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Fuel-efficient SUVs

They may be taller and heavier than normal hatch, sedan and station wagons, but there some impressively fuel-efficient SUVs available.

Our best fuel-efficient SUV picks

Tesla Model X

What we like

  • You can download new features and retro-fit hardware
  • Colossal performance
  • Just the idea of it is brilliant

What we don't

  • High cost of entry
  • Lack of fast charging in Australia
  • Some of the clever stuff still needs work

Mitsubishi Outlander

What we like

  • New EV mode allows for all-electric motoring
  • Base-model LS still feels premium inside
  • No space or practicality sacrifices

What we don't

  • Extra heft hurts dynamics
  • Acceleration feels mega-slow
  • Tiny fuel tank limits petrol-powered range

Volvo XC90

What we like

  • Cabin detailing is exquisite
  • New levels of fuel economy and safety technology
  • Stylish design with much bolder lines

What we don't

  • Needs to feel more secure in corners
  • Steering felt vague in certain situations
  • Only one USB charge point

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

What we like

  • Improved NVH
  • Powerful engine

What we don't

  • Some kickback and juddering from suspension


What we like

  • Great motor and engine.
  • Fuel efficient when charged each day.
  • Subtle eco badging.

What we don't

  • No proximity unlocking.
  • No AEB.
  • Leans a bit in corners.

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