The best hybrid cars for 2017

  • Our pick of the best hybrid cars
  • Models to suit most lifestyles
  • Wide range of budgets covered
  • Our pick of the best hybrid cars
  • Models to suit most lifestyles
  • Wide range of budgets covered

The UK Government recently announced that the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2040, so understandably it’s time for you to consider a hybrid car. 

What are the best hybrid cars in 2017?

We’ve chosen our favourite hybrid cars available for you to buy now, from a range of budgets and suiting a variety of lifestyles. Whether you’re looking for a small hybrid car, or a large SUV hybrid, we’ve picked the best ones for you to consider investing in. 

Small hybrid cars

If you’re looking for a small hybrid car as a runaround or if you mainly do city driving, then these three are great options. 

Toyota Yaris (2011-)

Toyota Yaris - the best hybrid cars

The Yaris remains popular, coming in behind competent rivals such as the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, and Volkswagen Polo

What’s appealing about the Yaris? Its spaciousness, reliability, and the ease-of-use and urban efficiency of the petrol-electric hybrid powertrain are all reasons to love the Yaris. 

You can’t even get a diesel version any more - it’s just available in the hybrid or petrol versions, and with five doors, not three. 

New price: £12,995-£20,495
Used price: £2,735-£16,760
Fuel economy: 51-85 mpg
Insurance group: 2-12
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BMW i3 (REX) (2013-)

BMW i3 REX - the best hybrid cars

A ground-breaking car for the German manufacturer, you can also buy the i3 as a pure electric model as well as this range-extender version. The REX adds 180 miles of range to the electric version’s clamied 80-100 miles between charges. 

The i3 manages to blend efficiency with desirability. The i3 has two pedals - a throttle and a brake - but can actually be driven in normal conditions using just the accelerator pedal. This is due to the effect of the car's energy regeneration system, which will slow down the car when the driver comes off the throttle.

Steering is light but sharp, and the i3 is more fun to drive than you might expect. 

New price: £33,070-£38,220
Used price: £10,700-£35,250
Insurance group: 21-23
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Used: Honda Jazz (2008-2015)

Honda Jazz - the best hybrid cars

The previous generation Jazz was available with two petrol engines and the hybrid, instead of a diesel. The hybrid isn’t available, sadly, on the newer model (from 2015 onwards), but you can still find a good used Honda Jazz for sale. 

This model is spacious and practical, comfortable and quick around town, and of course easy to manoeuvre in tight spots. 

For a small car the interior is really spacious, suitable even for a young family. 

Used price: £2,170-£12,275
Fuel economy: 50-62 mpg
Road tax cost: £10-£115
Insurance group: 13-19
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Hybrid family cars

With more and more car manufacturers offering hybrid cars these days, there are plenty of family cars with hybrid engines to choose from. Here are our favourites. 

Toyota Prius (2015-)

Toyota Prius - the best hybrid cars

The original faces lots of hybrid car rivals these days, but the fourth-generation of the Toyota retains its familiar looks and class-leading efficiency. 

The cabin is comfortable, as is the ride, although enthusiastic drivers won’t be too keen. 

Toyota has relocated the battery under the rear seat to liberate more boot space, and it recharges 28 percent quicker than previously. 

New price: £24,115-£33,895
Used price: £16,110-£24,200  
Fuel economy: 85-85 mpg
Insurance group: 14-22
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Volkswagen Golf GTE (2013-)

VW Golf GTE - the best hybrid cars

Volkswagen is hoping that Golf GTE will revolutionise the plug-in hybrid market in much the same way as the GTI did the hot hatch sector back in the 1970s and '80s. It's a technological tour de force, but non of its kit is intimidating to use, and off-putting in any way.

It drives pretty much like any other Golf, although the performance uplift you get from hitting the GTE button is only significant with a fully-charged battery.

Speaking of which, the battery range in the real world runs to 15-20 miles, but as a hybrid, it works extremely well, feeling brisk and responsive, and only dropping to GTI-levels of fuel consumption with the battery completely flattened.

Downsides are that you need to park nose-in – the charge socket is behind the grille badge – and the boot is considerably smaller than a standard front-wheel drive Golf.

Finally, its refinement is excellent as when it's on electric power it's near enough silent. There's a button to get the GTE to make some noise, though, so you don't run the risk of pedestrian collisions in the work car park. 

New price: £17,765-£34,650
Used price: £5,125-£30,195
Fuel economy: 37-83 mpg
Insurance group: 7-39
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Toyota C-HR (2017-)

Toyota C-HR - the best hybrid cars

The C-HR is one of our favourite Toyotas. It has an excellent ride, supportive seats, quiet cabin, plus a stand-out design and loads of practicality. 

It’s certainly quirky but this isn’t a novelty car, and although other rivals are more practical, it's a great all-rounder. 

The engine is borrowed from the Prius, so you might wonder how enjoyable it is to drive - but the C-HR delivers, and it’s been engineered with European driving in mind. 

New price: £21,065-£29,680
Used price: £16,620-£28,215
Fuel economy: 44-74 mpg  
Insurance group: 14-16
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Hybrid SUVs

If you’re looking for a larger car to cope with the practicalities of a big family, plump for an SUV – there’s an increasing range of hybrid SUVs to choose from these days. 

BMW X5 (2013-)

BMW X5 - the best hybrid cars

The X5’s massive dimensions suggest eye-wateringly expensive running costs, and while versions such as the high-performance X5 M remain thirsty, the balance is redressed by the plug-in petrol-electric hybrid.

This is a luxury SUV, but very practical too - there is an optional third row of seats, to which access has improved, and comfort for driver and passengers is very high. 

New price: £48,140-£94,910
Used price: £21,390-£70,960  
Fuel economy: 25-53 mpg
Insurance group: 37-50
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Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class (2015-)

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class - the best hybrid cars

It’s the first Mercedes SUV to offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Combining 436bhp with CO2 emissions of just 78g/km, the part-petrol part-electric GLE 500 e 4MATIC can be topped up at a charging station, or by using a wallbox charger or conventional power outlet in as little as two hours.

It promises 85.6 mpg (on paper) and can be driven for 18.5 miles using electricity alone (again, in theory).

The GLE-Class is really comfortable and great off road (possibly better than on-road), however some of its rivals are more enjoyable to drive.

New price: £51,290-£75,970
Used price: £30,175-£60,225
Fuel economy: 31-47 mpg
Insurance group: 41-49
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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (2012-)

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - the best hybrid cars

The Outlander PHEV qualifies for the Government’s plug-in grant of £5,000 and taking that into account is priced either the same as the diesel or very close, depending on which trim level you chose. Ownership costs are compelling: zero road tax and a claimed 148mpg average. 

It has a spacious interior with lots of practicality; the third row of seats is ideal for children (although perhaps a bit snug for adults on long journeys), and the handling is pretty good given its size. 

New price: £25,255-£46,055
Used price: £8,280-£31,680  
Fuel economy: 48-53 mpg
Insurance group: 20-28
How much is it to insure?

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*Prices correct at time of writing

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