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...
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.
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 - less than £20k buys you a really good 2018 example. You could do a lot worse.
We found: 2018 330e M Sport, 33,728 miles, £18,000
2. 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: 2018 Ioniq PHEV Premium SE, 14,877 miles, £18,500