2021 What Car? Car of the Year Awards: The Contenders

In January, we'll reveal the best new cars in every category, plus our overall Car of the Year. These are the models in contention...

2021 What Car? Car of the Year Awards: The Contenders

What Car? Car of the Year 2021 Long List compilation image

What Car? has released the list of vehicles set to compete for the coveted Car of the Year title at the What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2021, comprising of 20 categories and more than 160 models. The Awards are held in association with ALA Insurance.

The ceremony, recognised as being akin to the Oscars of the car industry, will see winners named across each of the categories, as well as an overall victor which will be crowned What Car?’s Car of the Year. This year, the presentations will be entirely digital and will take place across an entire week, starting on 11 January.

In this slideshow you'll get an early look at all of the models in contention.

SMALL CAR: Dacia Sandero

2021 Dacia Sandero front

Due to go on sale in the UK in the Spring, the new Sandero retains its headline-grabbing price tag, but brings a host of extra safety kit as well as an interior upgrade.

Find out more about the new Dacia Sandero >>

Fiat 500

Fiat 500 Electric 2020 front tracking

Fiat's iconic city car has gone fully electric, with an official range of 199 miles between charges and nippy performance.

Read our full Fiat 500 review >>

Honda E

2020 Honda e LT cornering

Save money on a new Honda E with What Car? >>

The E turns your head with its distinctive styling, but it's also good to drive and comes with a vast array of standard safety kit. It can officially carry you for up to 125 miles between chargees.

Read our full Honda E review >>

Honda Jazz

Honda Jazz 2021 front tracking

Save money on a new Honda Jazz with What Car? >>

The Jazz is certainly the small car to beat when it comes to practicality, but impresses with lots of standard kit and superb visibility too.

Read our full Honda Jazz review >>

Hyundai i20

Hyundai i20 2020 front

Save money on a new Hyundai i20 with What Car? >>

The Hyundai i20 is a solid all-rounder, but we were especially impressed by its roomy rear seats and peppy yet efficient petrol engine.

Read our full Hyundai i20 review >>

Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto front cornering - 69 plate

Save money on a new Kia Picanto with What Car? >>

Tidy handling, a decent boot and an excellent infotainment system are just three of the things we like about Kia's city car.

Read our full Kia Picanto review >>

Mini Electric

Mini Electric front cornering

The Mini Electric matches the cutsey styling of Mini's iconic hatchback with an electric motor, which is good for a range of around 100 miles in real-world conditions.

Read our full Mini Electric review >>

Peugeot e-208

Peugeot e-208 front cornering

The Peugeot e-208 can officially carry you up to 217 miles between charges, plus it has a classy interior and comes loaded with kit.

Read our full Peugeot e-208 review >>

Renault Clio

Renault Clio 2020 front cornering

Save money on a new Renault Clio with What Car? >>

Updates to the Clio in 2020 have made Renault's small car more temopting, and it now comes with class-leading safety kit and a more practical boot.

Read our full Renault Clio review >>

Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris 2021 front

Save money on a new Toyota Yaris with What Car? >>

The latest Yaris is one of the most economical small hatchbacks around, and comes with a good amount of luxury and safety kit.

Read our full Toyota Yaris review >>

Vauxhall Corsa-e

Vauxhall Corsa-e

This all-electric version of the big-selling Vauxhall Corsa has an official range of up to 209 miles, and is pleasant to drive.

Read our full Vauxhall Corsa-e review >>

Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo 2020 front cornering

Save money on a new Volkswagen Polo with What Car? >>

Last year's defending champion in the small car class still impresses, offering a comfortable ride, generous interior space and quiet driving manners.

Read our full Volkswagen Polo review >>

Volkswagen Up

Volkswagen Up 2020 RHD front tracking

Save money on a new Volkswagen Up with What Car? >>

The Up is a small car which is great fun to drive, but it won't cost you a lot to run thanks to its economal three-cylinder engines. An interior that's classy by the standards of this class works in its favour, too.

Read our full Volkswagen Up review >>

FAMILY CAR: Audi A3

Audi A3 Sportback 2021 front

Save money on a new Audi A3 with What Car? >>

The latest Audi A3 offers sharp handling, an excellent driving position and, in 35 TFSI form, a punchy engine too. It's a well-rounded family hatchback which should hold onto its value very well.

