Top ten: hybrids

Top ten: hybrids
Top ten: hybrids

Which are the best future-fuel new cars you can buy?

Hybrid cars have entered the mainstream. Once a technological novelty, they’re now viable enough to become your everyday car, as fuel-efficient alternatives to regular diesel and petrol cars.

But which are the best models out there in an ever-expanding market? Let us be your guide to the 10 best new hybrid cars currently on sale.

10. Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Toyota’s most famous hybrid is the Prius, but its cheapest offering is the Yaris Hybrid. The roomy supermini is well equipped and delivers impressive fuel economy, although less appealing are the unsettled ride and plasticky interior.

9. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Britain has taken to the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid in droves. It sells better here than it does back home in Japan, thanks to a winning blend of eco-consciousness and SUV style. The practical and well-priced model even qualifies for the government’s plug-in car grant.

8. BMW i8

Why says hybrids need to be dull and worthy? The BMW i8 is a bona fide supercar that just happens to also have a plug-in hybrid engine. Performance is fantastic, emissions low and economy in a different league to rivals such as the Porsche 911 and Audi R8.

7. Volkswagen Golf GTE

The greener alternative to a GTI, the Golf GTE is not far behind its more famous sibling in terms of pace, and delivers far better fuel economy. Ultra-low CO2 emissions of 39g/km come courtesy of the fact its plug-in batteries give over 30 miles’ fully electric running.

6. BMW i3

Another advanced BMW, the innovative i3 is made from lightweight carbonfibre and aluminium, and is offered in two flavours. You can have an all-electric version, or a range-extender model that includes a two-cylinder petrol engine for when the batteries run low.

5. Toyota Prius

The world’s best-selling hybrid has never been more well-rounded than this. Styling is distinctive and it’s now practical enough to compare alongside mainstream alternatives such as the Volkswagen Golf. The equipment levels and build quality are as impressive as ever, too.

4. Audi A3 e-tron

A popular plug-in hybrid, the Audi A3 e-tron is expensive to buy but, so low are its CO2 emissions, it makes a very good value tax-efficient company car proposition. It shares running gear with the Volkswagen Golf GTE but is more comfortable and has a smarter interior.

3. Volkswagen Passat GTE

Need a family-friendly hybrid that can run as a pure EV for up to 30 miles, but then go on to travel 500 miles on a tank of petrol? You need a Volkswagen Passat GTE, a clever plug-in hybrid that comes in both roomy five-seat saloon and even more practical load-lugging estate guise.

2. Audi Q7 e-tron

Audi makes the Q7 even more desirable by combining it with petrol-electric plug-in hybrid running gear. Claimed economy is over 155mpg and CO2 emissions are just 48g/km. It will even do up to 34 miles as a pure EV – all the time in absolute luxury and refinement. Just be aware that the batteries make it a five-seater, rather than the seven-seats you get in other Q7.

1. Hyundai Ioniq

Our favourite hybrid right now is the Hyundai Ioniq range. This ingenious line-up includes three different types of power source: hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric. Our pick is the hybrid, which is practical and extremely well-priced indeed.

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