It may look like a regular 4×4, but there’s nothing conventional about this Mitsubishi Outlander under the skin. As a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (or PHEV), it can run on electricity alone or use a combination of petrol and electric power. It promises fantastic economy, depending on how it’s used. 

Plug-in hybrids typically cost much more than the conventionally powered cars on which they’re based, but not the Mitsubishi. It’s a close match on price for the diesel equivalent.

We want to see whether the Outlander PHEV can live up to the hype. What’s the economy really like? What tow car potential does it have? Is this the future of towing, or are we better served by diesel?