Which plug-in hybrid small SUV should I buy?

I'm looking to replace my 2016 1.6 diesel Honda H-RV and I am considering hybrid or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). I am retired and mostly do short journeys (up to 40 miles) but I also do long distance about once a month. I am nervous about going for full electric (should I be?). I like the high up driving position of the H-RV and I want to avoid a diesel engine next time.

Asked on 1 November 2021 by Barry Thornber

Answered by Andrew Brady
A pure electric vehicle might make sense if you can charge at home (i.e. have off-road parking with access to electricity). Take a look at the Hyundai Kona Electric, for example. It's a brilliant small SUV with an official range of up to 300 miles. This'll be slightly less in reality, but the public charging infrastructure is rapidly improving and most motorway service stations will be able to provide a boost in range in the time it takes to grab a coffee and use the facilities. The recently improved MG ZS EV is also worth a look, particularly if you're on a budget. If you'd prefer the safety blanket of a petrol engine, we'd recommend a Renault Captur E-Tech or the slightly bigger Kia Niro PHEV.
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