Words by Declan Glynn

Now in its third generation, the Mitsubishi Outlander SUV has become even more popular in recent years thanks to a plug-in hybrid version (PHEV) joining the range in 2014, and sitting alongside its 2.2-litre turbo-diesel counterpart.

The Outlander range was heavily face-lifted in 2015, with new styling, extra equipment and a revised chassis.

In 2017 there were additional minor improvements in order to keep up with the fast-moving SUV sector, and it has now received a refresh for 2019.

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander has a smoother look than before, while its excellent underpinnings remain unchanged.

It’s more aerodynamic, too, with underbody panels helping to aid fuel efficiency.

It has been given a more curvaceous design in line with Mitsubishi’s latest ‘Dynamic Shield’ design language, with LED headlamps and a large three-diamond logo.

Generous use of chrome detailing on the front grille, window line and tailgate door give the new Outlander an upmarket look.

Overall, the exterior look of the new Outlander is clean, robust, purposeful and very pleasing to the eye.

In order to keep things simple, Mitsubishi offer the new Outlander in diesel guise with just two trim levels (both generously equipped) – Instyle or Black Line (both with 4WD, manual or automatic transmission, and seven seats as standard).

However, the PHEV model is only available with five seats, but trim levels are increased to three – Intense, Instyle and sporty S-Edition.

Blending an advanced plug-in hybrid powertrain with the space, comfort and off-road capability you expect from an SUV, the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is ready for any challenge.

Offering up to 45kms of all-electric range – which, for many drivers will be enough for the average commute and most everyday tasks – the new Outlander PHEV is the perfect travelling companion for near-silent, zero-emissions urban driving.

On longer journeys, the 2.4-litre petrol engine works intelligently with the electric motor to provide more power and torque, while also improving fuel economy.

As a result, the Outlander PHEV delivers up to 139mpg (combined) and Co2 emissions of 40g/km, without compromising performance.

Additionally, whether you are in electric or hybrid modes, the Outlander PHEV’s advanced four-wheel-drive system keeps working to deliver added confidence on slippery roads and loose surfaces.

My review car was a new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Instyle, in striking Orient Red metallic paint, with sumptuous diamond-quilted black leather seating as standard.

Featuring 8-way power-adjustment, it was very easy to get comfortable behind the leather-clad multi-function steering wheel.

Other standard features include 18” alloy wheels, forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors with corner sensors, silver roof rails, sport mode switch, electric parking brake and rain and dusk sensors.

Some of the many other features include LED daytime running lights, LED headlamps with automatic levelling and LED high beam, Smartphone Link Display Audio with six speakers, DAB radio, along with numerous other quality features.

Spritely performance is guaranteed, with the stylish SUV capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in just 10.5-seconds.

With a comfortably interior, up to 1,602-litres of load space, and driving technology that makes driving easier and keeps you safer on the road, the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the perfect SUV for every adventure.

Pricing starts at just €39,900 (ex-delivery) and is inclusive of a €5,000 SEAI grant for private customers, and €2,500 VRT relief.

For ultimate peace-of-mind motoring, all Mitsubishi passenger cars are supplied with an 8-Year/150,000km warranty as standard, along with a 5-Year Mitsubishi Assistance Package.