James Howe

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Suzuki Across
New 2020 Suzuki Across hybrid: prices, specs and on-sale date

New Toyota-based family SUV with plug-in hybrid power will cost from £45,599 in the UK, with sales starting in November

2021 Skoda Enyaq iV electric SUV: prices, specification and on-sale date

All-new Skoda Enyaq iV SUV goes on sale later in 2020, with prices starting at £33,450 before the government grant

Mercedes C-Class hybrid
Mercedes C-Class hybrid saloon review

The Mercedes C 300 hybrid is the only model in its sector with the option of diesel-electric power – and it's a great combination

Mercedes C-Class hybrid
Mercedes C-Class hybrid saloon range, MPG, CO2 & charging

The C 300 hybrids' strong range and economy impress, while the diesel-electric version is still fairly frugal when the battery goes flat

Mercedes C-Class hybrid
Mercedes C-class hybrid saloon running costs

The C 300 hybrid models make most sense for company-car users; a diesel fallback is a welcome option

Mercedes C-Class hybrid
Mercedes C-Class hybrid saloon engines, drive & performance

Neither C 300 hybrid is a slouch and both handle well; the diesel-electric version in particular has buckets of torque

Mercedes C-Class hybrid
Mercedes C-Class hybrid saloon interior & comfort

Well built and with good infotainment, the C 300 hybrids have a pleasant cabin; some rivals are more modern-feeling, however

Mercedes C-Class hybrid
Mercedes C-Class hybrid saloon practicality & boot space

They're less practical than a non-hybrid C-Class, but the C 300 hybrid models are just as comfortable and more refined

Mercedes C-Class hybrid
Mercedes C-Class hybrid saloon reliability & safety

The C 300 hybrid Mercedes are safe cars, but you have to pay extra to get the best assistance technology

Renault Megane eVISION previews new electric production car

Concept car gives an early look at Renault's next Megane and the start of its all-new electric-car family

BMW X3 hybrid
BMW recalls 26,700 plug-in hybrid cars due to battery issues

Multiple plug-in hybrid BMW models to be recalled worldwide, with 2,930 affected in the UK

New electric Volkswagen ID.4 Coupe spied testing

Rakish coupe-SUV version of the VW ID.4 on the way; spy shots show trendy sloping roofline

New Audi Q8 TFSI e plug-in hybrid joins the range

Audi Q8 TFSI e gets plug-in hybrid power and a 28-mile electric range; prices start at £73,860

Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai Kona recall could affect 77,000 electric models

Reports suggest that Hyundai Kona Electric models are to be recalled due to a faulty battery part

Lexus UX 300e electric
Lexus UX 300e electric motor, drive & performance

Adequate performance, a controlled chassis and a well engineered drivetrain make the UX a pleasant drive

Lexus UX 300e electric
Lexus UX 300e practicality & boot space

It's not very big inside, but the Lexus UX 300e is well packaged and extremely comfortable

Lexus UX 300e electric
Lexus UX 300e reliability & safety

Safety and reliability are assured in the UX 300e thanks to Lexus' time-earned reputation

Lexus UX 300e electric
Lexus UX 300e review

The Lexus UX 300e electric car suits its drivetrain well and is one of the most refined small SUVs around

Lexus UX 300e electric
Lexus UX 300e range, battery & charging

The electric Lexus UX is par for the small electric SUV course, with good range and fast charging

Lexus UX 300e
Lexus UX 300e running costs

The usual balance of savings applies here: you won't spend money on petrol, but insurance and asking price are factors