SUVs are currently the most popular passenger cars on the market, selling more units than sedans and hatches combined. The segment is so popular that automakers simply add lift kits to their existing hatchbacks and wagons to rebrand them as SUVs.
The The luxury SUV craze began in the late 1990s with the introduction of the first-generation BMW X5, the first of the mid-sized models to demonstrate luxury, performance and build quality – three aspects previously only available in the more expensive sedans of the time. The segment quickly gained momentum and Mercedes-Benz, Audi and VW joined with their own take on the SUV. Today, more than 20 years later, almost every manufacturer produces an SUV and every premium car manufacturer has a luxury version. Even the fanciest manufacturers like Rolls-Royce and Bentley have succumbed, not to mention traditional supercar makers Ferrari and Lamborghini.
While most luxury SUVs have large and powerful engines, automakers have added hybrid powertrains to reduce emissions and increase overall range per tank of fuel. Here are ten of the best luxury hybrid SUVs you can buy in 2023.
10/10 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is currently in its fifth generation and is more luxurious than ever. The previous model began to increase build quality and reliability, but the new one is comparable to that of the Mercedes-Benz GLE and Hyundai Palisade.
New for the WL generation is a hybrid powertrain. It uses the new turbocharged 2.0-liter Hurricane inline-4 engine mated to an electric motor to provide a PHEV system, allowing the Grand Cherokee 4xe to travel up to 25 miles in electric-only mode.
9/10 Lexus RX Hybrid
The Lexus RX has been completely redesigned for the 2022 model year and Toyota has dropped the 3.5-liter V6 for the model. What remains includes turbocharged inline-4s and two choices of hybrid powertrains.
The top-spec RX 500h – available in F-Performance trim – has a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 driving the front wheels, an electric motor at the rear wheels and a combined output of 360 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. Not bad at all for a Lexus SUV.
8/10 Volvo XC90 T8
The Volvo XC90 is one of the best hybrid SUVs on the market. The top-spec T8 trim features a dual-charge 2.0-liter inline-4 mated to an electric motor – producing 402 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque, all in a minimalist yet modern package.
The XC90 T8 has been continuously updated since 2015. The model started with a small 9.2 KWh battery pack, was upgraded to an 11.6 KWh battery pack and now has an 18.8 KWh battery pack. The brilliant thing about the XC90 – and all Volvo hybrids – is that no passenger space is sacrificed for the batteries.
7/10 Audi Q7 60TFSI e
Although the model was introduced in 2005, the Audi Q7 is now only in its second generation. The latest models have been added with the 2020 facelift and include a range of hybrid and e-tron trims. The most powerful of these is the 60 TFSI with PHEV capabilities.
The 60 TFSI features a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 mated to a 126 hp electric motor and a 17.3 kWh battery pack. Combined power output is 450 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, with an all-electric range of approximately 30 miles. The Q7 60 TFSI is the cheaper version of the Bentley Bentayga.
6/10 Mercedes-Benz GLE350e 4Matic
Mercedes’ fourth-generation midsize SUV – since it was first called the ML before moving to GLE – is bigger and more muscular than ever. The go-to hybrid version is the GLE350e which, contrary to the numbers after the model name, does not have a 6-cylinder engine.
The GLE350e has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 – with the same model featuring a turbodiesel in Europe – mated to an electric motor and 31.2kWh battery. The total power is 330 hp and 516 lb-ft and has an electric range of 80 kilometers. Not bad at all.
5/10 BMW X5 x Drive45e
Unlike the GLE, the BMW X5 hybrid does come with a 6-cylinder – specifically the Brilliant B58. The The X5 xDrive45e is equipped with a 115 hp electric motor coupled to the motor and uses a 24 kWh battery pack in Europe and a 17.3 kWh battery pack in the US.
Total power is 390 hp and 443 lb-ft, with the US version seeing an electric range of about 30 miles. The X5 is the class leader in build quality and popularity. Interestingly, the X5 hybrid is manufactured exclusively in the US.
4/10 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring
The The second generation Lincoln Aviator is one of the best looking SUVs on the market and the combined power of the hybrid makes it comparable in performance to the more expensive V8-powered luxury SUVs such as the BMW X5 xDrive50i and Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid.
The Aviator Grand Touring features a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 mated to an electric motor that together produces nearly 500 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque. The Aviator may have a lot in common with the Navigator, but it certainly looks better and isn’t quite as bulky.
3/10 Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid/Turbo S e-Hybrid
The Porsche Cayenne is the best-selling model of the German brand and the company has built a number of hybrid versions as they no longer sell diesel models. The base Cayenne e-Hybrid features a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 mated to an electric motor that produces 450 horsepower.
The higher-end hybrid is the Turbo S e-Hybrid, which mates an electric motor to Porsche’s 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8. This model produces a ridiculous 690 horsepower and 642 lb-ft of torque. The Cayenne Turbo S e-Hybrid has a 17.3 kWh battery and is a spectacular option as a hybrid luxury SUV.
2/10 Bentley Bentayga hybrid
The Bentley Bentayga is probably the most luxurious hybrid SUV on the market – unless Rolls-Royce decides to make one. The Bentayga is available with a twin-turbo V8, a twin-turbo W12 and even a V8 turbodiesel! The latest addition to the Bentayga range is the Hybrid.
The Bentayga Hybrid shares the same powertrain as the Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid – as the vehicles share a platform – and delivers the same 450 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Like its Porsche sibling, the Bentayga Hybrid has a range of about 30 miles on electric only.
1/10 Range Rover P510e
The fifth generation Range Rover was launched recently and is better than ever. The model is more geared towards luxury to rival the Bentley Bentayga and Aston Martin DBX, but it can still easily handle some off-road trails with its advanced terrain response systems.
The Range Rover received new engines with the model, including 6-in-line petrol and diesel engines. The top-spec V8 is borrowed from BMW. The most powerful hybrid is the P510e, which combines a 3.0-liter inline-6 turbo with an electric motor that produces a combined 503 horsepower and 516 lb-ft. It is a worthy alternative to the V8, which delivers just a little more power.