Best hybrid cars on sale

Audi A8 Hybrid front tracking
18 Mar, 2014 12:00pm Steve Walker

We round-up the best new hybrid cars currently on sale in the UK

Hybrid is a big word in the car industry at the moment and with the number of new hybrid cars on sale in the UK set to increase dramatically over coming years, it’s one you’re only going to hear more of.

What is a hybrid car? Well, the term hybrid covers any car that uses a combination of a battery driven electric motor and a conventional internal combustion engine to move itself along.

There are hybrid cars that only use an electric motor to assist a conventional engine and there are also hybrid cars that are capable of running on electric power alone for limited distances.

Beyond that you have plug-in hybrid models that can be connected to the mains to replenish their batteries and range-extender hybrids that are driven solely by electric power but have an internal combustion engine that acts as a generator to charge their batteries. These are essentially electric cars without the dreaded range anxiety. 

Both petrol and diesel hybrid cars are available on today’s market and modern hybrids come in all shapes and sizes too. There’s everything from small supermini hybrids like Honda’s Jazz Hybrid to large luxury SUV hybrids like the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid.

They might not be the most economical cars but even the latest generation of hypercars like the Porsche 918 Spyder and the McLaren P1 utilise hybrid technology to boost performance and efficiency.  

So hybrid technology is proliferating across the modern car market but with so many hybrid cars to choose from, small to large, cheap to expensive, how can consumers work out which is best? Our list of the top 10 best hybrid cars on sale is here to help…

Top 10 best hybrid cars

These are our top ten best hybrid cars on sale now. Click the tabs on the top left of this page to find out about more about each model...

  1. 1. Vauxhall Ampera
  2. 2. BMW i3 Range Extender
  3. 3. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
  4. 4. Toyota Prius
  5. 5. Lexus IS300h
  6. 6. Porsche Panamera e-hybrid
  7. 7. Audi A8 Hybrid
  8. 8. Toyota Yaris Hybrid
  9. 9. Porsche 918 Spyder
  10. 10. Peugeot 508 RXH

Do you own a hybrid car? Tell us what you think of it in the comments section below and don't forget to complete our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey... 

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So, a hybrid top ten. Sweet. Let's put the number 7 on display then and ignore all complaints about VW/Audi bias. Smart ;-)

How does the Vauxhall Ampera and BMW i3 trump ahead of the Toyota Prius that was one of the first hybrids in late 90s I don't know.....while the Vauxhall Ampera don't look bad but the BMW i3 that's ugly as f**k & probably over priced anyway, Prius every time !

Where are the Range Rover hybrids? All the other publications have raved about them, it seems weird that both the classic Range Rover and RR Sport diesel-electric hybrids have been ignored by AutoExpress.

Steve. c. have you forgotten the Honda Insight Hybrid, i have a 61 plate and i am increasingly more pleased with it as time goes on , also only £10 road tax as well as around 50 mpg.

What about the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4, which has been an unexpected success??

Where is the Volvo D6 Diesel plug in hybrid? Oh and by the way the A8 hybrd starts at £63500 OTR, before you add a single extra not the £57k as indicated in the review..

I find it fascinating how Auto Express ignore pioneers Honda all the time and the absence of the Jazz hybrid from this ridiculous list is yet another indication of how Auto Express have totally lost the plot.

I think if AE were honest with themselves, the entire list of 10 would be filled with Honda, Toyota, and Lexus models.

50mpg is dire, my current 1.6 diesel does 57mpg long term.

I agree, where is the V60 D6 diesel plug in?! It wipes the floor clean with most of these..

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