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Fastest hybrid cars of 2024

Hybrid cars are all about fuel economy and low emissions, right? Well, yes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing performance. Go for any of the cars on this list and you can enjoy rapid acceleration while doing your bit to cut emissions and improve local air quality. Here’s our rundown of the fastest hybrid cars you can buy through carwow.

It's worth highlighting that plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models are the mainstay of this list, as conventional hybrids that can't be plugged in tend to prioritise efficiency over performance.

BMW 3 Series

1. BMW 3 Series 330e

BMW 3 Series review
Battery range up to 34 miles
Audi Q5

2. Audi Q5 TFSI e

Audi Q5 review
Battery range up to 32 miles
Volvo XC90

3. Volvo XC90 T8

Volvo XC90 review
Battery range up to 28 miles

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Skoda Octavia vRS Estate

4. Skoda Octavia vRS Estate

Skoda Octavia vRS Estate review
Battery range up to 43 miles
Cupra Formentor

5. Cupra Formentor eHybrid 245

Cupra Formentor review
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (2020-2023)

6. Mercedes E-Class Estate E300de

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (2020-2023) review
Range Rover Sport

7. Range Rover Sport P510e

Range Rover Sport review
Lexus RX

8. Lexus RX 450h+ Plug-in Hybrid

Lexus RX review
MINI Countryman (2016-2023)

9. Mini Countryman PHEV

MINI Countryman (2016-2023) review
Battery range up to 28 miles
Volkswagen Golf GTE

10. Volkswagen Golf GTE

Volkswagen Golf GTE review

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That would be the McLaren Speedtail, which produces 1,070hp thanks to its petrol-electric setup. The Speedtail is certainly quick, with a top speed of 250mph, but it's not geared for efficiency, officially returning 18.1mpg. An honourable mention must go to the Koenigsegg Regera, which made 1,521hp thanks to its engine and trio of electric motors, although this is no longer in production.

The Speedtail has a higher top speed, but The 986hp Ferrari SF90 Stradale accelerates faster, taking just 2.5 seconds to go from 0-62mph - half a second quicker than the McLaren. If we're moving away from limited-run exotica, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid takes just 3.2 seconds to go from 0-62mph, and you can even get it as a sensible(!) estate if you go for the Sport Turismo version.

Diesel hybrids are a real rarity, which leaves the Mercedes E-Class E300de to take that honour with its 5.9 second 0-62mph time (6 seconds for the Estate).