Best hybrid cars you don't have to plug in

Like the idea of a hybrid, but don't want to faff around with power cables at the end of every journey? Then these are the top 10 cars for you – and the models that look good on paper but are act...

16 April 2019
Lexus RX L

7. Lexus RX 450h L

While most luxury SUVs lose their third row of seats if you specify them with hybrid power, the RX L is available only as a hybrid and has seven seats across the range. True, the rear two are very cramped, and the RX L's V6 engine sounds coarser than you might expect at higher speeds, but around town there's a serenity that simply can’t be replicated by conventionally powered cars, no matter how thick their sound deadening and double glazing.

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6. Toyota C-HR 1.8 Hybrid

Best hybrid cars you don't have to plug in

Toyota's answer to family SUVs such as the Nissan Qashqai actually handles better in conventional 1.2-litre petrol form, but it's the hybrid modelthat makes far more financial sense, thanks to its tiny CO2 emissions.

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5. Toyota Yaris 1.5 Hybrid

Best hybrid cars you don't have to plug in

Hybrid cars don't come any cheaper than the Toyota Yaris, yet it's well equipped and offers perky performance in town. As a bonus, if you opt for 15in wheels, the CO2 output is low enough to make the Yaris exempt from the London Congestion Charge. And it has the best urban fuel economy figure of any car we've put through our True MPG test.