The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was Britain’s best-selling plug-in hybrid SUV yet again in 2020, despite the Japanese manufacturer’s decision to pull out of the UK market. The family 4×4 is widely credited with kick-starting uptake of plug-in hybrid cars, and it has remained at the top of its class ever since its launch in 2014.
With 3,416 passenger-carrying examples registered in 2020 and 320 commercial variants added to the tally, the model outsold all its rivals. It’s the sixth consecutive year the car has topped the plug-in hybrid SUV charts.
However, this is the first year Mitsubishi’s popular SUV has not been the UK’s best-selling plug-in hybrid. Every year from 2014 to 2019, the Outlander proved the most popular plug-in hybrid car on sale today, but it was overtaken in 2020 amid rising levels of competition.
At the end of 2019, there were 34 plug-in hybrid vehicles on sale in the UK, with sales of around 35,000. By the end of 2020, customers could choose from 66 different plug-in hybrid models while perusing British showrooms, and sales almost doubled to 67,500.
Nevertheless, sales have remained strong for the Outlander, a car that was first revealed in 2013. Although the powertrain, bodywork and interior have all changed slightly since then, the vehicle is essentially a seven-year-old design.
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