What Car? Personal Shopper: hybrid SUV for £30,000

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What Car? team
25 October 2017

Buying new

  • Our recommended choice: Kia Niro 1.6 GDI Plug-in Hybrid
  • List price: £30,855
  • What Car? Target Price: £28,345
Kia Niro front

The Kia Niro is an ideal choice if you'd like your hybrid car to take the form of an SUV. The Niro is the sister car to Hyundai's Ioniq (see below) and can be had as a regular hybrid, as a plug-in hybrid and as a fully electric vehicle.

It's the plug-in hybrid version we're recommending here, which gets a 1.6-litre petrol engine working in conjunction with an electric motor. You can travel for up to 38 miles on electric power alone, meaning you could cover your daily commute without spending a penny on petrol – especially if you can charge the car at the office between trips.

There are compromises, mind – because of the Niro's large battery, its boot is some 60 litres shallower than the regular Niro, but should still be large enough for most families. The battery itself sits underneath the rear seats, but the good news is that there's no head or leg room lost for rear passengers.

With an on-the-road price of £30,855, this Niro would normally be slightly out of budget. However, and as always, What Car? New Car Buying can help. Our latest Niro deals take that price down to a far more palatable £28,345. Alternatively, if you want to buy on a PCP finance deal, look to pay about £387 per month (based on a 15% deposit and an annual mileage limit of 10,000)

Find a great Kia Niro deal

Read our full Kia Niro review


  • Also consider: Mini Countryman S E All4 PHEV
  • List price: £31,905
  • What Car? Target Price: £30,340
Used Mini Countryman Hatchback 17-present

This plug-in hybrid version of the Mini Countryman SUV offers decent space, keen handling and a good-quality interior. Expect around 20 miles of electric range.

Read our full Countryman review or see our great deals.


  • Also consider: Kia Soul EV
  • List price: £30,945
  • What Car? Target Price: £24,405
Deal of the Day: Kia Soul EV

Why not go fully electric? If you can charge it up at the office, the Soul EV could be on your shortlist. It has a real-world range of around 70 miles, is spacious for the class and has a long warranty.

Read our full Soul review or see our great deals.

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