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...
1. Volvo XC90 T8
First things first, the T8 offers all the quality and practicality of the regular XC90. It's good to drive and well equipped, too, with a wonderfully stylish and comfortable interior. It's the sheer value of the T8 that takes the win here, though, because you can now get this luxurious seven-seat SUV for almost half its list price when new - that means you'll spend around £30,000 for a three-year-old car. What’s more, unlike some hybrid and plug-in hybrid SUVs, the T8 doesn’t lose its third row of seats, meaning it's still a full seven-seater. It can drive on its electric motor alone, and do so for around 25 miles - useful if you travel in town. If you’re in the market for a greener vehicle, and you also want something plush and with huge amounts of space, it’s the best used hybrid you can buy right now.
We found: 2016 XC90 T8 Momentum, 43,000 miles, £30,000
And the used hybrids to avoid…
The Citroen DS5 isn’t a bad hybrid, but the underlying car (later rechristened in 2015 simply as DS5 and now no longer on sale new) rides horribly firmly, handles sloppily and feels cramped in the back. It’s best avoided.
The Infiniti Q70h is big and unwieldy, and even in hybrid form it isn't all that efficient, making it expensive to run. It’s also nigh on impossible to find one.
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