There’s no denying that SUVs offer incredible practicality and make good all-round family vehicles, but they don’t have the best reputation when it comes to fuel efficiency. Luckily things are changing with many car manufacturers introducing hybrid models to their ranges which deliver improved efficiency and lower emissions. In this blog, we take a look at nine of the best hybrid SUVs currently on the market.
So why bother with a hybrid?
A hybrid combines a conventional fuel engine with an electric motor and batteries to offer more affordable and efficient running costs.
Hybrids are ideal for people who are keen to reduce your carbon emissions but not quite ready to make the jump to a fully electric model, whether that’s due to range anxiety or availability of charging stations nearby.
In standard hybrid models, the batteries are charged while on the move and through regenerative braking. As such, a standard hybrid system is designed to provide a boost to power and limited electric-only range at low speed.
Whereas plug-in hybrid models usually come with a larger battery that needs charging up on a regular basis. This increase to battery capacity means most plug-in hybrids offer a commutable electric-only range, so can save you more money at the pump.
With Hybrid SUVs you get all the benefits of owning an SUV including a spacious cabin, good load space, high ground clearance and versatile set up along with the benefit of hybrid technology so you can enjoy more efficient journeys.
As the cost of hybrid SUVs is coming down they are quickly becoming the go-to choice for new buyers. So to help anyone considering making the switch to a hybrid SUV below we share some of the best Hybrid SUVs currently available across the Stoneacre network.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Of course, no list on the best hybrid SUVs would be complete without mentioning the model that kicked things off in the UK, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. A bold SUV that proves there should be no compromise to more efficient motoring.
Since its introduction, it has consistently ranked as one of the UK’s best-selling plug-in hybrid models and continues to offer significant savings over the equivalent diesel SUV.
The 2.4-litre engine capably manages the switch between conventional fuel and electric power. It offers great cruising comfort while still having enough pep to respond when you put your foot down.
Plus with an electric-only range of around 28-miles and just 40g/km CO2, it is extremely capable of providing emission-free driving on your daily commute.
Honda CR-V Hybrid
The Honda CR-V Hybrid is an appealing prospect for people who may find a plug-in hybrid hard to charge. As a standard hybrid, the CR-V charges the batteries while you are on the move, giving you one less thing to worry about.
Honda’s Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (iMMD) controls the delivery of power, making almost imperceptible changes which maximise performance and efficiency as needed.
An aerodynamic design ensures you maximise on any efficiency gains from the hybrid powertrain, yet space is still generous inside to allow you to make the most of this SUV.
Hyundai Tucson Hybrid
Another mild hybrid option is the boldly styled Hyundai Tucson Hybrid. Taking a slightly different approach Hyundai offers 48V mild-hybrid assistance to its diesel, not petrol engines. However, this makes the Tucson Hybrid a good choice if you are a higher mileage driver, who still wants the benefit of hybrid technology.
The 1.6 CRDi 136 is the entry-level option and proves powerful enough around town with 134bhp. With 52.3mpg and 141g/km in CO2 emissions, it offers some savings at the pump as well as lower pollutants, so you can feel like you are doing your bit for the environment.
However, for more power and the option of four-wheel-drive, you need to plump for the 2.0 CRDi engine which delivers 182bhp. Just bear in mind, fuel economy does take a hit for this boost in performance with figures around 40.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 172g/km.
Volvo XC90 Recharge
Recharge is the umbrella name for Volvo’s hybrid and electric model, but in this list, we’ll be focusing on solely on the plug-in hybrid powertrain XC90.
A two-litre petrol hybrid engine combines with the hybrid system to produce 385bhp for a 0-62mph time that falls under six seconds. Plus with a claimed electric-only range of 31 miles, many people will manage at least one leg of their commute using hardly a drop of fuel.
As one of the only seven-seat hybrid models on the market at the moment, the XC90 plug-in hybrid is the model for growing families. With its unique cabin design maximising the feeling of spaciousness and luxury for all on board.
Volvo XC40 Recharge
Sticking with Volvo their punchy little XC40 is ideal if you’re looking for a smaller SUV. Ramping up the styles stakes this is a model that is sure to get you noticed, plus it as it’s available as a plug-in hybrid model you can reap the benefits of greater efficiency.
A three-cylinder 178bhp turbocharged petrol engine is mounted up front while an electric rear axle adds 80bhp. You can enjoy up to 28-miles electric-only motoring and combined fuel economy of 134mpg.
As a small SUV, it doesn’t offer as spacious a cabin as many other models listed, however, it still comes handsomely equipped so has plenty to keep you occupied.
Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid
Vauxhall is keen to expand its range with a growing number of electric and hybrid options, and the Grandland X Hybrid is a fantastic choice for anyone looking to swap their gas-guzzling model for something cleaner.
A 1.6-litre petrol engine is teamed with two electric motors and is available in two outputs. Choose from either a front-wheel-drive option with 225hp or an all-wheel-drive model with 300hp. Both deliver ample outright performance, and the model comes with a WLTP-certified electric-only range of 35 miles.
Toyota C-HR Hybrid
If you want a car of distinction, then the Toyota C-HR Hybrid is sure to capture your attention. With its radical styling, it proves more efficient motoring needn’t result in dull design. Coupe-esque looks give it distinctive appeal, while still offering credible space on board.
Toyota is one of the most longstanding manufacturers of hybrid technology, having enjoyed unprecedented success with its Prius model. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that the C-HR hybrid owes much to the Toyota Prius, sharing its 1.8-litre petrol engine, motor and gearbox.
With this engine, the C-HR hybrid is sharp to drive, yet boasts an impressive fuel economy of 58.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 86g/km. However, for more power, the 2.0-litre hybrid still manages 54.3mpg.
Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
Kia’s small yet stylish Niro model is turning into one of its most versatile prospects and is going down a storm with customers. Available in both self-charging and plug-in hybrid variants it has something to offer every requirement, at a price that won’t break the bank.
The standard hybrid comes with a 1.6-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, which combine to produce 138bhp. Claimed economy is decent at 58.9mpg, while CO2 emissions are just 88g/km.
Meanwhile, the plug-in hybrid variant can manage 30-miles on electric-only power, with CO2 emissions are as low as 23g/km, and a claimed fuel economy of 217.3mpg. Plus as the battery takes just two hours to charge from empty using a domestic wall box charger it seamlessly slots into your day-to-day.
One of Toyota’s bestselling models, the Rav4 is available with Toyota’s advanced hybrid technology. The latest model features new styling that brings it bang up to date with new headlights, a wide grille and pumped-up wheel arches asserting its dominance from every angle.
Available as a standard hybrid the Toyota Rav4 combines a petrol engine and an electric motor for up to 50mpg and low CO2 emissions. Yet it still has plenty of motoring power with 0-62mph achievable in just 8.1 seconds. Meanwhile, inside you will find good levels of space and an array of equipment which ensures it delivers everything you could want from your car.
Choosing the best Hybrid SUV
We hope this article will prove useful if you’re looking to make the switch to a hybrid but still need the practicality of an SUV. However, if you’ve not seen a car that takes your fancy in this list, why not head to our upcoming cars section, where you’ll discover models soon to be released, many of which offer the option of a hybrid powertrain. Or should you want any further advice about any of the models you can get in touch with your local Stoneacre branch, who will be more than happy to help.
For those who have already made the switch to hybrid power, we’d love to know what hybrid SUV you’re driving and what you love about it. Leave us a comment below and let us know your thoughts.