top 5 hybrid and EVs

hybrids and electric vehicles are changing the world one car at a time - are you ready for the future?

They might still be relatively new to the market, but hybrids and EVs have come a long way since the Toyota Prius made people sit up and pay attention back in the late-90s. At the time, hybrids drew a lot of criticism, but they've since gained huge popularity.


  • better for the environment than petrol or diesel
  • cheaper to tax – some are even exempt
  • there tend to be extra incentives to buy
  • they can have a steep upfront cost
  • often return poor mpg on the motorway
  • some find them less ‘fun’ to drive than other models
October 12th 2017
If you’ve read enough, search for your perfect hybrid/EV

what is a hybrid or ev?

At the most base level, a hybrid combines a traditional style petrol or diesel internal combustion engine to work in tandem with an electric motor. That’s where the simplicity stops however, as different manufacturers – and even different models – tend to mix those combinations of power in different ways. EVs on the other hand are full electric, so use pure battery alone.

different types of hybrid

In the most popular set-ups, hybrids either use the battery to assist the petrol/diesel engine when needed for extra support up hills or when overtaking, or they can run for limited distances on battery power alone. There’s also a third option; the plug-in hybrid, which uses a larger battery alongside the internal combustion engine. These can be charged through being plugged into mains electricity – giving a more impressive electric-only range. And then there’s the range extender set-up, which runs mostly on battery but with a small back-up engine in case you run out of charge.

hybrid design and style

Hybrids come in a variety of car types, from a small car like the Toyota Yaris all the way up to a huge SUV such as Porsche’s Cayenne. So you’ll be able to find a size and style to suit your needs, depending on what works best for you. That being said, hybrids are still not the best at out and out motorway driving compared to other models, so if that’s what you need it may be wise to steer clear of the segment, for now at least.

Now you’re ready to find your perfect hybrid/EV

top 5 hybrid and EV

B56a6547521daa61f291f022d17f81e872859341 hybrid   toyota prius

Toyota Prius

The world’s first mainstream hybrid, the Toyota Prius has proven itself since 1997.

8c92ab83c5ff9ba5a7e54600a7d51e2db6a143c5 hybrid   nissan leaf

Nissan Leaf

The fully electric Nissan Leaf is a capable and modern family hatchback.

79692dd7c31ad6c62f0622d5e99dab9954b70472 hybrid   renault zoe

Renault Zoe

The all-electric Renault Zoe intends to be the world’s best-selling EV.

3cb2071f23ab7beed99456f1b01b3f0fc9d1bbf1 hybrid   vauxhall ampera

Vauxhall Ampera

One of the early plug-ins, the Vauxhall Ampera has lots to offer.

010d46158acf8fe2e7608b509a0249983dfbda82 hybrid   prius

Toyota Prius +

Here Nissan brings all of its smaller sibling’s knowledge to a larger package.

Our latest TV ad