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9 Plug-in All-Wheel-Drive SUVs for 2020

There once was a time when driving an all-wheel-drive SUV meant suffering from poor fuel economy. Today, however, ever-tightening emissions standards worldwide and demand for less-polluting vehicles means SUV buyers have plenty of fuel-efficient utility vehicles to choose from. Some models do not burn any fossil fuels at all. To help buyers compare SUVs that use electricity, Natural Resources Canada employs a conversion factor to change electrical energy consumption values, expressed in kilowatt-hours per 100 kilometres (kWh/100 km), into gasoline litres equivalent per 100 kilometres (Le/100 km). One litre of gasoline contains the energy equivalent to 8.9 kWh of electricity. Alphabetically, here are 9 Plug-in All-Wheel-Drive SUVs for 2020.

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2020 Audi e-tron - Le/100 km: N/A

New last year, the $90,000 CDN (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices as of April 2020) e-tron all-wheel-drive (AWD) SUV is Audi’s first all-electric vehicle. Sized between the compact Q5 and mid-size Q7 SUVs, the 5-passenger e-tron is powered by two motors fed by a 95-kWh lithium-ion battery allowing for traction at all four wheels. Not rated by NRCan yet, Audi estimates the e-tron can be driven 417 kilometres before needing to be plugged-in.

 

2020 Jaguar I-Pace – 3.1 Le/100 km

With more versatility than meets the eye, the all-new $89,800 Jaguar I-Pace SUV is Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle. With typical Jaguar styling that attracts attention, the 5-passenger, AWD I-Pace offers up to 377 kilometres of range to make out-of-town drives possible, surprising off-road capability, and nearly 400 horsepower at the ready.

 

2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring – 4.2 Le/100 km

The AWD $80,500 Grand Touring is the plug-in, gas-electric hybrid version of the new-for-2020 Lincoln Aviator 3-row SUV. Sharing a platform with the Ford Explorer, the plug-in Lincoln adds a 75-kWh motor to the base model’s twin-turbo V6, delivering a combined 494 -horsepower, with an electric range of up to 34 kilometres.

 

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – 3.2 Le/100 km

The $43,998 Outlander PHEV employs a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder gas engine and electric motor hybrid system for a combined output of 190 horsepower. The added boost in torque from the electric motors aids in acceleration. The 5-passenger Outlander PHEV mid-size SUV can travel up to 35 kilometres solely on electric power.

 

2020 Mini Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 – 3.2 Le/100 km

The near-luxury Countryman is a petite SUV that appeals to buyers who want a dash of cheeky fun with their utility. The $47,556 plug-in hybrid version offers 451 kilometres of range. In addition to having a gas engine to prevent any range anxiety, the 5-passenger, AWD Countryman also offers up to 29 kilometres of electric-only driving. For longer trips, you can put the Mini SUV into the gas-engine-only mode, saving the battery for use around town.

 

2020 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV – 2.6 Le/100 km

Currently only available in the province of Québec, Subaru’s first plug-in hybrid, the $42,495 Crosstrek PHEV sub-compact SUV, offers improved fuel economy and better performance than the gas-only model. A 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder gas engine works in combination with the electric motors and standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive to offer up to 747 kms total range and 27 kilometres of electric range.

 

2020 Tesla Model X Long Range Plus – 2.3 Le/100 km

Able to travel up to an estimated 415 kilometres on a single charge, the $116,700 Tesla Model X Long Range Plus makes owning an electric vehicle a viable alternative to a gasoline-powered SUV. The Model X’s available 3rd-row seats allow for further utility to fit up to 7 passengers and option to free-up cargo room when needed. The Model X also comes with Tesla’s “falcon” doors that are unlike anything on the market today.

 

2020 Volvo XC60 T8 AWD – 4.2 Le/100 km

With the recent redesign of the Volvo XC60 came the addition of an available $72,200 gas-electric plug-in hybrid. Boasting 781 kilometres of total range — including 27 in all-electric mode — and a 400 horsepower powertrain. The 5-passenger, AWD XC60 compact SUV brings together the seemingly contradictory ideas of high horsepower, all-weather traction and high efficiency.

 

2020 Volvo XC90 T8 AWD - 4.0 Le/100 km

One size up from the compact XC60 is Volvo’s $74,950 mid-size XC90 plug-in hybrid. Combining 3-row luxury SUV versatility with 813 kilometres of total range, 29 of which is in all-electric mode, the XC90 also benefits from Volvo’s forward-looking safety innovations. Bottom line: the all-wheel-drive XC90 offers a safe, practical, and highly efficient luxury SUV option.

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