Despite sporting only a marginally-better combined economy (26 mpg over 24 mpg) than an entry-level conventional model, the T8 eAWD offers up to 4 mpg more in the city. As always, the Swedish brand sets an example when it comes to safety equipment. Even the entry-level XC60 hybrid is offered with a number of active electronic safety systems, but in order to fully immerse oneself into what this crossover is, you’d have to order an optional package or two. That’s the price of having the best hybrid SUV 2019 is bringing to the market. Well, one of the best hybrid SUVs anyway.
The Nissan QR-series engine was the replacement for the beloved SR and the mediocre KA engines. It ranged in size from a 2.0L to a 2.5L, and was used extensively in Nissan’s global lineup. One of the variations was the Sentra SE-R Spec-V in the US market which showed a sign of weakness in its peak of popularity. The Sentra SE-R used the 2.5L variation common with the Altima 4-door sedan and featured an integrated catalytic converter that suffered from poor ECU tuning on Sentra models.
Charging the battery in only two hours is another perk of this urban plug-in hybrid Merc. By the time the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e makes its debut, all of the aforementioned figures will receive a bump. How big of an increase remains to be seen, but we’ll know as soon as they roll off the Tuscaloosa, Alabama factory lines.
However, engineers didn’t take into account that their target market lived mostly in town and didn’t drive consistently at full operating temperature. As the mostly urban drivers found out, their catalytic converters weren’t being purged as regularly as the engineers planned, and converters soon plugged and needed replacing. The aftermarket tried to get around the problem by adding performance chips, but that opened a Pandora’s box that also caused the direct fuel injection to make holes in the engine pistons.