The Outlander pioneered the plug-in hybrid SUV concept, but it's feeling a bit dated elsewhere
The Outlander PHEV is a plug-in SUV pioneer, because it was the first such model to go on sale in the UK. Its combination of spacious SUV body, hybrid efficiency and prices that matched the Outlander diesel (after adding the Government’s Plug-In Car Grant), meant it held plenty of appeal.
Today, the Outlander is holding ground, but prices have risen, and as rival manufacturers come on-stream with their own plug-in hybrid SUVs, the Outlander PHEV is beginning to look less appealing.
There’s no arguing with the amount of kit on offer, with top-spec versions coming with leather, sat-nav, climate control, four heated seats and adaptive cruise control. But material quality inside is a bit of a letdown, while the assorted beeps coming from the dash can be infuriating.
On the road, the Outlander is best left to manage its hybrid drive, although there is a function that allows you to store battery energy for later in your journey, if needed. The Outlander is reasonably comfortable and quiet, but the firm ride is a letdown, while driving enjoyment is left for rivals to provide.
Best hybrid SUVs
- 1. Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine
- 2. Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
- 3. BMW X5 xDrive 40e
- 4. Audi Q7 e-tron
- 5. MINI Countryman S E
- 6. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
- 7. Lexus RX 450h
- 8. Kia Niro
- 9. Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e
- 10. Lexus NX 300h