New hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars 2019
Hybrids usually contain a small battery that's charged by a petrol or diesel engine, affording you a limited amount of electric-only driving and in turn, better fuel economy.
Meanwhile, plug-in hybrids often feature a much larger battery that's charged using a cable, potentially giving you enough range to do a reasonable-length commute without needing the engine at all.
Luckily, there are lots of hybrid and plug-in hybrid models arriving thick and fast in 2019. And they're coming in a range of bodystyles, too, covering everything from SUVs to coupes, saloons and even sports cars.
Buyers have never had more choice, with full hybrid, plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid models all offering drivers different things.
So, if you’re thinking about which new hybrid car will look best on your driveway in 2019, read on for our rundown...
Audi Q5 TFSI e
Priced from £54,910, the Audi Q5 TFSI e is a plug-in hybrid offering 26 miles of electric, zero-emissions range from a 14.1kWh battery. Charging is done by Type 2 cable, with a top-up from a home wallbox charger said to take around two hours.
When you’re not using the battery, you’ll be relying on a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine for propulsion. Together with an electric motor, this produces 362bhp and will hit 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds. The top speed, meanwhile, is 148mph, although the Q5 TFSI e can also reach up to 84mph on electric power alone.
So the Audi is fast, practical, stylish, while running costs could be extremely low depending on the kind of driving you do. What’s not to like?
DS 7 Crossback E-Tense
The DS 7 Crossback E-Tense could be one of the most important models yet from this upmarket brand. The good-looking SUV has a collection of impressive headline figures: 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds, 128mpg and up to 31 miles of electric range.
That’s made possible by the combination of a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, two electric motors and a 12.2kWh battery. One motor assists the engine to power the front wheels, while the other powers the rear wheels for all-weather 4x4 motoring.
The car also has a 'Zero Emission' mode (which keeps the engine off), a 'Sport' mode (to maximise power) as well as self-explanatory 'Hybrid' and '4x4' modes. A fifth mode, 'E-Save', instructs the E-Tense to retain up to 12 miles of battery charge for the end of your journey – ideal if you live in a busy city.
Ford Fiesta hybrid
Ford has announced that its Fiesta supermini – the UK's best-selling car – will gain 48-volt mild-hybrid technology later in 2019. Few details have been confirmed at this stage, but we know the company's 1.0-litre EcoBoost Hybrid engine uses a starter-generator that recovers energy using a regenerative braking system. This electricity can then be used to help power the engine or run the car's electrical components.
Ford Focus hybrid
Ford has also confirmed that its Focus hatchback will receive hybrid technology in 2019. This will take the same form as that of the Fiesta hybrid, although again, performance and efficiency figures haven't been divulged yet.
Honda CR-V Hybrid
The Honda CR-V has a long history in the UK, but 2019 marks the first time it has been offered as a hybrid. It looks similar on the outside to the regular CR-V, but it's all-new under the metal. It debuts a new ‘Intelligent Multi Drive' (i-MMD) hybrid setup, which will make its way into other Hondas in the future. It combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a separate motor generator to produce a combined 181bhp.
Drivers can choose from three driving modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive – each providing varying degrees of electrical assistance to the engine. It’s worth noting that while the EV Drive mode will promote all-electric driving, it doesn't have the electric driving range of a plug-in hybrid. Official figures put fuel economy between 38.2-40.9mpg, with CO2 emissions of 120g/km.
Kia Stonic hybrid
The appeal of the funky, small Kia Stonic SUV will be boosted in 2019 with the introduction of a mild hybrid version. We understand it’ll feature technology that’ll assist the petrol engine in an effort to boost economy and reduce running costs. There are no plans to offer the Stonic as a full hybrid or plug-in hybrid though – customers have the larger Kia Niro for that. Read the latest Kia Stonic news.
Peugeot 508 HYbrid
A plug-in hybrid version of the Peugeot 508 is on its way, with an estimated electric range of 30 miles and a provisional fuel economy of around 107mpg. Of course, achieving anything close to this figure will be next to impossible in the real world, unless your daily driving can be covered on battery power alone.
Charging of the 11.8kWh battery should take no more than two hours, and for those occasions when you’ve run out of charge, the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine will get you along very happily. In ‘Hybrid’ mode, the 508 switches effortlessly between electric and engine power, and Peugeot says the car is enjoyable to drive, too. If priced competitively, the 508 HYbrid could be a hit…
Peugeot is also on the verge of revealing a plug-in hybrid version of its 3008 SUV. Details are relatively scarce at the moment, but we know it'll use a slightly different hybrid system to the 508: two electric motors should give the 3008 HYBRID4 all-wheel drive, with a total system output of 296bhp translating into a 0-62mph time of 6.5 seconds.
A second, front-wheel-drive version of the plug-in hybrid 3008 will follow a few months after the HYBRID4 model, offering 222bhp.
As its name suggests, the Polestar 1 will be the first model from the newly launched spinoff of Volvo. Positioned as a high-end electric-car brand, the Polestar 1 will – confusingly – be the only plug-in hybrid the company makes. It’ll be followed by, you guessed it, the Polestar 2 coupe-SUV and a Polestar 3 in the coming years.
The Polestar 1 will be powered by a 338bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine, with a starter-motor generator and electric motors powering the rear wheels for a combined 592bhp. Polestar claims a 0-60mph time of less than four seconds and an electric range of 93 miles. Read the latest Polestar 1 news.
Porsche 911 hybrid
With various plug-in hybrid models available from Porsche over the last few years, it was inevitable that the technology would make its way into the iconic 911 sports car. It's understood two plug-in hybrid options will be offered in the next-generation 911: one will sit in the middle of the range alongside the Carrera, the other positioned as a high-end foil to the 911 Turbo.
Porsche insiders have confirmed the next 911 has been engineered to accept hybrid technology. It’ll be similar to the 3.0-litre turbocharged/100kW setup from the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, which should develop 455bhp and power all four wheels. We expect a top speed of more than 180mph, over 80mpg and CO2 emissions below 80g/km.
Skoda Superb hybrid
The Skoda Superb will be the first model from the brand to pack plug-in hybrid technology, when it goes on sale in 2019. It’ll pack a 1.4-litre petrol engine and a 13kWh battery which should be enough for an electric range of around 44 miles. Although yet to be confirmed, it’s likely the Superb hybrid will record CO2 emissions of 31g/km.
Unlike the discontinued Volkswagen Passat GTE, which was only sold in two trim levels, the Superb hybrid technology will be available across the range. That means you’ll be able to drive the hybrid model without having to compromise on the cost of standard equipment.
Volkswagen Golf GTE Mk8
The first-generation Volkswagen Golf GTE has been discontinued, but the car will return in 2019 as part of the new Golf Mk8 range. It’ll be the most efficient model in the range when it goes on sale, as the electric e-Golf will be replaced by the ID.3 hatchback. Many of the other engines in the Golf range will feature ‘mild hybrid’ technology, assisted by a 48v electrical system.
Volkswagen Passat GTE
Another familiar, but currently absent, model will return in 2019. The Volkswagen Passat GTE will feature the same 1.4-litre engine and electric-motor setup as the forthcoming Skoda Superb hybrid. It’ll return as part of a mid-life refresh for the Passat, and is expected to be available in saloon and estate bodystyles. We expect some minor design changes compared to the car discontinued in 2018, as well as equipment such as the fully digital Active Info Display, which replaces the car’s analogue instrument dials.
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