Read our full Audi A3 review >>

Hyundai i30

Hyundai i30 hatchback 2020 front cornering

Save money on a new Hyundai i30 with What Car? >>

Buy Hyundai's i30 family hatchback and you'll enjoy a comfortable ride and a decent amount of equipment. There's a good infotainment system to be found on the upper trim levels, too.

Read our full Hyundai i30 review >>

Kia Xceed

Kia Xceed front

Save money on a new Kia Xceed with What Car? >>

The Xceed is a halfway house between the regular Ceed hatchback and the Stonic small SUV. It has a decent boot, comes with lots of kit and is backed up by Kia's market-leading seven-year warranty.

Read our full Kia Xceed review >>

Seat Leon

Seat Leon 2020 front

Save money on a new Seat Leon with What Car? >>

The latest Leon is a fantastic family hatchback, being both great to drive and spacious for passengers and their luggage. It's well equipped, too.

Read our full Seat Leon review >>

Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia hatchback 2020 front tracking

Save money on a new Skoda Octavia with What Car? >>

The Skoda Octavia consistently ranks among our favourite family hatchbacks, and the latest version impressed us with its plush ride and huge boot.

Read our full Skoda Octavia review >>

Skoda Scala

Skoda Scala front

Save money on a new Skoda Scala with What Car? >>

The Scala is our reigning champion in the family car class, and will take some beating. It's huge inside, cheap to buy and run, and good to drive.

Read our full Skoda Scala review >>

Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf metallic paint

Save money on a new Volkswagen Golf with What Car? >>

An all-new Golf is always big news, and the latest model has impressed with its tidy handling and strong yet frugal engines.

Read our full Volkswagen Golf review >>

Volkswagen ID.3

Volkswagen ID.3 2021 wide cornering

Save money on a new Volkswagen ID.3 with What Car? >>

The ID.3 is an electric family car which can travel for up to 261 miles between charges, but as well as its good electric range, it offers sprightly performance and a decent ride and nippy handling.

Read our full Volkswagen ID.3 review >>

HOT HATCH: Audi S3

Audi S3 2020 right front cornering

Save money on a new Audi S3 with What Car? >>

This hot version of the Audi A3 hatchback comes with a decent glut of power under its bonnet – 306bhp coming from a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, in fact – meaning it's capable of covering the 0-62mph sprint in just 4.8sec.

Read our full Audi S3 review >>

BMW M135i

BMW M135i xDrive 2019 RHD press front tracking

Save money on a new BMW M135i with What Car? >>

The latest hot hatchback from BMW is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing a heady 302bhp. It's pleasantly fast, then, but it also offers sharp and enjoyable handling and an excellent infotainment system.

Read our full BMW M135i review >>

Cupra Leon

Cupra Leon 2020 front

Save money on a new Cupra Leon with What Car? >>

While most hot hatchbacks get their brute force from a big petrol engine, the Cupra Leon gets its power from a petrol engine plus an electric motor, which combined develops 242bhp. That means it's still fast and fun, but can also travel for up to 30 miles without using any fuel.

Read our full Cupra Leon review >>

Honda Civic Type R

2020 Honda Civic Type R front

Save money on a new Honda Civic Type R with What Car? >>

Honda's hot hatchback is our defending champion in this class, and updates made to the car in 2020 have only made it even more fun to drive. As well as offering thrilling performance, however, it's also more comfortable and practical than most rivals.

Read our full Honda Civic Type R review >>

Hyundai i30N

Hyundai i30N 2020 wide front cornering

The i30N is proof that you don't need to spend a lot to get a great hot hatchback. It's great to drive, with precise handling and a responsive engine, but also represents great value.

