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...

Toyota Corolla GR 2020 front tracking

7. Toyota Corolla Hybrid

The Corolla is a major step forward for Toyota. It's a great family hatchback and a great hybrid car. The 1.8 version we've found here even racked up a True MPG figure in our tests of 60.6mpg, and on top of that it offers a good driving position, plenty of kit and a comfortable ride, while Toyota's reliability record is second to none. Prices are still settling, but nearly new ones can be had for a reasonable discount. 

We found: 2019 Corolla Touring Sports 1.8 Hybrid Icon tech, 9000 miles, £18,995

Read the used Toyota Corolla review

6. Toyota Yaris Hybrid

2016 Toyota Yaris Hybrid review

You'll have gathered by now that Toyota does a mean line in hybrid cars, with the Prius and Corolla already in our top 10 and now this little Yaris, too. It's its neatness and compactness and low running costs that sell it to us, as well as its reasonable purchase price. On top of that, it's good to drive, and economical, thanks to its hybrid tech. The Yaris is one of the roomier cars in its class, too, with plenty of interior space for those in the back, helped by a completely flat floor.

We found: 2017 Yaris Hybrid Icon, 31,979 miles, £10,499

Read the used Toyota Yaris review

5. Volkswagen Golf GTE

Volkswagen Golf GTE in town

Intended to be a sporty hot hatch in the vein of the Volkswagen Golf GTI, but with the added bonus of hybrid power, the Golf GTE is a great option for the hybrid buyer. It’s a plug-in, so you can run it purely on electric power if you choose; what’s more, it’s good to drive, is endowed with a great interior and offers all the other good points of the regular Golf. The only downside is that it isn’t all that cheap to buy – but if you can stretch to it, the GTE is worth the premium it demands.

We found: 2017 GTE Advance, 31,081 miles, £19,000 

Read the used Volkswagen Golf GTE review

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