Best Hybrid Cars 2019 (and the ones to avoid) – Top 10s | What Car?


Hybrid cars. Not so long ago, they were the
reserve of environmentally conscious school run parents, people living or working in London’s
congestion charge zone, and minicab drivers looking to save a bit of money on fuel. Today, everyone from Toyota to Porsche sells
one. They’re increasingly becoming a realistic alternative to conventional petrol and diesel
models, and for many they’re more appealing than electric cars that have a limited range. So, in this top 10 list we’re going to name
the very best (and worst) hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars on sale right now. And remember
if you want to buy a new hybrid or any other new car – head to the New Car Buying section
on whatcar.com to find out how much money we could save you. And subscribe to our channel
to keep up to speed with the latest car reviews and advice. Toyota didn’t invent the hybrid-powered
vehicle, but after many years of offering hybrids, it knows a thing or two about making
them. There are four Toyotas in this list, and first up is the Toyota C-HR. The striking
small SUV combines a 1.8-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, and it’s a seriously
cheap company car. Around town at low speeds when it’s running on electric power alone,
it’s very quiet; but ask for even gentle acceleration, and thanks to its frustrating
CVT automatic gearbox the engine noise gets a bit grating. If you want hybrid power in a slightly smaller
package than the C-HR, then the Toyota Yaris Hybrid is pretty much your only choice. It
combines small car nimbleness with hybrid efficiency, so can make a lot of sense for
buyers living in big cities. You get generous standard equipment as well as a spacious and
practical interior. Plus, in our real-world True MPG testing – which you can read more
about by clicking on the link in the top right-hand corner – it recorded the best town mpg of
any car we’ve ever tested. It’s just a shame the interior design doesn’t inspire
much. The BMW i8 shows that hybrids can also be
fun to drive and hugely desirable. This high-performance plug-in hybrid delivers serious pace and low
emissions. You can think of it as an efficient alternative to models like the Porsche 911
and Audi R8. But if you can keep the battery charged regularly to make good use of its
all-electric range which should be around 20 miles in the real world, then the i8’s
running costs should be a fraction of its conventionally powered competitors. The i8
remains a truly ground-breaking car. But, it’s number eight in this list because it’s
still very expensive to buy. You were probably waiting for this one. The
Toyota Prius is like a Hollywood A-lister in the hybrid car world, and for many it’s
become the default hybrid choice. It’s the first car on everyone’s lips in this market,
and that’s because it’s one of the founding fathers of low-emissions motoring. In its
latest fourth-generation form it competes directly with cars like the Ford Focus and
Volkswagen Golf. It offers excellent fuel economy, brilliant refinement around town
and low company car tax. But it also has grabby brakes, poor rear head room and feels a bit
sluggish out on the open road. Combining luxury car comfort with low emissions
motoring seems like a no brainer. The S560e is a plug-in hybrid that keeps everything
we love about the regular S-Class, like it’s long-distance cruising comfort and interior
luxury, and adds a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine under the bonnet, that works with an electric
motor. That means you can travel for around 30 miles on electric power alone – or use
the electric motor to boost acceleration. For luxurious low emission motoring, look
no further. Honda’s large SUV is now in its fifth-generation,
and it’s ditched diesel power altogether and replaced it for the first time with a
hybrid option. It’s powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, and while
it might not score highly in the driving excitement stakes, it’s comfy, refined and spacious.
You also get a decent amount of kit and an excellent driving position. We are big fans of the BMW 5 Series for lots
of reasons. It’s brilliant to drive, beautifully classy inside and has an outstanding infotainment
system. This plug-in hybrid version – the 530e — can cover about 20 miles on electricity
alone in real-world conditions, and the incredibly competitive CO2 emissions, which means lower
benefit-in-kind tax, make it a hugely appealing company car choice. If you do lots of motorway
driving bear in mind a 520d will offer better MPG, though, and the 530e’s battery reduces
boot space by a fair chunk, too. Now for the top three and in third place – the
Volvo XC90 T8. This plug-in hybrid version of the Volvo XC90 has an ace up its sleeve:
while they are rival plug-in hybrid SUVs, like the Range Rover Sport PHEV and Porsche
Cayenne Hybrid, they have just five seats; the T8 meanwhile is the only plug-in hybrid
SUV on sale today with seven seats. The XC90 T8 is generally more comfortable than those
two rivals, offers more standard equipment for the money, and we say delivers the best
overall package. It’s also the quickest XC90 you can buy by some margin, and it doesn’t
compromise what makes Volvo’s biggest offering so appealing in the first place: its really
classy and spacious interior and its huge boot. In second place, the Hyundai Ioniq. It’s
an ideal hybrid choice, combining low running costs and a relatively low price. It’s main
rival is the Toyota Prius, but the Ioniq is more practical and smarter inside. Plus it’s
quicker and more fun to drive, so overall it’s a better all-round package. We recommend
the standard hybrid version of the Ioniq, but you can also get it as a plug-in hybrid
and as a fully electric model. And in first place, the very best hybrid car
you can buy right now is: the Toyota Corolla. It’s a fine family car, with two hybrid
versions that offer exceptionally low running costs. Even the lower-powered 1.8-litre set-up
offers adequate acceleration for most situations, while the more powerful 2.0-litre model is
pleasantly punchy. It’s comfortable, benefits from Toyota’s exceptional reliability record
and comes with loads of standard equipment. If you want a family car, and don’t quite
feel ready to go for something fully electric – the new Corolla offers a hugely compelling
reason to go hybrid. But, although these 10 cars are all brilliant
examples of efficient, low-emission motoring at its finest, there are some hybrids that
aren’t quite so recommendable. The Infiniti Q50 Hybrid puts performance before efficiency.
With a combined output of 359bhp from its V6 petrol engine and electric motor, it’s
certainly fast. But the ride is too firm, and the Q50 isn’t anywhere near as much
fun to drive as its rivals. Then, you’ve got the Lexus CT 200h which, compared to the
best hybrid cars is unrefined and uncomfortable. It does offer low company car tax rates, but
you’re still better off looking at other hybrid examples in our list. So there you have it – the best and worst
hybrid cars you can buy right now. Head to whatcar.com for our extended written reviews
on all of the cars mentioned here, and don’t forget to check out the New Car Buying section
to see how much money you could save on your next car purchase. And if you’ve enjoyed this video, give us
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28 thoughts on “Best Hybrid Cars 2019 (and the ones to avoid) – Top 10s | What Car?

