Outlander PHEV won Clean Car PHEV of the year in AA’s Car of the Year

7 December, 2022

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV won Clean Car PHEV of the year in AA’s Car of the year

This will be the fourth year the AA partners with NZME’s DRIVEN to name the country’s top cars.

AA Motoring Services General Manager Jonathan Sergel says that “We take a good hard look at everything a vehicle has to offer, and how it stacks up against what else is on the market.” wit Car of the Year “There’s a lot to think about when deciding on a car and our goal is to weigh up the pros and cons of the vehicle available, to make it easier for our Members and the wider New Zealand public to find the car that’s right for them.”

Any car on sale and the vehicles that the AA and DRIVEN judges have had the chance to drive are eligible for the AA DRIVEN New Zealand Car of the Year.

So proud of the Outlander PHEV winning this category.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been one of the most important plug-in vehicles in New Zealand for a decade; it’s arguably the model that was first to bring electric vehicle technology into the Kiwi mainstream, proving that zero-emissions urban driving didn’t have to come at the expense of SUV practicality and even off-tarmac ability, thanks to a clever dual-motor AWD system.

Ten years on and the Outlander is no longer alone in the market. But the new model has raised the bar significantly in terms of size, quality, technology and  – especially in the context of this award – EV range.

It’s one of a select few PHEVs that offers 80km-plus of pure-electric driving (most of the others are premium-brand models), meaning you can drive it as an EV most of time – yet retain long-haul driving capability in hybrid mode.

Another winning stroke for the new Outlander PHEV: Mitsubishi has managed to incorporate a seven-seat cabin in this model (not available in the previous version), which is a massive selling point for eco-minded family SUV buyers.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

ENGINE: 2.4-litre petrol four with plug-in hybrid system and twin electric motors
POWER: 98kW/195Nm (engine), 85kW/255Nm (front motor), 100kW/195Nm (rear motor)
GEARBOX: Continuously variable, AWD
CONSUMPTION: 1.6l/100km, 38g/km, EV range 84km
PRICE: $60,990-$75,990 (listed as “special offers” at time of writing, less Clean Car Discount of $5750)

Information released by AA New Zealand and NZME DRIVEN


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