Best hybrid cars in each sector

Whether you're looking for a family hatchback, an SUV or a performance car, there's a hybrid to suit. We take a look at the top three models in each sector...

Best hybrid cars in each sector 2019
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What Car? team
11 Oct 2019 08:40

Almost one in four people who currently drive a diesel plan to switch to a hybrid or electric model when they next change their car, research by What Car? suggests. So, if you decide to go down the hybrid route, what should you choose?

To help you decide, we've named our top three hybrids in a range of sectors, starting with family cars. And remember, if any of them take your fancy, our New Car Buying service could potentially save you thousands.

Best hybrid family cars

Toyota Yaris 1.5 Hybrid Icon CVT

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, its suspension settings are bespoke to cope with the added weight of the batteries, and the changes actually make it more comfortable than conventional petrol variants. To top it all off, the Yaris Hybrid has the best town True MPG figure of any car we’ve tested. As a result, the scratchy plastics and dated infotainment system are easier to forgive. Just bear in mind that a new Yaris will go on sale next year.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq front - white with foreign plate

Hyundai does offer a plug-in version of the Ioniq, which can travel up to 39 miles on electric power, but our favourite model is the conventional petrol-electric hybrid. This is much cheaper, yet it still offers diesel-rivalling fuel economy on the motorway – something that's unusual for a hybrid. It strikes a fine balance between ride comfort and cornering composure, too, and Premium-spec Ioniqs come very well equipped.

1. Toyota Corolla 1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Icon Tech

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Toyota Corolla 1.8 Hybrid - front white

The Corolla is the best hybrid hatchback you can buy right now. Even the lesser 1.8-litre model offers adequate acceleration for most situations, while the 2.0-litre is properly punchy. Add in a cosseting ride, generous standard spec and super-low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions that make it an excellent choice for both private and company drivers, and it really stands out in this class.

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