Crossovers have steadily been gaining in popularity in the UK over the last couple of years, mainly due to the growth of car leasing, and the fact that people are able to get their hands on high-value vehicles that use the very latest car technology, and, specifically, engine technology, relatively cheaply.

With that in mind, I’ve created a list of what I think are the 5 best hybrid crossovers that are available on the UK market at the moment.

What is a hybrid crossover?

A crossover is basically a combination of a hatchback and an SUV. It’s a model that attempts to crack the increasing demand for smaller, more economical SUVs, with a sportier feel.

SUVs are designed for tackling the toughest environments that the the road can throw at you. They’re sturdy, beefy and guzzle fuel pretty damn fast – a pretty big negative if you’re on a budget.

They’re also look quite rugged and utilitarian.

The crossover is an attempt at a solution to these limitations.

Ever wanted a car with the kevlar toughness of a vintage Land Rover and the graceful handling of a Porsche 911?

Well, the Porsche Cayenne PHEV is waiting for you with dreamy eyes. The Cayenne still maintains all the practicality you’d expect to get from an SUV, without sacrificing on looks and luxury.

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Porsche Cayenne Estate

4 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 2.9 - 4.8
  • Fuel: P, D, X
  • Body: Estate
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 72 - 361g/km

From £302.41 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,814.46 inc VAT

So, the Mercedes-Benz GLE is probably the crossover that’s shed the most of its outward SUV influences in this list, but they’re still there if you look. They’ve just been worked into the impressive design and styling. It’s a sporty, coupe-inspired version of the GLE five-door model essentially – with an energy efficient petrol/ plug-in electric hybrid engine.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE Estate (2015)

8 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 2.1 - 5.5
  • Fuel: P, X, D
  • Body: Estate
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 84 - 276g/km

From £419.99 Per Month

Initial Rental: £2,519.94 inc VAT

Okay, so you don’t get the plug-in option with this hybrid, but you don’t really need it to be honest. The Lexus RX is driveable enough without it. It’s sleeker, sexier and much less clunky than the previous incarnation. At the same time, it somehow manages to find more space in the cabin – a problem that the old version notoriously suffered from.

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Lexus RX Estate

34 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 3.5
  • Fuel: P, H
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: None

From £271.87 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,631.22 inc VAT

The Kia Niro is comfortable, well-equipped and surprisingly spacious. A crossover is naturally trying to strike a good balance between SUV and Hatchback and the Niro does this pretty well, incorporating those all important power and efficiency benefits that you want from a petrol electric hybrid whilst keeping those crucial, sleek angles.

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Kia Niro Estate

4 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 1.6
  • Fuel: H, X
  • Body: Estate
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 29 - 101g/km

From £186.36 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,118.16 inc VAT