Plug-in Hybrid SUVs Available in Australia in 2022 | RAC WA (2023)

By: Byron Mathioudakis

With an already diverse and growing range of plug-in SUVs available right now in Australia, you can bring some extra spark to your SUV driving experience.

For SUV fans who are considering the move to a regular or plug-in hybrid, while you're still not spoilt for choice yet in Australia, there are certainly a healthy number of options and the range continues to grow.

To help you narrow down the choices, we've reviewed the full range of plug-in hybrid electric SUVs (PHEV) on offer in Australia in 2022, to help you decide if moving to a PHEV is the right choice.

In these reviews we cover SUVs that are plug-in hybrids. For a run down of other SUVs that are regular hybrids (not plug-ins), check our reviews ofHybrid cars available in Australia 2022.

To find out more about the differences between regular hybrids and plug-in hybrids, see our Hybrid Cars Explainedguide.

MG HS Plus EV PHEV from $46,990 driveaway

Plug-in Hybrid SUVs Available in Australia in 2022 | RAC WA (1)

Don’t be deceived by the name. The HS Plus EV is MG-speak for plug-in hybrid, not a pure electric vehicle.

About the size of the Mazda CX-5 that so clearly inspired the styling, the HS is an attractively designed medium-sized SUV offering plenty of space, lots of practical features and a big boot, measuring in at a handy 451 litres.

Aimed at the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and Ford Escape plug-in hybrids, the HS PHEV is also one of the more powerful, using a gutsy 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine to drive the front wheels, alongside an electric motor and battery pack. The 0-100km/h acceleration time is a speedy 6.9 seconds. Pure EV range is available for around 50km, before the engine kicks in.

Once the battery is depleted, it can be replenished using a regular home socket overnight, or in around 2.5 hours plugged into an optional wall box/AC charger.

One change for 2022 is the introduction of a lower-specified grade, the Excite. It still includes features like a digital instrument cluster, heated front seats and dual-zone climate control, but you’ll now need to buy the more expensive Essence for LED headlights, a powered tailgate, 360-degree camera, panoramic sunroof and ambient lighting.

The HS remains one of Australia’s cheapest PHEVs.

MG HS Plus EV PHEV specifications
Engine: 119kW/250Nm 1.5L in-line 4 petrol turbo
Transmission/driving wheels: 10-speed auto/FWD
Motor: 90kW/230Nm permanent magnet synchronous
Battery: 16.6kWh Lithium ion
Total system power/torque: 187kW/370Nm
EV range: 52km
Fuel: 1.7L/100km
CO2: 39g/km
Safety rating: N/A

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV AWD from $46,990 plus on-road costs

Plug-in Hybrid SUVs Available in Australia in 2022 | RAC WA (2)

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV is the smaller SUV brother to the highly-successful Outlander PHEV.

Along with a 2.4-litre petrol engine, it features an electric motor located on both axles and a large 13.8kWh battery.

Three driving modes are offered. EV Priority alone uses the electric motors, with a maximum 55km range before the petrol engine kicks in; Series Hybrid mode has the electric motors driving the wheels but the petrol engine charges the battery pack; and Parallel Hybrid mode has the petrol engine driving the front wheels with electric motor assistance, and is usually reserved for higher speeds. The front electric motor always drives the PHEV off the line regardless of mode.

Charging the battery takes six hours with a regular household plug, 4.5 hours with an optional wall box or just 30 minutes at a DC charging station, or, alternatively, about 45 minutes having the petrol engine running whilst parked. Note that bi-directional (V2H/V2G) charging is also supported when the required infrastructure catches up in Australia.

Built in Japan, the Eclipse Cross PHEV is compact yet roomy enough for a small family, with an inviting and comfortable cabin, enjoyable handling and plenty of practical features. It also offers Mitsubishi’s unbeatable 10-year conditional warranty.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV AWD specifications
Engine: 94kW/199Nm 2.4L in-line 4 petrol
Transmission/driving wheels: CVT auto/AWD
Motor: 60kW/137Nm AC permanent magnet synchronous (front) / 70kW/195Nm AC permanent magnet synchronous (rear)
Battery: 13.8kWh Lithium ion
Total system power/torque: 157kW/332Nm
EV range: 55km
Fuel: 1.9L/100km
CO2: 43g/km
Safety rating: 5 stars

Ford Escape ST-Line PHEV from $54,440 plus on-road costs

Plug-in Hybrid SUVs Available in Australia in 2022 | RAC WA (3)

After lengthy delays, the Escape ST-Line plug-in hybrid from Spain is finally here to give the Mitsubishi Outlander some serious competition.

Under the bonnet is a 2.5-litre petrol engine mated to a continuous variable transmission (CVT auto), electric motor and battery pack, to deliver a total of 167kW on one hand, and a combined fuel economy figure of just 1.5L/100km on the other.

Ford reckons up to 56km of pure-EV range is available, though in real-world scenarios that’s probably closer to 35km, with the driver able to choose when to deploy battery-only drive according to conditions.

About six hours is required to replenish the battery pack at home, or nearly four hours using an optional wall box or AC public charger.

Along with distinctive styling, the Escape is also well packaged inside, offering plenty of space and versatility for the family, along with a big, useable boot.

Being an ST-Line means the steering, handling and roadholding capabilities are on the sportier side for a high-riding medium-sized SUV, making the Ford stand out against its more eco-orientated rivals.

Which is what may attract buyers to the Escape PHEV. It’s good to look at and fun to drive, as well as fairly quick, while still being very economical.

Ford Escape ST-Line PHEV specifications
Engine: 112kW 2.5L in-line 4 petrol
Transmission/driving wheels: CVT/front
Motor: 96kW AC synchronous electric
Battery: 14.4kWh lithium-ion
Total system power/torque: 167kW
EV range: 56km
Fuel: 1.5L/100km
CO2: 33g/km
Safety rating: 5 stars
(Video) 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (inc. 0-100) detailed review: Best plug-in hybrid on the market?

