Lexus NX 300h

Best used hybrid cars

Hybrid cars are a great option if you want to reduce your environmental impact and fuel costs but aren’t ready for a pure electric car. Here are our top 10 used hybrid cars.

From city-friendly hatchbacks to seven-seat SUVs, there’s a hybrid car to suit everyone these days. Each one uses an electric motor in addition to a petrol or diesel engine to boost fuel economy, increase power and reduce harmful emissions. 

Here we’re focusing on ‘conventional’ hybrids, which charge their batteries as you drive along, using energy gathered from the engine and from the momentum of the car under braking. They’re sometimes called ‘self-charging hybrids’ or ‘full hybrids’. You can learn more about how hybrids work here.

Conventional hybrids are ideal if you don’t have somewhere convenient to recharge a plug-in hybrid or a fully electric car. If you think a plug-in hybrid might better suit your lifestyle, discover our look at the best used plug-in hybrid cars here.

These are our top 10 used hybrid cars. For each, we’ve included the official average fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures (as a range if they vary between models), as well as the maximum pure electric range (how far the car can travel at low speed without using the petrol or diesel engine at all).

1. Toyota C-HR

The first thing that’ll grab you about the Toyota C-HR will probably be its looks. But the C-HR isn’t just a bit of a head-turner on the outside. Climb aboard and you’ll find a stylish interior with a high-tech look and an easy-to-use dashboard. Families with younger children will find there’s enough space for everyone, while the boot is big enough for their gear.

The C-HR has a nimble, responsive feel on the move and its high driving position and compact size make it easy to park. Most versions have a 1.8-litre petrol engine that gives you a fine blend of fuel economy and performance, although there’s also a sportier 2.0-litre model that’s even nippier. Toyota’s reliability record is very impressive, and if you buy a C-HR that’s less than five years old you can enjoy the remainder of its five-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

Average official fuel economy: 50-59mpg 

CO2 emissions: 109-119g/km 

Pure electric range: 1-2 miles

Read our Toyota C-HR review

2. Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

If you haven’t heard of the Ioniq, think of it as Hyundai’s equivalent to the Toyota Prius because it’s very similar in size. While you can also get the Ioniq as a plug-in hybrid or as a fully electric car, the conventional hybrid is the best-selling of the three, and the most affordable.

In fact, this is one of the best-value used hybrid cars you can buy. It offers a lot for your money, with a high standard of equipment across the range. You get enough space for a family of four and its impressive fuel economy means it’ll cost you very little to run. Hyundai’s reliability record is good, but a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty from new gives you extra peace of mind. 

Average official fuel economy: 61-63mpg 

CO2 emissions: 84g/km

Pure electric range: N/A

Read our Hyundai Ioniq review

3. Lexus NX 300h

Lexus has been making hybrid-powered SUVs longer than most brands and the NX 300h is one of the best of its type. 

Angular, futuristic styling inside gives it a high-tech look that stands out from the crowd. The hybrid power system is smooth and responsive and although the NX 300h isn’t as enjoyable to drive as some rivals, it’s generally quiet and comfortable. 

Inside, you sit high and everything feels like it’s built to last a lifetime. You get generous headroom and legroom in the front seats and legroom is particularly good in the back because, unlike many cars, the NX 300h has no raised section running down the middle. The boot is a good size and usefully shaped. Even the least expensive model has heated front seats and sat nav, while most versions also have leather upholstery. 

Average fuel economy: 37-40mpg

CO2 emissions: 161-175g/km

Electric range: N/A

Read our Lexus NX review

4. Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Take a small hatchback, add hybrid power and what do you get? Incredibly low running costs and emissions. Those are the two main attractions of the Toyota Yaris Hybrid, although as with every Toyota there’s also the reassurance of a five-year warranty from new and a reputation for rock-solid reliability.

The ability to travel short distances on electric power alone (at low speed) makes the Yaris a great choice if you spend most of your time driving in town. Its compact size and comparatively large windows make it easy to squeeze into the tiniest parking spaces. Thanks to the boost from the electric motor, the Yaris Hybrid feels quick off the mark around town yet it’s perfectly at home on faster roads, too.

Average fuel economy: 66-69mpg

CO2 emissions: 92-98g/km

Electric range: 1 mile

Read our Toyota Yaris review

5. Lexus RX 450h

Like the smaller NX, the Lexus RX 450h focuses on a smooth driving experience, which makes it a particularly relaxing car to drive. Its powerful combination of petrol engine and electric motor makes acceleration and overtaking effortless, and it even makes a pleasing growl when you accelerate.

