Every plug-in hybrid and electric SUV rated

Thinking of buying a new SUV? Here we give our verdict on all of them, from small through to luxury, plus the hybrid and electric options...

Volvo XC90 T8

Every plug-in hybrid and electric SUV rated

Volvo XC90 T8

Our pick T8 Inscription
For Very quick and quiet, with a good electric-only range and versatile seats.
Against Touchscreen is tricky to use on the move; not that economical on long runs.
What Car? rating 4/5

It's always nice to have a party piece – a little something you can do that none of your peers can. And the XC90 T8 absolutely does.

You see, there are plenty of big SUVs that offer seven seats for ultimate family car practicality, and several that are available with a plug-in hybrid system for an impressive mix of performance, efficiency and everyday usability. However, only the XC90 provides both at the same time, including an electric-only range of close to 30 miles – plenty for most people’s commuting or school run needs. That alone makes the T8 an incredibly enticing prospect.

Volvo XC90 B5 interior

Those seven cleverly designed seats are surrounded by generous space, along with plush, high-grade materials that give the whole interior a real impression of class. True, the touchscreen infotainment system isn’t as user-friendly as those in some rivals, but you get a massive amount of equipment as standard, with Inscription trim adding all the luxuries that most buyers would ever want.

As you’d expect in a Volvo, safety equipment is generous as well. And while the ride can be a bit unsettled at low speeds, the T8 otherwise drives in a very civilised manner.

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BMW X5 xDrive45e

BMW X5 2020 RHD front cornering

Our pick xLine
For Outstanding electric-only range; high-quality interior; good to drive.
Against Boot is smaller than in other X5s, and you can’t have one with seven seats.
What Car? rating 5/5

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MG ZS EV

2019 MG ZS EV front 3/4

Our pick Excite
For Lots of room for passengers; large boot; plenty of standard equipment for the money.
Against Rivals are better to drive; not especially comfortable; below-par range.
What Car? rating 3/5


Porsche Cayenne hybrid

Porsche Cayenne front

Our pick E-Hybrid
For Quick when V6 engine and electric motor work together; 27 miles of electric-only range.
Against Air suspension costs extra; ride is crashy without it; no seven-seat option.
What Car? rating 3/5

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Audi Q5 55 TFSIe quattro

Audi Q5 TFSIe

Our pick S line Competition
For Great to drive, even in electric-only mode; re ned; really practical; lovely interior.
Against Economy drops into the 30s on an empty battery; pricey for private buyers.
What Car? rating 4/5

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Kia e-Niro

Kia e-Niro 2020 front white

Our pick 4
For Quick, good to drive and more practical than the Kona, with a superb range.
Against Considerably more expensive to buy than a Nissan Leaf; long delivery times.
What Car? rating 5/5

You get what you pay for, right? Well, it appears no one thought to tell Kia. You see, driving range is of critical importance to any electric car, and in our Real Range tests, the e-Niro managed a seriously impressive figure of 253 miles.

Kia e-Niro 150kW First Edition - interior

Even more impressively, that’s identical to the figure achieved by the Jaguar I-Pace in the same tests, despite the fact that, give or take a few quid, the e-Niro costs close to £30k less than the I-Pace.

It’s a cracking car in other ways, too. It offers plenty of space for five people and their gear, it’s well equipped and it’s smoother and more enjoyable to drive than most other electric SUVs, including the Kona Electric from sister brand Hyundai.

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Mercedes EQC

Mercedes-Benz EQC front three quarters

Our pick 400 4Matic AMG Line Premium Plus
For Supremely quiet, with a comfortable motorway ride and decent infotainment.
Against Range could be better; not as practical or good to drive as main rivals.
What Car? rating 4/5

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Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV 2020 RHD front tracking

Our pick 64kW First Edition
For Impressive official range; fine driving position; lots of rear leg room.
Against Less practical than the e-Niro, with a relatively small boot; overly sharp steering.
What Car? rating 4/5

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Audi E-tron

Audi E-tron front three quarters

Our pick 55 quattro
For Incredibly refined at all speeds, beautifully built and very well equipped.
Against Rivals from Jaguar and Tesla are even faster and have a better range.
What Car? rating 4/5

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Hyundai Kona Electric 64kWh

Our pick 64kWh Premium
For Punchy performance; 250-mile-plus real-world range; good driving position.
Against Ride is choppy, the boot is relatively small and there’s a fair bit of road noise.
What Car? rating 4/5


Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace

Our pick EV400 S
For Plush interior; comfortable ride; fun handling; excellent real-world range.
Against No superfast charging options; futuristic looks compromise rear visibility
What Car? rating 5/5

You wait years for an all-electric SUV from one of the big prestige brands, and then three come along at once. Yes, the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi E-tron and Mercedes EQC were all released (in that order) within little over a year of each other, but for us, it’s the trailblazer that’s still the pick of the bunch.

Jaguar I-Pace - interior

Crucially, the I-Pace has a longer range than either of its adversaries, according to both the official figures and our own Real Range tests, and in both, its advantage is significant.

It’s also the most enjoyable of the three cars to drive, with incredible pace (maybe that’s what the moniker stands for?) and sharp, entertaining handling, plus practicality is impressive and the interior is the classiest of any Jaguar yet.

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Peugeot e-2008

Peugeot e-2008 front

Our pick 50kWh 136 Active
For Stylish and solidly built interior; light yet accurate steering; large boot.
Against Firm ride, particularly at town speeds; rivals can go farther between charges
What Car? rating 3/5


Telsa Model X

Tesla Model X 2019 RHD front tracking

Our pick Long Range 7st
For Astonishing performance; seats seven; much cheaper to run than conventional rivals.
Against Below-par interior quality; expensive to buy; real-world range could be better.
What Car? rating 4/5

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And the rest...

Audi Q7 60 TFSIe - 3/5
DS 3 Crossback E-Tense - 3/5
DS 7 Crossback E-Tense - 2/5
Hyundai Nexo - 3/5
Kia Niro PHEV - 3/5
Mercedes GLE 350de - 3/5
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - 3/5
Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 - 3/5
Porsche Cayenne Coupé E-Hybrid - 3/5
Range Rover P400e - 4/5
Range Rover Sport P400e - 4/5
Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 - 3/5
Volvo XC60 T8 - 4/5


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