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Best used hybrid cars

Hybrid cars are a great option if you want to reduce your carbon footprint and fuel costs compared with a petrol or diesel car. Here are our top 10 used hybrid cars.

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Whether you need a small hatchback, a family-friendly SUV or any other type of car, there’s a hybrid car to suit your needs. In addition to a petrol or diesel engine, hybrid cars have a battery-powered electric motor that helps increase their fuel economy and reduce their carbon dioxide emissions.

Here we’re focusing on ‘conventional’ hybrids, which use energy from the engine and from the brakes to charge the battery for their electric motor – you can’t plug them in to recharge them. You might hear these being called ‘self-charging hybrids’ or ‘full hybrids’.
Conventional hybrids aren’t the only type of hybrid car you can buy, of course – there are mild hybrids and plug-in hybrids, too. If you want to find out more about how each type of hybrid car works and which one might be best for you, have a look at our guides:

How do hybrid cars work?

What is a mild-hybrid car?

What is a plug-in hybrid car?

You may also be wondering if you should take the plunge and get a pure electric car. To help you decide, our guide lists the pros and cons here:

Should I buy an electric car?

If you’ve decided on a conventional hybrid, you have some excellent cars to choose from. Here, in no particular order, are our top 10 used hybrid cars.

1. Toyota Prius

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

The Prius is still a great choice if you want a practical, cost-effective family car that looks distinctive inside and out. The latest version, sold since 2016, is significantly improved over older versions, which were already pretty good. It has generous space for four people (five at a pinch), a big boot and lots of equipment. It’s also lovely to drive – easy, smooth, quiet and comfortable.

Official average fuel economy: 59-67mpg

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2. Kia Niro

The Kia Niro shows 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 of four. On the move, it’s comfortable and quiet, and most models come with loads of features.

As with the Hyundai Ioniq, you can have your Niro as a fully electric car or as a plug-in hybrid, but the conventional hybrid we’re talking about here is the easiest to find and also the most affordable. The Niro’s seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty from new helps to make ownership as stress-free as possible. As with all Kias, if you buy it used you still could have years left on that guarantee.

Official average fuel economy: 60-68mpg

3. Hyundai Ioniq

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 and shape. 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.

Official average fuel economy: 61-63mpg

4. Toyota Corolla

If you want a mid-size family car with hybrid power, the Corolla is one of just a few options, yet it’s also one of the best. There’s also an unusual amount of variety in the Corolla range – you can choose from hatchback, estate or saloon bodies, 1.8- or 2.0-litre engines and several trim levels so there should be something right for you.

Whichever one you choose, you’ll get a car that’s easy to live with, feels like it’s built to last and offers excellent value. It can even be quite entertaining to drive, especially the 2.0-litre models. If you need a family car, the roomy estate model is the better option although the hatchback and saloon versions certainly aren’t short on practicality.
Official average fuel economy: 50-60mpg

5. Lexus RX 450h

If you want a big, luxurious SUV yet also want to minimise your environmental impact, the Lexus RX is well worth a look. It’s really comfortable, whisper-quiet and chock-full of high-tech gadgets and although there are more practical cars of this type, it still has lots of room for four adults and their weekend luggage.

It’s a great car for your holiday road trips because its smooth, relaxing ride means you’ll still feel fresh even at the end of a very long journey. If you need more space, you should go for the RX 450h L – a longer version that has seven seats and a bigger boot. Like every Lexus, the RX has an impressive reputation for reliability, sitting at or near the top of most of the reliability surveys in recent years.
Official average fuel economy: 36-50mpg

6. Ford Mondeo

You may be familiar with the Ford Mondeo’s reputation for family-friendly practicality and an enjoyable drive but did you know that it’s also available as a hybrid? With the hybrid version you still get the same great value, huge interior space, comfortable ride and engaging driving experience as with other Mondeos, but with better fuel economy than even the diesel models. And you can still choose between elegant saloon or practical estate bodies, and the upscale Titanium or luxurious Vignale trim.
Official average fuel economy: 67mpg

7. Honda CR-V

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 back doors that make fitting a child seat a breeze.

You get a lot of standard features for your money, too, with top-spec models having things that you’d expect of a luxury car, including heated back seats. You’ll pay a bit more for the CR-V than you would for some family SUVs but it’s a very practical, well-equipped option that feels built to last.

Official average fuel economy: 51-53mpg

8. Toyota C-HR

If you like a car that looks really distinctive, that looks like nothing else on the road, the Toyota C-HR could be right up your street. But there’s more to it than just looks. It’s great to drive thanks to responsive steering and comfortable suspension. And it’s particularly good in town, where its compact size and automatic gearbox make nipping around really easy.

Hybrid C-HR models are available with 1.8- or 2.0-litre engines: the 1.8 is a good all-rounder that gives great fuel economy but the 2.0 gives a rapid turn of speed that makes it the better choice for regular long journeys. The back seats and boot aren’t the most spacious you’ll find in a car of this type, but the C-HR is a great option for single people and couples.

Official average fuel economy: 54-73mpg

9. Mercedes-Benz C300h

Unlike the other cars on our list, the C300h has a diesel, rather than petrol, engine alongside its electric battery. Diesel may have fallen from favour in recent years but it works really well with hybrid power. You get extra oomph from the electric motor for usefully rapid acceleration and fuel economy that makes it a particularly good option if you do a lot of long-distance journeys: imagine driving more than 800 miles between fill-ups.

You also get all the space, comfort, tech and quality you’d expect from any Mercedes C-Class, as well as a car that looks elegant and sleek both inside and out.

Official average fuel economy: 74-78mpg

10. Honda Jazz

If you want a car that’s small and easy to park yet surprisingly spacious and practical on the inside, the latest Honda Jazz is well worth a look. It’s the same size as a Volkswagen Polo yet it gives you passenger and boot space similar to a Volkswagen Golf. You’ll find lots of useful features in the cabin, too, the most impressive being back seats that fold away to create a tall, flat space behind the front seats that’s large enough for a fold-up bike or even your pet Labrador.

The hybrid-powered Jazz is great if you do a lot of town or city driving because it has an automatic gearbox as standard and it really takes the strain out of stop-start driving. Not only that, the battery gives you enough range to drive for a couple of miles using electric power alone so you could make some trips without using a drop of fuel or creating any emissions.
Official average fuel economy: 62mpg (models sold since 2020)

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