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV AWD from $54,590 (approximately)

Plug-in Hybrid SUVs Available in Australia in 2022 | RAC WA (4)

The previous Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV became Australia’s first mainstream plug-in hybrid.

Now, an all-new version is coming late in 2022, built on the equally-fresh Nissan X-Trail-based platform, and bringing a seven-seater layout option for the first time.

There’s no mistaking the differences, due to the bigger and far-bolder styling up front, resulting in a larger, roomier and more practical interior. The dash also seems generations ahead, with massive digital displays, while cargo capacity is huge.

Under the bonnet is an improved 2.4-litre petrol engine driving the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission, boosted by two electric motors, with the rear one providing all-wheel drive.

As before, Outlander PHEV drivers will be able to cycle between several driving modes, from EV-only to hybrid to petrol-only, but with dramatically increased electric range than before, up 53 per cent to about 84km, thanks to a larger battery.

Charging times are expected to increase, inevitably, to around eight hours from a household plug, about five hours using an optional wall box and under an hour employing a DC public charger. Of course, the petrol engine in charge mode can also replenish the battery on the go.

Economical and practical for growing families, the new Outlander PHEV should be a leading contender.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV specifications
Engine: 98kW/195Nm 2.4L in-line 4 petrol*
Transmission/driving wheels: CVT auto/AWD
Motor: 85kW/255Nm AC synchronous electric (front)* / 100kW/195Nm AC synchronous electric (rear)*
Battery: 20kWh lithium-ion
Total system power/torque: 157kW/332Nm*
EV range: 84km*
Fuel: 1.6L/100km*
CO2: 38g/km*
Safety rating: 5 stars

* overseas data

Cupra Formentor PHEV from $60,990 plus on-road costs

Plug-in Hybrid SUVs Available in Australia in 2022 | RAC WA (5)

Look out, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi Q3, BMW X2 and Volvo XC40 – the Cupra Formentor is here.

Based on the same architecture that underpins the Volkswagen Golf, the Cupra is Volkswagen’s Spanish subsidiary SEAT’s high-performance offshoot, so think of the Formentor as a sporty, raised hatchback/crossover with VW tech. Yet the plug-in hybrid powertrain specification is so far unique to the Cupra.

We’re talking about a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine, dual-clutch transmission, an electric motor and small battery pack, driving the front wheels only. Real-world pure-EV range is under 50km. But performance is brisk, the steering is sharp and the ride quite firm, highlighting the Spanish VW’s sporty flavour.

Like most PHEVs, the Formentor can only be charged using an AC outlet, and it needs about six hours using a home socket, or about half that if you invest in a wall box charger.

The interior is appealing, with decent space front and rear, a slick dashboard featuring a large touchscreen, electronic displays and plenty of standard features, though the boot isn’t as big as the crossover styling promises.

As a stylish and very economical crossover-coupe with Golf-derived engineering and a driver-orientated focus, the Cupra Formentor PHEV is in a niche of its own for now.

Cupra Formentor PHEV specifications
Engine: 110kW/250Nm 1.4L in-line 4 turbo petrol
Transmission/driving wheels: 6-speed DCT/FWD
Motor: 85kWh AC synchronous electric
Battery: 12.8kWh Lithium-ion
Total system power/torque: 180kW/400Nm
EV range: 52km*
Fuel: 1.9L/100km
CO2: 43g/km
Safety rating: 5 stars

* Overseas data

Mini Countryman SE ALL4 PHEV AWD from $64,000 plus on-road costs

Plug-in Hybrid SUVs Available in Australia in 2022 | RAC WA (6)

The BMW-owned British brand forged fresh pathways in 2019 with the Countryman SE plug-in hybrid, combining a 1.5-litre turbo engine driving the front wheels, backed up by an electric motor turning the rear wheels. Like Toyota’s e-Four set-up, with the rear drive part of the drive system being electric, there is no mechanical link to the petrol engine.

Late 2020 brought a raft of improvements, including over 60km of electric-only drive, before the engine takes over.

In Mini-speak, the ‘S’ in the name signifies performance, meaning the PHEV streaks to 100km/h in 6.8 seconds, beating the normal Cooper S. Similarly-responsive steering and kart-like handling feel are also largely maintained. Because of the battery’s comparatively small size, charging requires 3.5 hours at home, or an hour faster with an optional wall box.

As with other BMW PHEVs, a ‘Save Battery’ mode redirects braking energy to keep the battery at 90 per cent constantly – great for saving EV drive when not needed. The lofty pricing brings with it generous standard equipment, and the Mini’s playful yet premium cabin presentation is retained. There’s sufficient space for smaller families’ needs, and cargo capacity drops slightly, from 450L to 405L.

Overall, the polished Countryman PHEV keeps the Mini’s fun charm, but with newfound electrified capability.

Mini Countryman SE ALL4 PHEV AWD specifications
Engine: 100kW/220Nm 1.5L in-line 3 turbo petrol
Transmission/driving wheels: 6-speed auto/AWD
Motor: 70kW/165Nm AC synchronous electric
Battery: 9.6kWh Lithium-ion
Total system power/torque: 165kW/385Nm
EV range: 50km
Fuel: 2.4L/100km
CO2: 54g/km
Safety rating: 5 stars

Kia Sorento PHEV AWD from $80,330

Plug-in Hybrid SUVs Available in Australia in 2022 | RAC WA (7)

Alongside the new Kia Niro plug-in, the Sorento GT-Line PHEV is one of two plug-in hybrids currently in Kia’s range.

