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...

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Steve Huntingford
16 April 2019

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1. Toyota Corolla

Toyota clearly knows something about building great hybrid cars, because the Corolla is the fourth model from its maker to appear on this list. It's a fine family car, with a comfortable ride, good reliability record and lots of standard kit, but the hybrid versions truly impress with their low running costs. If you're looking for a hybrid car which you don't have to plug in, this is the one to go for

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And the hybrid cars to avoid...

Ford Mondeo Hybrid

Best hybrid cars you don't have to plug in

In most forms, the Mondeo is a pleasure to drive, but the hybrid version disappoints, because its petrol engine and electric motor struggle to work smoothly together and the ride is poorly controlled. It's also the least practical Mondeo you can buy, being a saloon rather than a hatchback.

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Infiniti Q50 3.5h

Best hybrid cars you don't have to plug in

The hybrid Q50 executive saloon puts performance before maximum efficiency, and with a combined output of 359bhp from its V6 petrol engine and electric motor, it’s certainly fast. Unfortunately, the steering is horribly inconsistent and the ride too firm, while poor resale values make it a painfully expensive private buy.

Read our full Infiniti Q50 review

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