Best used green cars (and the ones to avoid)
Thinking of buying a used electric car or hybrid? We take a look at the second-hand green cars that are worth your cash...
With styling that apes the Volkswagen Golf GTI's and low running costs, it’s no wonder the plug-in hybrid GTE version of the Golf has proven so popular. It doesn’t come cheap (you’ll pay more than you will for either a GTI or a diesel GTD), but if you can run the GTE on electric power only for some of your driving, you may well save more than you’ll spend. And, of course, you get the Golf’s classy, spacious interior and superb balance of ride and handling thrown in.
Smooth, quiet, comfortable and great to drive – all descriptions that can be applied to any BMW 3 Series, so that they also stand true for the 330e is a mark of this car's completeness. The powertrain is potent, and in electric mode, refinement is excellent. The 330e rides and handles as well as any other 3 Series, too, which is quite an accomplishment given its extra weight. And, considering what you get for your cash here, it’s not bad value. There's a new model out now so expect even better value on your used one.