SUVs are an increasingly popular choice for families after a safe and stylish new car with bags of space. Unfortunately, high-riding off-roaders aren’t always the most economical cars to run. Many manufacturers are, however, now offering SUVs with environmentally friendly hybrid systems that not only reduce CO2 emissions but help save you money, too. Here are our 10 favourite models with descriptions below…
- Kia Niro
- Volvo XC90
- Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
- Audi Q7
- Toyota RAV4
- Lexus NX
- Mercedes GLE
- Lexus RX
- Range Rover Sport
- BMW X5
1. Kia Niro
The Kia Niro is a medium-sized SUV crossover that offers a roomy cabin, plenty of useful cubby holes and a big boot making it perfect for families. The Niro’s raised driving position will give you a great view of the road ahead and its twin-clutch automatic gearbox is a joy to use – useful when some rivals stick to noisy CVT ‘boxes.
It might be slightly heavier than some rivals thanks to its batteries and large electric motor, but its ability to return 74.3mpg gives it an edge over the Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur. Its low CO2 output also means road tax will be minimal.
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2. Volvo XC90 T8
The Volvo XC90 is not just large on the outside, it’s positively cavernous on the inside, too. It boasts seven full-sized seats – hopefully putting an end to squabbling over who has to sit in the back row – and it comes with loads of family-friendly storage spaces. Luxurious materials, plenty of soft-touch plastics and lots of equipment come as standard.
Volvo’s largest SUV also comes with a clever T8 Twin Engine that combines a turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor to deliver a sizeable 376hp alongside 134.5mpg fuel economy and 49g/km CO2 emissions.
3. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a large SUV with room for five that promises fuel economy as high as 156mpg. Not only can the Outlander PHEV be driven in pure electric mode, but its petrol engine can charge the batteries on the move and team up with the motor for a helpful performance boost, too.
This chunky SUV has benefited from a recent facelift – it now sports new bumpers and a revamped interior. It might be a tad more expensive than rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai and Honda CR-V, but its spacious cabin, low running costs and plentiful standard equipment make it an attractive offering.
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4. Audi Q7 e-tron
The Audi Q7 e-tron adds a healthy dose of hybrid tech to the German brand’s largest SUV. Its swanky looks are matched by a high-quality interior that offers plenty of space and all the techy gadgets you could want from a premium SUV. Unfortunately, the e-tron model loses the standard car’s rearmost seats, turning it into a luxurious five-seater only.
The e-tron is more expensive than a standard Q7 but offers lower running costs and surprising performance from its turbocharged diesel engine and electric motor.
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5. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
With its angular looks and quirky cabin, the Toyota RAV4 stands out from some more subdued family oriented SUVs. Not only does it have a generous 547-litre boot, but it comes with an impressive amount of standard equipment, too.
It’s not the most inspiring SUV to drive but, in terms of running costs and fuel economy, it’s still an attractive option in the hybrid SUV class. Toyota’s reputation for reliability is excellent so this is likely to be a sensible choice for anyone looking for long-term ownership.
6. Lexus NX
The Lexus NX brings a smart, high-quality interior and striking exterior looks to the hybrid SUV party. Despite its high-class looks and premium badge, the NX is based on the humble Toyota RAV4 meaning you get the same reliability and hybrid tech.
This Lexus is roomy, well-equipped and festooned with enough tech to keep those up front happy in even the most monstrous of traffic jams. There’s good space in the rear and the boot is reasonably commodious, too.
7. Mercedes GLE500e hybrid
The Mercedes GLE500e hybrid is a direct rival to the Q7 e-tron. It can’t quite match the Audi’s striking styling but its interior feels just as well built with more than enough room for five inside. Boot space is limited slightly by the car’s hybrid system, however, but it’ll easily swallow all the family essentials.
The GLE500e’s 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine is assisted by an electric motor making 434hp and claiming 76.4mpg. It’s comfier than some rivals and is a good option for those wanting a car with both luxury and green credentials.
8. Lexus RX
The Lexus RX is the NX’s bigger brother, adding an extra dose of practicality and space inside to an already accomplished package. The RX’s refined hybrid powertrain not only saves you money at the pumps but helps create a relaxing atmosphere behind the wheel.
9. Range Rover Sport Hybrid
The Range Rover Sport Hybrid isn’t the most economical car on this list, but its stylish exterior and luxurious, high-quality cabin more than make up for its mediocre 44.1mpg figure. Unlike some hybrids, this SUV hasn’t compromised on performance – its 3.0-litre diesel engine and electric motor produce 340hp.
The Range Rover Sport will be equally at home parked outside a countryside farmhouse or tackling the school run – you’ll just have to be careful the kids don’t scratch the high-quality plastics or rip the leather seats.
10. BMW X5 xDrive40e
The BMW X5 xDrive40e mixes chunky looks and a roomy, well-built interior with hybrid technology that helps cut down on running costs. It produces 309hp while returning 85.6mpg – impressive considering its size.
Powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor, this BMW doesn’t feel particularly sluggish, despite the extra weight of the hybrid system. It’s a competent family car and the interior comes with plenty of standard equipment, but it can’t quite match the look and style of its competitors.
Save money on your new hybrid SUV
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