Read our full Hyundai i30N review >>

Mercedes-AMG A35

Mercedes-AMG A35 front

Save money on a new Mercedes-AMG A35 with What Car? >>

Acting as a halfway house between the regular A-Class family hatchback and the fire-breathing A45, the A35 gets 302bhp from its 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

Read our full Mercedes-AMG A35 review >>

Mercedes-AMG A45 S

Mercedes A45 AMG 2020 RHD front tracking

Save money on a new Mercedes-AMG A45 with What Car? >>

This range-topping version of the Mercedes A-Class packs a shocking 415bhp under its bonnet. That means it's ferociously fast, and can cover the 0-62mph sprint in just 3.9sec. It offers immense grip through corners and a quick-shifting automatic gearbox to make the most of that immense power.

Read our full Mercedes-AMG A45 S review >>

Skoda Octavia vRS

Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 Front 3/4 tracking

Save money on a new Skoda Octavia vRS with What Car? >>

Unusually for a hot hatchback, there's a choice of engines available in the vRS, with a 197bhp diesel offered alongside a 242bhp plug-in hybrid. The latter is especially cheap to run for company car drivers, and both models offer a massive boot.

Read our full Skoda Octavia vRS review >>

Toyota GR Yaris

Toyota GR Yaris 2021 front right cornering

Save money on a new Toyota GR Yaris with What Car? >>

The GR Yaris is a tiny car with huge power available. Its petrol engine develops 261bhp, meaning this small hatchback can accelerate to 62mph in just 5.5sec. The result is a car that's an absolute riot to drive, while competitive finance deals appeal to your wallet as well.

Read our full Toyota GR Yaris review >>

Volkswagen Golf GTI

2020 Volkswagen GTI front

The latest iteration of Volkswagen's hot hatchback offers strong performance and tidy handling. Add in the fact that it's also quiet and comfortable by the standards of this class, and it's well worth considering.

Read our full Volkswagen Golf GTI review >>

SMALL SUV: Audi Q2

Audi Q2 2020 LHD front

Save money on a new Audi Q2 with What Car? >>

Audi's smallest SUV was given a facelift in 2020, and impresses with tidy handling, a classy interior and excellent resale values.

Read our full Audi Q2 review >>

DS 3 Crossback E-Tense

2020 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense front cornering 2

Save money on a new DS 3 Crossback E-Tense with What Car? >>

This fully electric version of the DS 3 Crossback small SUV can travel for up to 200 miles between charges. As well as its distinctive looks, there's also plenty of standard kit on board.

Read our full DS 3 Crossback E-Tense review >>

Ford Puma

Ford Puma long term

Save money on a new Ford Puma with What Car? >>

Last year, the Puma was so good that we crowned it as our overall Car of the Year. In 2020 it still impresses in the small SUV class, with outstanding practicality and a frugal mild hybrid engine.

Read our full Ford Puma review >>

Mini Countryman

MINI Countryman front three quarters

Save money on a new Mini Countryman with What Car? >>

Mini's small SUV offers a good blend of space, style and desirability. It's rear seats are spacious and flexible, and the quality of its interior is excellent.

Read our full Mini Countryman review >>

Peugeot e-2008

Peugeot e-2008 front 2021

There's little arguing that the Peugeot e-2008 will make you stand out from the crowd on the school run, but there's more going for Peugeot's smallest SUV than just distinctive styling. We like its generous interior space, its quiet driving manners and its attractive interior.

Read our full Peugeot e-2008 review >>

Peugeot 2008

Peugeot 2008 front

Save money on a new Peugeot 2008 with What Car? >>

Peugeot's smallest SUV has a classy interior, a punchy yet frugal petrol engine and comes with plenty of kit. It's a compelling small SUV.

Read our full Peugeot 2008 review >>

Renault Captur

Renault Captur 2020

Save money on a new Renault Captur with What Car? >>

Updates to the Captur in 2020 have sharpened its appeal, and the car impresses with a good safety rating, a flexible boot and a keen starting price.

Read our full Renault Captur review >>

Suzuki Ignis

Suzuki Ignis 2021 front cornering

Save money on a new Suzuki Ignis with What Car? >>

Want SUV styling and practicality in a tiny package? The Suzuki Ignis is well worth looking at. It's cheap to buy and run, generously equipped and spacious inside.

Read our full Suzuki Ignis review >>

FAMILY SUV: Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson 2021 front

Save money on a new Hyundai Tucson with What Car? >>

The latest Tucson is pleasantly frugal, yet its hybrid system still provides plenty enough performance. Add to that a well-made interior and space aplenty for passengers and luggage, and it's a compelling choice.

