 40mpg. It all depends on how you use the car…
The Outlander PHEV is the most advanced hybrid car you can get your hands on today. In terms of driver friendliness it trumps the Vauxhall Ampera, simply because Mitsubishi has set up the controls you need most to be easily accessible. It makes the Toyota Prius look out-dated.
And to get the best out of the car means you have to fiddle constantly – with the regenerative braking settings and charge “Save” mode in particular.
The regen braking can be adjusted using the steering wheel paddles and there’s a large switch on the centre console to prod if you want to save your batteries for city driving. You can rapid charge the Outlander. You can’t do that with the Ampera.
You can re-charge the Outlander in five hours from a 13-amp socket too, so if you don’t move all day, it could be recharged in time to go home. And it’s a “normal” car – all you lose is the optional third-row seats, which still leaves seats for five and a big boot that isn’t half filled with batteries.
It’s clever, very clever and at the same time, a great and relaxing car to drive. I can’t wait to tell you more next month.