Best hybrid cars 2019 (and the ones to avoid)

Everyone from Toyota to Porsche sells hybrid cars these days, but which models should you consider and which should you avoid?...

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What Car? team
22 January 2019

Best hybrid cars

Not so long ago, hybrids were the reserve of environmentally conscious school run mums, people living or working under the London congestion charge and minicab drivers looking to save a bit of money on fuel.

However, with an ever-growing number of hybrids on the market, they are increasingly becoming a mainstream alternative to conventional petrol and diesel models, and for many they're a more appealing move than to fully electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf.

The thing is, knowing which to consider and which to avoid can make the difference between a fuel-sipping investment and a costly mistake. So, here we count down the top 10 – and reveal the hybrids that are best to steer clear of.

10. Toyota Yaris Hybrid

2016 Toyota Yaris Hybrid review

No brand is more closely associated with hybrids than Toyota, the company behind that icon of green motoring, the Prius. However, a cheaper option is the Yaris Hybrid which combines small car nimbleness with hybrid efficiency.

Generous standard equipment and a spacious and practical interior add further to the Yaris Hybrid’s appeal, even if a plasticky dashboard and jittery ride count against it.

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9. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV has been a staggering success in the UK, selling even better here than in its home market of Japan. It’s popularity is partly down to the fact it’s an SUV, and demand for those is sky-high; partly because it’s a plug-in hybrid, which means it qualifies for the government’s subsidy to buyers of electric cars; and partly because, unlike most hybrids, it’s no more expensive than the diesel alternative.

The Outlander PHEV does miss out on the sixth and seventh seats of the regular version, but it could save you a fortune in fuel if you do lots of short journeys.

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8. BMW i8

BMW i8 vs Porsche 911

While most of the models in this list are practical choices, the BMW i8 shows that hybrids can also be fun to drive and hugely desirable. It's a high-performance hybrid sports car that uses a range of cutting-edge technologies to deliver serious pace and low emissions.

Think of the i8 as an efficient alternative to models such as the Porsche 911 and Audi R8.

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