Looking to upgrade my trusty Sorento to something more efficient, and while I still need the features of an SUV it seems the only way to get under 7 litres per 100km (i.e. $10/100km) is to get a hybrid. A plugin hybrid gives even better value than non-plugin using offpeak at 11c/kWh, and I still get the long-range benefits of a jerrycan in the trailer if I need it.
Currently doing 20,000km/yr but commuting 20km round-trip for work which works well for the smaller PHEV battery packs.
- Boot space: I need an SUV for the sheer volume of toolboxes I need to squeeze in; a Prius or Volt just won't cut ti
- Towball: likewise, I need a vehicle rated for towing which most small PHEVs are not.
- Efficiency: the endgoal is lower running costs; if you can recommend a better value option that's not a hybrid I'll certainly consider it!
At the moment the only the only three options are the Kia Niro, Mitsubishi Outlander and the MG HS which are all approx. $50k each. I quite like the look of the MG (very close to a Mazda CX5!) but the Outlander can be found used for about $40k. Don't think Toyota has any offerings in Aus right now.
Any recommendations on these, or feedback? Things to avoid? Info I need to know?