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Top 10 best hybrid hatchbacks 2022

A hybrid hatchback is just as practical as a normal hatchback, but with even lower running costs. These are the best on sale in 2022

Best hybrid hatchbacks

As the number of options continues to increase, finding the best hybrid hatchback for your needs can be a bit of a tough task. These cars combine the well-known affordability of a standard supermini with improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions, resulting in even more manageable running costs.

There are plenty of options, including mild hybrid, full hybrid and even plug-in hybrid models. The way hybrids work is very simple: most harvest energy from the car’s engine and brakes in order to charge a small battery. The electric motor and battery work in conjunction with a petrol engine to provide drive.

Which option is best for you will depend on the way you typically drive on a day-to-day basis . Some hybrids are able to travel a short distance on electric power alone, but they won't go anywhere near as far as a plug-in hybrid, which typically have much larger batteries. If you own a plug-in, however, you will need regular access to a charging point.Each brings its own pros and cons. To point you in the right direction, we’ve come up with a handy list of the best hybrid hatchbacks on sale today...

Audi A3 TFSI e plug-in hybrid

Audi A3 TFSI e

The Audi A3 has been a company-car stalwart for years, but the formerly favoured engine choice, an efficient diesel, has now been usurped by this 'TFSI e' petrol-electric plug-in hybrid model. Promising ultra-low BiK tax along with strong performance and around 250mpg fuel economy, the TFSI e also offers the traditional plus points of the A3: five-door hatchback practicality combined with a premium-car badge and high-quality interior. Read our full review here.

DS 4 E-TENSE

DS 4 E-TENSE

DS is the up-and-coming premium-car arm of the Franco-Italian Stellantis Group, and while of some of its previous models have felt a bit too close to the Citroen brand it emerged from, the new-for-2022 DS 4 is its most convincing effort to date. Sporting a taut, handsome design and efficient plug-in hybrid power under the bonnet, it sets itself apart with exceptional interior quality and a focus on comfort rather than sportiness. Read our full review here.

Honda Civic

Honda Civic

The Civic seems to have been around forever, and this 11th generation sees the model continue its tradition of successfully reinventing itself to stay relevant. Like the rest of the Honda range (including the Jazz below), it's now hybrid only, but instead of the plug-in setup with a fairly large battery favoured by many rivals, the Civic has a small battery that's constantly topped up on the move by both the engine and a regenerative braking system. An electric motor, rather than the engine, drives the wheels most of the time, resulting in a smooth, EV-like driving experience. Read our full review here.

Honda Jazz hybrid

Honda Jazz

The Honda Jazz has been electrified for its third generation and packs a lot of technology into a small yet clever package. Power comes from a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a pair of electric motors, linked to a small battery and a CVT gearbox. The drivetrain feels well engineered and is very refined, with a focus on efficiency that'll please private owners and company-car users alike. It's a little pricey, but you get a lot of practical hybrid supermini for your money. Read our full review here.

Mercedes A250e

Mercedes A 250 e

If you fancy a touch of luxury without the bulk of the Mercedes S-Class, the latest A-Class offers a genuine alternative that’s surprisingly similar in terms of prestige, albeit in a more compact package. The interior of the A-Class is simply one of the finest that you can currently find in a small car, with sheer quality to be found throughout. The A-Class is practical, too, and will seat four in comfort. Opt for the A 250 e plug-in hybrid and while the boot space drops slightly from 370 to 310 litres, you get a claimed fuel economy of 282mpg. Admittedly, the real-world figure is very likely to be less, but it should still impress, and the Mercedes also has an electric range of 45 miles. Read our full review here.

308

Peugeot 308 Hybrid

Barely recognisable as a Peugeot, the latest 308 hatchback has undergone a sharp and aggressive visual transformation to become one of the most distinctive mainstream cars on the road. It also offers bang up-to-date plug-in hybrid engine options and will be available in fully electric form in the near future, too. It's pricey and perhaps not the most practical hatchback you can buy, but many buyers will be won over by those looks alone. Read our full review here.

Renault Clio E-TECH

The Clio E-TECH is one of the more recent additions to the hybrid hatchback club, but unlike its Captur SUV sibling, it’s not a plug-in hybrid. Instead, Renault has introduced a clever system that comprises a 1.6-litre petrol engine, two electric motors and a 1.2kWh battery; power makes its way to the road through a Formula 1-inspired automatic gearbox. It’s good at shuffling between power sources and should prove economical once the official figures come in. It handles well, too: the Clio has lost none of the talent on display in the non-electrified versions. Read our full review here.

Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is available in hatchback and estate forms. The hatchback is powered by a 1.8-litre petrol engine, with the option of a more powerful, 2.0-litre version available on higher trims. Prices start from around £25,000, with the 1.8-litre returning as much as 66mpg. CO2 emissions of 76g/km ensure relatively low tax, while 361 litres of boot space is competitive in this class. The CVT gearbox leaves a little to be desired, but overall the Corolla Hybrid is a very attractive package. Read our full review here.

Toyota Yaris

This is one of a number of ‘self-charging’ hybrid Toyotas on this list, as the brand has introduced its preferred method of electrification right across its range. The latest Yaris comes with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine working alongside an electric motor. A power output of 114bhp means performance is reasonable, while scaled-down Corolla underpinnings ensure it’s good to drive and comfortable on the move. Plenty of standard kit and updated infotainment are also good news. Read our full review here.

Vauxhall Astra hybrid

Vauxhall Astra HYBRID-e

A sister model the DS 4 and Peugeot 308 that appear further up this list, the latest Astra is an angular and futuristic creation that aims to shake off the model's previously dull and forgettable image. Like its Stellantis Group cousins, it'll be offered with pure-electric power in due course, but in the meantime you can go for a HYBRID-e 180 model that'll do over 40 miles without using the engine and save you a fortune in company-car tax compared to conventionally powered alternatives. Read our full review here.

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