Hybrid SUVs tested: that’s how economical are the Volvo XC40 Plug-in Hybrid and Mercedes GLA 250e

In the Netherlands there is increasing enthusiasm for plug-in hybrids. Not because you receive a purchase subsidy for it (our government only grants this for fully electric models), but because of its role as an ‘intermediate car’ in the run-up to a fully electric model at some point in the future.

And as long as the official CO2 emissions are less than 50 grams per kilometer, you only have to pay half the road tax. Do you get a bit dulled.

In addition, low emissions translates into low purchase tax (bpm) and so you generally get more car for your money. We compare the plug-in hybrid version of the popular Volvo XC40 with the technically just as interesting Mercedes GLA 250e.

Hybrid SUVs tested: that's how economical are the Volvo XC40 Plug-in Hybrid and Mercedes GLA 250e
Hybrid SUVs tested: that's how economical are the Volvo XC40 Plug-in Hybrid and Mercedes GLA 250e

Few cylinders, a lot of horsepower

Plug-in hybrids and downsizing go hand in hand. For example, Mercedes provides the GLA 250e with a four-cylinder turbo engine with a cylinder capacity of just 1.4 liters. It also has a power of 160 hp and is assisted by a 102 hp electric motor.

Volvo connects its 1.5-liter turbo engine with three cylinders and 129 hp to an electric motor of 82 hp. The system power is 218 hp (Mercedes) and 211 hp (Volvo).

Mercedes GLA versus Volvo XC40: consumption

The Volvo XC40 Recharge has a battery of 10.7 kWh, with which we drove 35 kilometers fully electric. Based on the much larger battery capacity of the Mercedes GLA 250e (15.6 kWh) you would think that it will go much further, but that is disappointing. Only four kilometers.

Then the combustion engine kicks in. The Volvo three-cylinder proves once again that it is not economical, because it consumes 6.2 liters of petrol per 100 kilometers, while the Mercedes is content with 4.2 liters. That’s when we leave with a full battery.

If we go out with an empty battery pack, the consumption of the XC40 comes to 8.4 l / 100 km and that of the GLA at 7.1 l / 100 km. The average of both consumption trips gives us a test consumption per 100 kilometers of 5.7 liters and 7.8 kWh for the Mercedes, in 7.3 liters and 5.4 kWh for the Volvo. So the GLA 250e is much more economical.

Hybrid SUVs tested: that's how economical are the Volvo XC40 Plug-in Hybrid and Mercedes GLA 250e
Hybrid SUVs tested: that's how economical are the Volvo XC40 Plug-in Hybrid and Mercedes GLA 250e
Hybrid SUVs tested: that's how economical are the Volvo XC40 Plug-in Hybrid and Mercedes GLA 250e

Fast charging with the GLA 250e

Customers for an XC40 Recharge should take their time for everything, because with the 3.7 kW on-board charger, charging takes three hours for lunch, meeting or shopping. Mercedes drivers are apparently in a hurry, because a 7.4 kW on-board charger is standard and for an additional EUR 544.50 this plug-in hybrid can also fast charge with 24 kW. That gives you the opportunity to plug the GLA 250e into the plugs at Fastned and drink coffee together with the Mercedes EQC drivers.

Value for money with a hybrid suv

It was already discussed earlier: value for money. The Mercedes GLA 250e has a solid basic price of 50,102 euros, but for a simple GLA 180 with 136 hp you also pay 48 grand.

With Volvo just the same: the XC40 Recharge T4 Plug-in Hybrid stands for 44,495 euros in the price list, while a 129 hp T2 with automatic transmission costs at least 40,995 euros. And then you also get a less luxurious version. So if you can afford a GLA or an XC40, you don’t have to bend over for the plug version.

Hybrid SUVs tested: that's how economical are the Volvo XC40 Plug-in Hybrid and Mercedes GLA 250e

Conclusion

How economically you drive these plug-in SUVs depends entirely on your charging discipline. If you plan to take every opportunity, then it is smart to equip the GLA with a fast charging port (544.50 euros) for short charging sessions along the highway during a coffee or telephone break. If you only plug in when it suits you, the Volvo will show the highest consumption figures.

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