Most economical 4x4s on sale in UK 2019

Hybrid technology means that big can be green: these are the most economical 4x4s on sale now

BuyaCar team
Oct 14, 2019

Big four wheel-drive cars have traditionally been seen as highly uneconomical, but the arrival of hybrid technology now means that they are among the greenest on the road.

The most efficient are plug-in hybrids, which have large batteries that can be charged up, in addition to a conventional engine. They can store enough power to drive a vehicle for around 20 and 30 miles before the engine takes over.

This procedure results in spectacular fuel economy figures during official testing, as well as extremely low carbon dioxide (CO2) emission ratings, which lower the cost of company car tax.

In the real world, fuel economy will depend on how the vehicle is driven, and whether it's charged up regularly. Short journeys with a fully-charged battery will result in minimal fuel use. Long motorway journeys will be at the opposite end of the scale, as the engine will be used for the majority of the time.

The list of most economical 4x4s below is made up entirely of plug-in hybrids and we've limited the list to tall sport utility vehicles (SUVs). However, there are also plenty of standard cars with four-wheel drive, with and without hybrid technology, which are cheaper and often extremely efficient.


Most economical 4x4s

1. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Latest Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV deals from £12,850
Monthly finance from £212
Fuel ecomony 139.7mpg
CO2 emissions 40g/km

2. Volvo XC60 T8

Latest Volvo XC60 T8 deals from £39,990
Monthly finance from £607
Fuel economy 100.9mpg
CO2 emissions 51g/km

3. Mini Countryman PHEV

Latest Mini Countryman PHEV deals from £21,899
Monthly finance from £292
Fuel economy 97.4mpg
CO2 emissions 56g/km

4. Range Rover P400e

Latest Range Rover P400e deals from £69,950
Monthly finance from £955
Fuel economy 85.1mpg
CO2 emissions 72g/km

5. Range Rover Sport P400e

Latest Range Rover Sport P400e deals from £63,980
Monthly finance from £814

Fuel economy 84.1mpg
CO2 emissions 73g/km

6. Volvo XC90 T8 

Latest Volvo XC90 T8 deals from £32,900
Monthly finance from £415

Fuel economy 83.1mpg
CO2 emissions 56g/km


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