Read our full Hyundai Tucson review >>

Land Rover Defender 90

Land Rover Defender 90 2020 front

Save money on a new Land Rover Defender 90 with What Car? >>

While the larger 110 version of the Defender is undoubtedly a large SUV, this shorter 90 variant competes in the family SUV class. Like its larger sibling, though, this Defender is excellent off road, has a pleasant interior and will hold onto its value very well.

Read our full Land Rover Defender 90 review >>

Lexus UX300e

Lexus UX300e 2020 front cornering

If you fancy an electric family SUV, then the Lexus UX300e is worth looking at. It's well equipped and has a pleasant ride around town, although rivals offer more rear space.

Read our full Lexus UX300e review >>

Mazda MX-30

Mazda MX-30 2020 front tracking

Save money on a new Mazda MX-30 with What Car? >>

The MX-30 is Mazda's first fully electric car, and it can take you up to 124 miles at a time before needing to recharge. It has a smart interior with a great infotainment system, is relatively cheap yet well equipped, and strikes a pleasant balance between ride comfort and engaging handling.

Read our full Mazda MX-30 review >>

Mercedes GLA

2021 Mercedes GLA front cornering

Save money on a new Mercedes GLA with What Car? >>

While we didn't rate the original GLA very highly, this latest version is a lot better, with a well controlled ride and an interior which feels truly special. It comes with lots of luxury and safety kit, too.

Read our full Mercedes GLA review >>

Peugeot 3008

Peugeot 3008 front - 69 plate

Save money on a new Peugeot 3008 with What Car? >>

The Peugeot 3008 is a good all-rounder in the family SUV class, with a stylish, high-quality interior, a large and practical boot and a strong range of engines.

Read our full Peugeot 3008 review >>

Range Rover Evoque

Range Rover Evoque 2020 front

Save money on a new Range Rover Evoque with What Car? >>

Last year, we named the Range Rover Evoque as the best family SUV on the market, and it remains one of the best, with a high-quality interior, reasonable practicality and slow depreciation.

Read our full Range Rover Evoque review >>

Seat Ateca

Seat Ateca 2021 front tracking

Save money on a new Seat Ateca with What Car? >>

Seat's family SUV is fun to drive, despite being a larger car, while keen pricing helps it to appeal to your wallet as well as your heart. A spacious interior makes it practical for the family, too.

Read our full Seat Ateca review >>

Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan 2020 Front 3/4 tracking

Save money on a new Volkswagen Tiguan with What Car? >>

Updates made to the Tiguan this year have only made it more appearling. It comes with lots of standard kit, and its seats are flexible, so whether you need to fit in lots of people or a large haul from the local garden centre, it's a good choice. It handles well for a car of this size, too.

Read our full Volkswagen Tiguan review >>

Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 front

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A stylish, high-quality interior and a comfortable ride helps to mark Volvo's family SUV out from the crowd, while comprehensive safety kit means it's one of the safest cars in this class.

Read our full Volvo XC40 review >>

LARGE SUV: Audi Q5

2020 Audi Q5 front

Save money on a new Audi Q5 with What Car? >>

The Audi Q5 is a great large SUV, with a smooth yet punchy range of engines, a high-quality interior and an excellent infotainment system. It's also more comfortable and refined for longer trips than rivals.

Read our full Audi Q5 review >>

Citroen C5 Aircross

Citroën C5 Aircross 2020 front tracking

Save money on a new Citroen C5 Aircross with What Car? >>

Citroen's largest SUV offers a smooth ride, and is pleasantly quiet at motorway speeds. Frugal engines mean it's kind to your wallet, while it also has plenty of space for all of your luggage inside its large boot.

Read our full Citroen C5 Aircross review >>

Ford Kuga

Ford Kuga 2020 RHD front left tracking

Save money on a new Ford Kuga with What Car? >>

The latest Kuga impresses with competitive pricing, but it's especially compelling in plug-in hybrid form, where it has a long electric-only range and low company car tax.

