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One of the most popular questions we get asked at Trusted Dealers is which are the most economical SUVs on the market, so we’ve put a list below. Please note that the official mpg figures often differ from the true mpg figures, so we’ve listed the true figures where possible to give you a better understanding of what you’ll really get for your money.
The Renault Captur is a small SUV with excellent fuel economy and will appeal to those who seek a hatchback-style SUV with a difference. The Captur offers passengers an elevated driving position, plenty of practicality and good refinement. The 1.5 dCi version is capable of achieving around 58mpg in real-world tests and its well priced too.
The Nissan Qashqai is one of the most popular SUVs on the road, not just because its economic but because it’s a fantastic all-rounder. The 1.5-litre dCi 2WD diesel version can achieve around 54mpg although whatever engine you choose, you’ll benefit from competitive running costs. Road tax is also free on the diesel model which is impressive considering the car’s size.
The Honda CR-V is another popular SUV and one of the most stylish cars on the market. It doesn’t have the highest ratings for fuel economy but it has proved it can be quite frugal in real world conditions. The 1.6 i-DEC is the most fuel efficient car in Honda’s CR-V line-up, achieving 56.6mpg in tests and is aimed at those looking for an on-road, capable SUV with plenty of practicality to boot.
Suzuki SX4 S-Cross
The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is not only cheap to buy, it is also cheap to run. Real world tests show that the 1.6 DDiS can achieve 55mpg in the 2WD drive version, but the engine is quite noisy at speed and rear headroom is tight in the back if you opt for the sunroof. Aside from these niggles it’s a practical, family-friendly SUV with lots to offer at an affordable price.
The BMW X3 is one of the most popular luxury SUVs on the market. It is positioned in a crowded and competitive class, but it does offer good fuel economy if you’re prepared to pay the premium. The newest version of the X3 is the most efficient SUV to date with the X3 M Sport 2.0-litre diesel version capable of achieving a high 52mpg.
The Skoda Yeti is another popular large SUV that’s more like a hatchback when it comes to handling. Its main attraction is the large practical cabin and huge boot and unlike some SUVs, the 4×4 versions are surprisingly capable off-road too. Choose the 1.6 TDI CR Greenline II version for the best fuel economy at 55mpg.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is one of the best SUVs you can buy, and despite its imposing size, it still manages to achieve impressive mileage to the gallon. Despite Land Rover’s great reputation for producing highly capable off-roaders, the Discovery Sport is better suited to on-road driving, but it still maintains the looks and stature of a 4×4.
Last, but certainly not least on our list of most economical SUVs is the Kia Sportage, popular with buyers thanks to its stylish and imposing looks, its impressive fuel economy and its low price tag. In comparison to other rivals, the Kia Sportage offers great value for money achieiving a real-world score of 49.7mpg from the 1.7 CRDi version.