Hybrid cars dominate 2019 Driver Power survey
Hybrid cars have dominated the ‘best cars to own’ category of the 2019 Driver Power survey – conducted by our sister title Auto Express – with six hybrids making this year’s top 10.
The Toyota Prius emerged as the overall winner, scoring an approval rating of 93.22%, with owners praising its low running costs and safety features.
Meanwhile, the Lexus IS finished a close second on 93.19%, with its powertrains (including the 2.5-litre 300h model) proving to popular among owners thanks to their smooth acceleration and quiet running.
The news comes just days after it was announced that a record number of plug-in vehicles were on Britain’s roads last year.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) confirmed that plug-in ownership – including fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles – had increased by 76.6% in 2018, with 195,410 such vehicles now operating on our roads.
As such, average CO2 emissions have fallen to the lowest level on record, 17.6% down on the 175.1g/km average recorded in 2008. This is despite the total number of cars in the UK reaching an all-time high of 34.9 million.
However, it’s not clear if the trend will continue in 2019. While electric car sales are 53.6% higher than at the same stage 12 months ago, plug-in hybrid registrations fell by 22.7% in March.
A total of 8,582 plug-in hybrids were sold in the first three months of 2019, down from 10,267 over the same period in 2018.