Read our full Ford Kuga review >>

Kia Sorento

2021 Kia Sorento front

Save money on a new Kia Sorento with What Car? >>

The new Kia Sorento is supremely spacious inside, offering space for seven adults as well as a massive boot. Add in lots of kit and sensible running costs from the hybrid version, and it's easy to recommend.

Read our full Kia Sorento review >>

Land Rover Defender 110

Land Rover Defender front cornering

Save money on a new Land Rover Defender 110 with What Car? >>

Just like the shorter Defender 90 we saw earlier on in this list, the 110 version is excellent off road and should hold onto its value very well. This version has added practicality, though, since it can seat up to seven.

Read our full Land Rover Defender 110 review >>

Mercedes GLB

Mercedes GLB 2021 RHD

Save money on a new Mercedes GLB with What Car? >>

If you're looking for a smaller SUV which can seat seven, then the GLB is well worth looking at. As well as being practical, it also has a plush interior and a punchy yet frugal range of engines.

Read our full Mercedes GLB review >>

Peugeot 5008

2021 Peugeot 5008

Save money on a new Peugeot 5008 with What Car? >>

The 5008 is our reigning champion in the large SUV market, and a facelift in 2020 has only made it more compelling, with a stylish and plush-feeling interior and loads of space for your money.

Read our full Peugeot 5008 review >>

Suzuki Across

Suzuki Across PHEV 2020

Save money on a new Suzuki Across with What Car? >>

The Across is based on the Toyota RAV4, so impresses in many of the same ways as that car. As well as low C02 emissions and a long electric-only range from its plug-in hybrid setup, it also offers punchy performance.

Read our full Suzuki Across review >>

EXECUTIVE CAR: Audi A3 Saloon

Audi A3 Saloon 2020 front cornering

Save money on a new Audi A3 Saloon with What Car? >>

This saloon version of the Audi A3 hatchback offers a good balance between a comfy ride and engaging handling, plus all versions come loaded with kit. Our recommended 35 TFSI petrol engine is a punchy performer, too.

Read our full Audi A3 Saloon review >>

Audi A4

Audi A4 35 TDI Sport S tronic

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The latest Audi A4 is an excellent executive car, offering a smooth range of engines, lots of equipment as standard and class-leading interior quality.

Read our full Audi A4 review >>

BMW 3 Series

BMW 3 Series front three quarters

Save money on a new BMW 3 Series with What Car? >>

Last year's Executive Car of the Year remains one of the best options in this class, being brilliant fun to drive, offering a great range of engines and coming with a class-leading infotainment system.

Read our full BMW 3 Series review >>

Volvo S60

LT Volvo S60 drive by

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Rivals in this class are better to drive, but the Volvo S60 does offer a great driving position, a classy interior and lots of safety kit.

Read our full Volvo S60 review >>

LUXURY CAR: Audi S8

Audi S8 2020

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This go-faster version of Audi's luxury car has a mighty V8 petrol engine under its bonnet developing 563bhp. It's fast, then, but is also incredibly refined and has a plush interior.

Read our full Audi S8 review >>

BMW 5 Series

BMW 5 Series saloon 2020

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Last year's winner in this class has been treated to a round of updates in 2020, but it remains a brilliant, classy and wonderfully refined choice, with a superb infotainment system and agile handling.

Read our full BMW 5 Series review >>

Mercedes E-Class

2020 Mercedes E-Class front

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We've been impressed with the latest E-Class' sumptuous interior and supple ride, but it's not as fun to drive as some rivals and isn't especially spacious for rear passengers.

Read our full Mercedes E-Class review >>

Rolls-Royce Ghost

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost front

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The Ghost is a luxury car in every sense, with a price tag to match its opulent interior and quietly hushed performance.

Read our full Rolls-Royce Ghost review >>

LUXURY SUV: Aston Martin DBX

Aston Martin DBX 2020 front tracking

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The DBX is the first SUV that Aston Martin has ever made, and it's a corker, with a strong and characterful engine, playful handling and a luxurious interior.

Read our full Aston Martin DBX review >>

Audi E-tron 50

Audi E-tron front three quarters

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Despite not being as powerful as the 55 version of the E-tron, this 50 model still impresses with a cosetting ride, a smooth and quiet driving style and a spacious interior.

