'Self-driving cars'. 

'Autonomous vehicles'.

Ugh. Where are the flying cars the 80s promised us?! 

These days, car manufacturers are focused more on developing more efficient and larger electric car batteries than figuring out how to undertake futuristic voyages. 

It seems the dream of passing your driving test and immediately flying through the air in a hovering Corsa straight to a McDonalds drive-thru will have to wait another century. Shame.

While not quite as exciting, electric cars do have some incredible features. With great fuel economy and a low environmental impact, they seem like the future of motoring. 

It's still early days though, and a lot of us aren't prepared to go full electric...

Enter, the hybrid: 

Hybrid technology is where a car uses a conventional combustion engine (usually a petrol) alongside an electric motor and electric range extender for maximum fuel economy. This is a great way to start benefiting from the efficiency of electric power using a hybrid powertrain, while still having your trusty old petrol engine. 

Long gone are the days where the only hybrid vehicles on the road are boring cars used by taxi drivers and company cars for long-distance commuters. There have been some truly incredible hybrid cars released in 2019. 

We'll first get you clued up on what kind of hybrid is right for you, before giving you the scoop on our top 12 hybrid models of 2019!

Why get a hybrid? 

Here's just a few reasons you should consider a hybrid car: 

  • Amazing fuel economy: The price of petrol and diesel in the UK is depressing these days. Having an electric motor greatly reduces the amount of cash you'll have to spend on fueling your car. Hybrids are particularly good in urban settings.
  • Better for the planet: Hybrids have significantly lower co2 emissions and have a far lower impact on the environment than petrols or diesels. 
  • Great performance: Throwing some electric power onto a traditional petrol engine car gives it much more power. This power surge is instant and thus you can accelerate super fast, as well as helping you with braking.

What kind of hybrids are there?

There’s two main categories of hybrids - Plug-in Hybrids (PHEV) and Self-Charging Hybrids.

Plug-in Hybrids

These use petrol/diesel engines in tandem with a battery pack and electric motor. To charge up, you plug it into mains electricity. This gives you a good range of electric only power when compared to a self-charging car.

This makes the PHEV great for commuting or regular short journeys, as when you stay in electric mode, you produce zero CO2 emissions! 

Unfortunately, they’re more expensive up front than self-charging hybrids and the fuel economy isn't as good on motorways. Also, they are pretty complex to repair, so there's some longevity concerns about the battery pack life. 

Self-Charging Hybrids

A self-charging hybrid also rocks a traditional combustion engine paired with an electric motor, but unlike with the PHEV, the self-charger can't be plugged into the mains. 

Instead, the car uses a portion of the engine’s power to charge the battery pack, which helps the car move at low speeds or when accelerating, which all increase efficiency and fuel economy. 

You can also have something called a mild hybrid, which is a self-charging hybrid that functions a little bit differently. These cars have a starter generator instead of a start motor, and enable the car to last longer in stop and start traffic. 

While you have less fuel economy with a self-charging hybrid, you don't need to worry about charging the car, which can be a nice gateway into electric driving for us petrolheads! 

Best Hybrid Cars

Even just a few years ago, you’d struggle to make a top 10 hybrid last due to a lack of options.

This thankfully isn’t the case anymore, with pretty much every car manufacturer offering a hybrid powertrain option, so the options can be confusing. 

To help you decide, here’s our top 10 best hybrid cars.

The 2019 Toyota Yaris Hybrid has a much sleeker look than previous models. With 99bhp, you can go from 0-60 in about 11.8 seconds. However, you're not buying a Yaris for the sport performance. 

You’re buying it for the reliability, and for those high MPGs! Toyota has always been renowned for their excellent reliability, and the Yaris is no different. In fact, it's considered one of the top 20 most reliable cars in the UK! 

However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Toyota's interior has been stuck in the early noughties for a while now, and the Hybrid Yaris is no different. It feels considerably less refined when compared to other small hatchbacks, such as the Seat Ibiza or Volkswagen Polo. 

