As their popularity continues to mushroom, we pick out half a dozen of the best hybrid cars currently available
This year, more British motorists will buy hybrid cars than ever before. If youâ€™re planning to be one of them, the choice is good and wide â€“ which means that where once there were only a few options on the market, these days you need to be thinking in terms of whatâ€™s right and wrong for your needs.
Hybrids are available in more or less every segment now. Hereâ€™s our choice of the best half-dozen from across the new car market:
1: Volvo XC90 T8
With a twincharged 2.0-litre petrol engine and plug-in electric drive, the XC90 T8 boasts an official emissions figure of 49g/km and a claimed range of 27 miles in full EV mode. Itâ€™s fast, too, and every bit as classy as the rest of the XC90 range â€“ but prohibitively expensive to buy.
2: VW Golf GTE
First and foremost, this is a Golf. Itâ€™s also able to do up to 31 miles on battery power alone â€“ and while itâ€™s not quite as entertaining as the Golf GTI, itâ€™s still a very enjoyable car to drive.
3: BMW i3
The i3 is primarily a full EV, but it counts as a hybrid as you can get a model will a small petrol generator to keep the batteries juiced. Light weight and a low centre of gravity means itâ€™s an unexpected treat to drive, with really enjoyable handling.
4: Toyota Prius
Gone are the days when the Prius traded merely on being a hybrid. The current model is roomy and well made inside, and its dynamics put it on an even footing with traditional family hatchbacks.
5: Audi A3 e-tron
The A3 is a brilliant car full stop. Itâ€™s expensive to buy in plug-in hybrid form, but a premium cabin and sophisticated ride quality mean that if youâ€™re speccing a company car, itâ€™ll give you serious quality while costing sweeties to run.
6: VW Passat GTE
This brilliant plug-in hybrid is a case of saving the best to last. The Passat GTE will do 30-plus miles in full EV mode â€“ then on a long journey cover more than 500 miles between fill-ups. Itâ€™s like any other Passat inside, too, which is to say that itâ€™s excellent â€“ and in Estate form, itâ€™ll carry five adults plus more luggage than you thought you owned.