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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1. Volkswagen Passat GTE

The VW Passat GTE really is the sort of hybrid you could use every day without having to make any compromises. It can travel around 500 miles on a single tank of fuel, and with 31 miles of pure electric range on a full charge, the GTE could potentially cover the majority of journeys without without using a single drop of fuel. In addition, the interior quality is every bit as good as on other Passats, there’s enough room for five adults to sit in comfort, and our preferred version, the estate, has a boot that’ll take all but the largest loads.

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Hybrid cars to avoid:

Infiniti Q50 Hybrid

The hybrid version of Infiniti’s Q50 executive saloon puts performance before maximum efficiency, and with a combined output of 359bhp from its V6 petrol engine and electric motor, it’s certainly fast. Unfortunately, the ride is too firm and the Q50 isn’t anywhere near as much fun to drive as conventional rivals such as the BMW 335i. It will also be painfully expensive to run when you factor in the very poor resale values.

Read our full Infiniti Q50 review

Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

It might look good on paper, but the S E-Hybrid doesn’t ride or handle as well as other Porsche Cayennes and in real-world conditions it’s unlikely to be the most economical version. True, its stunning official CO2 figures make it a stand-out offering for those lucky company car drivers who are allowed to pick a Porsche, but that does mean the appeal is quite limited.

Read our full Porsche Cayenne review

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