Of course, it’s going to be a considerable challenge to achieve this figure without extrement diligent charging, but the Merc’s fully-electric battery range of 84 miles will help a great deal towards preserving every last drop of petrol. This all helps to drive down CO2 emissions, too.

It all sounds rather promising, and the GLC’s lacklustre driving experience is the only thing that prevents it from moving further up this list.

9. Range Rover PHEV

  • Prices from £116,000
  • Best for luxury

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While there’s lots of excitement about the fully-electric Range Rover, the plug-in hybrid model is already a very strong starting point for those who desire a large luxury SUV with a relatively small carbon footprint. 

There are two versions of the Range Rover PHEV, the P460e and P550e, and both of these have a 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine that’s combined with an electric motor to offer improved efficiency and up to 71 miles of fully-electric driving.

The refined nature of all-electric running suits the calm demeanour of the Range Rover, and the plug-in versions remain just as capable off-road as the Range Rover would be with a thundering diesel at the front.

8. Toyota RAV4 

The Toyota RAV4 has been around for over 25 years in one form or another, but the latest version stands out with much sharper styling than its predecessors. The design is not as ‘out there’ as the smaller C-HR with its sporty coupe-style roofline, but compared to the RAV4 of old, it’s a much more appealing package for anyone who wants to make a style statement.

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