Hybrids and plug-ins – they’re everywhere. More and more manufacturers seem to be offering one or more of their range as a plug-in or a hybrid. There are more ways to fuel you car now than ever before. With that in mind Diesel Car picks out its Top 5 hybrids and plug-ins.
1. Nissan Leaf
Nissan has played a huge part in making the all-electric car acceptable by making a fairly normal-looking five-door hatchback. For years, electric cars were dogged by their odd looks, usually the result of some cack-handed attempt to appear futuristic. The Leaf has succeeded where others failed because, simply put it looks the way we expect a car to look. It just so happens to have a battery pack rather than an engine.
The Ampera is arguably one of the most stylish plug-ins on the market today. Something about the Vauxhall with is ‘boomerang’ front end, flash alloys and Star Trek-esque interior makes it easy to love. It’s ideally suited to city work or longer runs, when it London it’s congestion charge exempt, but as a range extender it’s never going to cause range anxiety. When the batteries are flat, the petrol engine will keep you going ’til you get to a charge point. Ideal.
3. Toyota Auris Hybrid
Toyota in many ways started the hybrid boom. The Prius proved the concept worked and Toyota have used the knowledge gained to improve not only the Prius but also to offer their hybrid technology across a range of cars. Including the British-built Auris. It’s less frumpy looking than the Prius and arguably more engaging to drive. On top of that it’s built right here in Britain.
4. Volvo V60 Hybrid
The Volvo V60 was already a good car, but add into that mix the savings from owning a hybrid, not to mention the extra punch from the electric motors and the V60 starts to make a pretty compelling case for itself. Add in the Swedish firm’s legendary reputation for safety and the V60 Hybrid really is a winner.
5. Peugeot 508 RXH
The 508 is everything that Peugeot has always excelled at. If they’re not making pulse-quickening hot hatches, they’re creating the kind of big, plush saloons we all love. The 508 is just that kind of car. The RXH ups the ante by combining diesel and electric power meaning it’s not only powerful in terms of bhp but it’s also got stacks of torque. Add in four-wheel drive and low Co2 emissions and the RXH starts to look unbeatable.