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Best Hybrid Cars 2022 (and the ones to avoid) | What Car?

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it used to be a simple choice between petrol and diesel but buying a new car today you have hybrids plug-in hybrids mild hybrids and fully electric cars in the mix as well giving you plenty of brilliant options but making it all rather confusing to try and make sense of some of this view we’re explaining what hybrids are the ones that you don’t have to plug in and we’re naming the top 10 on sale this is a list of cars that you can buy right now but there are many more around the corner so to make sure you see our in-depth reviews of all the new hybrid cars launching this year and beyond subscribe to our channel and to make sure you’re paying a fair price for a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid or any new car at all go to whatcar.com to look through our list of deals [Music] now if you want to see the best plug-in hybrids you can buy click on the link at the top of the screen there to watch our other video running you through that but right here we’re talking about standard hybrids whether you need to plug them in or not hybrid cars combine a petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor powered by a battery with a standard hybrid which you might hear some manufacturers refer to as self-charging hybrids or even a full hybrid the battery is absolutely tiny and is charged up using energy that would normally be wasted for example when you’re slowing down that energy can then drive the electric motor to assist the petrol engine which improves your fuel economy and reduces your co2 emissions you can travel on pure electric power alone without using the engine but it’s only for very very short distances of no more than a few hundred yards at low speeds a plug-in hybrid has a much bigger battery one so big that it needs to be plugged in to charge up and some can travel for more than 30 miles on pure electric power alone but they tend to be much more expensive than standard hybrids and you have to make sure you keep the battery charged up as much as you can otherwise the fuel economy isn’t very good at all and if you’ve heard of a mild hybrid then this should definitely not be confused with a hybrid or plug-in hybrid it only offers a very small amount of electrical assistance to the engine and typically the only impact you’d notice is a very smooth stop-start engine system so hopefully that’s cleared up some of the confusing jargon for you and now let’s get to our list of top 10 hybrids when toyota launched the prius back in 1997 it became the first mass-produced hybrid car a quarter of a century later the japanese manufacturer is now a veteran of the hybrid world still releasing good models but now facing lots more competition its latest effort is the toyota yaris cross it’s very similar underneath to the toyota yaris but on the outside it’s been jacked up and given an suv makeover it comes with a 1.5 litre three cylinder petrol engine and it actually has the best average fuel economy figure of any car we’ve ever put through our true mpg test so in real-world driving conditions our research shows that you can expect to achieve an average of 60.1 miles per gallon in the town section of our tests it achieved an incredible 103.3 miles per gallon factor in composed handling and toyota’s excellent reliability record and it’s clear to see the appeal of toyota’s small suv just bear in mind that it’s quite cramped in the back and the infotainment system isn’t great honda’s large suv is now in its fifth generation and is hybrid only it comes with a two liter petrol engine and an electric motor and while it might not score highly in the driving excitement stakes it’s comfy refined and it’s spacious you also get a decent amount of kit as standard and an excellent driving position the old lexus nx wasn’t anything to write home about but the new second generation model marks an enormous step forwards for the brand it has a great interior is competitively priced and of course comes with the benefit of lexus’s legendary reliability record the plug-in hybrid version is particularly impressive as well the ford cougar is a great large suv no matter what version you go for but it’s particularly compelling if you go for either the hybrid or the plug-in hybrid do that and you’ll get an suv that offers tidy handling and good fuel economy all for a sensible price the interior quality is a bit iffy though and the boot is fairly small the hyundai tucson is great inside both in terms of build quality and the space on offer it’s not a seven seater but compared to its direct five-seat rivals it has loads of space in the back and a big boot too the kia sportage is very similar to the tucson underneath and the two are ultimately hard to split but the sportage just about feels the more polished product in a few areas particularly its ride and comfort the toyota corolla is a fine family car with two hybrid versions which like all hybrids have the potential to offer exceptionally low running costs it’s comfortable benefits from toyota’s exceptional reliability record and comes with loads of standard equipment the corolla offers a hugely compelling reason to go hybrid if you like the corolla but need more space you can also buy an estate version called the corolla touring sports if you need a car with seven seats hybrid or non-hybrid they don’t come much better than the kia sorento it’s a massive suv with seating for seven adults and in five seat mode a massive boot in fact the only hybrid seven seater that’s better than the sorrento is the hyundai santa fe like the sportage and the tucson the sorrento and santa fe are very closely related and very difficult to choose between but ultimately the santa fe offers all the positives of the sorrento and gets some luxuries in its entry-level trim which the sorrento only gets in its more expensive versions so for that reason this fantastic hybrid looks slightly better value but the very best hybrid you can buy is the honda jazz this is a small car that offers a big reason to go hybrid sure it’s no seven seat santa fe when it comes to practicality but considering this is effectively a small car rival to things like the ford fiesta and vauxhall corsa the jazz is more like an mpv compared to them it is huge inside by class standards with the magic seats in the rear adding to its incredibly practical offering it’s also comfortable fantastically well equipped and nicely finished inside it’s not the cheapest small car but it is definitely the best and indeed the most compelling hybrid car on sale right now if you want to find out more about what makes the jazz so good click on the link at the top of the screen to watch our full review not all hybrids are good though and while the lexus nx is a fantastic car the smaller ux is not with distinctive looks and an efficient hybrid system you might think it’s an interesting alternative to establish premium family suvs but cramped rear seat space and a tiny boot make the ux seriously bad in terms of practicality for family suvs add in a poor infotainment system a so-so driving experience and it’s a hybrid that lags behind the rest of the class so there you have it the best and worst hybrid cars on sale do you agree with our list what hybrid car are you buying tell us in the comments below and subscribe to our channel for lots more reviews and go to whatcol.

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