The Best 8 Hybrid & Electric Cars Available in 2018
15th February 2018
With global regulations on the use of fossil fuel now coming in to play more than ever, car manufacturers have gone up a gear in terms of hybrid and electric car production. As these zero and low-emission vehicles continue to gain sales within the automotive market, it seems increasingly likely that car manufacturers will eventually produce hybrid and electric cars only.
With this in mind, there’s now more choice than ever when it comes to buying an electric or hybrid car. Take a look at our guide of the best 8 hybrid and electric cars you can buy in 2018.
Best Hybrid & Electric Cars for less than £25k
New Smart ForTwo Coupe Electric drive – £21,275
One of the first companies to invest in electric cars, Smart have come a long way since the first ForTwo was released back in 2007. Now in its 4th generation, the newest Smart Electric Drive models come with more leg room, contemporary styling and a better battery life – charging up to 80% in as little as 2.5 hours.
Best Hybrid & Electric Cars for £25k – £35k
New Volkswagen e-Golf – £31,100
The highly acclaimed e-Golf comes with all the benefits of the standard Golf but with boosted eco-merits – spacious interior, premium-cabin quality and a large boot make the e-Golf not just an environmental friendly choice, but a practical one too.
New Mini Countryman S E PHEV – £31,895
The Mini Countryman S E PHEV offers very little compromise to its similarly priced petrol counterpart. A high-quality interior matches its refined drive and overall it is a highly rewarding car to own.
New BMW i3 – £33,070
Praised by Top Gear as ‘the best premium small EV out there’ – the BMW i3 is enjoyable to drive, good-looking and somewhat innovative. Its energetic performance and good handling in the corners gives the i3 an edge that most electric cars lack.
Best Hybrid & Electric Cars for £35k – £45k
New Audi A3 Sportback e-tron – £36,455
Going green and having a luxurious lifestyle don’t normally go hand-in-hand, however with the A3 e-tron; Audi have ripped up the handbook and produced an eco-friendly car that comes with the usual luxuriousness we have come to expect from the German car giants.
New Mercedes C-Class 350e – £36,760
Offering a combination of power and fuel efficiency, the C 350e comes in both diesel/electric hybrid and petrol/electric hybrid. Popular with business fleets thanks to its executive looks and low, tax abating C02 emissions – the C 350e is a solid all-rounder within the Hybrid category.
Best Hybrid & Electric Cars for £45k +
New Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine – £57,600
The top of the range XC60 comes with a turbocharged 316bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine that combines with an 86bhp electric motor to produce a whopping 401bhp – and the big stats don’t end there… Volvo say the XC60 will do 134.5mpg!
New Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid – £81,211
There aren’t many better ways to make the switch to electric power than through a modern performance GT. The Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid’s real-world pace is impressive and it sits at good value when compared to its peers – as Autocar put it, “if you’re simply a Panamera buyer looking to make your money go as far as possible, the E-Hybrid’s got plenty of rational appeal”.