Call me a diehard purist, but I’m convinced that the main thing you should be looking for in a hybrid, and in engine and car technology in general, is fuel-efficiency. After all, you’re not really after a hybrid because you want aesthetic purity,

The whole point of a dual-fuelled car is to increase the overall fuel efficiency of your vehicle – it’s effectively the main strength of the hybrid car, full stop.

So, with that in mind, I’ve made a list of the most efficient hybrids that you can get your hands on in the UK.

Volvo’s embarked on a ruthless downsizing spree with the mechanics of the Volvo XC90 and the result is a much more fuel efficient hybrid than the cars that went before it.

With a sexy new redesign, the new T8 Twin Engine petrol/electric plug-in hybrid model offers a combined 412PS output and a breathtaking 640Nm of torque. Less is more as they say and by focusing on the important things – namely the engine – Volvo have managed to really up their hybrid game.

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Volvo Xc90 Estate

28 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 3.2
  • Fuel: D, P, X
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: A, M
  • CO2: 49 - 304g/km

From £224.13 Per Month

Initial Rental: £2,017.17 inc VAT

The (quite frankly) bizarre trial findings of 166.2 MPG and 38g/km of CO2 emissions will not be easily replicated by the average driver, but still, the potential for getting some incredible fuel-efficiency out of the Volkswagen Golf is definitely there.

It can do 0-62mph in 7.6s which is definitely not something to overlook – especially if you’re an ex-boy racer, giving you speed as well as fuel-efficiency. (Although, you’ll obviously dent that somewhat if you go around at 70mph everywhere).

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Volkswagen Golf Hatchback

67 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.8
  • Fuel: D, P, X, E
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £168.24 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,514.16 inc VAT

If you’re wanting to make an impact at the office, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is probably the hybrid you want. Not only does it look and feel incredible, it’s also extremely fuel-efficient thanks to that German-designed drivetrain. It’s a petrol plug-in electric and puts out an incredibly piddly 49g/km in emissions. Saving the environment has never been more luxurious.

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Mercedes-Benz E Class Saloon

51 derivatives available

  • Doors: 4 - 6
  • Engine: 0.0 - 6.2
  • Fuel: P, D, Y, X, Z
  • Body: Saloon
  • Drive: A, M
  • CO2: None

From £230.76 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,384.56 inc VAT

It’s not exactly a Lamborghini in terms of looks, but it more than makes up for that in performance – the Volkswagen Passat’s fuel economy is pretty damn impressive, capable of providing 31 miles on a solely electric drive.

That means that, theoretically, if you’re just using it for the odd trip in town or short commute, that you could use it solely on the electric propulsion system. Even if you don’t, the combined range of the petrol/electric engine of 660miles is still pretty great in my opinion and makes the Passat Estate an ideal option if you want a reliable fuel-efficient hybrid.  

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Volkswagen Passat Estate

51 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.5
  • Fuel: D, P, X
  • Body: Estate
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £233.38 Per Month

Initial Rental: £2,100.42 inc VAT

Predictably, the Toyota Prius Plug-in comes top of our list for overall fuel-efficiency, but you were expecting that anyway, right? The Prius is probably one of the most versatile hybrids you could get your hands on, excelling at everything from driving performance, looks and power.

It leaves a lot of its other competitors in the same field the dust, especially when it comes to fuel economy. The ability to plug in and charge is a big bonus, letting you massively increase your mileage, and the 78g/km emissions are pretty small in comparison to other hybrids, for the amount of torque and power that you get out.

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Toyota Prius Hatchback (2015)

11 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 1.8
  • Fuel: H, X
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 28 - 92g/km

From £242.28 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,453.68 inc VAT