Best used hybrid cars (and the ones to avoid)
Hybrid cars are no longer the preserve of new car buyers; there are plenty out there to buy used, too. Here are our top picks...
A surprise hit with London minicab drivers thanks to its congestion charge-dodging abilities, the Mercedes E300 Bluetec Hybrid’s relative ubiquity on the used market makes it ideal if you want an electrified luxury car. Because its internal combustion engine is diesel, rather than petrol, it can be rather clattery when it’s pushed hard, but in all other respects it retains the excellent comfort, impressive space and premium image of other Mercedes E-Classes, from which there’s no way to tell it apart other than the badge on its rump.
We found: 2014 SE, 33,000 miles, £18,998
6. BMW i8
With its wild looks and radical powertrain, consisting of a three-cylinder turbo petrol engine and an electric motor, the BMW i8 caused a stir when it was launched, and it’s no less dramatic a sight today. It’s a plug-in hybrid, and you can do 22 miles on electric-only power if you want. What’s more, you get two tiny rear seats, meaning it can even rival a Porsche 911 for practicality. Well, sort of. Prices have only dropped gradually, though, so the i8 is still quite expensive, but put simply, there’s nothing quite like it on the used market.
We found: 2014 i8, 30,000 miles, £62,995
5. Honda CR-Z
A small, sporty coupe isn’t the normal place you’d find a hybrid powertrain, but you will in the Honda CR-Z. And unusually for a hybrid, it comes with a manual gearbox, meaning it’s ideal if you want a sporty electrified car in which you can ‘swap cogs’ yourself. A slightly fidgety ride and lots of road noise deny it perfection, but it’s delightfully agile and dependable and comes with plenty of toys. There’s just enough space in the back for two kids, too, and the boot is a sensible size.
We found: 2013 GT, 35,000 miles, £7500