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Best small hybrid SUVs of 2024

Hybrid power makes great sense for those looking to switch away from diesel, but who aren’t quite ready to go fully electric just yet. You get some short-bursts of electric running but without the plugging in, and you’ll keep your fuel consumption under control while trimming CO2 emissions. Which are the best small hybrid SUVs around? Read on…

Kia Sportage

1. Kia Sportage

8/10
Kia Sportage review
Nissan Qashqai
2024
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2. Nissan Qashqai e-Power

8/10
Nissan Qashqai review

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Nissan Juke

3. Nissan Juke

6/10
Nissan Juke review
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

4. Toyota RAV4

7/10
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid review
Hyundai Tucson

5. Hyundai Tucson

7/10
Hyundai Tucson review
Lexus UX

6. Lexus UX

7/10
Lexus UX review
Honda HR-V Hybrid

7. Honda HR-V

6/10
Honda HR-V Hybrid review
Honda CR-V

8. Honda CR-V

6/10
Honda CR-V review
Toyota C-HR (2016-2023)

9. Toyota C-HR

6/10
Toyota C-HR (2016-2023) review
Kia Niro

10. Kia Niro

5/10
Kia Niro review
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The Kia Sportage really is a tough package to beat. We like the slightly sci-fi styling of the outside, while the inside copies much from the ultra-cool EV6 electric car, and overall quality is excellent. It’s not a ball of fun to drive, but as an efficient, comfortable, roomy and frugal commuting tool you’ll not do much better.

Read more: What is a self-charging hybrid?

The Toyota RAV4 PHEV makes maximum use of Toyota’s long hybrid experience, and it can offer both a very good (44-mile) electric-only range on a full charge as well as a rather good real-world economy. You should easily see better than 50mpg on a long run with the big battery flat, which is much better than you’ll get from any rival.

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The answer depends on whether it’s a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid. Plug-ins can reach as much as 45 miles on a full charge of their main batteries, depending on the model. A non plug-in hybrid (or just, y’know, hybrid) uses a far smaller battery, and so can only manage very short bursts of about a mile or so on electric power alone. However, the benefit is that the small battery recharges quickly, so you get lots and lots of those short bursts — the best models will run on electric power for as much as 80% of urban journeys.

The Toyota RAV4 PHEV is the champ again here, with a claimed 282mpg. Of course, that figure depends to a huge extent on how often you plug in, charge up, and make the most of the RAV’s 44-mile electric driving range. If you want a less complex hybrid, then the Toyota C-HR is the winner, with a claimed 67mpg.

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