Top 6 best hybrid hatchbacks 2021
A hybrid hatchback is just as practical as a normal hatchback, but with even lower running costs. These are the best on sale in 2021
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 existing affordability of a standard supermini with improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions, resulting in even lower 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...
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.
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.
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 Hybrid
The Toyota Corolla Hybrid is available in hatchback, estate and saloon 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.
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.
The Toyota Prius was a pioneer for hybrid cars and one of the best-known names out there. It's now in its fourth generation, and the Japanese manufacturer has refined the formula to a tee. The Prius is a hugely practical car, promising good head and legroom throughout, as well as easy access and a 343-litre boot. This figure rises to 1,558 litres when the rear seats are lowered, so transporting bulky goods is possible. It’s fuel economy that impresses most, though: 83mpg will make your money go further, although you need to be on the 15-inch wheels that are standard on the lower trim levels to achieve this. Read our full review here.
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