The best hybrid SUVs 2022

  • 2022's top hybrid SUVs in the UK rated
  • Self-charging and plug-in hybrids covered
  • Combines improved fuel economy and versatile cabin space

The SUV bodyshape continues to have significant appeal to a wide range of drivers. With the push for greener motoring credentials, hybrid cars make a great choice for motorists looking to maximise fuel economy without making the switch to electric too early. After all, concerns about away-from-home electric vehicle charging infrastructure are still justifiably widespread.

Unsurprisingly, the combination of these two features makes a lot of sense. Despite a history of higher running costs, manufacturers have refined SUV models, with their hugely appealing high driving position and ultimate versatility, to the point that running costs have gained parity with hatchback and estate peers. 

Electrification has helped change that particular narrative significantly too.

With a choice of hybrids; from mild-hybrids, through self-charging hybrids, right up to plug-in hybrids, capable of doing an average daily mileage without ever resorting to their combustion engines, motorists have a lot to consider.

Of course, some hybrid SUVs are better than others, with a range of important factors to consider. Does it drive well? Is the interior practical? Would a non-hybrid model be better value?

Scroll down to read our top hybrid SUV choices. You can click on the links below to jump to your favourite, or click further down to read the comprehensive Parkers reviews.

Best hybrid SUVs for 2022

10. Toyota Yaris Cross

9. Hyundai Tucson

8. Volvo XC90

7. Kia Sorento

6. Mercedes Benz GLE 350de

5. Audi Q7

4. Ford Kuga

3. Range Rover Evoque

2. Toyota RAV4

1.BMW X5

10. Toyota Yaris Cross

The Goldilocks combo for growing families

White 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross

The beauty of the Toyota Yaris Cross is the seamless way the Japanese brand has combined its hybrid city-car smarts with the bestselling SUV bodyshape. The Yaris Cross a foregone conclusion for drivers with growing families, doing plenty of motorway miles. The 10-year warranty coupled with the attractive looks mitigate any disappointment with the arguably ‘beige’ interior.

Price New: from £23,290

Price Used: from £19,225

View Toyota Yaris Cross lease deals

9. Hyundai Tucson

Stylish and dependable for motorists picking comfort over driving fun

2020 Hyundai Tucson pictured in front of picturesque church

It’s hard to believe that the Tucson has been on our roads for almost two decades but it’s not difficult to understand its popularity. This spacious family SUV is handsome and hybridisation has just ticked another box on the checklist. While the driving experience won’t appeal to keen drivers, the comfort factor and easy-to-use infotainment package will suit most commuter motorists.

Price New: from £29,140

Price Used: from £20,260

View Hyundai Tucson lease deals

8. Volvo XC90 

The premium Scandi pick with broad appeal for bigger families

Blue 2021 Volvo XC90 front three-quarter driving

Appearing in other ‘best of’ lists, such as best seven-seater SUVs, the Volvo XC90 really is a great hybrid SUV for larger families and all their belongings. Safe and with one of the best interiors of any SUV, the most efficient – and powerful – hybrids of the range are the plug-in models, recently rebadged Recharge T8. 

Price new: from £62,000

Price used: from £20,320

View Volvo XC90 lease deals,: from £748 per month

7. Kia Sorento

Versatile and stylish award-winning seven-seater

Image of blue 2021 Kia Sorento taken from drivers side front angle in front of wooded area

An MPV without the people carrier nerdiness, the Kia Sorento is a full-sized SUV and feels that way inside and out. For such a behemoth, the running costs are surprisingly reasonable. It’s less of a surprise that the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version is not only the most frugal, but it’s also the fastest with its 1.6-litre petrol engine. Chocks away, indeed.

Price New: from £46,445

Price Used: from £37,160

View Kia Sorento lease deals

6. Mercedes Benz GLE 350de

A plug-in diesel hybrid config for a premium family mile-muncher

Side shot of white 2019 Mercedes Benz GLE 350de with tinted rear windows

Disregard the news of Mercedes shrugging off its premium marque reputation for ultra-high end luxury ambitions and bask in the seven-seated joy of a plug-in diesel hybrid that is the Mercedes Benz GLE 350de. Granted, that third row is a bit more cramped than we’d have liked, and the top-end safety tech is optional, but the interior comfort and infotainment design offer huge appeal for drivers with deeper pockets. 

Price New: from £67,100

Price Used: from £40,170

5. Audi Q7

Refined, comfort and spacious premium seven-seater

White 2019 Audi Q7 photographed from the driver side front.

The largest SUV in the Audi family, the Q7 sets the benchmark for build quality and drive comfort. In a bid to make an empty room look cramped, the Q7 takes roominess to another level. While AWD fans will need to look elsewhere for true off-roading capabilities, general drives will be poised and surprisingly agile for such a big car. The plug-in hybrid goes for around 20+ miles in pure electric, but more economically, helps MPG rating if battery topped up. 

Price new: from £60,415

Price used: from £22,240

4. Ford Kuga 

Unparalled price point for a generously equipped green SUV

Red 2020 Ford Kuga

Popular, thanks to its decent looks, high levels of tech and wide range of engines, the Kuga—now available in hybrid—is a step apart. Crammed full of equipment, including an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, sat-nav, DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a wireless smartphone charging pad and cruise control, to name but a few, the Kuga not only offer green smarts and towing capabilities but also great value-for-money. 

Price New: from £28,755

Price Used: from £18,515

3. Range Rover Evoque

Parkers favourite premium SUV gets eco creds

Side profile of 2020 Range Rover Evoque in light blue

Since adding the plug-in hybrid variant to its line-up, the Range Rover Evoque has even greater premium SUV appeal. With timeless style, the Evoque’s decade-old-plus design still looks contemporary and elegant. It matches the tech of the Audi Q3, the dynamism of the BMW X3 and the road-running finesse of a Porsche Macan, making it a Parkers HQ favourite.

Price New: from £32,980

Price Used: from £24,385

2. Toyota RAV4 

Organic hybrid set-up has optimised this medium-sized family SUV

Red 2021 Toyota RAV4 Plug-in front three-quarter driving

The latest generation of Toyota RAV4 is exclusively hybrid. With a longer iterative history of hybrids than other car makers, Toyota’s PHEV version of RAV4 is particularly impressive. With an electric-only claimed range of 46 miles, it’s one of the most economical hybrid SUVs to run, despite the initial price tag. Available in two in four-wheel drive models, the current RAV4 is easy, refined and practical for family use—frankly, difficult to fault.

Price new: from £32,975

Price used: from £23,130

View Toyota RAV4 lease deals, from £407 per month

1. BMW X5

Tremendous all-rounder working hard to stay ahead 

BMW’s X5 has just been boosted by a plug-in hybrid for the fourth-generation range, badged xDrive45e. Thankfully, this remains an extremely polished all-rounder when pitted against accomplished rivals. The X5 is comfortable, refined and drives really well. Though now, you can silently waft under electric power for approximately 45 miles with a fully-charged battery (claimed figure is 50-54 miles). 

Price new: from £66,415

Price used: from £37,385

View BMW X5 lease deals, from £861 per month

Further reading:

>> Best electric SUVs

>> Best hybrid cars 2022

>> Best electric SUVs 2022

>> What is a hybrid?

>> Best SUVs 2022