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...
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. And, while diesel power still makes a lot of sense for those doing big annual mileages, the lower fuel costs and environmental credentials of a hybrid or plug-in hybrid car mean that more people than ever before are choosing them. So, if you do 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
3. Hyundai Ioniq 1.6 GDi Hybrid
Hyundai does offer a plug-in version of the Ioniq – which can travel up to 39 miles on electric power – and even a fully electric model, but our favourite version 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.
Over the years, the Honda Jazz has garnered a reputation for being among the most spacious small cars you can buy, and this latest version leaves that reputation intact. What makes it especially tempting, however, is that you can mix that space with the fuel-saving benefits of a hybrid. The 1.5-litre petrol engine and electric motor work well together, and you can genuinely drive on electric only power for a decent amount of time on city streets, before the petrol engine takes over on faster roads. We managed to return 60mpg on a varied test route, and this bodes well for your running costs.
1. Toyota Corolla 1.8 VVT-i Hybrid
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, and it makes an excellent choice for both private and company drivers and really stands out in the family car class.