The Sorento GT-Line PHEV is the most expensive version of the completely redesigned, full-sized, seven-seater SUV released in 2020.

It features a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine and six-speed auto, combined with an electric motor. Along with smooth and seamless transition from petrol to hybrid to EV, there’s also nearly 60km of pure electric drive.

For a large seven-seater, the Sorento PHEV possesses plenty of muscle (0-100km/h needs just 8.4 seconds), with a healthy dose of electric-enhanced power available for instant throttle response, backed up by light steering and surefooted cornering.

(Video) 10 Best SUVs for Seniors in 2023

Charging at home using a regular socket should take about six hours, or around 3.5 hours with an optional wall box fitted to your garage or at work. As with many PHEVs, charging is AC only, so DC fast chargers can’t be used.

Besides being a great size for transporting seven people, the latest Sorento is beautifully designed and finished inside. The PHEV is only available in top-line GT-Line spec, bringing massive touchscreens, lovely materials and luxury car levels of interior detailing. And all supported by a seven-year warranty.

It’s a lot of money, but you do get a lot of car, too.

Kia Sorento PHEV AWD specifications
Engine: 132kW/165Nm 1.6L in-line 4 petrol turbo
Transmission/driving wheels: six-speed auto/AWD
Motor: 67kW/304Nm AC permanent magnet synchronous
Battery: 13.8kWh Lithium ion
Total system power/torque: 195kW/350Nm
EV range: 68km
Fuel: 1.6L/100km
CO2: 36g/km
Safety rating: 5 stars

Lexus NX 450h+ AWD PHEV from $80,330

Plug-in Hybrid SUVs Available in Australia in 2022 | RAC WA (8)

Lexus’ first plug-in hybrid in Australia is based on the second-generation NX and is aimed at the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC PHEVs.

Even though it appears similar to the old NX released in 2014, today’s version is longer, larger and completely redesigned inside and underneath, adopting an advanced new architecture that aims to be stronger, quieter and more refined than before.

The latter is evident in the NX 450h+’s smooth power delivery, thanks to a 2.5-litre petrol engine and continuously variable transmission, working seamlessly with an electric motor and battery pack. Performance is rapid, with a 0-100km/h time of just 6.3 seconds, while up to 87km of pure EV range is promised – one of the highest among all PHEVs – if the driver is light-footed enough.

You can recharge the battery in around 12 hours using a normal home socket, 7.5 hours plugged into a wall box/AC charger or under three hours using a DC rapid charger – though Lexus recommends “minimising” the latter to maximise battery life.

Enjoyable to drive, strikingly styled, beautifully made with high quality materials and plenty of standard equipment, and offering industry-leading levels of available aftersales service and ownership benefits, the NX 450h+ from Japan is now one of Australia’s more compelling luxury plug-in hybrids.

Lexus NX 450h+ AWD PHEV specifications
Engine: 136kW/227Nm 2.5L in-line 4 petrol
Transmission/driving wheels: e-CVT/AWD
Motor: 134kW/270Nm AC permanent magnet synchronous
Battery: 18.1kWh Lithium ion
Total system power/torque: 227kW
EV range: 87km
Fuel: 1.3L/100km
CO2: 29g/km
Safety rating: 5 stars

Peugeot 3008 PHEV AWD from $84,790 plus on-road costs

Plug-in Hybrid SUVs Available in Australia in 2022 | RAC WA (9)

Peugeot has been selling plug-in hybrids overseas for over a decade now, but they’ve only recently arrived in Australia.

Aimed at German midsized SUV rivals like the BMW X3 xDrive30e, the 3008 GT Sport PHEV helps justify its lofty pricing with a powerful 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine, combined with an eight-speed auto and two electric motors (one on each axle) for all-wheel drive.

The result is nearly 60km of pure EV range, as well as a 0-100km/h sprint time in a very healthy 5.9 seconds, on the way to a 235km/h top speed. That’s fast.

To recharge at home using a regular socket requires nearly six hours. Alternatively, buying an optional wall box will cut that down to under four hours. Note the 3008 PHEV doesn’t accept DC fast chargers.

Being based on the top-line GT Sport grade, the French crossover is fully equipped on both the safety and convenience front, and even includes massaging front seats.

On sale since 2017, the 3008 resurrected Peugeot’s fortunes globally based on head-turning design, high-end interior presentation, excellent driving capabilities and a massive step up in quality engineering. The 2021 facelift ushered in fresh styling changes, improved safety and an upgraded multimedia system, further boosting the SUV’s appeal.

Peugeot 3008 PHEV AWD specifications
Engine: 147kW/300Nm 1.6L in-line 4 turbo petrol
Transmission/driving wheels: 81kW AC synchronous electric (front) / 83kW AC synchronous electric (rear)
Motor: 134kW/270Nm AC permanent magnet synchronous
Battery: 13.2kWh lithium-ion
Total system power/torque: 222kW/520Nm
EV range: 60km
Fuel: 1.6L/100km
CO2: 36g/km
Safety rating: 5 stars

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300e 4Matic AWD from $95,700 plus on-road costs

Plug-in Hybrid SUVs Available in Australia in 2022 | RAC WA (10)

Massively popular, the GLC went plug-in hybrid in 2020, rivalling the BMW X3 xDrive30e.

Like its closely related C300e sibling, the medium-sized SUV brings together a 2.0-litre turbo engine, but with the nine-speed auto driving all four wheels this time.

Boosted by an electric motor and battery, the outcome is stirring performance (0-100km/h needs only 5.7 seconds), backed up by easy and confident handling control.

Plus, there’s nearly 50km of pure-electric range available. When that runs out, you’ll need about seven hours to recharge the battery pack at home, or around three hours using an optional wall box/public AC charger.

