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It’s Hyundai’s brilliant electric cars - including the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6 - that have been grabbing all the headlines recently, but the firm is still committed to providing a range of different powertrain solutions, and as a result, offers several hybrid variants throughout its various models. Here, we take you through which of the company’s cars are available as hybrids, and what type of hybrids they are, plus their pros and cons, so that you can choose the right one for you.

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Hyundai hybrids: current models

Hyundai currently offers three models in hybrid form.

Hyundai kona

An all-new version of the Hyundai Kona has just been released, with a bigger footprint, more cabin space and sharper, more individual styling. Regular combustion engines and an all-electric version are offered, but in between sits the hybrid. This teams a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox to deliver a maximum combined output of 141hp. Official WLTP figures claim CO2 emissions of 106g/km and combined fuel consumption of 60.1mpg. Meanwhile, the 0-62mph dash is given at 11.2 seconds and the top speed at 103mph.

Hyundai Tucson

The fact is, most versions of the Hyundai Tucson are hybrids of some sort or another. The entry-level 1.6 T-GDI 150 petrol version with a manual gearbox isn’t, but if you specify this engine with the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox instead, then you get a 48-volt mild hybrid system thrown in. The more powerful T-GDi 180 also comes with mild hybrid tech. There’s a full ‘self-charging’ hybrid version that can run around on electric power alone for short periods, while the range-topping plug-in hybrid variant has a larger 13.8kWh battery that allows up to 38 miles of electric-only running. Hybrid tech aside, the Tucson is smartly styled and lavishly appointed, with lots of space and a big boot, making it a very appealing family SUV.

Hyundai Santa Fe

Interestingly, Hyundai’s big seven-seater is one of the few cars of its type that’s still available with a diesel engine, but if that’s not your bag, then you have a couple of hybrids to choose from. The tech is much the same as you’ll find in the Tucson. The self-charging version pairs a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and a small battery to produce 230hp, resulting in fuel economy of 42-44mpg, or 38-40mpg if you go for the four-wheel drive version. The plug-in hybrid version adds a bigger battery and a brawnier motor for a combined power output of 265hp and electric-only running of up to 36 miles. Overall, the Hyundai Santa Fe is a roomy and practical car that’s comfortable and relaxing to drive, and that comes with a huge amount of standard equipment for the money.

Hyundai hybrid cars FAQs

Yes. Hyundai offers plug-in hybrid variants of both the Tuscon, which is a mid-size five-seat SUV, and the Santa Fe, which is a larger seven-seat SUV. Both offer electric-only running of more than 35 miles according to official figures.
We’ve heard no stories of hybrid models being any less reliable than any other Hyundai, and the good news is that the firm’s cars usually perform impressively well in the various reliability and customer satisfaction surveys. For further peace of mind, the company offers a very generous five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty on all its cars, while the hybrid batteries are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles. That shows the confidence Hyundai has in the durability of its products.
All Hyundai hybrids use a 1.6-litre petrol engine, teamed with an electric motor to cut fuel consumption and emissions. In the self-charging hybrids, the car can be powered by the electric motor alone for short periods, while in the plug-in hybrids, the bigger batteries allow electric-only running for much longer. 
There’s nothing to suggest that a Hyundai’s hybrid battery shouldn’t last the lifetime of the car, and to give you extra peace of mind, there’s an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty on the battery, in addition to the five-year, unlimited-mileage cover on the rest of the car. During that time, if the battery falls below 70% of its original capacity, it will be repaired free of charge by Hyundai, and if it can’t be repaired, it’ll be replaced. 
The cheapest of Hyundai’s hybrid models is the Kona in entry-level Advance spec, and that checks in at around £30,000 on the road. The most expensive one is the Santa Fe plug-in hybrid in range-topping Ultimate trim, and that costs you upwards of £50,000.