Not all of us want a big car.

Just because you’re after a smaller hybrid, it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice state-of-the-art engine technology or the high-end car technology you’d get in a bigger vehicle though.

Here’s my pick of the best small hybrid cars that the market has to offer at the moment.

Toyota Prius

Okay, I can hear you groaning behind the screen,  “Not another Toyota.” Hear me out though –this one is really worth being included in the list of small hybrids. The Prius is like the crocodile of the hybrid world – its features have proved so successful and future-proof that it’s survived the evolution of electric cars to this day.

Part of the success of the Prius is the fact that Toyota isn’t afraid to take risks.The MK4 Prius features a radically different engine and tech architecture than its predecessors which improve the handling, safety and space you’re given to play with. The standard model has a 1.8 litre engine and can give you a stunning 83.1mpg which is nothing to sniff at, thanks to the redesigned electric hybrid set-up.

As classics go, the Prius has been around a while but is still able to compete with the newcomers, and it deserves your attention for that reason alone.

The Toyota Yaris is probably the supermini that can most rival diesel competitors in its range, despite the fact that it’s a humble petrol hybrid.  The 1.5-litre engine gives you 76.3mpg which isn’t too bad in the grand scheme of things, in terms of affordability and fuel efficiency, and you’ll get over a mile of completely electric driving from pulling away before the petrol engine kicks in.

In terms of space, the Yaris doesn’t disappoint either. You’ve got a decent amount to play with, coming in at just under 300-litres of luggage space, with the seats up.

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Toyota Yaris Hatchback

5 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 1.8
  • Fuel: D, P, H
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 75 - 170g/km

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It’s got more of a sporty vibe than most of the hybrids on the list, so the Golf GTE isn’t going to suit everyone, but it’s a good option for folks who want to feel like they’re driving something normal– not some weird electric experiment.

Powered by a 150PS 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and a 102PS electric motor, the Golf GTE gives you a cool 350NM of torque to mess around with. It’s also got a pretty advanced triple-clutch system that’s been designed specifically for hybrid cars so you can’t accuse Volkswagen of skimping when it comes to the electric aspect of the vehicle.

Speaking of which, the electric hybrid system will give you a tasty 166mpg (according to Volkswagen) to use at your disposal, as well as just 38g/km of CO2 emissions.

The main draw of the Volkswagen Golf GTE though is probably the fact it blends hybrid tech with style. This model benefits from the recent streamlining of the Golf design which has added a much sleeker feel to it.

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Volkswagen Golf Hatchback

27 derivatives available

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

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It’s underrated and often overlooked in favour of flashier superminis, but the Suzuki Swift deserves much more attention than it’s been given so far for one good reason– it provides an excellent balance of all the attributes you want in a small hybrid. By that, I mean fuel economy, power and space/storage.

The 65.7mpg you’ll get from the Swift is pretty respectable, the 5-speed transmission is light and direct, and the lightweight engine makes going round corners so much more fun.

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Suzuki Swift Hatchback

6 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 1.0 - 1.6
  • Fuel: P, D, H
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

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Okay, I can hear you groaning behind the screen,  “Not another Toyota.” Hear me out though –this one is really worth being included in the list of small hybrids. The Prius is like the crocodile of the hybrid world – its features have proved so successful and future-proof that it’s survived the evolution of electric cars to this day.

Part of the success of the Prius is the fact that Toyota isn’t afraid to take risks.The MK4 Prius features a radically different engine and tech architecture than its predecessors which improve the handling, safety and space you’re given to play with. The standard model has a 1.8 litre engine and can give you a stunning 83.1mpg which is nothing to sniff at, thanks to the redesigned electric hybrid set-up.

As classics go, the Prius has been around a while but is still able to compete with the newcomers, and it deserves your attention for that reason alone.

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Toyota Prius Hatchback (2015)

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

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