Next Green Car – SUV Awards 2015
Already the best-selling plug-in hybrid in the UK, Mitsubishi has done an excellent job in significantly refining the Outlander PHEV. Focusing on the weaker design elements of the outgoing model, the new Outlander now excels in many departments. The quality of the interior is markedly improved, the exterior styling is up-to-date, equipment levels are better than ever and the powertrain offers an excellent balance between economy and performance. The practical Outlander PHEV emits just 42 g/km CO2 (official) and returns a quoted 157 MPG (weighted combined) – overall fuel economy depending heavily on the time spent in all-electric mode. With its new design and six level regen braking to choose from, driving electric has never been so comfortable, easy and rewarding. Priced from £29,304 including the government's Plug-in Car Grant.
NGC verdict: "The new and significantly improved Outlander PHEV builds on the considerable success of the outgoing model. While still cheap to run, now with a refined cabin and driving experience, the new model secures Mitsubishi as a key player in the PHEV market."
Volvo XC90 T8 TwinEngine – CO2 49 g/km – NGC 54
The XC90 is one of the best cars launched this year and, with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that trounces the rivals in its sector, gets better still. Using a 2.0 litre petrol engine combined with a powerful electric motor, the Volvo returns an official fuel economy figure of 135 MPG with emissions of just 49 g/km CO2 (weighted combined) – all from a large SUV. Add in the fact that you can have seven seats with Volvo’s excellent interior and it is easy to understand why the XC90 is highly commended – pipped to the title primarily on price rather than performance. Priced from £60,455 including the government's Plug-in Car Grant.