Best and worst hybrid cars 2017

Everyone from Toyota to Porsche sells hybrid cars these days, but which models should you consider and which should you avoid?

Words BySteve Huntingford

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7. BMW i8

While most of the models in this list are practical choices, the BMW i8 shows that hybrids can also be fun to drive and hugely desirable. This high-performance hybrid sports car uses a range of cutting-edge technologies to deliver serious pace and low emissions. Think of it as an efficient alternative to models such as the Porsche 911 and Audi R8.

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6. Volvo XC90 T8

Volvo has combined a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine with electric drive and plug-in technology for CO2 emissions of just 49g/km and a range of up to 27 miles on electric only power. At the same time, the T8 is as luxurious as any other XC90, and one of the few hybrid SUVs with seating for seven. It’s just a shame it’s so expensive to buy privately.

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5. Volkswagen Golf GTE

As the name suggests, Volkswagen is billing the Golf GTE as a hot hatch, and its handling is confidence-inspiring and assured, even though the GTE isn’t as much fun as the conventional, petrol-engined GTI model. It’s almost as fast, though, and can save you a small fortune thanks to its 39g/km CO2 emissions and ability to travel up to 31 miles without the help of the petrol engine.

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