The new breed of environmentally friendly 4x4s don’t cut corners when it comes to power and performance meaning you can take the high road and the off road with a clear conscience.
Sales of hybrid and electric cars have accelerated in the past decade and that has been reflected in environmentally friendly 4x4s too — it’s brought a whole new meaning to the phrase “green laning”.
Most manufacturers have twigged to the fact that there is an increasing number of eco-friendly motorists around and have started developing at least one all electric and hybrid model in their product range.
The green lane fans at Adrian Flux have taken a look at the market to identify some of the most appealing environmentally friendly 4x4s available today.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The original plug-in hybrid 4×4 that first hit the streets in 2013. Many aficionados still think rivals have a lot of catching up to do.
Despite being one of the cheapest environmentally friendly 4×4 options available, most agree, it is still among the best. Its fuel efficiency will save you money on fuel and road tax, and it’s roomy enough to take a fuller-figured five in comfort.
The Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is stylish and clean and mean as you want it to be. With around 40g/km CO2 emissions it qualifies for a zero rate road tax and you can get 30 miles on electric charge and 148mpg fuel economy.
We feel safe with Volvo don’t we? The powerful 2 litre, 65kW engine guns the XC90 from 0-60 in just 5.3 seconds and can hit a top speed of 140 mph. One of the most environmentally friendly 4x4s around, it has an electric range of almost 30 miles, CO2 emissions of 49g/km and fuel efficiency of 135 mpg.
It’s another SUV warranting zero vehicle tax, which is another money-saver. With power to burn (while being gentle on the environment), five doors, seven seats, acres of space, heaps of intelligent driver assist technology — just as you would expect from Volvo — and a fabulous ride. The XC90 has it all!
Peugeot 508 RXH
The first manufacturer to launch a diesel hybrid, the 508’s diesel unit powers the front wheels while an electric motor provides the rear-wheel impetus. Or use both together for even more umph.
With the hybrid battery running you can lock it in four wheel drive mode and there are three other driving options to choose, each utilising a different aspect of the car’s technology and each helping secure it’s environmentally friendly 4×4 rating.
CO2 emissions are 104g/km and it delivers between 69 to 74 mpg. The 508 is categorised in the lowest road tax band. It’s a bit of a looker too, inside and out.
Named Britain’s best hybrid car in the 2020 Autotrader awards, the Lexus NX 4×4 incorporates electric four-wheel drive with a 2.4 litre petrol engine. Fuel efficient and reliable, the NX can do around 55mpg and rates CO2 emissions at 121g/km. That means it’s another cheap to tax environmentally friendly 4×4.
The technology in the car selects the best power source (petrol or electric) based on your driving without you having to do anything.
Another hybrid packed with driver assist safety gadgets including Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Pre Collision System, Automatic High Beam, Road Sign Assist and Lane Tracing Assist.
Just at home off road in the country, on the urban cycle or powering out the motorway miles, the NX is a car for all seasons.
Shifting up a gear, the Porsche Cayenne boasts a 3litre, 70kW engine delivering 0-60 in less than 6 seconds and tops at around 150mph. That’s plenty fast enough for environmentally friendly 4x4s!
A smaller electric driving range of 22 miles and higher emissions of 79g/km of CO2 may put off those after the very greenest 4×4, but it still falls under the threshold to be exempt from vehicle tax.
Smooth clean lines, hybrid technology developed on the race-track, that famous badge, sustainability, driving dynamics to put a smile on the face, and that authentic sports car feel! It’s a Porsche for heaven’s sake, what else would you expect?
Range Rover Discovery Sport PHEV
It’s a great looking car, has comfort in spades, is cool as you like to drive, and one of the best environmentally friendly 4x4s, but it’s very clever too.
As well as the usual safety assistance systems and creature comforts galore, it uses next generation intelligent stop/start systems enabling the engine to shut down while the vehicle decelerates. This gives a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions and improves fuel economy.
The Sport’s aluminium body structure also incorporates recycled materials, resulting in significant weight savings, improved fuel efficiency, lower emissions and other performance benefits.
And, being a Range Rover, it’s equally at home splashing through rivers as it is on the supermarket run.
Whichever of the environmentally friendly 4x4s you choose to drive, choose Adrian Flux for all your 4×4 insurance needs. We will drive a hard bargain on your behalf.