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 for 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.
Best hybrid family cars
The A3 was our Car of the Year in 2013, and it remains one of the best family hatchbacks around. True, this E-Tron plug-in hybrid version is a more expensive private buy than our favourite petrol and diesel A3s, but it makes a very cheap company car. And while it’s closely related to the Volkswagen Golf GTE, it has a classier interior.
The Golf counters the A3's swisher plastics and interior trim by offering a lower price, stronger resale values and a slightly smoother ride. It's enough to give it the edge in our opinion, but both cars can cover more than 30 miles on electric power before their petrol engines need to cut in.
1. Hyundai Ioniq 1.6 GDi Hybrid
Hyundai does offer a plug-in version of the Ioniq which goes head-to-head with the A3 E-Tron and Golf GTE, 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.