Best hybrid executive and luxury cars

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...

BMW 5 Series cornering front three quarters

Best hybrid executive and luxury cars

3. BMW 5 Series 530e SE

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We're big fans of the BMW 5 Series: it's our favourite luxury car and was even our overall Car of the Year in 2017, having beaten rivals such as the Audi A6 and Jaguar XF. The plug-in hybrid 530e version can cover about 20 miles on electricity alone in real-world conditions before switching to petrol power, so it's a great option for those living in the city. It's also officially the most frugal 5 Series model, as well as the cheapest to tax.

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2. Skoda Superb 1.4 TSI iV

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Skoda Superb iV

If you'll mainly be driving in town or can at least make good use of its electric power reserves, this plug-in hybrid version of the Skoda Superb is highly recommendable. It's powered by an 85kW electric motor working in team with a 1.4-litre petrol engine, for a total output of 215bhp. That makes it one of the quicker versions of the Superb, and as well as covering the 0-62mph sprint in 7.7sec, it can also travel on electric power alone for 35 miles. Plus, as with other Superbs, it's simply enormous inside, and very comfortable.

BMW 3 Series front three quarters

The latest BMW 3 Series picked up no less than three trophies at the most recent What Car? Awards – one for safety, one for being our favourite executive car and another for being our favourite plug-in hybrid – and two of those trophies were lifted by the same version: the 330e. It really is an excellent all-rounder, with decent electric range, wonderful long-distance comfort and an engaging driving style. Add in lots of luxuries and an infotainment system that's easy to get along with, and it's very easy to recommend.

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