The top 10 best hybrid cars on sale

Hybrid cars aim to give you the benefits of both an electric motor and a long-legged fuel-powered engine. The best seamlessly blend their two power sources, giving you excellent fuel economy and smooth, quiet performance while asking as few compromises as possible. Here are the best hybrid cars on sale:

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Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius is arguably the most well-known hybrid but it’s also one of the very best. Around town, it smoothly switches from petrol to electric power while newfound handling prowess makes it surprisingly engaging as speeds rise. Inside, it’s suitably modern feeling with great build quality and impressive visibility, while there’s just enough room for a family and its holiday luggage. Its claimed 94mpg economy figure makes it easy on the wallet. For more info, read our full Toyota Prius review.

Volvo XC60 T8

If you want a premium SUV but don’t want to sacrifice your green credentials, the Volvo XC60 offers a tempting plug-in hybrid T8 option. It’s capable of returning up to 134.5mpg but its powerful 2.0-litre petrol engine and electric motors produce a total of 407hp so can hit 62mph from rest in less than five seconds. The cabin is big enough for four to sit in comfort and is trimmed in great materials with a stylishly minimalist design. See our full Volvo XC60 review for more details.

Kia Niro

While the Kia Niro looks like a conventional small SUV, it hides a hybrid powertrain underneath its practical body. It can return up to 74mpg and, thanks to a slick-shifting six-speed automatic gearbox, it’s easy to drive smoothly. The cabin feels well built and tough enough to cope with the rigours of family life, plus the plentiful rear legroom and seat bases that are close to your hips make it really easy to load child seats. Find out if this is the car for you in our full Kia Niro review.

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid was designed from the ground up to be a hybrid model and is a very accomplished competitor as a result. It achieves 83mpg with a similar hybrid setup to the Kia Niro, blending a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and an six-speed automatic gearbox that’s smoother than the CVT units used by some hybrids. The cabin looks modern, reflecting the car’s up-to-date powertrain and has enough space for four passengers to sit in comfort. Read our full Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid review for more in-depth analysis.

BMW i3 Range Extender

The BMW i3 feels unlike any of the cars on this list thanks to a futuristic cabin and near-silent driving experience. It’s an electric car that – on Range Extender models – has a small petrol engine fitted under the boot floor to charge the batteries. This means that, for most of the time, it functions as a purely electric car, only activating the motor when its around 100-mile battery range is exhausted. This combination returns an impressive average of 471mpg. Read more about this impressive small car in our BMW i3 review.

VW Passat GTE

Lots of the hybrids on this list make an effort to feel unlike conventional cars, but the VW Passat GTE plug-in hybrid simply feels like any other Passat – quiet, comfortable and spacious. Under the bonnet, a blend of VW’s smooth 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and an electric motor makes 218hp for great performance but can average 166mpg if you keep a light right foot. There’s loads of space in its well-built cabin and even more if you opt for the Passat GTE Estate.

Lexus RX450h

The Lexus RX450h takes parent company Toyota’s hybrid tech and translates it into a comfortable SUV. Its cabin feels impeccably well built and is massively spacious, even with five occupants on board, although the design might somewhat divide opinion. Its combination of 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and electric motor returns 51mpg and makes a strong 263hp, although it’s slightly dulled by the CVT gearbox that feels strained when you put your foot down. Interested? Read our full Lexus RX review to find out more.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

If you need lots of space without sacrificing your green credentials, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offers plenty of both. This plug-in hybrid uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a powerful electric motor for a total of 200hp and four-wheel drive. If you maintain a light foot and use just the battery power when you can, the Outlander PHEV claims to return an average of 166mpg. Inside, there’s no seven-seat option like the diesel Outlander but there’s still loads of room for five passengers and their luggage. Read our full Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review.

Mercedes S300h

The Mercedes S-Class is a luxury saloon first and foremost, and demands remarkably few compromises in its hybrid S300h guise. This version blends a 2.1-litre diesel engine with an electric motor for a total of 231hp, letting it hit 62mph from rest in 7.6 seconds while returning an average of 61mpg with a light foot. It sounds strained under hard acceleration but, in normal driving, it behaves itself well. The usual S-Class interior benefits are here, including loads of room for each passenger and opulent levels of luxury and comfort. Read all about it in our full Mercedes S-Class review.

Mini Countryman Cooper S E

Like other models in the firm’s range, the Mini Countryman Cooper S E aces on driving fun and interior quality. Thanks to BMW’s powertrain tech, however, this plug-in hybrid model has a total of 224hp but can average up to 135mpg. It uses the 1.5-litre petrol engine from the regular Cooper model mated to an automatic gearbox making it easy to nip through gaps in town. Like other Minis, it’s not the largest model in its class but has solid build quality and a stylish interior design. See our Mini Countryman review for more information.

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