What to look out for and how much to pay for second-hand SUV
Want a used off-roader that’s versatile, practical and comes with seven-seat or plug-in hybrid options? The previous-generation Mitsubishi Outlander might be for you.
The 2.2-litre diesel-powered model’s 2013 arrival was enhanced a year later with the debut of the Outlander PHEV petrol-electric hybrid, which could be bought for similar money once the Government’s plug-in car grant had been factored in. Free road tax and cheap company car tax were further draws, although it didn’t come with the diesel’s optional seven-seater cabin.
No matter which used Outlander you choose, four-wheel drive and a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating are guaranteed in this family car. What you won’t get is a sporty drive, while the Mitsubishi’s low-speed ride is firm and the diesel is relatively noisy compared with the likes of the Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5.
Here is our guide to how much you should pay for a used Mitsubishi Outlander and what model to choose.
A 2013, 50,000-mile diesel Outlander is priced at around £11,000; the equivalent PHEV is about £13,000. The ride and cabin trim were improved with a 2015 facelift, which is well worth the extra cost on the used market; you should get a diesel from £19,000 and a PHEV from £22,000.
Used Mitsubishi Outlanders make most sense in PHEV form. Its low running costs – mainly due to an electric-only range of approximately 22 miles – will help offset that initial premium, and it should suit those motorists who do lots of short town journeys. Also, its CO2 emissions of 44g/km (42g/km after the facelift) mean good tax breaks for both private and company drivers, and overall economy can top 60mpg. Just make sure you have somewhere convenient to hook it up for charging. At around 40mpg, the less frugal diesel better suits long-distance drivers. Annual road tax is £100, as well.
The Outlander PHEV initially came in three specs, including GX3h – with dual-zone climate control, 18-inch alloys, Bluetooth, electric mirrors and rain-sensing wipers – and GX4h, with sat-nav, heated leather seats, reversing camera and xenons. Later came the higher-spec GX4hs and GX5, with lane-departure and collision-warning devices.
As long as it has been well cared for, your potential buy should be as reliable as the Outlander’s good reputation suggests. As ever when buying used, insist on seeing a full service history, plus check for crash repairs in the engine bay and under the boot carpet, and listen out for a noisy four-wheel-drive set-up. PHEVs built between July and September 2015 could suffer a potentially loose fuel pipe; check yours had the necessary check carried out under recall.
Finally, all 2015-onwards Outlanders got an increased warranty of five years, over the previous three. The PHEV’s battery cover was extended to eight years, too.