Mitsubishi Outlander tyres
There has always been an unknown in the motor industry, in all probability no more than an urban myth, concerning electric and hybrid cars. The sage of the saloon bar will always tell you that Toyota lost money on every first-generation Prius it sold, and that a similar fate befell Nissan with the Leaf. Any accountant will tell you that when writing down development costs, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Anyway, much the same talk has circulated around the recent launch of the hybrid version of the Mitsubishi Outlander.
The Outlander is available with a standard diesel engine and as the ‘PHEV’ petrol-electric hybrid version. Incredibly, given the sheer costs of producing the batteries for the hybrid car, both of these are available at a very similar price. The PHEV is unique among hybrid cars in that it is a full-fledged and full-blown 4×4, rather than a dinky hatchback. Its battery also offers a much larger mileage range than that of the Prius or the Leaf.
Its main draw, though, is the maths. It qualifies for the Government £5,000 electric car subsidy, and charging it costs approximately a Pound. Companies buying one can write down 100% of its purchase price against profit in one year.
Critically, for a company car driver, the PHEV makes a compelling case for itself. Mitsubishi estimates that a 40% tax payer will save over £11,000 in benefit-in-kind taxation over a three-year period when using this as a company car. Apparently that equates to a pre-tax pay rise of nearly £10,000 a year, something which will make even the most hardened hybrid-sceptic sit up and take notice. No wonder this is the best-selling electric or hybrid car in Britain.
Through no fault of its own, the diesel Outlander lives in the shadow of its technologically-advanced brother. It’s an intelligently-enough built 4×4, with good mpg figures and an excellent towing vehicle. It is as much at home off the road as on it, although it is by no means as refined or as sophisticated as many other 4×4 or SUV options on the market. The diesel model features the option of seven seats, something unavailable on the hybrid version due to the boot space needed for the battery pack.
Toyo R37 tyres are original equipment to many Outlander models as they leave the production lines in Mitsubishi’s factories. These are designed to be long-wearing and quiet. As such, they suit these cars well. Given that these are relatively new cars, it’s no surprise that these factory-fitted tyres are etyres’ best-sellers for the Outlander.
Other options to consider include Yokohama’s Geolandar tyres, whose rugged design makes them suitable for both on-road and off-road use, Hankook tyres and Bridgestone’s Dueler range. Continental’s CrossContact tyres won’t be the cheapest option but their durability makes them a sensible choice for drivers who use their Outlander as a company car to cover higher annual mileages.