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
26 June 2019

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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, and for many they're a more appealing move than to electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf or Kia e-Niro.

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 hybrids that are best steered clear of.


10. Toyota C-HR Hybrid

Toyota C-HR front

Toyota's smallest SUV is particularly fuel efficient in hybrid form, where a 1.8-litre petrol engine powers the car for most of the time but is supplemented by a small electric motor around town. With its low C02 emissions, the C-HR Hybrid makes good sense for company car drivers. It also gets plenty of kit as standard.

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9. Toyota Yaris Hybrid

2016 Toyota Yaris Hybrid review

If you're looking for a hybrid that's cheaper than the C-HR yet still has a Toyota badge on its bonnet, the Yaris Hybrid is a good choice, combining small car nimbleness with hybrid efficiency. Generous standard equipment and a spacious and practical interior add further to its appeal, even if a plasticky dashboard and a jittery ride count against it.

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8. BMW i8

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 Porsche 911 and Audi R8.

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