The best of both worlds

With an increasing number of car manufacturers bringing 100% electric models onto the market, you might think that the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle – that’s PHEV for those in the know – is on its way out. But nothing could be further from the truth! The range of PHEV models in 2022 is more varied and exciting than ever. What’s more, consumers can get the best of both worlds thanks to the combination of combustion engine and electric motor.

Kia Sportage Plugin hybrid

A sporty drive for a new age

Looking at the brand-new Sportage PHEV, it seems Kia has found the ultimate mix of top performance, pioneering innovations and superb driving comfort. This SUV puts the ‘super’ in ‘superlative’: it has a purely electric driving range of up to 78 km in the city, a CO2 output of just 26 g/km, an extremely low consumption of 1.1 l/100 km, an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.2 seconds, and a top speed of 191 km/h. And that’s all without even mentioning the smart layout, abundant on-board equipment and ultramodern interior.

How does ample legroom and headroom sound? Or what about a spacious 540-liter boot (1,715 litres when the rear seats are folded down)? Then there’s the beautifully crafted dashboard with its curved display, which includes two 12.3-inch screens. The advanced infotainment system will receive over-the-air updates free of charge for seven years, ensuring that you always benefit from the latest software. In short: a truly inspired driving experience.

Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid

Designed for the planet, built for the city

With all tried-and-test Volvo safety features on board, the XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid protects both passengers and the planet. The design is bolder and more multifaceted than ever. Its mission is to provide luxury and comfort, but not at the expense of the environment. The result: a modern, natural, leather-free interior. But there’s more: Up to 95% of this compact SUV can be recycled at the end of its life cycle. Comfort doesn’t come with compromise, either – the XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid is a powerful machine that can travel up to 45 km on electric charge alone.

Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid

Twice the enjoyment from driving

What do you get when you combine all the qualities of the Tiguan with a multi-drive engine? Twice the enjoyment when you hit the road! In ‘E-Mode’, the Tiguan eHybrid has a purely electric driving range of 50 km at a top speed of 130 km/h. This covers all your daily trips, and there are no emissions involved because you aren’t using fuel. Over longer distances, the electric motor and TSI petrol engine can join forces to achieve a peak output of 245 metric horsepower – that’s what we call dynamic driving behaviour. The Tiguan is easy to charge, too: simply connect up the battery at home and it’ll be fully charged in five hours, or take it to a public charging station with optional wall box to have it ready in 3.5 hours.

Audi Q3

An exhilarating all-rounder

The Audi Q3 45 TFSI e is an innovative, flexible plug-in hybrid that pulls no punches when it comes to style and cutting-edge technology. On a fully charged battery you can travel between 45 and 51 kilometres on electric power at a top speed of 140 km/h. The battery is conveniently located under the flat load compartment, giving you 380 litres of space – extended to up to 1,375 litres when the rear seats are folded down. It’s a treat for the eyes, too: the Q3 is all dynamic lines and arresting design elements.

BMW X1 xDrive25e

Comfort, class and versatility

Two worlds merge into one: that’s the name of the game for this BMW X1 plug-in hybrid. Comfort and maximum efficiency. Muscular performance with a family-friendly design. Style and practicality. The list is virtually infinite. In short: this is a versatile plug-in SUV intended for day-to-day use. The X1 has all the qualities that consumers have come to expect from a top German car. There’s an infotainment system with an 8.8-inch touchscreen and built-in navigation system as standard, along with two-zone air conditioning and sports seats. It also boasts more than enough space to take everyone along with you on your journey – wherever you’re heading.

Citroën C5 Aircross Plug-in Hybrid

To drive is to float on air

The name ‘Aircross’ couldn’t be more appropriate: In the Citroën C5 Aircross Plug-in Hybrid, it feels like you’re floating on air…without polluting it. This vehicle combines a 180-metric-horsepower PureTech engine with an 81.2-kW (110 metric horsepower) electric motor, resulting in a combined output of 225 metric horsepower – not to mention pure driving comfort. It’s quick and simple to charge: if you have a wallbox with a mode 3 charging cable (optional), you can fully charge the battery in less than two hours.

You can follow the progress via the LED indicator in the charging flap or remotely using the My Citroën app. And if you use the ‘e-save’ function, you’ll always have enough charge left over to drive on electricity alone for a predetermined distance. That’s 100% efficiency for you.

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