If you remain in the marketplace for a high-end plug-in hybrid SUV, which should you choose – a Mercedes GLC, BMW X3, Audi Q5 or Volvo XC60? Well, Mat's got his hands on each one, and he's about to put them all head-to-head to find out which is the # 1 plug-in hybrid SUV you can get your hands on!
So let's see how they all compare. Beginning with the Volvo, it is among the oldest vehicles here – however it can still stay up to date with these more modern plug-in hybrids! Since 2017 it's only had a number of small updates made to the design and interior, but it still has a classy style, with chrome trim on the outdoors assisting it to stand out. The interior is quite minimalist, although managing most features through the touchscreen infotainment system can be a bit frustrating. It likewise has new digital dials, but they're a bit bland.
The XC60 is powered by a 2-litre turbo gas engine and an electrical motor, the T8 is the most effective vehicle in this line-up, being able to produce 455hp. An entry-level XC60 will set you back ₤ 47,650.
Next up we have the Audi Q5. It might come with exceptionally apparent phony exhaust pipes, but it's still one of the best-looking vehicles here. Much like the Volvo it features chrome trim on the outdoors, and all-in-all it looks quite clever. The interior is well developed as well, with soft-touch materials discovered throughout the cabin. Thankfully it features physical buttons for the environment control, and the digital dials are most likely the best in this whole line-up.
The Audi Q5 is equipped with a 2-litre turbo petrol engine & an electrical motor, and this 50 TFSI e edition can produce 299hp. The Audi Q5 range is the most inexpensive, too, with it can be found in at a price of ₤ 46,785.
Next up it's the BMW. In advance, it features a pretty substantial grille (which will come as no surprise to our BMW fanboys & girls), however we believe it makes it's all a bit much. After all, it's just a family-friendly SUV, so it could perhaps make with being softened a bit. Luckily the quality of the cabin more than offsets this, with premium materials found throughout, and a pretty modern infotainment screen which can be managed with a dial on the centre console.
The X3 is powered by a 2-litre turbo gas and an electric motor, but it's the least effective hybrid here, with the xDrive 30e just able to produce 292hp. The BMW X3 variety starts at ₤ 47,295.
Then lastly we have the newest car in this line-up, the Mercedes GLC. Much like the Audi it has very prominent fake exhausts, however we still think it is among the best-looking cars here. It has a great side profile, and the elements of chrome trim and the running boards along the side enhance the appearance. It's a positive story on the within, too, with a large infotainment screen in the centre of the dash and a big digital dial display. You'll discover soft-touch materials throughout the cabin also.
It's powered by a (you thought it …) 2-litre turbo petrol with an electric motor, and these combine to produce 320hp. It'll come as no surprise that the GLC is likewise the most costly automobile here, being the latest, with the range starting from ₤ 52,880.
But which do you think is the best – will the all-new GLC come out on top? Or does the classic XC60 stand a chance? You'll require to stick with Mat and see on your own!
07:17 Back Seats
16:34 Volvo XC60 Driving
18:31 Audi Q5 Driving
21:13 BMW X3 Driving
23:59 Mercedes GLC Driving
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