Most of the time, SUVs and 4x4s aren’t necessarily associated with environmental friendliness and fuel economy. However, some are less harmful to the environment than others, and What Car? have spent a great deal of time testing a variety of SUVs to establish their True MPG fuel economy. As a result of extensive research by their fuel testers, they have now published a list of the most environmentally friendly SUVs – with the following vehicles all making the top five.
1. Renault Captur 1.5 dCi
While the official fuel economy figure quoted by Renault stands at 76.4 mpg, testing by What Car? gives a True mpg reading of 58.3 mpg. This may be a fair way lower than the official figure, but according to the fuel testers, this gives the small yet practical Renault Captur pride of place at the top of the fuel efficiency list.
2. Peugeot 2008 1.6 e-HDi
Again, the Peugeot 2008 shows some differences when comparing official fuel economy figures to those collected by the testers, although not as much difference as the Renault Captur. Officially 70.6 mpg, testing shows a true mpg of 57.7 mpg – not bad for this 1.6 diesel SUV.
The GLA 200 CDI is one of the cheaper SUVs that Mercedes have to offer, but an A Class may offer more in terms of practicality – and with a lower cost to buy too. With an official fuel economy figure of 62.8 mpg, What Car? testers state that the average fuel economy of the GLA 200 CDI is more like 56.6 mpg.
4. Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC 2WD
This SUV from Honda is aimed at on-road driving, featuring two wheel drive and a 1.6 litre diesel engine. Its official stats are nowhere near as impressive as the other SUVs on this list, weighing in at 62.0 mpg. However, What Car? testing shows very little discrepancy between the official figure and the real average, which comes in at an impressive 56.5 mpg.
5. Suzuki SX4 S-Cross 1.6 DDiS
The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is one of the most affordable cars to buy on the list of the most environmentally friendly SUVs, but does have its flaws. This two wheel drive model is family-friendly and practical, with a 1.6 litre diesel engine that is economical but can be a little noisy. Official stats say that it does 67.2 mpg – while tests show a fuel economy of more like 55.7 mpg.
That’s your lot then! If you’d like to find out more about these clean, mean Sports Utility machines, head on over to our Used SUV page and search for the model you’re interested in! Better yet, give us at Eddie Wright a call and a member of our team will be on hand to help!