Here at cool things we’re big fans of hybrid cars, anything that can help the environment is all good with us. So here we’ve highlighted four hybrid cars that are getting great reviews.
Toyota Yaris Hybrid
If you are in the market for a city car and you want to be able to buzz around without emitting your weight in CO2, then the Toyota Yaris hybrid will be right up your street. The range starts with the T3 which costs £15,495, before moving up to the T3 at £16,445 and the T Spirit at £17,545 (these are simply trim levels).
The Yaris pairs a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor together. The end result of this is 98 bhp and a 0 – 62 time of 12 seconds. It’s slow, then, but around town it feels quite nippy and it will repay you will stunning economy figures – Toyota reckons you’ll get 80.7 miles per gallon out of this car on a combined cycle.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300 BlueTEC Hybrid
If city cars aren’t your thing and you demand the utmost luxury for cruising and business, then the Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300 BlueTEC Hybrid will be perfect. This car has a 2.1-litre diesel engine and an electric motor which together produce 204 bhp and 369 lb /ft of torque with a CO2 rating of 109 g /km and a potential combined economy of 68.9 miles per gallon. That CO2 rating might not sound incredible, but for a car in this class it’s really rather good.
This car has an on-the-road price of £39,880, which is a lot. But considering an E250 CDI non-hybrid costs £37,975 and returns much less economy, it might be worth looking into.
Ford Mondeo / Fusion
It’s unclear whether the UK will get a Mondeo hybrid, but in the US they will, only the car will be branded as the Fusion (with an MSRP of $27,280). The Fusion hybrid will return 47 miles per gallon around town and around 65 miles per gallon on a combined cycle, with a CO2 rating of well under 100 g/km. The car is powered by a petrol engine and an electric motor which combine to deliver 188 bhp, according to Bristol Street Motors. Amazingly, this car can travel at speed of up to 85 mph using just the electric motor.
Even though the UK might not get this car, there are plenty of other economical used Ford (click here) out there to choose from.
Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid
With an on-the-road price of £61,882, the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid is an expensive car to buy in the quest for excellent economy. It does, however, have a trick up its sleeve – 375 bhp and 428 lb /ft of torque, which means a 6.5 second 0 – 62 mph time in a car that’s as big as a Range Rover. When it comes to economy, though, things take a turn for the worse. This car has a 192 g /km CO2 rating which is frankly abysmal for a hybrid and it will return only 34.4 miles per gallon combined… in other words, around the same as the faster (and sweeter) V8 diesel.