Buyers love the GLC because its interior is smooth and stylish, though the striking single-screen multimedia interface of newer Mercedes models like the latest C-Class isn’t fitted, betraying this generation SUV’s advancing years.

Along with firm but supportive seating and plenty of storage areas, there’s space galore both up front and in the back, but the small 395L cargo capacity is down 155L due to the battery gubbins underneath.

As expected, a full suite of driver-assist safety is included, along with air suspension that addresses the regular GLC’s at-times uncomfortable ride.

An all-new generation GLC is coming in 2023, with improved PHEV versions. We’d wait for those instead.

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300e 4Matic PHEV specifications
Engine: 155kW/350Nm 2.0L in-line 4 turbo petrol
Transmission/driving wheels: 9-speed auto/AWD
Motor: 90kW/440Nm AC synchronous electric
Battery: 13.5kWh Lithium-ion
Total system power/torque: 235kW/700Nm
EV range: 49km
Fuel: 2.4L/100km
CO2: 53g/km
Safety rating: 5 stars
(Video) EVERYTHING You NEED to Know About the 2023 Toyota RAV4

Volvo XC60 Recharge PHEV AWD from $97,990 plus on-road costs

Plug-in Hybrid SUVs Available in Australia in 2022 | RAC WA (11)

Volvo released a facelifted XC60 in late 2021.

Previously called T8 Polestar Engineered but now known as the Recharge Plug-in Hybrid, it looks more restrained than before, and also brings worthwhile improvements, including nearly double the electric range (to 81km) thanks to a much bigger battery. Look out, BMW X3 xDrive30e.

As before, a 2.0-lite supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine drives the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic, while a rear-mounted electric motor adds all-wheel-drive. Volvo has managed to make its latest PHEV faster as well as more efficient, dropping the 0-100km/h time to a hasty 4.8 seconds.

This is a rapid and fun-to-drive midsized luxury SUV, with reassuring handling and a comfy ride due to air suspension that can be tailored for agility or softness.

When the battery depletes, you’ll need up to eight hours to recharge it at home using a regular plug, or over four hours with an optional wall box/AC public charger. DC fast charging is not supported.

For 2022, the latest XC60 gains an integrated Google multimedia system (but no Apple CarPlay/Android Auto yet), while the spacious and practical interior retains a particular Swedish flavour that melds solidity and sensible functionality.

All XC60s for the Australian market are now built in China.

Volvo XC60 Recharge PHEV AWD specifications
Engine: 233kW/400Nm 2.0L in-line 4 turbo/supercharged petrol
Transmission/driving wheels: 8-speed auto/AWD
Motor: 107W AC synchronous electric
Battery: 18.8kWh Lithium-ion
Total system power/torque: 340kW
EV range: 81km
Fuel: 1.6L/100km
CO2: 37g/km
Safety rating: 5 stars

Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEV AWD from $102,001 plus on-road costs

Plug-in Hybrid SUVs Available in Australia in 2022 | RAC WA (12)

Launched in early 2022, the Range Rover Evoque P300e is the midsized SUV’s first plug-in hybrid offering.

Under the svelte bonnet is a new 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine and eight-speed auto, paired with a rear-mounted electric motor and battery pack. The upshot is approximately 60km of pure-EV range on one hand, and a rapid 6.3-second 0-100km/h sprint-time on the other. This Evoque doesn’t hang around.

Speaking of which, recharging using a household plug requires around six hours, or under 2.5 hours with an optional wall box. The Evoque PHEV is also DC fast-charger compatible, needing about 50 minutes.

Along with being quick and easy to drive on road, the English midsized SUV offers some decent off-road capability as well, aided by good ground clearance and some electronic 4x4 technology. It is built by Land Rover of England, after all.

There’s a plenty of space inside the slickly presented Evoque, backed up by a handy 472-litre cargo capacity. High quality fittings, a bang-up-to-date multimedia system, and a litany of driver-assist safety systems are also included in the P300e.

The Evoque P300e promises to be glamourous and rewarding to drive, but consumers should be aware that the brand has been lumbered with reliability issues in recent years.

But the Evoque P300e does have some off-road prowess, and fills the role of an eco-focused premium midsized crossover.

Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEV specifications
Engine: 147kW/280Nm 1.5L in-line 3 turbo petrol
Transmission/driving wheels: 8-speed auto/AWD
Motor: 85kW AC synchronous electric
Battery: 15.0kWh lithium-ion
Total system power/torque: 227kW/540Nm
EV range: 62km
Fuel: 2.1L/100km
CO2: 32g/km
Safety rating: 5 stars

BMW X3 xDrive30e PHEV AWD from $104,900 plus on-road costs

Plug-in Hybrid SUVs Available in Australia in 2022 | RAC WA (13)

It’s taken years to get here, but the X3 plug-in hybrid is finally available in Australia.

Slotting between the regular petrol and diesel X3 models and the battery-powered iX3 from China, the US-built PHEV shares much of its tech with the related 330e sedan on sale here since 2020. This means a 2.0-litre petrol turbo and eight-speed auto married to an electric motor and small battery pack.

Along with being a wagon-style medium-sized SUV offering ample space for five people, rather than a swoopy sports sedan, a key difference is that the ‘x’ in xDrive30e denotes all-wheel drive, bringing better all-weather roadholding.

Unsurprisingly, the X3 PHEV offers strong acceleration (0-100km/h in just 6.1 seconds), or about 40km of pure-electric range if you’re driving gingerly, especially around town. Combined electric consumption is 19.3kWh/100km.

A household socket requires around seven hours to fully recharge the battery, or half that time with an optional (circa-$2000) wall box at home or work.

Another benefit of using a high-riding SUV is the extra space under the floor to package the battery, meaning that cargo capacity remains the same as all other X3s at 450 litres.

