What Car? Personal Shopper: best hybrid car for less than £23,000

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Darren Moss
14 Sep 2017 9:16 | Last updated: 17 Sep 2018 15:53

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  • Our recommended choice: Hyundai Ioniq 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium DCT
  • List price: £23,050
  • Best What Car? deal: £21,377

What Car? Personal Shopper: best hybrid car for less than £23,000

Welcome to the best new hybrid that money can buy: the Hyundai Ioniq. Taking home the title of the Best Hybrid Car at the most recent What Car? Awards, the Ioniq is really three cars in one: it can be bought as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid or a fully electric vehicle. It's the regular hybrid that we think makes the most sense, though – and that's what we're recommending for you here.

Power comes from a 1.6-litre petrol engine working together with an electric motor. So you can travel for short distances on electric power, but there's the reassurance of the petrol engine for longer trips – and it also means you need not worry about running out of electric power. With CO2 emissions of 79g/km, the Ioniq will be cheap to tax, too.

Space in the front is impressive, as is leg room in the rear seats, and only taller people will find their heads brushing against the roof in the back. The boot will hold a buggy, too, and the rear seats can split and fold for larger loads.

Standard kit is impressive on any Ioniq, but stepping up to the Premium trim we recommend gets you keyless start, a 7.0in digital instrument cluster and an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav and smartphone mirroring. There's also heated front seats for those cold winter mornings.

With an on-the-road price of £23,050, this Ioniq would normally be slightly out of budget. However, and as always, What Car? New Car Buying can help. Our latest Ioniq deals take that price down to a far more palatable £21,377. Alternatively, if you want to buy on a PCP finance deal, look to pay about £276 per month (based on a 15% deposit and 5.9% APR).

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  • Also consider: Toyota Prius 1.8 VVTi Active CVT
  • List price: £24,255
  • Best What Car? deal: £21,918

What Car? Personal Shopper: best hybrid car for less than £23,000

The Prius was the original mass-market hybrid car, and the latest version remains one of the best. It offers excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions (and therefore low company car tax), while the electric motor and 1.8-litre petrol engine work well together. Space in the back is a bit tight, but there's a decent boot on offer and Active models come with a decent amount of kit.

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  • Also consider: Kia Niro 1.6 GDi Hybrid 3 DCT
  • List price: £25,150
  • Best What Car? deal: £22,535

What Car? Personal Shopper: best hybrid car for less than £23,000

Do you want your new hybrid to take more of an SUV shape? The Kia Niro adds some high-riding practicality and uses fundamentally the same powertrain as the Hyundai Ioniq mentioned above. It offers plenty of space inside and – a big bonus – comes with Kia's market-leading seven-year warranty.

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