Most Economical 4x4s (Four-wheel Drive Cars)

The Green Car Guide to the most economical and lowest emission four-wheel drive cars (4x4s), SUVs and crossovers on sale in the UK today. We rate what we believe are the best fuel-efficient diesel, petrol, hybrid and electric all-wheel drive/SUV/crossover vehicles following full Green Car Guide reviews, which include testing real-world fuel economy.

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  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.

Fiat Panda 4×4 1.3 16v Multijet 64.2 mpg

The Fiat Panda 4×4, which is very capable off-road, is available with either this 1.3 diesel engine or the award winning TwinAir petrol; if you do a lot of miles away from urban areas the diesel is worth considering, otherwise the TwinAir is cheaper to buy, lighter, has lower air quality emissions and is more fun.

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 SX4 S-Cross 1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T ALLGRIP 53.3 mpg

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

Plug-in hybrid 4x4s

First place

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2019Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 139 mpg (WLTP) 159.5 mpg NEDC)

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid 4×4 which is now in its second generation.

Second place

Audi Q7 e-tron Audi Q7 e-tron 156.9 mpg

The Audi Q7 has always stood out from the crowd, but on this occasion it is the addition of a diesel/electric drivetrain that differentiates it from the other plug-in hybrid SUV’s.

Third place

volvo-xc90-t8 Volvo XC90 Twin Engine 134.5 mpg

Big, versatile, and very Swedish, the 7 seat XC90 has a good electric range of up to 27 miles which will cover many people’s daily routine. If that includes you then read on.

Volvo XC60 Twin Engine 134.5 mpg

With the same running gear as its big brother if you like the XC90 but can’t stretch the finances, and don’t need more than 5 seats, the XC60 could be your answer.

MINI Countryman Cooper S E ALL4 134 mpg

The plug-in Countryman trades a small reduction in practicality for 15 – 26 miles of pure electric driving, which we think is a fair compromise. Factor in the sprightly performance, the MINI feel good factor, and a competitive price and you have an excellent addition to plug-in hybrid market.

Fourth place

Range Rover Si4 P400e PHEV Range Rover 2.0 P400E PHEV 101 mpg

What do you get the Range Rover that has everything? A plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Welcome to the P400E, the best 4×4 by far? Quite possibly.

Five place

 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid 88.3 mpg

The updated Cayenne Hybrid is more practical, more efficient, and in Sport + more performance oriented too and now has a long enough electric range to cover most everyday journeys.

Sixth place

bmw-x5-40e BMW X5 xDrive40e 85.6 mpg

The BMW X5 is one of the better SUVs to drive, and isn’t short on straight line speed. It is a shame it can’t eek a bit more out of the batteries as it misses out on the Government grant and won’t suit everyone’s daily routine, but if it works for you it is well worth a look.


Electric 4x4s

First place

Tesla Model X Telsa Model X 75D 

Model X is another huge achievement from a very young company. It delivers performance and real world range, lots of interior space, clever design touches and through Supercharger access the best recharging network in UK.

Read the full Green Car Guide reviews of all green 4x4s, SUVs and crossovers