The interior is beautifully finished and with a long list of standard equipment, the RX feels every bit the luxury SUV. Like all Lexuses, the RX has an impressive reputation for reliability, sitting at or near the top of most of the reliability surveys in which it’s featured in recent years. 

Average fuel economy: 36mpg

CO2 emissions: 178-180g/km

Electric range: 1 mile

6. Kia Niro Hybrid

The Kia Niro demonstrates that you don’t have to spend a lot to get a good hybrid SUV. It’s about the same size as a Nissan Qashqai, which makes it big enough to suit the average family. On the move, it’s comfortable and quiet, and most models come with lots of features.

As with the Hyundai Ioniq, you can have your Niro as a fully electric car or a plug-in hybrid, but the conventional hybrid we’re talking about here is the easiest to find and the most affordable. Average fuel economy of 50mpg+ should mean low running costs and the Niro’s long warranty helps to make ownership as stress-free as possible. As with all Kias, it’s protected for seven years and up to 100,000 miles from new, so if you buy it used you could have years left on that guarantee.

Average fuel economy: 53-59mpg

CO2 emissions: 110-120g/km

Electric range: N/A

7. Toyota Prius

If you asked most people to name a hybrid car, chances are they’d come up with the Toyota Prius. It has become synonymous with hybrid power, partly because it was one of the first, and partly because it’s now become the best-selling.

This ubiquity has helped to prove its reliability, too, with plenty of high-mileage Priuses out there providing faithful service to their owners. The latest Prius (launched in 2016) stands out from the crowd with quirky design inside and out, but this isn’t a case of style over substance. It feels built to last and there’s enough interior space to make it a practical family car. 

Average fuel economy: 60-68mpg

CO2 emissions: 94-109g/km

Electric range: N/A

8. Hyundai Kona Hybrid

If you fancy a hybrid SUV that’s compact and cost-effective, the Hyundai Kona Hybrid could be right up your street. It’s not much larger than small hatchbacks such as the Ford Fiesta, but its higher driving position gives you a great view of what’s around you, which helps when parking in tight spaces. 

The Kona Hybrid accelerates briskly from a standstill, too, so it’s perfect for pulling out into small gaps in traffic. When you’re on the move it’s comfortable, with suspension that gives a smooth, steady ride. 

The interior has decent space for people and luggage and it feels sturdy. Hyundai has a good reputation for dependability, too. The warranty from new is five years, which is more than the three years you get with many rivals.

Average fuel economy: 66-72mpg

CO2 emissions: 90-99mpg

Electric range: N/A

9. Honda CR-V Hybrid

If you need a big, practical hybrid SUV with space for the family, the dog, and everything else you might need a Honda CR-V. The latest model (launched in 2018) has a simply enormous boot with a wide, flat opening that makes it easy to load heavy items (or pets) in and out. That’s not all; there’s lots of space in the back seats, as well as big, wide-opening doors that make fitting a child seat a breeze. 

Top models even get heated seats in the back, too, as part of a huge list of standard features that would put some luxury cars to shame. And Honda’s solid reputation for reliability means every CR-V Hybrid should prove durable and dependable. 

Average fuel economy: 51-53mpg

CO2 emissions: 120-126mpg

Electric range: N/A

Read our Honda CR-V review

10. Lexus UX 250h

Yes, it’s another Lexus SUV, this time the smallest of the bunch. The UX 250h (launched in 2019) is shorter and quite a bit lower than the NX 300h, feeling more like a higher-riding hatchback than a conventional SUV. While the UX is the least expensive new Lexus SUV, it gives you all the quality, dependability and high-tech features you expect of the brand. It feels every inch a premium product. 

The combination of a 2.0-litre petrol engine and electric motor gives you strong acceleration and the UX feels comfortable and controlled even on the most demanding roads. There’s no more interior space than you’d get in the average family hatchback and the boot is surprisingly small, but the UX is roomy and versatile enough to suit most needs. 

Average fuel economy: 47-53mpg

CO2 emissions: 120-136g/km

Electric range: N/A

There are lots of high-quality used hybrid cars for sale at Cazoo. Use our search function to find one you love, buy it online and then have it delivered to your door or choose to collect it from your nearest Cazoo Customer Centre.

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