The Best Hybrid Cars in 2021

While we are all aware of the need to switch from petrol or diesel to electric cars, it can still feel like a big jump. There is still a level of uncertainty around fully electric cars and just how long their battery can last. After all, you don’t want to be on your way to the airport or driving to a big meeting, and you lose charge halfway through your journey.

Hybrid cars are a great middle-ground to combat this problem. More economical than their full petrol or diesel-based counterparts, but still with the ability to run on fuel, they offer the best of both worlds. Hybrid cars work by combining a petrol or diesel engine with batteries and an electric motor. This means if you were to run out of charge, it would switch to fuel. It uses less fuel, emits less Co2 and is a reliable alternative to a fully electric vehicle.

If you are looking to switch from a petrol or diesel car to a hybrid, there are many great choices on the market; it is down to you to decide which is best for you. Here are some of the best hybrid cars of 2021.

Hyundai Ioniq 1.6 GDi Hybrid

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The Hyundai Ioniq boasts efficient self-charging hybrid technology. It delivers all you could need from a traditional car, but with additional environmental and economic benefits that electric vehicles provide. Sleek, attractive and powerful, it is an ideal family car that boasts aesthetics to be proud of. The design is smooth and aerodynamic, making it a treat for both the eyes and for efficiency.

Make the most of the Bluelink connectivity via the smartphone app as well as their free five-year subscription to Hyundai's LIVE services enabling you to see the traffic and weather ahead of your journey. It has a battery capacity of 1.56kQh, fuel consumption of 62.8MPG and can go from 0-62mph in 11.1 seconds. All in all, this is a fantastic hybrid car that you should be proud of.

Volvo XC90 Recharge T8

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The Volvo XC90 Recharge T8 encapsulates Volvo's ethos for a safer world and better drive - for life. It can drive up to 31 miles on pure electricity, boasts of 83.1-100.9 mpg and 76-63g of CO2 per km. Both engines work in harmony, meaning there is fewer emissions, more traction and better power.

In pure electricity mode, you can drive it without emitting any emissions, and this means you can enjoy your daily commute without worrying about the environment. It has features such as intelligent driver-assist and advanced filtration technology within the cabin to improve the car's air quality. With a smooth and sweeping design and plenty of features to aid your drive, this is a vehicle you don’t want to miss out on.

Audi Q5 55 TFSIe

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Audi Q5 55 TFSIe is a spacious SUV that is designed for the whole family. It comes as a plug-in hybrid that features a turbocharged TFSI engine available in two power outputs and is complemented by an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. It is convenient, spacious, quick and packed with the benefits that petrol, diesel and electric cars provide. Essentially, it is the best of both worlds. The interior itself is sophisticated and packed with features to make your drive more comfortable.

Enjoy climate control, a full-colour touchscreen MMI display and 3-zone climate control, including remote pre-conditioning. The vehicle comes in 9 different colours and boasts a boot space of 465 litres, which is enough for around eleven carries on suitcases. It has a range of up to 39 miles and boasts 188.3mpg.

Mercedes C-Class

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The Mercedes C-Class is another fantastic hybrid vehicle, again offering the reassurance and benefits of a petrol or diesel vehicle while also being much more economical and better for the environment through its electrical components. It has an all-electric range of up to 34 miles, making it ideal for a commute or shorter journeys where you can go fully electric. It also charges in just 1.5 hours, making it easier than ever to top it back up with power. Mercedes Me Charge is a great feature that makes it easier than ever to charge and pay for this on the go. You authenticate it via the app and unlock access to some of the UK's best charging networks.

The car itself boasts dynamic select with a choice of five driving modes, sport seats, 18" aero 5-spoke alloy wheels and a 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel in Nappa leather as standard. The design is sleek, powerful and it is a car that you know won’t let you down.

Toyota Prius

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The Toyota Prius has been heralded as the starting point for hybrid vehicles, and it is no surprise considering they have been redefining hybrid vehicles for over twenty years. Modern in design and intelligent to drive, it is a vehicle that makes driving from A to B, not just a necessity but also an enjoyable one at the same time. The Prius Excel boasts 17 alloy wheels, a JBL Premium Sound System with 10 Speakers and a panoramic View Monitor, as well as heated driver and front passenger seats.

The Toyota Prius uses the electric motors it has to drive the vehicle, while the petrol engine supplies power when needed. It also supports a generator to charge the hybrid battery. Because the Toyota has a self-charging battery, you never have to worry about the battery range of being caught short on a journey. It is innovative and impressive and a vehicle that will continue to impress and delight throughout your ownership.

These are all great options when it comes to picking a hybrid car. The future is set to be very exciting in terms of electric vehicles and the automotive industry, and this is just the beginning. For a chance to dip your toe in the waters of electric vehicles, check out these best hybrid cars for 2021.

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