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Paul, have you looked at the Lexus RX hybrid? If you're thinking of using the Outlander for longer trips then the better economy of the RX compared to the petrol mode of the Outlander might make your TCO lower, and maybe burn less dino juice too?
 

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Well the Outlander is only available new, the RX you can buy second hand. Aware it doesn't have a plug (and if that's your main reason for buying, I understand!) but it would probably be cheaper to own and potentially burn less petrol in your use case.

Also, the Lexus NX300h will be out soonish, with even better mpg (GS300h is rated at 60.1MPG combined to give you an idea) and the option to tow from 拢31,495
 

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I dont get the whole big SUV thing though, the thing is still birck like and another big over size car to run a couple of kids to school in.
They are very popular though. People who want an SUV will buy one, I think it's good they now have a choice to buy one that uses lots less petrol. Electrifying the least efficient vehicles (even partial electrification!) actually has the biggest benefit, we should celebrate the day we see an electric hummer!
 

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Nick Clegg has no excuses now :)
Exactly. While it's true that the VX XL1 or the Aptera are more efficient transport choices, we won't win this thing by forcing people out of X5's and into lightweight tricycles, we have to give them the car they want, but electric.
 
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And he must have been driving pretty fast and without proper use of the regen system to get anything that low.
If you (as an experienced eco driver) got 45mpg on 60mph or slower roads, then 33mpg for an auto journalist doing 500 miles sounds about right.
 
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