Most Economical 4x4s (Four-wheel Drive Cars)

The Green Car Guide to the most economical and lowest emission four-wheel drive cars, more commonly known as 4x4s, on sale in the UK today. We rate what we believe are the best fuel-efficient diesel, petrol and hybrid all-wheel drive vehicles after we road-test them and check the manufacturer fuel economy and emissions figures in real-world situations.


Diesel and hybrid 4x4s

First place

Suzuki Vitara Suzuki Vitara 1.6 DDiS SZ5 ALLGRIP 67.2 mpg

Entertaining to drive, efficient and reasonably priced, the Vitara makes a strong case for itself as long as you don’t mind the boxy looks.


Second place

suzuki-sx4-s-cross-004-80x53 Suzuki SX4 S-Cross  64.2 mpg

The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross has modern crossover styling as well as a capable four-wheel drive system and it’s very efficient.


Third place

Peugeot 508 RXH Diesel electric hybrid Peugeot 508 RXH  61.4 mpg

The Peugeot 508 RXH is a diesel-hybrid electric crossover variant of the 508 with HYbrid4 powertrain combined with a 2.0 litre HDi FAP diesel engine and 28kW electric motor to lower fuel consumption


Petrol and hybrid 4x4s

First place

l-4x4-diesel-fiat-panda-80x53.jpg Fiat Panda  57.6 mpg

The Fiat Panda 4×4, which is very capable off-road, appears in the petrol 4×4 category with its two-cylinder TwinAir engine.

Second place

Lexus NX300h Lexus NX 300h 55.4 mpg

The Lexus NX 300h has radical styling and good official economy, but it comes with a CVT gearbox.

Third place

Suzuki Vitara


Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ5 ALLGRIP 50.4 mpg

With an admirably low kerb weight the Vitara is good fun to drive, but its normally aspirated engine is a little light on torque.


Plug-in hybrid 4x4s

First place

mitsubishi-outlander-phev-80x53 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 148.0 mpg

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid 4×4 that can achieve 148 mpg – under the right driving conditions.

Second place

Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid 001 80x53 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid 83.0 mpg

The Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid 4×4 that can officially achieve 83 mpg and 150mph.