  1. What? No mention of the Toyota Prius V?? It's a fantastic fuel sipper with wagon space!! I use it as a commercial taxi!!

  2. My colleague said, he wanted a couple instead of the CT200 shortly after buying it… well… or it is just the car?

  3. Electric cars have a limited range….. You do know that Petrol Cars including Hybrids also have a limited range dont you??
    It's only the refueling that's different.
    An electric car can be full of fuel every morning if you "Fill" at home.

  4. I just got the hybrid CH-R two weeks ago and it’s mpg is around 40, absolute garbage when it says the average is 74mpg. At most it’ll go to 55 with two people in it but honestly didn’t come anywhere close to expectations.

  5. OK Here is what you need to know about Hybrids. There are two types – Parallel and Series. The important rule is avoid any Series Hybrids. They are worse in fuel efficiency than a conventional ICE engine and an embarrassment to the Automotive industry.
    While there were all sorts of series hybrids popping out before but now industry has realised Parallel Hybrids are better – which includes most of the vehicle in the list except for BMWi8. So avoid BMWi8 at any cost . And now even BMW makes Parallel hybrids for other models.

    And this list is yet to prove anything at all. Here is the very important things to consider for any hybrids. The main issue with hybrid is the Hybrid Battery Pack. When it breaks – the cost to repair or replace it will be too damn expensive that you will regret having the car. I know Prius has 5 years 100k warranty in UK , which extends to 15 years if you do the Toyota annual electric service. Also Toyotas Hybrid Battery Pack are known to last over 10 years and over 200k miles.
    Some of the Hybrids are very recent launch. And the problem will start after 5 years of cars life. So look for warranties.

  6. This is the only time where the video doesn't mean much to you unless you live in Europe. We don't have those Toyota in hybrid in USA 🙁

  7. Dude Toyota is the first to come out with hybrid technology. That’s why they invented the Prius. The worlds first hybrid

  8. I have a Toyota CHR with CVT transmission. Its never sluggish as most journalists pointed out. I drive conservatively and loved my CHR. Most journalists put their foot down and expect to go, because it's not their car. You'll never do that to your owned car.

  9. I want a ct200, but it's a gussied up Prius…then I want more ground clearance and power…but 40mpg and above. I had a 2014.5 Camry hybrid…the power was nice.

  10. Hybrids make sense for people doing high mileage particularly in town. "Normal" German cars are notoriously unreliable after 50,000 miles. I can only imagine what their hybrids will be like. A Prius taxi might be good for 400,000 miles on its original drive train, but I wouldn't want to try it with any of the German offerings.

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