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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18 August 2019

Best hybrid cars 2019

Not so long ago, hybrid cars were the reserve of environmentally conscious school run parents, people living or working in London's congestion charge zone and minicab drivers looking to save a bit of money on fuel.

However, with an ever-growing number of hybrids on the market, they're increasingly becoming a mainstream alternative to conventional petrol and diesel models, with many preferring them to fully electric cars because there's no range anxiety.

The thing is, though, 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 hybrid that's best steered clear of.

10. Toyota Yaris Hybrid

2016 Toyota Yaris Hybrid review

Like all Yaris models, the hybrid has light controls and a tight turning circle, so parking or negotiating narrow city streets is a doddle. However, thanks to bespoke suspension it's more comfortable than conventional petrol variants, soaking up bumps and controlling body movements well. To top it all off, the Yaris Hybrid has the best town True MPG figure of any car we’ve tested. This makes the scratchy plastics and dated infotainment system easier to forgive.

BMW i8 main

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 plug-in 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 Audi R8 and Porsche 911.

Read our full BMW i8 review, or see our latest i8 deals or leasing offers

8. Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

Its ride and handling may be ordinary, but the RAV4 is a large and practical SUV that comes very well equipped and benefits from Toyota's stellar reliability record. What's more, it makes plenty of financial sense if you're a company car driver, thanks to its low CO2 emissions.

Read our full Toyota RAV4 review, or see our latest RAV4 deals or leasing offers

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