SUVs have long been the preserve of those with deep wallets – conventional petrol or diesel models guzzled fuel like a teenager downing cans of energy drinks and, as a result, they were pretty expensive to keep.

New hybrid car engine technology and the growth of car technology mean that SUV’s are now much cheaper to run, making them more suited to the mid-budget driver – the person who doesn’t have tons of cash but isn’t flat broke either.  And the continued growth of car leasing has also widened access to this type of really practical car too.

Here are some of, what I consider to be, the best hybrid SUVs that are available at the moment.

What’s the best hybrid SUV to choose?

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a hybrid SUV. There’s definitely a fair few of them around.

It might not be the cheapest but Toyota's luxury brand has developed a really compelling SUV in the Lexus RX.

Toyota was quick off the mark developing their petrol hybrids way back in 1997, when many other manufacturers were twiddling their thumbs, so they’ve had time to perfect and hone their tech. The result is a very practical, economical SUV that offers comfort and class.

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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 conventionally-fuelled Q7 used to be a bit overweight, but luckily it’s been put on a diet for the hybrid version.

Featuring a much more streamlined design, a less thirstier engine and a lighter body, the Audi Q7 is an SUV that doesn’t feel like an SUV. There’s no mistaking the incredible 600Nm of torque that the 272 bhp variant gives you either, thanks to the kick of the diesel hybrid engine.  

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Audi Q7 Diesel Estate

10 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 4.0
  • Fuel: D, Z
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 48 - 199g/km

From £456.54 Per Month

Initial Rental: £2,739.24 inc VAT

Here’s Toyota’s hybrid take on the crossover segment – the Toyota C-HR. Apparently, the name is short for ‘Coupe High-Rider’ and you can definitely see the coupe inspiration in this compact SUV.

The C-HR is better finished than a lot of other contenders in the crossover class and it balances intelligence with style. Overall, the 78.5mpg on the combined cycle and up to 82g/km of CO2 that the C-HR delivers speaks for itself, showing that Toyota’s years of research into hybrid technology is delivering impressive fuel-efficiency in its cars.

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Toyota C-hr Hatchback

47 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 1.8
  • Fuel: P, H
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 86 - 152g/km

From £206.29 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,237.74 inc VAT
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The Kia Niro is actually the Korean marquee's first foray into the SUV production, targeting the crossover market.

The 265Nm of torque that the car’s dual propulsion system gives you to play with is definitely not something to sniff at and the sleek lines of the body give it a lighter, less serious feel compared to a lot of other SUVs.

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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

It’s been Europe’s best-selling, plug-in hybrid for the last three years running, so it shouldn’t really be a surprise that we’re touting the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV as one of the best hybrid SUVs you could invest in.

It’s benefited from a redesign and an upgrade from previous forms, making it more user-friendly. Thanks to a new 2.4litre Atkinson petrol engine and an improved drive chain, you get more torque than ever before and can wrangle an impressive 28 miles sole electric propulsion out of a full-charge. What’s more, the absolutely tiny emissions figure of 46g/km also means that you’ll be exempt from the London congestion charge. Boom.

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Mitsubishi Outlander Estate (2015)

0 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 2.0
  • Fuel: X
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 41 - 42g/km

From £240.05 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,440.30 inc VAT