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...

03 August 2016
6: Audi A3 e-tron

4. Audi A3 e-tron

The Audi A3 is one of our favourite family hatchbacks, and in this plug-in hybrid e-tron form it works very well indeed. It shares much of its underpinnings with the VW Golf GTE, but the e-tron is slightly more softly sprung, making it even more comfortable. What’s more, it’s actually a little cheaper than the Golf – and when you take into account the A3’s smarter interior and standard satellite navigation, that makes it a better deal. The only struggle you might encounter is finding one, because they’re relatively rare. 

We found: 2015 A3 e-tron, 52,000 miles, £12,500

2: BMW 330e

The 330e takes all that's good about this generation of 3 Series saloon - and that's quite a lot - and adds a plug-in hybrid capability that gives it up to 25 miles of electric-only motoring. It goes without saying that it handles beautifully, rides well and is comfortable inside. It's also endowed with a great interior and a class-leading iDrive infotainment system. On top of that, it's not bad value - £13k buys you a really good 2016 example. You could do a lot worse. 

We found: 2016 330e, 49,000 miles, £13,000

Read the used BMW 330e review

2. Hyundai Ioniq 

Used Hyundai Ioniq

It might not look like much of a trailblazer, but the Hyundai Ioniq was the first car to be offered on sale with three forms of electrification. You can have it as a hybrid model that combines a petrol engine with an electric motor, a plug-in hybrid version with a bigger battery that you can charge externally or an electric vehicle (EV). It's the plug-in version we've picked out here, and we've chosen it because it gives a good potential electric-only range - up to 30 miles - which really helps the overall fuel consumption, especially if your journeys are mostly short. It's good to drive, well equipped and roomy inside, too. 

We found: 2017 Ioniq PHEV, 25,000 miles, £17,000

Read the full Hyundai Ioniq review

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