If you’re looking for a pure electric experience, consider the iX3 instead. BMW claims 460km between recharges is possible.

BMW X3 xDrive30e PHEV specifications
Engine: 135kW/300Nm 2.0L in-line 4 turbo petrol
Transmission/driving wheels: 8-speed auto/AWD
Motor: 83kW AC synchronous electric
Battery: 12kWh Lithium-ion
Total system power/torque: 215kW/420Nm
EV range: 41km
Fuel: 3.2L/100km
CO2: 73g/km
Safety rating: 5 stars

Volvo XC90 Recharge PHEV from $118,990 plus on-road costs

Plug-in Hybrid SUVs Available in Australia in 2022 | RAC WA (14)

Volvo discontinued the small XC40 Recharge PHEV in Australia during mid-2022, but the midsized XC60 and ageing XC90 full-sized version continue with worthwhile improvements moving forward.

Imported from Sweden rather than China (unlike Volvo’s other SUVs), the XC90 Recharge PHEV takes on the BMW X5 plug-in hybrid. It features a 2.0-litre supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, plus an uprated electric motor to drive the rear wheels.

The result is a big seven-seater SUV with sports-car performance, racing to 100km/h from standstill in just 5.3 seconds. It steers and handles with ease, while air suspension soaks up the bumps admirably.

(Video) Best 3-ROW 7-SEATER SUVs for Families in 2023-2024

Volvo claims pure EV range is now 77km. That means the new, bigger battery will take longer to recharge, though. Expect up to eight hours plugged into a normal socket at home, or over four hours with an optional wall box/AC public charger. DC fast charging is not supported.

The XC90’s size and packaging are one of its biggest drawcards, with sumptuous seating for five (and a useable third row – even for adults), a big boot area, a distinctly designed dashboard featuring lots of high-quality materials and industry-leading safety features.

It may be getting on, but the current XC90 PHEV’s tech is bang up to date.

Volvo XC90 Recharge PHEV AWD specifications
Engine: 233kW/400Nm 2.0L in-line 4 turbo/supercharged petrol
Transmission/driving wheels: 8-speed auto/AWD
Motor: 107W/309Nm AC synchronous electric
Battery: 18.8kWh Lithium-ion
Total system power/torque: 339kW/709Nm
EV range: 77km
Fuel: 1.8L/100km
CO2: 40g/km
Safety rating: 5 stars

BMW X5 xDrive45e PHEV AWD from $138,400 plus on-road costs

Plug-in Hybrid SUVs Available in Australia in 2022 | RAC WA (15)

The X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid is the steppingstone to the completely unrelated full-electric iX, and sits above the normal petrol and diesel models also out of North America, but just below the high-performance V8-powered M50i.

BMW has been selling X5 PHEVs in Australia since 2015, but the latest version released in 2019 when the new-generation body was introduced swapped the old four-cylinder engine for a 3.0-litre six-cylinder unit.

As before, it is combined with an electric motor and battery pack, but the priority here is performance – as reflected in a very brisk 0-100km/h acceleration time of 5.6 seconds and 235km/h top speed. Not bad for a 2.5-tonne SUV.

The flipside is low pure-EV range. BMW says 77km is possible, but 40km is more achievable. Plugged in at home, up to 10 hours is needed to fully recharge, or about five hours with an optional wall box or using a public charger.

Otherwise, the xDrive45e is as per all modern X5s – big and spacious inside, with a high-quality interior offering large electronic displays, excellent seats, commanding views out and heaps of family-friendly practicality. The suspension keeps the ride soft, the steering is a joy to use, and at speed, the BMW feels fast and rock-solid secure.

BMW X5 xDrive45e PHEV specifications
Engine: 210kW/450Nm 3.0L in-line 6 turbo petrol
Transmission/driving wheels: 8-speed auto/AWD
Motor: 83kW AC synchronous electric
Battery: 17kWh Lithium-ion
Total system power/torque: 230kW/600Nm
EV range: 77km*
Fuel: 2.5L/100km
CO2: 56g/km
Safety rating: 5 stars

* overseas data

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid AWD from $152,500 plus on-road costs

Plug-in Hybrid SUVs Available in Australia in 2022 | RAC WA (16)

The cheapest Cayenne plug-in hybrid recently breached the $150K mark (rising to well over $300,000), but given its broad capabilities, even the base grade presents a compelling case.

Sharing the MLB Evo platform with other Volkswagen Group SUVs like the VW Touareg, Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga, the Cayenne looks and drives like a Porsche SUV should, offering outstanding speed, control and refinement.

Underneath there’s a 3.0-litre V6 turbo, automatic transmission, electric motor and battery pack, with drive oscillating seamlessly between pure EV (only for up to 47km, disappointingly) and petrol-electric hybrid muscle. Sports car performance is always on tap, with a 0-100km/h time of five seconds and 250km/h top speed.

Uniquely high ground clearance and a four-wheel drive system also allows for some light off-road capability.

Recharging using a household socket requires five hours, or three hours with an optional wall box. The Cayenne PHEV isn’t designed for DC fast chargers.

The interior feels rock-solid in its quality and presentation, while there’s a pleasing amount of space front and rear for most families’ needs. But, as with most Porsches, desirable luxuries are often very pricey, meaning an E-Hybrid’s price with a few choice options can blow out considerably.

Still, the Cayenne PHEV is both thrillingly and frugally athletic.

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid specifications
Engine: 250kW/450Nm 3.0L V6 turbo petrol
Transmission/driving wheels: 8-speed auto/AWD
Motor: 100kW/400Nm AC synchronous electric
Battery: 17.9kWh lithium-ion
Total system power/torque: 340kW/700Nm
EV range: 47km
Fuel: 3.2L/100km
CO2: 73g/km
Safety rating: N/A

Considering a low emissions car? We'll reward you

Our Less Emissions Mission rewards owners with discounted car loan rates and up to 25% off comprehensive car insurance.

