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June 5th 2019 info review

One in twelve new cars purchased in the UK is now electric, and as the world of cars evolves, so too does the offering of used vehicles – with more and more dealerships looking to stock up on the best hybrid cars available.

So, what is a hybrid car? And how much will one set you back?

Hybrid cars are vehicles that use more than one form of propulsion, combining a petrol or diesel engine, with an electric motor. Advantages of a hybrid include less fuel consumption and less CO2 production, compared to average petrol or diesel-engine vehicles.

Hybrid cars instead use a conservative engine, along with an electric motor and battery – making up parallel hybrid cars, plug-in hybrids and range extenders.

To make simple for you, we've highlighted some of the best used hybrid cars on the market at the moment.

#1 - Hybrid Ford Mondeo

This under-rated hybrid comes with a specially-developed 2-0 litre petrol engine, combined with two electric motors – one that drives the wheels of the vehicle, and another that supplies recovering charging, along with a 1.4kWh lithium-ion battery.

Its top speed in EV mode is a modest 85mph and its design offers an Aston Martin-esque grille, with a large headlight offering. Annoyingly, the lithium-ion batteries take up around 100-litres of its boot space, meaning there's less room on offer, compared to a normal Mondeo.

Priced at an average of £16,000, it's one of the cheaper hybrids estate offerings on the market.

#2 - Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The plug-in hybrid Outlander has been a quietly successful SUV, whose main attributes consist of a large, spacious interior, with well enough room for five adults.

It also offers a boot that's big enough to deal with pretty much anything you throw at it and has become a very popular option for adventurous families, its five-star rating in Euro NCAP's crash tests doesn't harm this, either.

The charging time of a standard PHEV version is around eight hours, and it's perfect for those long, “Are we there yet!?” trips.

You can look to grab one of these 2.0 Litre Hybrids for a typical £30,000.

#3 – Volkswagen Golf GTE

With the used Volkswagen Golf now one of the utmost popular cards on sale in the UK, its plug-in hybrid GTE brother takes its appeal and offering that one step further.

The Golf includes a number of pieces of tech as standard, including climate control, automatic lighting, LED headlights, cruise control, and parking sensors at the rear and front of the vehicle. It more or less comes set with the same amount of gear as the GT Golf, and doesn't cost the earth, either.

Second hand models with a moderate amount of miles on the clock cost less than half of its original value, priced at around £15,000.

#4 – Volvo V60 Twin Engine

When you think of estate vehicles, you probably think dogs, children, strange furniture, checkered trousers and corduroy. But that's exactly what the Volvo V60 looks to change, its plug-in hybrid features a diesel engine and gives you a lot for your money.

Giving you 430 litres of boot space and up to 31 miles of electric range, the V60 is a cleanly designed, runs smoothly and is a more than decent hybrid choice.

With masses of space despite its hybrids features, it can be bought second hand for £15,000.

#5 – Toyota Yaris Hybrid

If you're looking for a city car with low-running costs, this supermini is ideal, offering a lower tax fee compared to its rivals, too. Its automatic gearbox provides quiet and fuel-efficient driving around busy urban streets, gliding with ease, and when stuck in traffic, the Yaris doesn't suffer either.

Its driving ability ensures there's no intrusive stop-start system, getting in the way of short traffic light windows, and despite weighing more than most rivals, the model still manages to roll around efficiently and brakes well, too.

The used city car averages a price of £11,000, and can usually be found with a low mileage, with little searching.

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