The $50-100k hybrid SUVs the CarExpert staff would purchase


After wanting on the hybrid SUVs we’d decide for below $50,000, we at CarExpert are actually opening our imaginary wallets slightly additional.

Stepping as much as the broad $50-100,000 value bracket, there are a number of Lexus SUVs to select from, whereas there are vastly extra plug-in hybrids obtainable.

Inside this value vary, there’s all the things from the GWM Tank 300 hybrid off-roader to the sporty Cupra Formentor VZe plug-in hybrid crossover.

The continued growth within the variety of electrified choices helps to gas larger hybrid and plug-in hybrid gross sales.

Final 12 months, 98,439 hybrids have been offered right here – a brand new report, 20 per cent larger than the earlier report 12 months – whereas plug-in hybrid gross sales have been up 89 per cent to 11,212 automobiles.

If you wish to discover which hybrid SUV you’ll decide, you should use our Automobile Chooser software.

Alborz Fallah: Peugeot 3008 GT Sport Plug-In Hybrid AWD

That is an odd alternative and never an affordable one both, however I might decide the Peugeot 3008 GT Sport PHEV, which is extremely costly at round 90k in keeping with Peugeot Australia’s web site, which is nicely and actually overpriced.

Nonetheless, I think and I’ve heard that there are, let’s say, substantial reductions available on these automobiles so I might be seeking to pay about 65-70k for one. And even then, I might count on to lose about half the value earlier than I drive it dwelling – however hey, it’s a good looking automotive and at the very least it’s not simply one other Japanese PHEV.

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Scott Collie: Lexus RX 350h Luxurious AWD

There’s an enormous vary of standard hybrid SUVs on supply across the $50,000 mark, however the nearer you get to our $100,000 cutoff they begin to disappear… and the plug-in hybrids begin taking on.

Whereas they work for a small group of individuals with very particular wants, they’re inherently compromised by the very fact you’re at all times carrying round a redundant energy supply – be it the heavy petrol engine when utilizing electrical energy, or an enormous lithium-ion battery whenever you’re leaning on inner combustion energy.

With that in thoughts, I’d be choosing the Lexus RX 350h Luxurious AWD ($90,675 earlier than on-road prices).

It’s not essentially the most thrilling automotive on the planet, nevertheless it’s a really snug and environment friendly solution to lug 4 folks round, and isn’t burdened with the burden, value, and complexity of a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Lexus has drastically improved its inside know-how not too long ago, which implies now you can bask within the excellent construct high quality and good supplies with out nearly driving off the highway each time it’s essential to change radio stations – and in contrast to the smaller NX, the again seats and boot are fairly household pleasant.

It rides properly, handles higher than its clumsy predecessor, and is fantastically refined on the freeway.

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Jordan Mulach: Cupra Formentor VZe

If I can’t have a passenger automotive, give me one thing acquainted. On this case I’ve gone with what might be the closest factor to what I at the moment personal within the Cupra Formentor VZe (priced from $68,990 drive-away in Queensland).

Whereas Cupra’s existence is a little bit of a head scratcher inside the Volkswagen Group’s hierarchy – I imply you’ve already bought Skoda, so why one other area of interest model? – the Formentor seems cool, rides comparatively low and has a plug-in hybrid system.

With its 180kW/400Nm outputs and six-speed dual-clutch auto, it’s just like my Octavia and Very good at dwelling – humorous that, given they’re all on the identical platform – nevertheless it’s loaded with tech, can drive a claimed 58km on electrical energy and could be had with a panoramic sunroof for the toddler to stare out of.

Sadly we don’t get a plug-in hybrid model of the flagship VZx, however a boy can dream. Hopefully this powertrain results in extra Volkswagen household fashions within the close to future so patrons can have extra alternative with acquainted nameplates.

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Jack Fast: Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV Exceed

I had a tough time this week selecting out a hybrid SUV I really favored that’s below $100k. There are many fascinating choices above this threshold, as nicely numerous extra lacklustre choices nicely below.

With this in thoughts I made a decision to decide on a automotive significantly below the $100k threshold – the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. I’d use the remainder of the cash to arrange a pleasant dwelling charging wallbox with photo voltaic and batteries. If there’s leftover cash I’ll apply it to a vacation.

Now I do know plug-in hybrids aren’t for everybody, however the Outlander PHEV is likely one of the greatest implementations of this revolutionary powertrain know-how I’ve skilled to this point. It’ll simply get round 75-80km on a full cost of the battery pack and when the petrol engine kicks on it’s largely whisper quiet.

If I used to be really shopping for an Outlander PHEV I’d be fairly content material with the entry-level ES variant in all honesty, however given I’ve extra theoretical price range to play with I’d be foolish to not look additional upmarket.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Exceed ($69,290 earlier than on-roads) affords loads of customary gear whereas not being excessive just like the flagship Exceed Tourer. I’m not the most important fan of the saddle tan (just about orange) inside finishes within the latter.

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William Stopford: Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid

At one finish of this value vary, the Honda CR-V E:HEV RS I drove not too long ago actually impressed me. On the different finish, a Lexus RX350h is a fascinating luxurious hybrid SUV.

However for me, my alternative is someplace within the center: a Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid. As a bonus, it affords one thing these different SUVs don’t: a 3rd row of seating.

There’s a brand new Santa Fe simply across the nook with bolder styling, however even the outgoing mannequin nonetheless stacks up as a fascinating choice because of its well-tuned powertrain that’s refined and thrifty.

Even in base Elite guise it’s well-equipped, however the top-spec Highlander provides some options you received’t even discover on the Lexus like Hyundai’s intelligent Blind Spot View Monitor and Distant Good Parking Help.

It’s additionally been simpler to get your arms on a Santa Fe Hybrid faster than the mechanically associated (and admittedly extra good-looking) Kia Sorento Hybrid.

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James Wong: Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV Exceed

It appears the choices on this value bracket and physique fashion are each in abundance and brief provide.

The Cupra Formentor VZe initially caught out as my decide, however maybe latest value rises and its pretty small dimension for the cash had me considering somebody really shopping for on this finish of the market would possibly want one thing a bit extra pragmatic.

For me, the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV Exceed makes loads of sense. It will get all the great things the new-gen Outlander has to supply together with the MI-PILOT semi-autonomous freeway assistant, and it’s essentially the most reasonably priced means into an Outlander PHEV seven seater.

Mitsubishi has accomplished an awesome job in bringing a medium-large SUV with 5+2 seating that provides a PHEV system that may really do 70-80km of EV driving in the actual world. For a lot of, you would go weeks if not months with out filling up should you cost nightly and don’t enterprise out of the town.

The Outlander PHEV can also be a far nicer drive than its petrol-powered equal. If solely the cheaper Aspire grade provided seven seats and MI-PILOT, as a result of in any other case it’s a winner from a price perspective.

I’ll take mine in Pink Diamond ($940) with the no-cost Mild Gray quilted leather-based inside.

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