With the Yaris Hybrid, you have a small hatchback that costs far less to run than any petrol/diesel engine alternatives. 

Stand-out Features:

  • Keyless entry.
  • Automatic folding mirrors and large panoramic roof. 

Pros:

  • Incredibly cheap to run.
  • Spacious for a small hatchback.

Cons:

  • Drab interior.
  • Boring to drive.
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  • Engine: 0.0 - 1.8
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  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

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Hyundai has made a serious splash with their Ioniq hybrid. You get what you expect from a Hybrid. Great fuel economy and an acceptable but overall 'meh' inducing design.

What you might not expect, however, is that the Ioniq hybrid is actually really nice to drive! Without the typical boring CVT automatic gearboxes that accompany most hybrids, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid has a highly functional and responsive dual-clutch unit.

Combined with a decent 1.6-litre petrol engine to help out with the electric power, you have a car that's more fun than you might think. 

Stand-out Features: 

  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatible.
  • Native voice recognition support.

Pros:

  • Dual clutch control works great. 
  • MPGs are particularly good for such a big car.

Cons:

  • Uncomfortable ride, particularly for rear passengers.

Overall styling of the car won't be to everyone’s tastes.

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Hyundai Ioniq Hatchback

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  • Engine: 0.0 - 1.6
  • Fuel: H, X, E
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: None

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With the i8, BMW proves that hybrid cars aren't just for company-car-loving commuters or Uber drivers. 

Reaching 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds, the i8 coupe can challenge most petrol supercars. This incredible performance is due to the i8’s innovative petrol-electric hybrid engine, which uses a 231bhp petrol engine to power the rear wheels, and a 143bhp electric motor powering the front-wheel drive.

There’s a few annoying niggles about the i8, which are justified when you’re paying 100k for a car. 

The screen pillars make it so you have to move around in your seat to see behind you into your windows and mirrors. There is also no rear-parking cameras, which is disappointing for the price.   

Stand-out Features: 

  • An updated version of BMWs iDrive system.
  • Upward opening doors for maximum flexing.

Pros:

  • The i8 is stupidly fast. 
  • Stunning appearance with a futuristic design done right.

Cons:

  • Eye-watering price makes driving the i8 a pipe-dream for most of us.
  • Poor visibility - you would not want to crash this car.
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BMW I8 Coupe

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  • Engine: 1.5
  • Fuel: X
  • Body: Coupe
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 42 - 49g/km

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We'll try and resist the overwhelming temptation to insert an Uber joke here, but no promises...

The Prius has a troubled image. Economical and practical on the one hand, but as boring as your old history teacher on the other. 

The Prius plug-in is the world’s best-selling hybrid car for a reason. It's delightfully cheap to drive, sporting a real world fuel economy of 86 mpg. It’s also ultra-safe, featuring Toyota’s 'safety sense' features, which uses 22 sensors around the vehicle that alert you to any potential hazards.

Combine this with some decent tech, a big interior, and you have a winning formula!

Unfortunately, the somewhat blocky aesthetic of the exterior will put off a lot of people. To Toyota's credit, they have improved the interior of the 2019 model significantly, with the dashboard looking a lot smarter than previous years. 

Stand-out Features 

  • Large Heads-Up Display so you can feel like you're in a space shuttle. 
  • New safety features are a welcome addition.

Pros: 

  • Finally, a Toyota with a great interior.
  • Still has an incredible fuel economy, providing a seriously high MPG.

Cons: 

  • Unattractive body style.
  • Strange gear stick position. 
  • People will enter the back of your car and demand you take them to work.
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Toyota Prius Hatchback

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  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 1.8
  • Fuel: H, X
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 28 - 104g/km

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Volvo is associated with luxury and the XC90 is no different. This is a plug-in hybrid SUV that you can feel great (and perhaps a little smug) about driving. With 7 seats, a gigantic 314L boot space, the XC90 is perfect, whether it’s for a long commute, just dropping the kids off, or a weekend adventure. 

