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Should You Next SUV Be Petrol-Powered, Hybrid or Electric?

The team of three female reviewers from the UK are once again looking at three SUV models. However, this time around it's all about the type of propulsion you have because the Stelvio is lined up with a 2-liter turbo, the Outlander is in PHEV form and the Jaguar I-Pace... well, that's fully electric.
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Should You Next SUV Be Petrol-Powered, Hybrid or Electric?Should You Next SUV Be Petrol-Powered, Hybrid or Electric?
This review feels a little more objective than the "Tesla is awesome" approach we see in America and also tries to look at things from the perspective of a UK buyer. The number your decision should revolve around is the number of miles you do every year and under what conditions.

Looking at the Alfa Romeo Stelvio first, you just know it's the one Vicki wants out of the three. It's got one of the most powerful 2-liter gasoline engines fitted to an SUV, and with 280 HP, the setup feels quite energetic. Also, she points out that gasoline engines are cheaper to buy than diesel and so is the fuel.

If your SUV racks up to around 7,000 miles per year, it's going to be cheaper not to go for the diesel. Because demand for satan's fuel is dropping, buying a new car on a PCP deal has become a lot cheaper when its petrol-powered.

The Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the most popular plug-in hybrid models in Britain, and we don't know why. It's heavy and not particularly nice to look at, but it's doing its part for the environment. Using the on-board battery, it can go up to 30 miles in EV mode, while charing it on a household socket can be done overnight. There's no range anxiety, and driving isn't much different from a normal car, though you will feel the extra weight.

The I-Pace is Jaguar's first electric car, and it just happens to be an SUV. It costs about as much as the other two combined. Even though the technology has gotten a lot better, there's still a lot of things to think about, like range and the charging infrastructure.

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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