Best hybrid performance 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...

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Best hybrid performance cars

3. Honda NSX

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The original NSX was a pioneer, blending supercar looks and speed with typical Japanese reliability. This latest model offers the same sort of desirability, fun and everyday usability, but extends the remit to include modern-minded efficiency, thanks to its clever hybrid tech. And its electric motors don't just improve fuel economy; they also fill in the gaps in the petrol engine's performance and help push the car into bends.

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2. Polestar 1

Polestar 1 front three quarters

Although it might look quite sensible and Scandinavian on the outside, the Polestar 1 is as much about thrilling performance as it is about saving you money on your fuel bills. Not only does it have dual electric motors that together produce in excess of 220bhp, but also a 2.0-litre petrol engine that's both turbocharged and supercharged. All this adds up to make the 1 very fast indeed. Add in the fact that it's enjoyable to drive, whether slowly or quickly, and has a pleasant interior, and it's clear that Polestar could make a good name for itself as a standalone brand before long.

Porsche Panamera driving

There are two plug-in hybrid models to choose from in the Pamamera range: the regular 4 E-Hybrid and the range-topping Turbo S E-Hybrid. No matter which version you choose, expect to travel for around 20 miles on electric power and enjoy eye-widening acceleration at every opportunity. The lower-powered 4 E-Hybrid is also the cheapest model in the range to run, which should please anyone planning to spend a lot of time in one. As with other Panameras, the hybrid models are supremely comfortable inside.

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