1. 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 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. But if you can, it’s currently the best used hybrid out there.
We found: 2014 A3 e-tron, 11,500 miles, £19,900
And the used hybrids to avoid…
The Citroen DS5 isn’t a bad hybrid, but the underlying car rides horribly firmly, handles sloppily and feels cramped in the back. It’s best avoided.
The Infiniti M35h (later rechristened 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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