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Best PHEV SUVs of 2024

Buying a big SUV right now might not look like the most sensible option — have you seen the price of petrol? — but you can kind of sidestep the rule book by buying a plug-in hybrid SUV, which can run around for plenty of miles on electric power, and keeps the petrol engine in reserve for longer journeys. Which is the best PHEV SUV? Have a look here…

Audi Q5

1. Audi Q5 PHEV

9/10
Audi Q5 review
Battery range up to 32 miles
BMW X3

2. BMW X3 PHEV

8/10
BMW X3 review
Battery range up to 27 miles

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Kia Sportage

3. Kia Sportage

8/10
Kia Sportage review
Volvo XC90

4. Volvo XC90 PHEV

8/10
Volvo XC90 review
Battery range up to 28 miles
Kia Sorento

5. Kia Sorento PHEV

8/10
Kia Sorento review
Volkswagen Tiguan (2020-2023)

6. Volkswagen Tiguan PHEV

8/10
Volkswagen Tiguan (2020-2023) review
Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV

7. Mercedes GLE PHEV

7/10
Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV review
Battery range up to 57 miles
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

8. Toyota RAV4 PHEV

7/10
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid review
Hyundai Tucson

9. Hyundai Tucson PHEV

7/10
Hyundai Tucson review
Land Rover Discovery Sport

10. Land Rover Discovery Sport PHEV

7/10
Land Rover Discovery Sport review

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Plug-in hybrid SUVs FAQs

A plug-in hybrid SUV uses two power sources — a petrol (or very occasionally a diesel) engine and an electric motor, which is powered by a large rechargeable battery. The idea is that you can combine the best of both electric and petrol worlds.

The concept behind a plug-in hybrid SUV is that you use the electric motor and battery for your regular, daily commute (or shopping trips, school runs, or sneaky lunchtime visits to the cinema — we’re not judging). You’ll need a driveway or garage with a charging point, as most plug-ins have only a fairly short range of between 30 and 45 miles, so you need to charge up frequently. Then, when you need to make a longer journey, you don’t have to worry about charging points — you just use the petrol engine and the fuel tank. The car will be thirstier on a long journey, of course, because it’s heavier (thanks to the battery and electric motor) but in theory, enough miles on electric power will more than balance out the extra thirst on longer journeys.

It will depend on the model. Older models, with smaller batteries, will generally manage around 30 miles. Never models with bigger batteries will go for between 40 and as much as 60 miles. The best, newest models can manage a claimed 70 miles.

From a home three-pin socket, you’re looking at around three-to-five hours to charge a plug-in hybrid with a notional 13kWh battery. From a 7.4kW charging point, that can fall to around two hours. Obviously, cars with bigger batteries will take much longer, but those with the biggest power-packs can often use fast 50kW DC public charging points, achieving an 80 per cent charge in as little as 20 minutes.

At the moment, the cheapest plug-in hybrid SUV on sale in the UK is the MG HS PHEV, which costs £31,095 and has a claimed 32-mile range on a full charge of its battery.