Best hybrid cars on sale

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3 Aug, 2015 4:45pm Steve Walker

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

Hybrid cars are becoming more and more popular in the UK, and it's easy to see why: the barely-believable fuel economy figures and cheap car tax rates are a big selling point for these part-electric models.

So what exactly is a hybrid? Put simply, it's a car that uses a combination of a battery-driven electric motor and a conventional internal combustion engine (diesel or petrol) to move itself along.

Some hybrid cars use a small electric motor to improve the efficiency of a tranditional engine, while others use a traditional engine to improve the range of a large electric motor that powers the wheels.

These are the newest type of hybrid: cars that can be plugged in at home to charge up the batteries and then driven on electric power alone, but can still be filled up at a petrol station so there's no 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.

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...

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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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