Read our full Audi E-tron review >>

Audi Q7

Audi Q7 2019 front left cornering

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Last year's champion in this market remains a strong proposition, with a smooth yet powerful range of engines, a comfortable ride and a stunning interior.

Read our full Audi Q7 review >>

Bentley Bentayga

Bentley Bentayga 2020 front tracking

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It may not be as sharp to drive as some rival luxury SUVs, but the Bentayga is certainly special inside, with a beautiful, hand-finished interior and an impressive infotainment system. It offers effortless performance, too.

Read our full Bentley Bentayga review >>

BMW iX3

BMW iX3 front

BMW's first fully electric SUV has an impressive range of up to 285 miles between charges, which is more than most rivals, as well as a great infotainment system and keen pricing.

Read our full BMW iX3 review >>

BMW X5 45e

BMW X5 45e front cornering - 69-plate car

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This plug-in hybrid version of BMW's X5 luxury SUV can travel for up to 54 miles before needing to use any fuel. It's impressively frugal, but we also like its classy, well-designed interior and decent rear space.

Read our full BMW X5 review >>

Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace front action

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Jaguar's electric SUV has an impressive real-world range, entertaining handling and futuristic looks. It's extremely appealing whether you're looking for an electric car or a luxury SUV.

Read our full Jaguar I-Pace review >>

Mercedes GLS

2020 Mercedes GLS front

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Rival luxury SUVs are better all-rounders, but there's little faulting the GLS' impressive refinement, effortless performance or special interior.

Read our full Mercedes GLS review >>

PLUG-IN HYBRID: Audi A6 TFSIe

Audi A6 40 TDI front

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This plug-in hybrid version of the A6 luxury can can travel for up to 34 miles without using a drop of fuel. Elsewhere, the A6 impresses with a spacious interior and excellent build quality.

Read our full Audi A6 review >>

Audi A7 TFSIe

Audi A7 front

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If you want to combine green motoring with svelte looks, then you could do a lot worse than the Audi A7 in plug-in hybrid form. Not only does it have a high-quality interior, but it can travel for up to 25 miles on electric power alone. Rivals are more exciting to drive, though.

Read our full Audi A7 review >>

Audi Q7

Audi Q7 2019 front left cornering

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In plug-in hybrid form, the Q7 mixes a V6 petrol engine with an electric motor, and can travel for up to 25 miles on electric power alone. It remains superbly practical, however, and retains the regular car's stunning interior.

Read our full Audi Q7 review >>

BMW 3 Series 330e

The BMW 330e is one of a new breed of BMW plug-in hybrids changing the game for hybrid cars

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Our defending champion in this class is the 330e version of the BMW 3 Series. Not only does it have a good electric-only range, but it remains excellent to drive and practical enough for family use.

Read our full BMW 3 Series review >>

BMW 5 Series 530e

BMW 5 Series saloon 2020 right side static

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This version of the BMW 5 Series luxury car can take you up to 34 miles without using a drop of fuel, yet can also hit 62mph in just 4.7sec. It's fast and frugal, then, as well as supremely comfortable inside.

Read our full BMW 5 Series review >>

BMW X1 25e

BMW X1 front three quarters

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We already like the BMW X1 for its fantastic infotainment system, its high-quality interior and its spacious and practical boot, and this plug-in hybrid version only makes it more tempting.

Read our full BMW X1 review >>

BMW X3 30e

BMW X3 M40i

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You can travel for up to 30 miles on pure electric power with this version of the BMW X3, which offers the same class-leading infotainment system and high-quality interior that we've praised in the regular X3.

Read our full BMW X3 review >>

BMW X5 45e

BMW X5 xDrive45e front

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We like the BMW X5 as it is, but the option of a super-frugal plug-in hybrid version which can travel for more than 50 miles without using a drop of fuel makes it even more tempting.

Read our full BMW X5 review >>

Citroen C5 Aircross hybrid

2020 Citroen C5 Aircross driving front

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This C5 Aircross combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined total of 222bhp. Not only is it punchy, but it can travel for up to 31 miles on electric power alone.

