In recent years Mitsubishi has definitely dealt with reliability issues but when it comes to the Outlander that doesn't seem to be as big of an issue, especially with recent models.

After too long an absence, Mitsubishi puts itself back on the roster of A-list brands — at least on a probationary basis — with the 2022 Outlander, a compact SUV that demands attention from shoppers considering a Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Escape, Chevrolet Equinox or Mazda CX-5.

The new Outlander has a reliable drivetrain, good handling and unique looks. The well-equipped SEL I tested had a surprisingly ritzy interior.

Most compact SUVs have five seats, but the Outlander adds a pair of third-row seats for occasional use, preferably by small children.

The Mitsubishi Outlander has been the nation's best-selling plug-in hybrid model for years.

It combines the practicality of an SUV with a greener-than-diesel drivetrain, which includes 28 miles of electric-only range - granted you fully charge the battery before using it.

What Car?'s survey results found that 14 per cent of owners of the Outlander PHEV had experienced a fault in the last year, though most were minor niggles relating to bodywork, interior trim and non-engine electrics. The highest repair bills amounted to £750, say drivers.