For many people, SUVs offer a practical solution to their motoring needs; with more space for passengers and luggage, it is easy to see why they have become the go-to family vehicle. Aside from additional space, SUVs also offer a higher ride height, look desirable, offer premium comfort and feature all the mod-cons you could ever want. So what’s the drawback?
It’s no secret that SUVs don’t have a reputation for being particularly efficient and a common concern for customers looking to swap to an SUV remains how much more an SUV will cost to run?
The good news is that owning an SUV no longer means having to compromise on fuel efficiency. More advanced engine technology has meant that SUVs are now more efficient and many SUVs are now available with hybrid and electric options.
In this article, we take a look at some of the best mpg SUVs, so you can decide which is best for your requirements.
Combined mileage capability of 36.7-49.6mpg with CO2 emissions between 150-128g/km
Mazda’s innovative Skyactiv technology ensures optimum levels of efficiency from the CX-5. Engine, transmission and chassis are harmonised so you can get the most out of every drop of fuel without compromising on performance. Mazda claims Skyactiv is capable of reducing fuel consumption by 20% while increasing torque by 30%.
The CX-5 features a spacious cabin which comfortably seats five and comes with a host of Mazda’s i-Activsense safety features.
Self-Charging Model has claimed 58.9mpg with CO2 emissions of 110g/km
Plug-in Hybrid Models capable of 36-miles electric motoring while boasting 201.8mpg with CO2 emissions of 29g/km
In hybrid versions of the Kia Niro, the battery and engine are combined for better fuel economy. This doesn’t compromise on boot space which offers a respectable 382-litres. While in the cabin, the comfortable and well-connected interior has everything you need day-to-day.
1.6-litre TDI diesel is the most economical model with a claimed 54.3mpg capabilities and CO2 emissions of 120g/km
While the above diesel offers the best mpg capabilities, the turbocharged petrol units are good to drive and still deliver decent mpg. On top of that, SEAT’s first SUV offers a generous cabin space and a 510-litre boot, making it a popular choice for families who need more space. Plus it’s loaded with safety features and scored a five-star Euro NCAP rating with an impressive 93% adult occupation rating.
1.5-litre diesel capable of 53.7mpg in WLTP testing standards while all the petrol engines manage to maintain around a respectable 40mpg
It was the Qashqai that started the trend for small family-friendly crossovers, and its popularity isn’t waning. Quiet, comfortable and with a host kit it has everything you need for more enjoyable family journeys.
1.5 dCi diesel auto returns 67.2mpg on the combined cycle and emits 111g/km CO2 emissions
The same engine with a manual transmission doesn’t fall far behind with a claimed 65.7mpg and 113g/km CO2
Built on the same platform as the Qashqai, Renault has added its own stamp on this family-friendly crossover. Offering a little more space than the Qashqai, it also comes with a host of kit as standard making it a desirable and practical option.
SHVS Hybrid model delivers 54.1mpg with just 98g/km CO2
With crossover looks yet city cars dimensions, the Suzuki Ignis was built for urban adventures. Incredibly lightweight, it offers impressive mileage capabilities. All new manual models benefit from Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS) technology, which helps to reduce emissions, improve efficiency and lower running costs.
1.6-litre diesel has a claimed capability of 55.1mpg
Two new plug-in hybrid models; one with four-wheel-drive and 300hp and two-wheel-drive with 225hp which are capable of 39-miles electric-only motoring
With confident exterior styling and a sophisticated interior, the Peugeot 3008 offers a stylish yet affordable SUV option. The interior offers ample space while a good-sized boot with magic flat rear seats gives the 3008 extra versatility.
A 30-mile electric-only range with 140mpg combined efficiency
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was one of the first SUVs to offer viable plug-in technology, and it remains a popular choice for people looking for better fuel economy. Maintaining the same styling as the traditional Outlander model, it not only looks robust but offers impressive off-road capabilities.
1.6-litre Blue HDI returns an official figure of 63.1mpg
All models capable of 45mpg or more regardless of whether petrol or diesel
If you’re looking for something a little different, then the quirky styling is sure to strike the right chord. Citroen’s unique take on the SUV is unmistakable and offers an impressive range of personalisation options.
1.5-litre diesel has claimed economy of 53mpg –
1.2-litre petrol returns 43mpg –
Vauxhall is well known for its hatchbacks but can sometimes go under the radar when it comes to SUVs. However, the Grandland X and Grandland X Hybrid are great choices for the economy conscious while still being spacious, comfortable, refined vehicles which are well-equipped for family life.
The hybrid model offers a commutable electric-only range meaning many people will manage day-to-day on electric power.
Hybrid model has claimed 141mpg and diesel 59mpg – fully-electric model to be released later in the year
Volvo is committed to reducing emissions and is introducing hybrid and electric options across its entire range.
The sophisticated Scandinavian design prioritises form and function in equal measure, which results in practicality that doesn’t compromise aesthetics. While advanced safety features ensure that everyone stays safer on board.
Hopefully, this article has demonstrated that you can own an SUV without it being a burden on your finances. However, we all know that claimed mileage and real-world mileage varies, so if you own one of the SUVs featured let us know what mileage you achieve in real-world settings in the comments below.