10 SUVs and their green credentials

At first glance, SUVs (or crossovers) and ecology would seem to be at odds with each other. However, this misunderstanding can now be swept away. The use of hybrid and/or electric technology, for instance, has changed the game! If you still need convincing, just take a look at the LeasePlan configurator…

March 16, 2017

1. Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell

CO2 emissions: 0 g/km Average fuel consumption: 0 l/100 km Cylinder capacity: 0 cc Power: 136 HP The ix35 is the very first SUV fitted with fuel cells as standard. Compared with ‘classic’ electric vehicles, there are two main advantages: the charging time is less than five minutes and the energy level is noticeably better. Judge for yourself: this Hyundai ix35 has a range of 597 km.

2. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

CO2 emissions: 41 g/km Average fuel consumption: 1.70 l/100 km Cylinder capacity: 1,998 cc Power: 203 HP About a year ago, this rechargeable hybrid was completely redesigned. This included adding a number of new features, such as blind-spot monitoring and a system for detecting pedestrians. An additional advantage is the ‘EV Priority’ mode to avoid using the hybrid motor as much as possible. In other words, it is up to the driver to decide whether to drive completely on electric power.

3. Audi Q7 e-tron quattro

CO2 emissions: 48 g/km Average fuel consumption: 1.80 l/100 km Cylinder capacity: 2,967 cc Power: 373 HP De Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro (four-wheel drive) is the only hybrid diesel in the collection. This plug-in hybrid combines the 258 HP, 600 Nm 3.0 TDI with a 94 HP, 350 Nm electric motor. The electric motor is integrated into the eight-speed Tiptronic transmission. The lithium-ion battery gives this Q7 a range of 56 km. Using both power sources, the car can cover a total distance of 1,410 km.

4. MINI Cooper S E ALL4 Countryman

CO2 emissions: 49 g/km Average fuel consumption: 2.10 l/100 km Cylinder capacity: 1,499 cc Power: 224 HP The plug-in hybrid engine of the MINI Cooper S E ALL4 Countryman (also with four-wheel drive) has a maximum speed of 125 km/h in electric mode. The 65 kW electric motor transfers power to the rear axle. The front axle is driven by the 136 HP three-cylinder petrol engine and the six-speed Steptronic transmission.

5. Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

CO2 emissions: 49 g/km Average fuel consumption: 2.10 l/100 km Cylinder capacity: 1,969 cc Power: 407 HP Under the bonnet lurks a modest two-litre four-cylinder engine. This petrol engine is, however, fitted with a turbo and a compressor. This combination realises a power output comparable to a six-cylinder: 320 HP! Volvo has added an 87 HP electric motor, which powers the rear axle. A quick calculation shows that this Volvo delivers no less than 407 HP, combined with a torque of 640 Nm! These stats mean that this five-by-two-metre mammoth has absolutely no problem reaching 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds!

6. Mercedes-Benz GLC 350 e

CO2 emissions: 59 g/km Average fuel consumption: 2.50 l/100 km Cylinder capacity: 1,991 cc Power: 326 HP This SUV plug-in hybrid is fitted with a large 85 kW lithium battery weighing 120 kg, which is charged through the electricity grid, giving it a range of 34 km in electric mode. The GLC 350 e functions like a classic hybrid vehicle by using two power sources that can operate together or separately. The petrol engine has four cylinders producing 211 HP. Combined with the electric motor, the total power output is no less than 320 HP at a torque of 560 Nm.

7. BMW X5 xDrive40e

CO2 emissions: 77 g/km Average fuel consumption: 3.30 l/100 km Cylinder capacity: 1,997 cc Power: 279 HP In electric mode, the BMW X5 xDrive40e reaches a top speed of 120 km/h and has a range of 31 km. The driver can choose from three configurations: Auto eDrive (the default setting, which utilises both power sources), MAC eDrive (100% electric) and SAVE Battery (where the charging status of the battery is maintained or the battery can be recharged by recovering energy when the capacity is too low).

8. Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

CO2 emissions: 79 g/km Average fuel consumption: 3.40 l/100 km Cylinder capacity: 2,995 cc Power: 416 HP Pending the new model expected by the end of this year, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid uses the same engine as the Panamera, which bears the same name. The 416 HP under the bonnet is the result of the combination of a 333 HP V6 Turbo and a 95 HP electric motor. The electric motor is powered by a rechargeable battery with plug-in technology. In electric mode, the Cayenne reaches a top speed of 125 km/h and has a range of 36 km.

9. Toyota C-HR Hybrid

CO2 emissions: 86 g/km Average fuel consumption: 3.80 l/100 km Cylinder capacity: 1,798 cc Power: 122 HP With the C-HR (Coupé High Rider), Toyota is competing in a class where the Nissan Juke holds sway. To meet this challenge, Toyota is utilising the new platform of the ‘CA-C’, which can also be found in the Prius. The CH-R uses not only the same architecture, but also the same hybrid system. The 98 HP four-cylinder petrol engine is coupled with a 72 HP electric power source. The whole system delivers a power output of no less than 122 HP.

10. KIA Niro HEV

CO2 emissions: 89 g/km Average fuel consumption: 3.80 l/100 km Cylinder capacity: 1,580 cc Power: 141 HP The Niro, the small SUV from KIA, utilises some of the components of the Hyundai Ioniq. With a length of 4.35 metres, the diminutive Korean is more traditional when it comes to volume and the cockpit area. And yet it boasts a polished and personal design. For its most important asset, we have to peek under the bonnet: a 105 HP 1.6 GDI petrol engine coupled with a 43 HP electric motor. The engine and the motor power a six-speed automatic gearbox with a dual clutch.

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