To Do List: Sort new car! Best eco SUVs
Looking for a greener alternative to your gas-guzzling SUV? Size and style matter. Fleet Elite has chosen the three most exciting family cars out in 2021.
It’s that time of the year. You need a new find a new car but with home school, life admin and keeping everyone safe and sane, it just keeps slipping down the to-do list. Not any more. The new 21 plate comes out in March and there’s lots of shiny new models to get your all revved, but where do you begin? Car showrooms are closed and there’s the thorny issue of whether it is time to choose electric, or a hybrid at the very least. New diesel and petrol cars will be toast in nine years – which is explains why 1 in 10 buyers chose electric last year.
The good news for anyone who needs a bigger car, there are green alternatives that are stylish, safe and come with all the space you need for kids, dogs and shopping. Head hurting already?
We put Fleet Elite on the spot to find three green SUVs that tick all the boxes – and don’t look like a Dinky Toy. If you’ve not heard of Fleet Elite, they’re a local company offering offer a friendly, bespoke service, whereby they will advise and recommend, search the market for the most competitive and suitable deal for you, liaise with all parties involved on your behalf, organise the paperwork and even get the car delivered to your front door. And best of all, they know a lot more about cars than you or I do!
Pandemic-friendly. Everything can be done via telephone or email, and no daunting visits to dealerships where the salesmen are pushy and assume you don’t know your alloy from your elbow. Because they do it all for you – there’s no need to leave home, or even brush your hair. So here’s three to consider in 2021…
Audi E-Tron Sportback – £63,616
You don’t need to choose between getting an SUV or an electric car – there’s plenty of brands offering both. The Audi E-Tron Sportback is a five-door coupé version of 2019’s Audi E-Tron, which was the first-ever electric vehicle from the German manufacturer. Just like the regular E-Tron, it’s a fully electric full-size SUV; but with sportier styling. There’s a choice of a 71kWh or 95kWh battery pack, promising a respective 216-mile or 277-mile driving range. Looking for a truly stylish electric car? This is refined, roomy and very luxurious. It’s like Audi have sent the old E-Tron to Savile Row to be fitted with a bespoke suit.
BMW X3 Plug-in Hybrid – £47,600
BMW has released a plug-in hybrid version of its X3 mid-size SUV. The X3 Plug-in Hybrid combines a petrol and electric engine, with BMW claiming it can drive in all-electric mode for up to 34 miles. It makes some exceptional fuel economy claims too, of up to 128.4mpg. What the hybrid does give you is comfort. You won’t have to play chicken when it comes to charge so you can smugly enjoy fuel efficiency, performance, space and a quality infotainment system while feeling ticking that ‘kinder to the planet’ box..
Volvo XC40 Plug-in hybrid – £36,838
The Volvo XC40 compact SUV has been a hit for Volvo and this plug-in hybrid version, also known as the Volvo XC40 Twin Engine, means the brand now has at least one plug-in hybrid version in all of its models. This one promises improved fuel economy over the regular Volvo XC40, as well as faster acceleration. The 261hp power output is slightly higher than the most powerful petrol-powered model. Volvo claims it can drive for up to 28 miles on electric power alone. The XC40 has long been a favourite with families for its safety record and reliability – and now it’ll save you money so you too. Hello, Gucci trainers.
For the more budget conscious readers, be rest assured there are models to suit every budget including new models from Volkswagen, Mini, Honda, even the cute Fiat 500 is plugged in now.
- Thinking of buying electric? Your real-life questions are answered here.