In recent years, hybrid cars have increased in popularity, mainly thanks to their ability to reduce fuel consumption and running costs, without compromising on performance.
But what is a hybrid car?
A hybrid is a car that, as well as having a traditional diesel or petrol engine, also features an electric motor and battery pack. This means that it is able to optimise power and recover energy when braking.
Hybrid cars are a great option for drivers who tend to travel shorter distances. So, if your daily commute sees you tackling long-distance drives, this might not be the most practical or economical option for you.
Here’s our guide to some of the best hybrid cars on the market…
Perfect for accommodating the demands of busy family life, the Toyota Prius is one of the world’s best-selling hybrids and probably the most well-known.
Reliable, powerful, and expertly developed to optimise fuel efficiency you’ll be able to travel short distances in full electric mode in a Prius. You can also combine the engine and electric motor for optimum power and performance.
But that’s not all. The Toyota Prius will also allow you to reap the benefits that come hand-in-hand with Prius plug in – meaning you can charge your car’s battery from the mains. With its 1.8-litre petrol engine, electric motor, CVT gearbox, and variety of eco-friendly displays, this car is sure to open your eyes to exceptional emissions-free motoring.
BMW 330e is a popular company car, as it has been developed to cut costs without compromising on quality or performance. It’s sporty, powerful, and offers exceptional road handling.
Featuring a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine from the 320i and an electric motor that can increase the car’s combined output to up to 249bhp, the BMW330e also boasts an eight-speed automatic gearbox. You can drive up to 25 miles using the car’s electric power alone.
The Kia Niro is Kia’s first petrol-electric model. Combining a 104bhp 1.6 GDI petrol engine with a 32kW electric motor, this energy efficient car also boasts a six-speed twin-clutch gearbox.
With economy figures recorded in the 64-75mpg range, the Kia Niro will allow you to maximise fuel efficiency.
The sister car to the Kia Niro, this model is Hyundai’s first Hybrid. It offers a 104bhp 1.6 DGI petrol engine and 32kW electric motor, a lithium-ion battery pack under the floor and six-speed twin clutch gearbox, making it a basic yet reliable hybrid. However, it’s worth noting that this model will travel less than a mile on electric power alone.
Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid
The high-performance Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid is perfectly equipped to deliver outstanding performance and, although it’s not necessarily an eco-friendly car, it has been designed to reduce the financial and environmental costs of running such a high-end and powerful car.
Embracing plug-in hybrid technology, this luxurious vehicle delivers Porsche’s famous performance but gives you lower emissions as well. You will also be able to travel up to 22 miles using the vehicle’s electric power alone.
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