Every plug-in hybrid car rated

Plug-in hybrids promise the best of both worlds – a big enough electric range to cover your commute without using any fuel, and an engine for when you need to go farther...

Best plug-in hybrids

Like the idea of going electric, but can't make a fully electric car fit into your life? Well, don't worry, because the best plug-in hybrids now give you many miles of zero-emission motoring, plus the convenience of a petrol or diesel engine for when you need to go farther or aren't able to charge up.

They can also lower your tax bill dramatically, particularly if you're a company car driver. However, with most manufacturers now offering at least one plug-in hybrid – and some as many as seven – it can be difficult to know what to go for.

Here, then, we rate every plug-in hybrid currently on sale. If you want to find out more about a particular model or see what savings are available through our New Car Buying service, just click on the relevant link.

BMW 330e front cornering

Our pick M Sport
List price £41,460
Target Price £36,419
Target PCP £416
Fuel economy 201.8mpg
CO2 emissions 31g/km
Electric range 37 miles

For Strong performance; great fun to drive; intuitive infotainment; low company car tax.
Against Reduced boot and petrol tank compared with regular 3 Series.
What Car? rating 5 stars

At this year's What Car? Awards, the plug-in hybrid BMW 3 Series achieved the rarest of feats: winning two separate awards. You see, not only is it a great plug-in hybrid, but it’s also our favourite executive saloon.

2019 330e interior

But what a car the 330e is: comfortable, classy and potentially cheap to run, thanks to an official electric-only range of 37 miles and a low CO2 output that puts it in a very favourable tax bracket. Meanwhile, the 330e is great fun to drive, barely giving anything away to regular 3 Series models in corners.

The 330e’s interior is crammed full of the latest tech, including a class-leading infotainment system that’s easy to operate on the move, thanks to its rotary controller. There’s more space in the rear seats than you’ll find in the rival Mercedes C-Class, too. The only downside is that the battery under the boot floor means luggage space is quite a bit down on that of regular 3 Series models.

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Kia Niro PHEV

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2020 Kia Niro PHEV front 3/4

Our pick 3
List price £31,955
Target Price £29,921
Target PCP £337*
Fuel economy 201.8mpg
CO2 emissions 31g/km
Electric range 36 miles

For Spacious interior; seven-year warranty; competitive electric range and emissions.
Against Firm ride; not much fun to drive; less luggage space than regular Niro hybrid.
What Car? rating 3 stars

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Volkswagen Passat GTE

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Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate front tracking

Our pick Estate
List price £38,770
Target Price £33,152
Target PCP £423
Fuel economy 201.8mpg
CO2 emissions 31g/km
Electric range 34 miles

For Very refined; big boot with estate version; low running costs for low-mileage drivers.
Against Hefty purchase price for private buyers; batteries take up spare wheel well
What Car? rating 5 stars

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Mini Countryman All4 PHEV

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Mini Countryman PHEV front

Our pick Cooper S E Classic
List price £31,890
Target Price £29,434
Target PCP £294
Fuel economy 39.8mpg
CO2 emissions 161g/km
Electric range 35 miles

For Keen handling; feels very brisk below 50mph; good-quality interior; spacious boot.
Against Unforgiving ride; too much wind and road noise; you need to add options.
What Car? rating 3 stars

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Range Rover Sport P400e

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Range Rover Sport front three quarters

Our pick HSE
List price £72,995
Target Price £69,896
Target PCP £647
Fuel economy 86.9mpg
CO2 emissions 74g/km
Electric range 32 miles

For Cosseting ride; hushed cruiser; imperious driving position; interior feels special.
Against High price; SDV6 diesel makes more sense if you do big miles; fiddly infotainment.
What Car? rating 4 stars

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Polestar 1

Polestar 1 front three quarters

Our pick 1
List price £139,000
Target Price £139,000
Target PCP na
Fuel economy 403.6mpg
CO2 emissions 15g/km
Electric range 78 miles

For Properly fast, yet capable of outstanding efficiency; enjoyable to drive; exclusive.
Against Very expensive to buy; tiny boot; interior doesn’t feel special enough.
What Car? rating 4 stars

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Audi Q5 55 TFSIe

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Audi Q5 TFSIe

Our pick S line Competition
List price £54,910
Target Price £51,660
Target PCP £473
Fuel economy 117.7mpg
CO2 emissions 56g/km
Electric range 26 miles

For Superbly refined; strong performance; classy, practical interior; holds its value well.
Against Not as agile as diesel Q5; inconsistent brake pedal feel can make stopping jerky.
What Car? rating 4 stars

Although the 40 TDI diesel version of the Q5 large SUV still makes most financial sense for private buyers, the 55 TFSIe plug-in hybrid is the better company car, because CO2 emissions of as low as 49g/km make for pleasing benefit-in-kind rates.

