Hybrids are cars that combine electric propulsion with petrol or diesel power. They use some of the most developed engine technology and general car technology available at the moment.

We’d be lying if we didn’t say that in the short term hybrids are a wee bit more expensive than conventional fuel cars, but they have loads of benefits that more than offset that. Think lower CO2 emissions (a factor that the Government’s beginning to really reward), a more efficient driving experience and a noticeable boost in torque.

So, which hybrid should you choose if you’re thinking of getting one?

In my opinion, the vehicles I’ve listed below are the best hybrid cars around at the moment.

Capable of achieving 68.9mpg and emitting just 96g/km of CO2, the Toyata Prius+ is a probably one of the most efficient cars I’ve seen so far. It’s also surprisingly affordable, coming in at the same price point that you’d expect from any other luxury hatchback.

Relatively cheap to run for a hybrid and featuring an array of pretty smart and practical tech, the Prius+ also features a handy Eco Judge function, that helps you to maximise the efficiency of your powertrain and improve the efficiency of your driving – perfect if you’re new to the world of hybrid cars!

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Toyota Prius Hatchback

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

The BMW i3 is technically an all-electric vehicle but the range extender iteration of the model is great for drivers who aren’t comfortable completely committing to electric just yet.

Whilst the 205 miles of all-electric operating power it offers gives you a lot more freedom than a lot of other electric cars, the addition of a small range extender petrol engine gives you even more mileage.

Offering a weighty 250NM of torque, the BMW i3 has a hell of a lot of punch. The electric motor is mounted pretty low down on the rear axle of the i3, lowering its centre of gravity and providing better handling overall too.  

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BMW I3 Hatchback

25 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0
  • Fuel: E
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: None

From £283.00 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,698.00 inc VAT

Unbelievably, the MINI Countryman manages to offer a genuinely impressive 134.5mpg combined cycle fuel return making it a little car to be reckoned with. It also emits a tiny amount of emissions – a piddly 49g/km CO2.

It’s a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), which means that you can charge up the battery at those charging points that you’re starting to see around towns and cities now and get an extra 25 miles, fuel-free driving!

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Mini Countryman Diesel Hatchback

0 derivatives available

  • Doors:
  • Engine:
  • Fuel:
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive:
  • CO2: None

From £312.67 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,876.02 inc VAT