Not so long ago, hybrid cars were seen as the choice for taxi drivers looking to save money on fuel costs. However, with more and more models joining the market, they are becoming a mainstream alternative to conventional combustion engine vehicles. Many consumers prefer the hybrid option to fully electric cars as it eliminates range anxiety, whilst being economical.
Knowing which hybrid is right for you, though, can be the difference between making a costly mistake or finding your perfect vehicle. So, here is our Top 10 hybrid picks for you to consider.
10. Hyundai Ioniq 1.6 GDi Hybrid
A direct competitor to the Toyota Prius, the Ioniq is a great first step into hybrid car world, it combines low running costs with a relatively low purchase price and reassuring driving experience. Conventional hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric specifications are available, but we recommend the former as the best choice.
9. Audi Q5 55 TFSIe
The plug-in version of the Q5, is a luxurious hybrid choice, it’s provides little road noise and has a typical high-quality Audi interior. Despite being frugal in official tests, it has similar performance to the SQ5, reaching 0-62mph in just 5.3sec. It’s an expensive private buy but makes for a great company car.
8. Honda CR-V 2.0I-MMD Hybrid
The Honda CR-V offers a spacious interior for both passengers and luggage. The hybrid version combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, which delivers plenty of push. The most efficient CR-V you can buy, the hybrid version makes for a great family car.
7. Volvo XC90 Recharge T8
The only plug-in hybrid available with seven seats, the XC90 is a great choice for buyers with a large family that don’t want to skimp on quality. It is also the quickest XC90 model by a considerable margin, yet it doesn’t compromise with its well-equipped infotainment system and modern interior.
6. Toyota Corolla 1.8 VVT-I Hybrid
Rear seat space is cramped for most over six-foot, but the hybrid family hatchback offers superb low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, making it an excellent choice for private and company drivers. The Corolla’s standard spec is generous, and the even cheaper 1.8-litre version offers all the performance you need.
5. Honda Jazz 1.5 i-MMD
The Honda Jazz is the leading small car when it comes to passenger and luggage space, its unique and flexible rear seating adds practicality. All-round visibility is excellent making it easy to manoeuvre, its generously equipped interior and strong resale value, paired with low running costs, offset its high purchase price.
4. Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate
The plug-in Volkswagen Passat has recently been given a facelift, including an improved electric range. Plus, there is little road noise at all speeds, There is great rear passenger space and the estate body style offers you a very practical boot.
3. BMW X5 xDrive45e
BMW’s hybrid X5 is just as comfortable and luxurious as its combustion engine specifications, and in corners the extra weight does not affect its handling. The X5 is not available with seven seats, which is its main negative compared to its rival, the XC90. But it is far superior in many other departments e.g. a much longer electric range, a user-friendly infotainment system and a significantly lower company car tax bill. So, unless those extra seats are essential, then the X5 is the better car.
2. Skoda Superb iV
Skoda have combined a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a 34 miles range electric battery. It has a similar base to the Volkswagen Passat and the Superb is just as comfortable, much more spacious and is also great value for money.
1. BMW 330e
BMW have managed to stay in touch with that 3 series magic, enjoyed by drivers for years, with their new 330e. There is nothing to suggest that its carrying more weight from the batteries as it is still a great drive. The interior feels suitably expensive, the infotainment system is simple to use and there’s good rear seat space. The 330e is truly a great car.