This is actually the more powerful of two plug-in hybrid Q5s, combining a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined output of 361bhp. As a result, it’s very nearly as quick as the SQ5 sports SUV in a straight line, covering the 0-62mph sprint in just 5.3sec.

Audi Q5 interior

The ride is slightly firmer than we’d like around town, but it smooths out nicely on faster roads. There’s loads of grip and traction through corners and the steering is precise and feelsome enough to allow you to place the car accurately through bends, making it more confidence-inspiring to drive than rivals such as the Volvo XC60 Recharge T8.

The Q5’s official electric-only range is up to 26 miles, meaning school runs and commutes can potentially be completed without using a drop of petrol, although fuel economy will be only around 30mpg if you don’t recharge the battery regularly.

Inside, the Q5 is a class act, with high-quality materials and plenty of space for a family of five, plus sliding and reclining rear seats for added flexibility. The infotainment system is rich in features and responds quickly to inputs, while S line Competition trim comes fully loaded with kit.

Mercedes E-Class front three quarters

Our pick SE
List price £47,805
Target Price £43,341
Target PCP £491
Fuel economy 201.8mpg
CO2 emissions 34g/km
Electric range 30 miles

For Comfy; well equipped; efficient even when battery is at, thanks to diesel engine.
Against Engine could be quieter; not as fun to drive as some rivals; numb brake pedal.
What Car? rating 4 stars

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Peugeot 3008 Hybrid

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Peugeot 3008

Our pick Hybrid4 GT Line
List price £43,510
Target Price £42,549
Target PCP £399
Fuel economy 235.0mpg
CO2 emissions 28g/km
Electric range 36 miles

For Stylish, high-quality interior; practical boot; impressive zero-emissions range.
Against Jerky transitions between petrol and electric power; slow, distracting touchscreen.
What Car? rating 3 stars

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Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

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Porsche Cayenne

Our pick E-Hybrid
List price £68,523
Target Price £68,523
Target PCP na
Fuel economy 72.4mpg
CO2 emissions 89g/km
Electric range 22 miles

For All the performance you could want; sharp handling; spacious and plush inside.
Against Rivals have longer electric ranges; less standard equipment than you’d expect.
What Car? rating 4 stars

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Ford Kuga PHEV

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Ford Kuga 2020 RHD front left tracking

Our pick Titanium
List price £33,095
Target Price £31,115
Target PCP £268*
Fuel economy 201.8mpg
CO2 emissions 32g/km
Electric range 35 miles

For Well priced; cheap as a company car; good driving position; spacious in the back.
Against A bit wallowy; interior shows signs of cost cutting; compromised boot.
What Car? rating 4 stars

Volvo XC90 front

Our pick Inscription
List price £68,705
Target Price £63,943
Target PCP £614
Fuel economy 100.8mpg
CO2 emissions 63g/km
Electric range 25 miles

For Very quick and quiet; useful electric-only range; classy interior; space for seven adults.
Against Touchscreen is tricky to use on the move; not that economical on long runs.
What Car? rating 4 stars

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Skoda Superb iV

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2019 skoda superb iv white driving front

Our pick SE Technology
List price £33,600
Target Price £31,295
Target PCP £435
Fuel economy 235.4mpg
CO2 emissions 28g/km
Electric range 35 miles

For Masses of space for rear passengers; huge boot; wafts you along comfortably.
Against Wallowy handling; occasionally jerky switching between petrol and electric modes.
What Car? rating 5 stars

Don't think that you need to spend a lot of money to get a large car with fuel-saving plug-in hybrid technology, because this Skoda Superb represents a whopping bang for your buck.

Skoda Superb Estate - interior

The Superb iV’s 1.4-litre petrol engine and electric motor produce 215bhp, while officially the car can cover up to 35 miles on battery power alone. This is one of the best-riding versions of the Superb, too; it wafts over bumps and can cover big miles with ease.

Inside, the Superb is pleasantly plush and oh so spacious. Meanwhile, even with its battery taking up some room, the Superb iV can hold more in its boot than the equivalent Ford Mondeo.