Find out more

Last updated: July 2022


What is the best plug-in hybrid car for 2022 Australia? ›

The best selling plug-in hybrid for 2022 was the MG HS with over 1500 sales and a huge lead over the second-place Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. The Europeans fought it out amongst themselves with Volvo (XC60, XC90, XC40), BMW (X3, X5, 3 Series) and Mercedes-Benz (GLC) finding a few hundred buyers each.

What is the difference between PHEV and hybrid Australia? ›

The main difference when looking at a hybrid vs a plug in hybrid is that the former is powered by both a petrol-fuelled internal combustion engine and a battery-powered electric motor that can work either independently or simultaneously, whereas the latter is powered chiefly by an electric motor and will only use its ...

Does Toyota sell a plug-in hybrid SUV? ›

2023 Toyota RAV4 Prime

The Toyota RAV4 Prime is a plug-in hybrid SUV that delivers a sublime blend of impressive fuel economy and capable performance.

What is the highest PHEV SUV range? ›

Here are the five PHEVs with the longest battery range at the time of publishing.
  • 2022 Karma GS-6: 61 Miles. ...
  • 2023 Land Rover Range Rover PHEV: 48 Miles. ...
  • 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime: 42 Miles. ...
  • 2022 Ford Escape SE PHEV: 37 Miles.
Feb 22, 2023

Does Toyota have plug-in hybrid Australia? ›

The second-generation Toyota C-HR will arrive in Australia in the first half of 2024, and will be offered exclusively with hybrid power. Toyota Australia has also confirmed it currently has no plans to introduce the plug-in hybrid to the local market, leaving yet another PHEV out of reach for Aussies.

Which hybrid car has the best fuel consumption Australia? ›

The tiny Toyota Yaris Hybrid, powered by a low-capacity 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine with an electric motor, is currently the champ for using only a little fuel, claimed at just 3.3L/100km. In our most recent testing, we achieved an impressive 4.1L/100km in regular 'daily driver' activity.

What are the disadvantages of a plug-in hybrid car? ›

The main downside of owning a PHEV is that it's likely to have poorer fuel economy than a conventionally-powered alternative when it's driven using the engine rather than the electric motor. This is because you're lugging around the additional weight of its electric battery pack.

Is it better to buy PHEV or hybrid? ›

A plug-in hybrid is an efficient choice for drivers whose daily trips fall within the electric-only range, but who occasionally need to make longer trips. However, those who cannot charge at home or who drive far beyond a PHEV's electric range on a daily basis are likely to get better value from a regular hybrid.

Is a hybrid or plug-in hybrid better for long distance driving? ›

“If you don't plug it in, or if you tend to drive long distances, you're better off buying a regular hybrid, which will usually be cheaper and get slightly better gas mileage when run on gasoline only.”

Is the 2023 RAV4 hybrid a plug-in? ›

Feel the power.

With an impressive 302 combined net horsepower and AWD, RAV4 Prime is our most powerful RAV4 yet. Plug in to charge up with an EPA-estimated range rating of 42 miles of EV-only driving, * and keep it going with its plug-in hybrid engine's EPA-estimated combined 94 MPGe rating.

Will Toyota make a plug-in hybrid 2023? ›

Toyota has redesigned the entire Prius lineup for 2023, and that includes the plug-in Prime model. The Prime has a larger battery than the standard model and the battery can be recharged to enable a longer electric-only driving range.

Is a PHEV good for long trips? ›

A PHEV promises electric range sufficient for most or all your daily driving if you recharge at home every night, plus range assurance on longer trips because you still have a gas engine and tank as a backup.

Is PHEV cheaper than hybrid? ›

Whether you drive a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or gas-powered car, get a car insurance quote online or call 1-866-749-7436 to customize your coverage. Plug-in hybrids are more expensive upfront, but you can spend less on fuel over the car's lifetime than with a full hybrid.

What is the lifetime of a PHEV? ›

Hybrid Battery Life Expectancy

Most hybrid batteries should take drivers about 100,000 miles. With excellent maintenance, some owners are able to push this number to 200,000. Warranties typically extend to about the 100,000-mile mark, so manufacturers do expect this to be the upper limit on battery life.

How much is the RAV4 PHEV in Australia? ›

It opens at $36,550 before on-roads. The Toyota RAV4, Australia's best-selling SUV, has received various technology updates as well as price increases. The 2023 range arrives in showrooms in December 2022, priced from $36,550 before on-road costs. Prices are up by between $1150 and $2820 across the range.

Is Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid available in Australia? ›

What about plug-in hybrids? While Toyota Australia has yet to offer plug-in hybrids – including the RAV4 Prime – it hasn't ruled the technology out.

Does Honda make a hybrid in Australia? ›

Honda has finally confirmed the ZR-V for Australia, with a choice of turbo and hybrid variants due in mid 2023.

Is it worth getting a hybrid car Australia? ›

Are hybrids worth it? If using considerably less fuel and creating fewer emissions are important to you, then definitely. Hybrids are usually more affordable than full electric cars, and often more responsive to drive than their petrol-only equivalents.

What gets better gas mileage hybrid or plug-in hybrid? ›

Plugin Hybrid – Gas Mileage. Driving either type of vehicle will result in significantly fewer trips to Branford gas stations. But plug-in hybrids generally have better gas mileage when their electric ranges are factored in.

What happens if you never plug-in a plug-in hybrid? ›

If you don't plug in your PHEV at all, its batteries are still automatically charged through the vehicle's regenerative braking system and its engine, but the charge it receives may be minimal and not enough to allow you to drive without using fuel.