With the fastest model in the range reaching 0-62 in just 5.8s and with a BHP of 390, the XC90 proves you can have it all - an attractive SUV body, the fuel economy of a hybrid system, and an incredible driving experience that doesn't compromise practicality.

Standout Features:

  • Volvo WHIPS Protection System for maximum safety.
  • Volvo On Call - so you can check out info (dashboard, fuel, maintenance) about your car when you're not even in it!

Pros:

  •  Gives you a luxurious hybrid SUV without sacrificing MPGs.
  •  Great to drive and a practical family car.

Cons: 

  • Volvo's impressive safety kit that we just praised doesn't come as standard on all trims.
  • Extremely expensive.
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Volvo Xc90 Estate

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  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 4.4
  • Fuel: P, D, X
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 49 - 322g/km

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This Korean manufacturer has had an impressive decade. Once plagued with a reputation for poor build quality, Kia is now thriving in the UK market. With all models coming with a market-leading 7 year warranty, it's not hard to see why! 

The Kia Niro ticks a lot of boxes. It's a spacious crossover, it's equipped with a super-efficient hybrid powertrain so you have great fuel economy, and it's relatively affordable. While Kia also offer the E-Niro, a fully electric version, the hybrid version is a great way for those who are still not bought on fully electric vehicles. 

Stand-out Features: 

  • An adjustable driver's seat with an integrated memory system that saves your preferred settings.
  • Dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Pros:

  • Eerily quiet in town (maybe not a pro for the person that doesn’t hear you about to run them over - so drive carefully). 
  • A lot of space, ideal for a small family. 

Cons: 

  • Performance isn't great and overtaking on open roads can be a chore. 

Not quite as big as most hybrid SUV fans would like.

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Kia Niro Estate

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  • Engine: 0.0 - 1.6
  • Fuel: H, X
  • Body:
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 29 - 101g/km

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The Corolla Hybrid is one of the best selling cars of all time, with around 50 million sales over its 12 generations of production. However, you'd be forgiven for not being that familiar with the model. 

Since 2006, Toyota has sold the Auris instead of the Corolla in the UK. 2019 marks the return of the Corolla to the UK, and it's an impressive comeback.

This generation looks better than ever, sporting an upmarket interior that looks more like a Lexus than 'just a Toyota'. Both its 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre hybrid powertrains are incredibly efficient.

The Corolla Hybrid has the exceptional build quality that comes as a given when you buy a Toyota. While only time will tell, it seems a safe bet that this car will last you as long as you want it to! 

Stand-out Features: 

  • Lane Departure Alert.
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Pros: 

  • Dirt cheap to run - 2.0 model is punchy.
  • A great looking car, especially compared to the Prius plug-in.

Cons: 

  • Less spacious than competitors. 
  • Not as efficient as the Prius.
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Toyota Corolla Saloon

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  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

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With an appealing SUV body and an attractive price point, it's no surprise that the Outlander has been the highest selling plug-in hybrid in the UK for the past three years. £20k less than the XC60, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is great value for money. 

Mitsubishi definitely has some ‘Jurassic Park adventure’ vibes in contrast to the Volvo’s more classy air of urban refinement, so you can use that as some justification to save yourself 20 grand!

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV really is a fantastic car in its own right. The 2019 model sports a new 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine, equipping the car with a phenomenal fuel economy and performance. You can’t go wrong with a car like this at this price point.

Standout Features: 

  • 360° parking camera.
  • All wheel drive so you're always ready for an adventure. 

Pros:

  • Good economy in towns. 
  • Easy to drive. 

Cons:

  • Interior is a bit outdated.
  • Not as much of a 'redesign' as Mitsubishi led us to believe it would be.
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Mitsubishi Outlander Estate

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  • Drive: A, M
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Who says hybrids are all about efficiency? With a V6 engine working in tandem with an electric motor, the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid has a ridiculous 455 brake-horse power. 

