Even though the Tesla Model X has yet to arrive on the market, the hype for the newest addition to the Tesla electric car family is at its highest peak. Everyone seems to be interested in the unique SUV, despite its price tag. Today, we’ve decided to take an unconventional approach and look at some viable alternatives to the $132,000 fully electric SUV. We looked at SUVs that are luxurious, provide plenty of space, performance, thrills and still go easy on the environment.
1. BMW X5 eDrive40e xDrive
Permanent all-wheel drive and the BMW EfficientDynamics eDrive technology endow the BMW X5 xDrive40e with sensational sportiness and supreme poise on one hand and outstanding efficiency on the other. The premium hybrid SUV comes with a total system output of 230 kW/313 hp generated by a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor.
The car accelerates from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 6.8 seconds. This is accomplished thanks to a max torque of 184lb-ft available from 0 rpm from the electric motor. Top speed is electronically limited to 130mph (210mph) or 75mph (130km/h) when running on electric power.
2. Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid
The Volvo XC90 took the automotive world by storm, as it’s one of the most appealing SUV’s on the market today. It also comes with plenty of performance, a good comfort level and an amazing offering of safety systems. Powered by a 400 hp Direct-Injected Turbo and Supercharged Engine (87 hp Electric Motor), the XC90 also provides the owners with great performance while being fuel efficient.
3. Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
Even Porsche offers a hybrid SUV today. Under the hood of the Cayenne S E-Hybrid crossover is a 333-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V6 with a 95-hp synchronous electric motor sandwiched between it and an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. The clutched powertrain allows pure combustion, pure electric or a combination of both to drive all four wheels through Porsche’s permanent all-wheel-drive system. The 10.8-kWh lithium-ion battery delivers an estimated pure-electric driving range of up to 22 miles at speeds of up to 78 miles per hour. Not bad for an SUV of this size.
4. BMW 225xe Active Tourer Plug-In Hybrid
The 2 Series Active Tourer is really not an SUV, but with its high driving position and all-wheel drive system it can certainly substitute many sports utility vehicles. Using BMW’s latest eDrive technology coupled with a 1.5 liter three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the new 225xe Active Tourer makes it possible to enjoy both all-electric driving and unrestricted motoring mobility.
With a maximum electric range of 41 kilometers (25 miles), zero-local-emission driving, the plug-in hybrid can be a silent daily driver in the city and a long-distance runner outside the city gates. Driving the rear wheels with the electric motor and the front wheels with the combustion engine’s power furthermore produces an electrified all-wheel-drive system with great traction in all weathers, and especially in adverse conditions. The plug-in hybrid drive has an overall system output of 165 kW/224 hp. Average fuel consumption (combined) in the BMW 225xe is 2.1–2.0 liters/100 km
5. Audi Q5 Hybrid
Starting at $52,500, the Audi Q5 Hybrid offers the unique combination of sportiness and comfort. At its core, the Q5 hybrid is more of a smaller crossover than a large people carrier, but thanks to its cleverly designed and concocted interior, performance aspect and beautiful design it is clearly a great option for younger families. The vehicle comes with a 2.0 TFSI engine, delivering 245 horsepower, connected to an Eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and it features a quattro all-wheel drive system. Thanks to a 266-volt, 72-cell, lithium-ion battery system, it can run 30 miles on electric power alone.