SUVs

Herald Sun - Motoring - - COVER STORY -

Plug-in hy­brid tech­nol­ogy is ap­pear­ing in­creas­ingly in SUVs. The Mit­subishi Out­lander plug-in hy­brid can give you 50km of petrol-free driv­ing on each overnight charge. But it’s much more ex­pen­sive (a pre­mium of about $9000) than the equiv­a­lent petrol ver­sion and the cost ben­e­fit de­pends on charg­ing off peak, and short com­mutes (to avoid petrol use). The Nis­san Pathfinder hy­brid ($3000 dearer than the stan­dard ver­sion) is the mid­dle ground. The diesel VW Touareg is a full-size SUV that is classy and fru­gal. The hid­den gem is the Mazda CX-5. No hy­brid tech­nol­ogy. Reg­u­lar fuel. Cheap­est to buy.

MAZDA CX-5 2WD

PRICE From $29,880 plus on-roads EN­GINE 2.0-litre 4-cyl FUEL TYPE 91 reg­u­lar THIRST 6.4L/100km FUEL $1440 a year

NIS­SAN PATHFINDER HY­BRID

PRICE From $42,990 plus on-roads EN­GINE 2.5-litre 4-cyl su­per­charged, 15kW elec­tric mo­tor FUEL TYPE 91 reg­u­lar THIRST 8.4L/100km FUEL $1890

VOLK­SWA­GEN TOUAREG 150 TDI

PRICE From $63,990 plus on-roads EN­GINE 3.0-litre V6 FUEL TYPE Diesel THIRST 7.2L/100km FUEL $1836

MIT­SUBISHI OUT­LANDER PLUG-IN HY­BRID

PRICE From $47,490 plus on-roads EN­GINE 2.0-litre 4-cyl, two 60kW elec­tric mo­tors. FUEL TYPE 91 reg­u­lar THIRST 1.9L/100km FUEL On of­fi­cial fig­ures, $427.50 (elec­tric­ity, $1.50 off-peak or $3.60 per recharge)

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