Published on April 26th, 2016 | by James Simpson

The Top 3 Eco-Friendly SUVs for 2016

More than ever, eco-friendliness is a priority of manufacturers as well as customers. Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). This post takes a look at some of the top 3 most highly rated SUVs that aren’t as gas-guzzling as you may think.

Audi Q7

Despite being slightly narrower and shorter than the previous model, the new Audi Q7 has a lot going for it. With excellent performance both on and off road, the Q7 is enormous fun to drive, delivering true comfort and great performance and to boot. The stop-start engine functionality renders it even more efficient. A great range of Q7 models are available for lease at dealerships like John Clark. You can even customise the Q7, adding four wheel drive if you wish.

The plug-in version with ‘e-tron’ technology will be released in the not too distant future, and will be highly efficient with an easy to charge Lithium-ion battery. The Audi Q7 e-tron will come with the options to use solely the electric drive or solely the engine, or in its hybrid mode.

Kia Sportage

The practical and spacious Kia Sportage is well kitted out and a great competitor with rivals in the same performance and size bracket such as the Nissan Qashqai. Previous incarnations of certain Kia models have been dismissed as merely ‘cheap and cheerful’ but this most recent model really hits the mark for strong driving performance.

The emissions ratings for Kia situate the Sportage very well indeed in the rankings for a car of its performance level and power. Most trim levels fall favourably into Band C for CO2 emissions. Opting for front wheel drive further strengthens the Sportage’s eco-friendliness.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

It’s been named as the best-selling plug-in vehicle in the UK, and has received a 5 star NCAP Safety Rating, so the Mitsubishi Outlander is a real winner in the eco-SUV category. Handling-wise, the Outlander has and instant torque achieved by the electric motor and takes lumps and bumps in the road in its stride

A real clincher is its 100% discounted on London’s Congestion Charge due to its electric status. However, some might dispute the point of owning such a fantastically capable SUV if you live in the most urbanised area of the UK, and will be mostly using it for driving in that area. The Outlander PHEV boasts features such as cruise control, climate control and a plush leather trim.

SUVs make practical family cars with great performance and space capabilities, and now manufacturers are making it easier to reduce our negative environmental impact and still get all the great features these high-performance vehicles have to offer.

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