Top 10 Best Hybrid Cars 2020
Almost 10% of cars sold in Q4 2019 have some
form of electric propulsion and the bulk of these (over 80%) are hybrids. Not
all hybrids are the same of course. They range from the plug-in type -
typically with a 20 to 40 mile electric-only range - to mild hybrids.
If you have somewhere to charge, a plug-in can
make great sense, especially for commuters doing regular and relatively short
journeys. They are also advantageous for company car drivers with their lower
benefit in kind (BIK) tax rates.
If you don’t have a handy charging point, a
hybrid which charges from the internal combustion engine and regenerative
braking while on the go and self-manages its use of battery power might be a
good option. It will help eek out each tank of fuel, saving money and of course
keeping emissions to a minimum.
The choice of available hybrid models is
expanding rapidly, but here are our top 10 as we enter 2020.
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid
The family-sized Hyundai Ioniq is available
as a plug-in or regular hybrid, each using a traditional 1.6-litre petrol
engine alongside the electric motor.
Toyota Prius Hybrid and Prius Plug-in
Arguably the best-known hybrid, the Toyota
Prius, is now in its fourth generation and has been on our roads for over two
decades. It is available as a plug-in or regular hybrid and even offered with
MINI Countryman Cooper SE All4
Combining practicality with a funky interior,
the hybrid version of the MINI Countryman adds electric propulsion to the rear
wheels for all-wheel-drive and offers an electric range of up to 25 miles.
Kia Niro Hybrid Plug-in or EV
Kia sells its roomy Niro as a plug-in, regular
hybrid or full EV so there’s a model for all needs. It is a good drive and of
course comes with Kia’s attractive seven year warranty.
If you are after an exec saloon with decent
handling and an electric range exceeding 30 miles, the BMW 330e plug-in hybrid
makes good sense. 6.1 seconds 0-62 mph is more than respectable too.
Mercedes-Benz A250e EQ Power
Using Mercedes’ EQ sub branding, the 75kW motor complements an efficient 118PS petrol engine in this premium segment plug-in hybrid hatchback. It promises a healthy 46 mile EV range too.
Audi Q5 TFSI e
The latest version of Audi’s sizeable SUV has undergone the plug-in treatment. With electric motors complementing its two-litre petrol engine, it develops a punchy 299 PS in the 50 specification or 367 PS in the 55.
Honda CR-V Hybrid
2019 brought some significant updates to Honda’s CR-V, including the option of a hybrid. It is spacious, refined and available as 2WD or AWD depending on your needs.
Toyota Corolla Hybrid
Toyota has relaunched the Corolla name to
package its famous hybrid technology into neat hatchback and saloon models.
There are two petrol-electric hybrid engine options: the slower 1.8-litre is
the more frugal but the 2.0-litre still promises over 50mpg with more spirited
Volvo XC40 T5 Plug-in Hybrid
Volvo’s smallest SUV, the XC40, is now available
as a plug-in hybrid with a range of up to 30 miles. If pleasing Scandinavian
design and plentiful safety kit isn’t enough, British buyers will also benefit
from a year’s free electricity to charge their plug-in models courtesy of
Volvo, offer available up to mid-2020.
About the Author
Andrew is a freelance motoring journalist with a background in IT and the vehicle leasing industry. With a lifetime’s passion for all things automotive, he can be found behind the wheel of everything from vans to supercars. In addition to reviewing the latest vehicles and technology, Andrew also runs a couple of classic British motors. He lives at the edge of the Peak District with his son and cat.
Andrew Wright @theMotorWriter
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