Most economical SUVs to buy in 2019

Their bulky shapes now contain battery packs: the most economical SUVs have become some of the greenest cars on the road.

BuyaCar team
Feb 28, 2019

Large sport utility vehicles (SUVs) used to be the symbol of extravagance, with climate campaigners taking aim at these tall, imposing, so-called "gas-guzzlers".

But the cars have now been reinvented as eco-champions. As it turns out, their bulky dimensions are ideal for accommodating the large battery packs required for plug-in hybrid cars.

When fully charged, plug-in hybrids can run largely on electrical power for between 20 and 30 miles, making them extremely efficient on shorter journeys. Their advantage reduces on longer trips, however, when the cars run mainly on their petrol and diesel engine.

It's worth bearing in mind if you're considering a plug-in hybrid, as their impressive official fuel economy figures are rarely seen in the real-world. Business users may be more interested in the low carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, which result in low levels of company car tax.

While the most economical medium- and large-SUVs are hybrid vehicles, the extra cost of the technology means that it's less common on smaller, cheaper SUVs, and so the most efficient of these models are diesel-powered.

We've only selected cars based on the latest, tougher fuel economy test, known as WLTP, which also ensures that cars comply with the latest Euro 6 emissons regulations. This means that any new diesel car (and virtually every new vehicle since September 2015) will avoid new inner-city emissions charges.

 

Most economical SUVs

Most economical small SUVs

Citroen C3 Aircross

Latest C3 Aircross deals from £10,882
Finance from £164 per month
 Citroen C3 Aircross BlueHDi 100 63.1mpg / 103g/km CO2

 

DS 3 Crossback

 

DS 3 Crossback BlueHDi 100 62.7mpg / 97g/km CO2

 

Vauxhall Crossland X

Latest Crossland X deals from £10,900
Finance from £151 per month
 Vauxhall Crossland X 1.5 Turbo D 60.1mpg / 105g/km CO2

  

Peugeot 2008

Latest Peugeot 2008 deals from £6,795
Finance from £112 per month
Peugeot 2008 1.5 BlueHDi 120 58.2mpg / 102g/km CO2

 

Seat Arona

Latest Seat Arona deals from £13,999
Finance from £191 per month
Seat Arona FR 1.6 TDI 115PS 57.6mpg / 114g/km CO2

 

Family SUVs

Kia Niro

Latest Kia Niro PHEV deals from £20,913
Finance from £282 per month
Kia Niro PHEV 201.8mpg / 31g/km CO2 

 

Mitsubishi Outlander

Latest Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV deals from £11,990
Finance from £180 per month
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 139.7mpg / 40g/km CO2

 

Volvo XC60

Latest Volvo XC60 T8 deals from £47,995
Finance from £679 per month
Volvo XC60 T8 100.9mpg / 51g/km CO2

 

Mini Countryman 

Latest Mini Countryman PHEV deals from £26,390
Finance from £366 per month
Mini Countryman PHEV 97.4mpg / 56g/km CO2

 

Renault Kadjar

Latest Renault Kadjar deals from £9,999
Finance from £156 per month
Renault Kadjar dCi 115 60.1mpg / 113g/km CO2

 

Most economical large SUVs

Range Rover

Latest Range Rover P400e deals from £89,844
Finance from £1,210 per month
Range Rover P400e 85.1mpg / 72g/km CO2

 

Range Rover Sport

Latest Range Rover Sport deals from £66,995
Finance from £838 per month
Range Rover Sport P400e 84.1mpg / 73g/km CO2

 

Volvo XC90

Latest Volvo XC90 deals from £63,750
Finance from £903 per month
 Volvo XC90 T8 83.1mpg / 56g/km CO2 

 

Peugeot 5008

Latest Peugeot 5008 deals from £22,491
Finance from £308 per month
Peugeot 5008 1.5 BlueHDi 130 56.3mpg / 102g/km CO2

 

Seat Tarraco

Seat Tarraco 47.9mpg / 129g/km CO2
 
 

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