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Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid

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Our pick E-Hybrid
List price £83,798
Target Price £83,798
Target PCP na
Fuel economy 85.6mpg
CO2 emissions 74g/km
Electric range 32 miles

For Even this ‘entry’ hybrid can crack 0-62mph in 4.6sec; classy interior; comfortable for four.
Against Expensive to buy; touch-sensitive controls could be easier to navigate
What Car? rating 4 stars

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Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid

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2020 Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 front 3/4

Our pick Hybrid4 Business Edition Nav Premium
List price £36,800
Target Price £34,638
Target PCP £372
Fuel economy 204.0mpg
CO2 emissions 29g/km
Electric range 23 miles

For Generous standard kit; lively acceleration; makes a cheap company car.
Against Not as plush as the closely related Peugeot 3008; same sluggish infotainment.
What Car? rating 3 stars

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Audi Q7 55/60 TFSIe

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Audi Q7 60 TFSIe

Our pick 55 TFSIe S line
List price £67,860
Target Price £67,860
Target PCP na
Fuel economy 85.6mpg
CO2 emissions 74g/km
Electric range 25 miles

For Pillowy ride; agile for its size; stunning interior quality; impressively refined.
Against No third-row seats; smaller electric range and higher tax bills than BMW X5 45e.
What Car? rating 4 stars

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Mercedes-Benz GLC 300e, GLC Coupé 300e

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Mercedes-Benz GLC 2019 front cornering

Our pick GLC 300e AMG Line
List price £52,572
Target Price £49,079
Target PCP £546
Fuel economy 108.7mpg
CO2 emissions 52g/km
Electric range 29 miles

For Punchy performance; well equipped; interior has plenty of wow factor.
Against Less spacious in the rear than rivals; unnatural steering; mixed ride quality.
What Car? rating 3 stars

BMW X5 45e front cornering - 69-plate car

Our pick xLine
List price £64,755
Target Price £60,286
Target PCP £653
Fuel economy 235.4mpg
CO2 emissions 27g/km
Electric range 54 miles

For Long electric range; comfortable ride; smooth and quiet engine; low BIK rates.
Against No seven-seat option; rear seats aren’t very flexible; pricey for private buyers.
What Car? rating 5 stars

If you want to maximise your electric-only range, it pays to choose this BMW X5. Put simply, it will travel farther on battery power alone than any other plug-in petrol-electric SUV rival, with an official electric range of 54 miles. And once the battery is depleted, there’s a stonking 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine to take the strain, although your fuel economy will suffer drastically if you don’t recharge the battery; our test car returned just 25mpg when it was solely powered by the engine.

BMW X5 45e dashboard - 69-plate car

The luxurious xDrive45e comes with air suspension, ensuring a super-smooth ride, and it’s a quieter cruiser than the rival Volvo XC90 Recharge T8. The latter feels more agile than the X5 on winding roads, though.

Although the boot is smaller than the regular X5’s and those of the Audi Q7 and the XC90, it’s still a very generous size, being roomy enough to hold nine carry-on suitcases, and a family of five will have plenty of room in which to stretch out; there’s no seven-seat option with the plug-in hybrid model. The interior is beautifully built and features high-quality materials throughout, plus the best infotainment system in the business.

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Volvo S60 Recharge T8

Volvo S60 T8 red front

Our pick Inscription
List price £56,040
Target Price £53,271
Target PCP £584
Fuel economy 176.5mpg
CO2 emissions 37g/km
Electric range 31 miles

For Seriously fast; smooth cruiser; hugely supportive front seats; quality interior.
Against Very expensive next to BMW 330e, and not as much fun; fiddly touchscreen.
What Car? rating 4 stars

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Our pick Design
List price £36,835
Target Price £35,107
Target PCP £417
Fuel economy 139.7mpg
CO2 emissions 46g/km
Electric range 34 miles

For Refined in town; low company car tax bills; good standard equipment.
Against Numb steering; jarring ride; dated interior; no seven-seat option, unlike diesel
What Car? rating 2 stars

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DS 7 Crossback E-Tense

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DS 7 Crossback

Our pick Performance Line
List price £47,735
Target Price £47,030
Target PCP £483
Fuel economy 235.4mpg
CO2 emissions 28g/km
Electric range 36 miles

For Spacious for five; loaded with kit; tiny emissions are good for BIK rates.
Against Grabby brakes; so-so handling; engine and motor don’t blend together well.
What Car? rating 2 stars

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And the rest

Audi A8 60 TFSIe - 4 stars
BMW 530e - 4 stars
BMW 745e - 4 stars
BMW i8 - 4 stars
Hyundai Ioniq PHEV - 4 stars
Mercedes A250e - 4 stars
Mercedes C300de - 3 stars
Mercedes E300e - 4 stars
Mercedes S560e - 5 stars
Mercedes GLE 350de - 3 stars
Peugeot 508 Hybrid4 - 3 sars
Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid - 4 stars
Porsche Cayenne Coupé E-Hybrid - 4 stars
Porsche Cayenne Coupé Turbo S E-Hybrid - 4 stars
Range Rover P400e - 4 stars
Toyota Prius Plug-in - 3 stars
Volvo V60 Recharge T8 - 3 stars
Volvo S90 Recharge T8 - 3 stars
Volvo V90 Recharge T8 - 3 stars
Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 - 4 stars
Volvo XC60 Recharge T8 - 3 stars


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