Sales of hybrid cars have seen a boom in the past decade with the trend set to continue well into the future. The majority of vehicle manufacturers have started developing at least one all electric and hybrid model in their main lines, as they cotton on to the increasing amount of eco-conscious drivers around.
Many hatchbacks and saloons already exist in hybrid and electric versions which are perfect for urban drivers. Now fans of larger vehicles, often seen as more polluting, can get involved with the green driving phenomenon thanks to the increasing amount of hybrid 4x4s. At AA Cars we’ve collated some of the best ones on the market. See our stock of hybrids here
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) features the same stylish exterior as its diesel model but is far less polluting. With 44g/km CO2 emissions it qualifies for a zero rate road tax, and added to the £5,000 government grant offered on certain hybrid models this means it costs the same as its diesel equivalent too.
A reduced boot is the only aspect that may put off drivers requiring ample room. Otherwise its capabilities of covering 30 miles on electric charge and 148mpg fuel economy are highly attractive to all those with a passion for green driving.
Sporting a powerful 2 litre and 65kW max engine means the Volvo XC90 can do 0-60 in just 5.3 seconds and reach its top speed of 140 mph comfortably. One of the greenest SUVs around, it has an electric driving range of around 27 miles, CO2 emissions of 49g/km and a claimed 135 mpg.
This means it qualifies for zero vehicle tax and can easily be driven around town on electrical charge alone. Five doors and seven seats also makes it great for large families or those who regularly transport a lot of equipment around.
For that added touch of class, with little in the way of price difference, the Porsche Cayenne is a great choice. Its 3 litre and 70kW engine delivers a top speed of 150 mph and 0-60 in under 6 seconds.
A smaller electric driving range of 22 miles and higher emissions of 79g/km of CO2 may put off those after the very greenest 4×4, but it still falls under the threshold to be exempt from vehicle tax. Of course all the hallmarks of a quality Porsche vehicle can be found too, from the badge to the smooth front end.
Peugeot were the first car manufacturers to launch a diesel hybrid with the Peugeot 508 RXH. The diesel engine powers the front wheels while an electric motor at the back provides rear-wheel drive. The two can be combined for a more powerful performance or improved fuel economy. When the hybrid battery runs out it can be locked into four-wheel drive too.
Vehicle tax must be paid, but only in the lowest band above zero as the CO2 emissions are 104g/km while it delivers between 69 to 74 mpg. Its swooping roof and slicked back windscreen holds plenty of appeal to those after a fashionable, small SUV. Brand new, its price range is almost half that of the abovementioned Porsche and Volvo 4×4 hybrid cars.
The Lexus NX 4×4 is a fantastic crossover that incorporates electric four-wheel drive with a 2.4 litre petrol engine. The hybrid system is efficient and not much different to others on this list, with the vehicle capable of around 55 mpg and CO2 emissions of 121g/km meaning it falls into the lowest band of vehicle tax after zero.
Where it stands out is with the stunning design. From a smooth front to the more angular rear features, it looks at home out in the country or traversing city streets. The interior is just as classy, with 475 litres of luggage space.
Ok, so this 4×4 isn’t yet in existence and may not be on the market until 2018, but it sounds too good to miss off. It looks set to be Lamborghini’s first ever 4×4 and plug-in hybrid model at the same time.
If that (or the questionable name) hasn’t grabbed your attention then the vision of a 4×4 that combines the stylings of the Aventador and Asterion surely will. Of course the price tag is bound to be extravagant too, with £150,000 quoted, but for probably the most luxurious green driving machine out there, it could well be worth it.
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