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

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Max Adams
14 Sep 2017 9:16 | Last updated: 17 Sep 2018 15:53

Buying used

  • Our recommended choice: 2017 BMW 330e
  • Price: £23,000
  • Mileage: 7378

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

This excellent BMW 330e offers you an ideal green car halfway house, because it has a normal petrol engine and an electric motor connected to a small battery pack.

In fully electric mode, it has a 23-mile electric range that’s suitable for the daily commute, then there’s a normal 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine for when you need to travel further afield. With both the engine and electric motor working together, you get 249bhp, making the 330e a quick car.

This 3 Series is right on the money, despite being only a year old, and has covered a mere 7378 miles. In addition, it has parking sensors, LED headlights, sat-nav and BMW's intuitive iDrive infotainment system. Charging it should be easy, especially if you've got somewhere to plug it in at the office.

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Also consider: 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTE DSGPrice: £19,432Mileage: 10,289

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

Imagine having a car with all the power of a Golf GTI hot hatchback yet with free road tax and a real-world electric range of 20 miles? Well, the Golf GTE is that car, and this one still has one year left of warranty and is well under budget at £19,432.

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Also consider: 2016 Lexus GS 300h Executive EditionPrice: £21,367Mileage: 24,028

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

You can even get yourself into a luxury car with your budget. This GS 300h comes stuffed with equipment, is only £20 a year to tax, has a very well-built interior and promises to be highly reliable. Plus, even with the hybrid batteries, there’s plenty of room in the boot for the golf clubs and fishing poles, or even a pram.

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