At 0-62 in 4.7 seconds, the acceleration in this car is incredible, so you can get yourself down to House of Fraser faster than ever before!

As it's a Porsche, it has all of the luxuries you'd expect - although the price tag definitely reflects this. 

The fuel economy suffers quite a bit due to the overkill performance, but if you're looking for a luxury hybrid that values style and ridiculous acceleration over efficiency and practicality, look no further than the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid!

Stand-out Features: 

  • “Sport Response” button for a 20 second boost of power.
  •  E-power mode for fuel economy, or sport and sport plus for performance.

Pros: 

  • The acceleration makes you feel like you’re going to take off into flight.
  • Handles corners like a sports car. 

Cons:

  • Extremely expensive - a lot of what you’re paying for is the Porsche badge.

The fuel economy is pretty poor for a hybrid car.

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Porsche Cayenne Estate

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  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 74 - 380g/km

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Based on its appearance, and from looking at the outside alone, you'd be mistaken for thinking that the Audi Q7 e-tron was just another conventional fossil fuel-powered car. The key giveaway is how much money you save on fuel bills. 

Based on Audi's flagship Q7, this hybrid version makes the most of plug-in hybrid technology (PHEV) and can give you a cool 34.8 miles of full electric range, letting you travel further than most other hybrids on a single charge. 

For a car that's so complex, the Audi Q7 e-tron is surprisingly easy to drive and to use. Its punchy 126 bhp electric motor gives it Audi Q7 e-tron an impressive amount of torque for such a relatively unassuming car – an impressive 350Nm.  

And if you wanted any more reasons to consider an Audi Q7 e-tron for your next car: it's fast. In full electric mode, you'll be able to get a very respectful 83 mph out of it. 

Stand-out Features:

  • Lengthy electric range.
  • Fancy tech like MMI Navigation Plus, combining Audi Connect, smartphone and nav together.

Pros:

  • Offers some of the lowest CO2 emissions for an SUV at 48g/km.
  • Based on plug-in hybrid technology (PHEV) so it has a better range than other models.

Cons:

  • Slightly expensive for a family car.
  • Reduced boot space because of the larger battery.
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Audi Q7 Estate

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  • Engine: 0.0 - 6.0
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  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: None

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The Passat is pretty ubiquitous when it comes to estates, and the quality of the electric hybrid version proves why the brand has been so successful in the class. 

Blending the Passat's legendary practicality with enhanced fuel-efficiency, the Volkswagen Passat GTE features a nimble 154 bhp 1.4 TSI petrol engine and a super-quiet 114 bhp electric motor that's probably one of the best in the hybrid estate field. Combine that with its spacious interior and state-of-the-art infotainment system, the Volkswagen Passat GTE adds a touch of refined motoring to the estate class. 

Stand-out Features:

  • Hands-free boot entry.
  • Top-notch infotainment system.

Pros:

  • Plug-in (PHEV) electric hybrid offers a better driving range and the built-in charging system keeps the battery topped up whilst you're on the move.
  • Classy interior and exterior.

Cons:

  • Out of the price range of most people.
  • It isn't the prettiest looking pony at the rodeo.
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Volkswagen Passat Estate

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  • Engine: 0.0 - 4.0
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  • Body:
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

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An obvious requirement for a hybrid car is good fuel economy, and low emissions - so you can sleep well knowing your new car isn't destroying the planet and your wallet. 

Our best hybrids of 2019 offer something for everyone - whether you want the outrageous performance of a BMW i8 or a Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, or the practicality and efficiency of a Toyota Corolla or a Hyundai Ioniq. 

So, if you’re sick of lining up at the petrol station only to realise you’re at the wrong side (we know, the pump stretches...but no one wants to be that person), then consider picking up a hybrid for your next car, and fill up less!