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 HYbrid4  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 56.5 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 SZ-T 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 85.6 mpg

The Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid 4×4 that can officially achieve 85.6 mpg and 150mph.