Are hybrid cars included in tax credit? ›

Since traditional hybrid vehicles rely primarily on combustion and do not use a plug to charge, they do not qualify for tax credits at the federal level. Credits apply to plug-in electric vehicles which includes plug-in hybrid EVs and battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

Will plug-in hybrids hold their value? ›

Lower purchase price. Electric vehicles depreciate quickly — nearly 52% after three years, according to iSeeCars. This means that EVs coming off lease, typically after three years, could be a bargain. Prices for plug-in hybrids are somewhat stronger but still reflect large depreciation, the iSeeCars study found.

How often should I charge my plug-in hybrid? ›

That means that on average, you will use very little gasoline in your plug-in hybrid. You plug it in every night and have a full charge when you wake up in the morning. By charging overnight, you'll be charging during off-peak hours. For longer trips, the car will switch between electric and gasoline power as needed.

At what speed do hybrid cars switch from battery power to petrol power? ›

The car starts up in electric mode automatically and stays in this mode up until a speed between 43 mph and 80 mph. If additional power is needed, or if the battery's charge is too low, then the car will activate the combustion engine.

Is there a downside to buying a hybrid? ›

Some of the drawbacks to owning a hybrid car include: Higher upfront costs. Maintenance can be expensive (when it's needed) They still produce fossil fuel emissions.

At what speed are hybrids most efficient? ›

Midsize conventional gasoline cars achieve their best fuel economy at 55 mph. The fuel economy of midsize conventional diesel cars declines gradually from 45 to 55 mph and then drops quickly thereafter. The midsize hybrid electric vehicle loses efficiency more evenly between 45 and 75 mph.

What is the biggest advantage of plug-in hybrid vehicles? ›

1. Low emissions of toxic gases and lower consumption, as plug-in hybrids prioritise the electric motor over the combustion engine when driving. They are ideal for urban journeys, because as they have a greater range in all-electric mode, the combustion engine is not needed.

What is the most economical way to drive a plug-in hybrid? ›

Cut down on systems like air-con and heaters to use less power. Don't sit in neutral gear in start/stop traffic – electricity will not be generated and the hybrid battery will discharge power. Accelerate gently and stick to the speed limit to get the most out of your electric drive mode.

How long is the wait for a RAV4 Hybrid? ›

Toyota average model wait times 2023
ModelWait time
Yaris319 days
Yaris CrossNot available
RAV4218 days
HiLux190 days
15 more rows
Apr 15, 2023

How much will the 2023 RAV4 cost? ›

2023 Toyota RAV4 Pricing

The 2023 Toyota RAV4 starts at $27,575. That's for the base LE trim with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive (AWD) is an extra $1,400. The priciest 2023 RAV4 is the TRD Off-Road model, starting at $37,195.

When can i preorder 2023 RAV4 Hybrid? ›

When is the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Woodland release date? The Toyota RAV4 Woodland Edition should be available for purchase in fall 2022.

Is Toyota coming out with more plug-in hybrids? ›

Toyota Planning To Add Plug-In Hybrids With Over 200km Of Battery Range. Toyota recently announced that it will expand its current lineup by releasing ten new battery-electric models by 2026, which would amount to 1.5 million vehicles of annual sales.

Is it better to buy a hybrid or electric car in 2023? ›

Hybrids are much cheaper to buy, but they qualify for fewer incentives and rebates than electric cars. Compared to gas fuel costs, electric cars are up to 70% cheaper while hybrids are 60% cheaper at best. Electric cars are much cheaper to maintain than hybrids as they have significantly fewer moving parts.

What is the range of the 2024 plug-in hybrid? ›

Rest assured, the CX-90 PHEV is a gasoline/electric hybrid vehicle with a 490-mile combined gas/electric range, meaning the gasoline engine is there to back up the electric motor when battery charge becomes low. You can fill up your PHEV at any available gas station.

What is the most luxurious Toyota hybrid? ›

If you're looking for a more powerful and more capable luxury SUV, then you've found it in the new 2023 Toyota Sequoia. With an i-FORCE MAX Twin Turbo V6 hybrid engine, you'll have both speed and power while saving at the pump.

What is the most reliable hybrid car in the world? ›

10 Most Reliable Hybrid Cars On The Market Today
  1. 1 Toyota Corolla Hybrid. Toyota.
  2. 2 Ford Maverick Hybrid. Ford. ...
  3. 3 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid. Hyundai. ...
  4. 4 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Toyota. ...
  5. 5 Lexus RX Hybrid. via Lexus. ...
  6. 6 Lexus NX Hybrid. Lexus. ...
  7. 7 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Toyota. ...
  8. 8 Lexus UX Hybrid. Lexus. ...
Apr 15, 2023

What is the best-selling hybrid in the world? ›

The Prius launched 11 years ago and has since annually claimed the title of best-selling hybrid in the world. Toyota has sold more than 2 million copies of it globally, pushing the brand's total hybrid sales to 3 million. The company claims that more than 97 percent of Prius cars are still on the road.

Is it OK to charge PHEV every day? ›

Generally, you shouldn't charge your EV to 100% battery every single night because charging cycles can degrade your battery. Most EVs on the market have a range of a few hundred miles on a single full charge. Unless you are driving long distances every day, that charge should last you a few days.

Should I leave my PHEV plugged in all the time? ›

It is almost always completely safe to leave one's EV plugged in. Electric vehicles have systems in place to prevent the battery from being overcharged. Thus, leaving it plugged in is totally cool.

Can you charge a PHEV every day? ›

How often you'll need to charge your plug-in hybrid depends on how far you intend to drive it each day. For regular commuting purposes, you'll probably need to recharge daily.

What are the disadvantages of PHEV cars? ›

The main downside of owning a PHEV is that it's likely to have poorer fuel economy than a conventionally-powered alternative when it's driven using the engine rather than the electric motor. This is because you're lugging around the additional weight of its electric battery pack.

