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Recent research has revealed that 80% of motorists drive less than 31 miles per day, therefore, a hybrid vehicle could be exactly the right choice of vehicle for many motorists.
Many car manufacturers are now offering a hybrid car in their line-up to help save buyers huge amounts in fuel and running costs. The advantages of hybrid cars are that buyers have the choice of running the car on just its electric battery, or the petrol motor can kick-in should drivers exceed the electric limit.
If you’re looking to buy a hybrid car, Trusted Dealers has taken a pick below of the best hybrid cars to buy.
Available as an all-electric car, the BMW i3 also comes in a ‘range-extender’ version which combines a small petrol tank which can take over when the electric car’s battery is depleted. BMW has suggested that figures as high as 470mpg fuel economy can be achieved whilst CO2 emission levels remain as low as 13g/km. Buyers can further benefit from the i8’s eye-catching looks, roomy interior and excellent handling.
Audi A3 e-tron
It’s not hard to see why the hybrid version of the Audi A3, the e-tron, is doing so well. Capable of hitting 60mph and achieving 0-62mph in just 7.6 seconds, its performance mirrors that of a normal 1.4 litre A3 car, but it has the added advantage of an electric motor for shorter trips of up to 31 miles. In electric-only mode the e-tron is quicker than you’d expect and drivers can choose from four different modes to preserve or increase battery life. The super-low 32g/km CO2 input is also great for company car drivers.
The Passat Estate GTE can be driven for 30 miles on electric power alone – a good range for a larger family car and making it appealing to those seeking a family car for short local trips such as the school run. It emits just 37g/km of CO2 while returning an estimated 166g/km. Behind the wheel, the Passat doesn’t feel much different to the conventional estate and comes with all the same practicalities including a plush interior.
The Ampera was the first plug-in car hybrid car to be offered for sale in the UK. Powered by ‘Voltec’ series-hybrid propulsion technology, it marked a new approach to the electric car. Unlike other hybrid cars, the Ampera is primarily powered by electric motors but it has a four-cylinder combustion engine and generator to keep the car running when the batteries are exhausted. Vauxhall claims the Ampera can better 300mpg in urban use with a maximum cruising range of more than 300 miles when the petrol tank is in use.
If you’re looking for a small hybrid car, the Toyota Yaris supermini is the ideal choice. Its 1.5-litre petrol engine and electric motor deliver 76.3mpg fuel economy and 85g/km CO2 emissions. The Yaris’ compact dimensions, light steering and automatic gearbox make the Yaris a superb city car and boot space hasn’t been reduced by the electric batteries, though – it has the same 286-litre luggage capacity as its petrol and diesel counterparts.
Lexus IS Saloon
The Lexus IS 300h hybrid is an executive car so you’ll pay a lot more to own one, but there are many benefits that come with the extra cash such as luxury equipment including a sat nav and heated and ventilated front seats which come as standard. Unlike the other hybrids described above, the Lexus can’t move on electric power alone – its motor is just there to boost the 3.0-litre petrol engine and reduce its CO2 emissions (which are 109g/km).
For the ultimate hybrid family car, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV fits the bill. It’s cheap, costing around the same as a conventional diesel Outlander, and it’s petrol-electric, which means it can either run on fuel or electric power alone (a maximum of 32 miles for the latter), meaning short trips are achievable if you haven’t time to fill up the tank. Furthermore, the Outlander PHEV is exempt from road tax, and thanks to its combined engine, offers excellent fuel economy of 148mpg and low CO2 emissions of just 44g/km.
Volvo XC90 T8
The hybrid version of Volvo’s large SUV combines a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and is capable of achieving CO2 emissions as low as 49g/km. The electric mode is great for city driving whilst the petrol engine takes over on more demanding terrain. Volvo claims the T8 can reach 60mph in just 5.3 seconds and can achieve 134.5mpg. The cabin is one of the highlights of the new Volvo XC90 – classy and elegant it features a large infotainment screen which is easy to navigate.
The latest Prius Plug-In is still a great choice of hybrid car. The Prius is capable of returning 108.6mpg with emissions of just 59g/km, thanks to advanced batteries capable of carrying more charge than that of the standard car. Furthermore, the Plug-In version can drive up to 12.5 miles on battery power only, and at speeds of 62mph. In comparison to rivals, the Prius offers significantly more standard kit to include a sat-nav and leather upholstery.