Read our full Citroen C5 Aircross review >>

Ford Kuga PHEV

LARGE SUV: Ford Kuga PHEV 2.5 PHEV Titanium

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We think the Kuga large SUV is best had in plug-in hybrid form, which mates a 2.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined 222bhp.

Read our full Ford Kuga PHEV review >>

Kia Ceed SW PHEV

Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 front right tracking

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This version of Kia's family estate car isn't especially quick, but it can travel for up to 30 miles on electric power alone, and has a good amount of space for luggage in its large boot.

Read our full Kia Ceed SW PHEV review >>

Kia Xceed PHEV

2019 Kia Xceed 1.0 '2' silver front

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If you want a frugal plug-in hybrid family car with the air of an SUV, then the Xceed is worth looking at. This version is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine and electric motor, and can travel for almost 30 miles without using a drop of fuel.

Read our full Kia Xceed PHEV review >>

Kia Niro PHEV

2020 Kia Niro PHEV front 3/4

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While we think the fully electric Kia e-Niro is ultimately the best way to sample the Niro, this plug-in hybrid is a good choice for those who occassionally drive longer distances. It can travel for up to 30 miles on electric power before its petrol engine joins the fray.

Read our full Kia Niro PHEV review >>

Land Rover Discovery Sport PHEV

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport P300e front

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This version of the Discovery Sport loses points on practicality since it's not available with seven seats, but it is pleasantly frugal, and has an electric-only range of 38 miles.

Read our full Land Rover Discovery Sport review >>

Range Rover Evoque PHEV

2020 Range Rover Evoque P300e front

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If you're in the market for a family SUV but also want to save money on running costs, then you can't go far wrong with this plug-in hybrid version of the Range Rover Evoque, which has an electric-only tange of up to 40 miles.

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Mercedes A-Class A250e

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This version of the A-Class family hatchback is powered by both a 1.3-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, and the latter can carry the car on electric power alone for up to 44 miles.

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Mercedes C-Class C300 de

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Rivals are better to drive and have larger boots, but there's little arguing with the frugality of this plug-in hybrid version of the C-Class.

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MG HS PHEV

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The MG HS is cheap to buy, yet comes with lots of kit. It also has a plush ride and strikes a good ride and handling balance.

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Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4

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This hybrid version of the Peugeot 3008 has four-wheel drive and a whopping 296bhp on tap. It's surprisingly rapid, and can cover the 0-62mph sprint in just 6.1sec. It also has an electric-only range of up to 40 miles.

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Peugeot 508 PHEV

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The Peugeot 508 suffers from a fidgety ride and it's cramped in the back, but it is at least frugal, and the hybrid version is a cheap company car choice.

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Renault Captur PHEV

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Rivals have more rear seat space, but this plug-in hybrid version of the Captur is a good choice if you'll mainly be driving in the city.

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Renault Megane PHEV

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The Megane comes with plenty of standard comfort and safety kit, and is especially tempting in plug-in hybrid form.

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Seat Leon e-Hybrid

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This plug-in hybrid version of the Leon family hatchback combines a 1.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, meaning it can travel for up to 40 miles without using a drop of fuel.

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Skoda Octavia iV

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In plug-in hybrid form, the latest Skoda Octavia can travel for up to 43 miles before its petrol engine joins the fray. Elsewhere, it impresses with a plush ride and a  huge boot.

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Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4

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An electric range of up to 35 miles helps this version of the Grandland X to stand out against rival family SUVs, although it's tricky to drive smoothly.

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Volkswagen Golf GTE

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Not only is this plug-in hybrid version of the Volkswagen Golf impressively frugal, but it's also fast, and can cover the 0-62mph in just 6.7sec.

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Volvo V60

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The Volvo V60 is already spacious and safe, but this plug-in hybrid version enhances that appeal by being able to travel for short distances using only electric power.

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Volvo XC40

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A family SUV which can travel for more than 20 miles on electric power alone is a huge boon to families living in the city, and this XC40 still has the plush interior and strong safety kit which we've praised in other XC40s, too.

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Volvo XC60

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T6 plug-in hybrid versions of the XC60 are impressively frugal, but they're also fast, and can cover the 0-62mph sprint in just 5.9sec.

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