Is PHEV better than self charging? ›

Are plug-in or self-charging hybrids better? On paper, plug-in hybrids are more efficient than a self-charging hybrid, the bigger battery means a PHEV can cover more miles in 100% electric mode. However, this isn't a disadvantage if you're primarily using the car for city driving.

Does gas go bad in plug-in hybrid? ›

Most plug-in hybrids that are on the market have a range of over 30 miles on pure electric before the vehicle starts to use gasoline. If you tend to run your vehicle on electricity most of the time, we do want to inform you that the gas in your plug-in hybrid will go bad after a certain amount of time.

Do you have to plug-in a PHEV every night? ›

No. Plug-in hybrids can be charged to run on mostly electric power usually for the first 25 to 50 miles before they revert to regular hybrid operation, but they will still operate even if they are never plugged in. Examples include the BMW X5 xDrive45e, Ford Escape PHEV, Hyundai Tucson PHEV, and Toyota RAV4 Prime.

Can you drive a PHEV without the battery? ›

You can definitely drive your plug-in hybrid without a charged battery. Although it is designed as a combustion-assisted electric vehicle, the battery always has some energy stored away thanks to its self-charging technology.

Which is better plug-in hybrid? ›

Are plug-in or self-charging hybrids better? On paper, plug-in hybrids are more efficient than a self-charging hybrid, the bigger battery means a PHEV can cover more miles in 100% electric mode. However, this isn't a disadvantage if you're primarily using the car for city driving.

What is the electric range of the Toyota plug-in hybrid 2022? ›

With up to an EPA-estimated 42-mile EV Mode driving range on a full charge, * you could potentially drive using only electricity for short commutes.

Is a hybrid better than a plug-in hybrid on long trips? ›

If you have a very long commute or no way to quickly and easily charge up, stick with a traditional hybrid. If you want an all-electric car but take frequent road trips and are concerned about your ability to charge up your vehicle on the road, a plug-in hybrid is probably best for you.

What are the pros and cons of a plug-in hybrid car? ›

Plug-in hybrid cars
Plug-In hybrid cars
No 'range anxiety'Owners need charging facilities
Suits an urban lifestyleExtra weight affects drive
Zero-emission commutingEngine's economy not great
Aug 1, 2020

What is the weakness of PHEV? ›

As I explained in a previous article, weak PHEVs can be defined as those with electric ranges less than the average daily driving distance of a large auto market or region (like the U.S.), or whose all electric mode is too easily overridden.

Why choose plug-in hybrid over hybrid? ›

PHEVs have a larger battery than regular hybrids have, so they can be driven farther and more often on electric power. As with regular hybrids, regenerative braking can extend the battery's range, and the gasoline-powered engine and electric motor switch back and forth as needed.

Why are plug-in hybrids not popular? ›

PHEVs are slowly becoming less relevant, as owners are almost exclusively using the gasoline engine and not touching the electrical power. Plug-in hybrids are rapidly becoming one of the most popular forms of vehicle on the planet, as we move away from pure internal combustion power.

Do plug-in hybrid cars last longer? ›

That being said, compared to regular vehicles with internal combustion engines, it is predicted that hybrids will last longer. Since hybrids have both regenerative batteries and a fuel engine, both are used proportionally less — meaning both are likely to last longer.

How far can a plug-in hybrid go on a full charge? ›

Plug-in hybrid-electric cars offer both gas-only and electric-only driving—even at relatively high speeds. With smaller batteries than battery-electrics, plug-in hybrids achieve an electric-only range of 20‒55 miles, during which they produce no tailpipe emissions.

How far can plug-in hybrid vehicles PHEV that are fully charged typically travel in full electric mode? ›

To charge the battery, plug in the vehicle like an electric car using any 120- or 220-volt outlet in your home (or at a charging station). A PHEV can run solely on battery power and has an electric driving range typically totalling no more than 60 kilometres on a full charge.

What is the average mileage for a plug-in hybrid? ›

Unlike pure EVs or conventional hybrids, plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles have electric ranges that are usually between 20 and 40 miles per charge and then revert to regular hybrid operation.

Is a plug-in hybrid good for highway driving? ›

Which Benefits Do You Get From Driving a Hybrid Car on the Highway? Despite potentially missing out on fuel savings you would otherwise expect, hybrid cars aren't “bad” for highway driving. Many models are even designed to make highway driving smoother and more comfortable.

Are plug in hybrids harder to maintain? ›

While you can expect about the same amount of maintenance and repairs as a regular engine, hybrid engines may cost more to maintain due to their advanced technology. This is just one of the many things to think about when deciding whether a hybrid vehicle is right for you.


1. 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross | Testing the New Hybrid City SUV |
2. All EVs for sale today in Australia / cheapest to dearest @ June 2022
(inCARnation Australia)
3. This Is BAD NEWS For 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Owners
(Tech Addicts)
4. Next Generation 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander Ralliart 🔥
5. Why You Should NOT Purchase the 2023 Toyota RAV4
(Tech Time)
6. All-New Electric Cars You Should Wait To Buy in 2023
(The Car Space)


Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Dan Stracke

Last Updated: 07/10/2023

Views: 5725

Rating: 4.2 / 5 (63 voted)

Reviews: 86% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Dan Stracke

Birthday: 1992-08-25

Address: 2253 Brown Springs, East Alla, OH 38634-0309

Phone: +398735162064

Job: Investor Government Associate

Hobby: Shopping, LARPing, Scrapbooking, Surfing, Slacklining, Dance, Glassblowing

Introduction: My name is Dan Stracke, I am a homely, gleaming, glamorous, inquisitive, homely, gorgeous, light person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.