Renault Megane Electric E-Tech Electric: the right combination
After having invested so much in electrics, Renault needed a new “flagship”: the mission fell to this high-tech compact. The diamond brand delivers a score that has nothing to envy to German or Korean references in terms of autonomy and energy management, with, as a bonus, a flattering design. In this game level, the only limit to the use of the road is no longer the car itself, but the network of charging stations.
Honda HR-V Hybrid: the singular
The new generation of Honda’s compact SUV can finally give its full potential with this hybrid variant. Particularly convincing in the city, efficient but not so subtle on the road, the HR-V cultivates its difference with a very welcoming interior, appreciable suspension comfort and generous equipment. Honda quality is obviously there, at a price that is also quite “premium”…
Toyota Rav4 Trail: silent strength
It’s never easy to turn down a bestseller of the caliber of the Toyota Rav4. This Trail version is discreetly a nice surprise. Its adventurous design gives it a stronger identity than the classic versions. And since the mechanics are the well-known 212 hp hybrid, a model of sobriety, we relish even more willingly the mastery of Toyota’s engineers. A family car to travel far and wide in total peace of mind.
Citroën C5X Hybrid: the subtle
This road car with its unique silhouette – which in fact replaces the C5 sedan and station wagon – and the ground clearance of a “crossover” does not fail to attract the attention of passersby. But above all, it does much more than that. With a cozy cabin, and in particular this top-of-the-range hybrid suspension with electronic stops coupled with active steering, it offers a level of comfort unrivaled in its category. It’s been a long time since the double chevron brand was so well equipped at this level of the range.
DS4 PureTech 180: the elegant
The new DS compact sedan is a key model for the brand. And its designers have given it the means to succeed. Starting with the assertive but controlled style and the quality of life on board. While we await our tests of the hybrid versions, in the range of thermal engines, the 180 hp 1.6 turbo confirms that it has more than good leftovers. Particularly suitable for the EAT8 box, it combines better power and smoothness.
Lynk&Co 01: the alternative
It’s not every day that an offer shuffles the cards so much in terms of car use. Technically, under its original design, this Sino-Swedish SUV has a well-known DNA: that of the Volvo XC40 hybrid, of which we find the (rich) range of dynamic qualities and layout. But it is the marketing that makes the difference: the car is, in fact, offered in the form of a subscription: 550 euros per month, insurance and maintenance included. Monthly charge that can even be reduced by offering your car in car-sharing configured by the manufacturer. This is also driving differently.
Audi Q5 Sportback 55 TFSI-e: the essentials
In a hyper-competitive market like hybrid SUVs, it’s difficult to remain a benchmark. Audi achieves this with this new SUV coupe version of its best seller, which is hard to find the slightest flaw. Except, how often the price. Although at this level of quality and homogeneity, the premium qualification is not usurped. The combination of the 367hp hybrid engine, Quattro transmission and optional piloted suspension proves to be particularly convincing in use.
Ford Explorer hybrid: the original
Months pass and he remains a reference. Admittedly, other high-end SUVs offer a hybrid solution in a 6-cylinder block, but they are rare. Those that also offer 7 seats are even more. And if you factor in the price factor, the Explorer remains “in a league of its own”, as they say across the Atlantic. With, as a bonus, a quality of life on board as good for passengers as for the driver.
Lexus NX 450h+
There may be some justice when it comes to automotive engineering. Lexus pioneered hybrid SUVs with the RX and then the first NX. The new generation of NX is once again a benchmark in its segment. With, in fact, two options: a classic hybrid, the NX 350h, which works wonders in terms of fuel consumption for big racers, and this 450h+, which if you do more city driving, allows you to pedal at a high from “zero”. . emission range”. Toyota’s premium brand sets the standard for its competitors.
Mercedes GLE Coupé AMG 53 4MATIC: the civilized monster
In these times of ecological transition and fuel budget strain, the prestigious AMG badge is no longer as user-friendly as it once was, especially on a GLE Coupé-sized car. This version deserves, however, to be interested in it in detail. Firstly, because its 6-cylinder micro-hybrid engine (not V8) allows you to enjoy 435 hp without falling into disuse. Secondly, because the quality of its air suspension offers you a level of comfort in line with the luxury of equipment. A great balancing act.