SUVs have traditionally been powered by big engines, as large amounts of power and torque were needed to haul around all of that interior space and (sometimes) off-road gadgetry. However, times change, and many of the largest SUVs now come with hybrid engines and cheaper running costs.
When we say hybrid we are including full-hybrids (or 'self-charging hybrids' as they are often called), where a tiny electric motor and battery pack assists the petrol engine at low speeds and can power the car on electricity for short distances, and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). The latter uses a larger electric motor and battery pack to allow greater distances to be covered in EV mode, and these need to be charged up from an on-street charger or, better still, overnight at home for the cheapest running costs.
Full-hybrids work well for those who are making their first steps into electric motoring, and perhaps will find charging a car with a cable difficult due to their circumstances. PHEVs, meanwhile, are excellent for those with convenient charging and also for company car drivers thanks to tax breaks through the benefit-in-kind (BiK) system.
Here we run down the best hybrid SUVs on sale right now. If you need an SUV with four-wheel drive and, perhaps, greater off-road abilities, take a look at our best hybrid 4x4s to buy in 2023 list.