Top ten: best hybrids

Top ten: best hybrids
Top ten: best hybrids

Looking for a hybrid? Here are our favourites

Hybrids are no longer an automotive niche – and with mainstream acceptance comes ever-growing choice, as more and more manufacturers add their own version to the marketplace. Here, in descending order, are the 10 best hybrids you should look at before buying.

10. Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Complementing its famous Prius big brother, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid is currently the only hybrid supermini on the market. It optimises both fuel efficiency and space, but its stiff ride and plasticky cabin trim could be better.

9. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Even more popular in the UK than in Japan, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is Britain’s best-selling plug-in hybrid. The SUV is also eligible for the full £4500 government green car subsidy, putting it in the same price bracket as a diesel Outlander.

8. Mercedes C-Class C300 h

A business user favourite, the Mercedes C-Class C300 h has a prestige cabin feel and is agile on the road, and its mere 94g/km CO2 emissions make for great running costs. We actually prefer it to the more well established Lexus IS 300h.

7. BMW i8

With more technological trickery than even the Porsche 911 or Audi R8, the BMW i8 hybrid supercar is a bona fide driver’s car. Its serious pace is accompanied by low emissions and incredible economy, thanks to its clever hybrid set-up.

6. Volvo XC90 T8

With its supercharged, turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine and a plug-in hybrid electric motor, the seven-seat Volvo XC90 T8 boasts 49g/km of CO2 emissions and a 27-mile EV range. A great car, but not cheap to purchase.

5. VW Golf GTE

Green version of the Golf GTI is fast, assured and entertaining behind the wheel, even if it’s not quite as much fun as its full-fat stablemate. The VW Golf GTE’s plug-in hybrid drivetrain should manage 30 miles of electric-only driving, and CO2 emissions are pegged at just 39g/km.

4. BMW i3

This smart cookie has carbon fibre construction to keep it as lightweight as possible, while the spacious cabin on a compact footprint is a great lesson in packaging. The BMW i3 comes in two forms: the full EV with a real-world range of 125 miles, or a range-extender with a diminutive two-cylinder petrol engine.

3. Toyota Prius

The original mainstream hybrid many not now be quite the best, yet the Toyota Prius is nevertheless still up there in our top three. It’s the world’s best-selling hybrid by far, and the latest-generation model takes things to the next level with a better interior, dynamics and economy. It’s finally a genuine alternative to the more mainstream Ford Focus and VW Golf.

2. Audi A3 e-tron

This super-low-CO2 plug-in hybrid makes a great company car option, although it is a more expensive choice for private buyers. Still, the Clever Audi A3 e-tron boasts plenty of class, and it has a fabulous cabin and smooth ride, too.

1. VW Passat GTE

Ladies and gentlemen, please let us introduce the best hybrid all-rounder currently available. Plug-in hybrid tech allows the Volkswagen Passat GTE to travel 30-plus miles in full EV mode, plus 500 on a full tank of fuel. The ride is excellent, while the classy cabin is super impressive – and, in huge-booted estate form, it’s super practical, too.

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