In this article, we’ll be taking a look at five of the best hybrid hatchbacks available across our Stoneacre dealerships.
Hatchbacks are one of the most affordable and practical class of cars on the market. Suitable for families and solo driver’s alike, the humble hatch has wide appeal. So if you’re looking to replace your current hatchback for a more efficient model, why not consider a hybrid hatchback?
A hybrid system combines a conventional combustion engine with an electric motor and batteries for more efficient, lower emission driving. You can get both standard hybrid and plug-in hybrid hatchbacks.
Standard hybrid models usually come with a smaller battery that recharges on the move using regenerative braking. They are easy to live with, as there is no need to worry about plugging in to charge up. However, they don’t offer the same electric-only range as plug-in alternatives.
Plug-in hybrids meanwhile, have a larger battery and a better pure-electric driving range but do need to be plugged in regularly. So are best suited to people who have easy access to a charging point.
With more car manufacturers introducing hybrid options to their range, it can be hard knowing where to start. In order to help, we’ve narrowed down five of our best hybrid hatchbacks currently on the market.
Toyota has more than two decades experience in producing hybrid models, so, unsurprisingly, a Toyota has made the list of our best hybrid hatchbacks. The Toyota Corolla is available with either a 1.8-litre or two-litre petrol standard hybrid engine, so whichever you opt for, you needn’t worry about having to plug in and charge.
The 1.8-litre petrol hybrid offers modest performance, making it ideal for urban driving environments. But the two-litre version is likely to appeal to those looking for something punchier, with quicker performance ensuring there’s never be a dull moment behind the wheel.
Both engines offer considerable fuel savings as well as low CO2 emissions, allowing you to save money while helping reduce harmful emissions.
The Corolla is a desirable model from every angle, featuring sophisticated lines and a sleek silhouette. Yet it remains a family-friendly model with ample for everyone on board, as well as a practically sized boot.
Inside, a plush cabin improves comfort while heightening the appeal of the model. Plus with a good raft of entertainment, including the likes of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, you can be confident that opting for hybrid technology doesn’t mean compromising on staying connected.
The Honda Jazz has a reputation for its outstanding practicality and reliability, so it regularly features as a best buy. Now, this versatile little car is available with a petrol-electric hybrid system which only serves to increase its appeal.
The Jazz standard hybrid system utilises two electric motors powered by a compact battery alongside a frugal 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine. Capably switching between power sources the engine offers the perfect balance between performance and efficiency.
In urban environments, the Honda Jazz manages pretty well on electric-power if you accelerate slowly. Plus it’s remarkably quiet when the electric motors are doing most of the work.
Behind the wheel, you can enjoy safe and predictable handling, which boosts confidence behind the wheel. Plus the high driving position improves your view of the road ahead.
When it comes to kit, the Honda Jazz offers a variety of equipment across its specification range with the top of the range EX trim offering a nine-inch touchscreen with a built-in satnav.
Another Toyota to make our list of the best hybrid hatchbacks is the smaller but equally impressive Toyota Yaris. In the Yaris, Toyota offers a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor which produces 114bhp. This is plenty of pep to power the small and lightweight Yaris, so it offers good performance whether you’re driving in town or further afield.
Despite differences in their dimensions, the Toyota Yaris has similar underpinnings to the Corolla, which means you can be confident of good driveability and excellent comfort. While the well put together interior makes use of all available space to offer room for four as well as having a useable boot capacity.
When it comes to equipment, the Yaris is available with some vital ‘big car tech’, so you don’t miss out. For example, the availability of smartphone mirroring ensures you get fantastic levels of on-board connectivity. Meanwhile, new driver-assistance technology helps to boost the safety of this chic city car.
The Hyundai Ioniq is one of the most versatile models in our list of best hybrid hatchbacks, given that you can choose either a standard hybrid or plug-in hybrid model depending on your driving habits.
The standard hybrid Ioniq model comes with a 1.6-litre petrol engine which is paired with a 43bhp electric motor and 1.56kWh battery. Like other standard hybrid models in this list, there is no need to plug-in and charge up. Instead, you can just get in and go. However, since it comes with a smaller battery, there is a limit to its electric-only range.
If you want to increase your efficiency further and have the ability to plug-in and charge up, then the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid model is likely to be more suitable. It comes with the same 1.6-litre engine but gains a larger 60bhp electric motor and a larger battery.
When fully charged Hyundai claims you can manage 30-miles of pure electric driving. Meanwhile, impressive mile per gallon capabilities of around 257mpg and emissions of just 26g/km enable you to motor on knowing you are doing your bit for the environment.
The solidly put together interior won’t let you down, plus it offers generous amounts of space for your whole family. Both models get a 443-litre boot capacity which gives you ample room to carry essential equipment. However, bear in mind on the plug-in hybrid model you will take up some space if you store the charging cable in the car (useful for topping up the power when making longer journeys).
Both Ioniq models feature intuitive technology including the likes of an advanced infotainment system with smartphone connectivity which ensures you can use some of your favourite apps while on the move.
We may have cheated with our last on the list, as the Renault Clio Hybrid is not yet available but will be coming soon. However, as one of Renault’s most popular models, we felt it would be remiss of us not to mention it. What’s more, it promises to bring hybrid technology knowledge directly from its Renault Formula One division, so we expect a first-class driving experience while gaining considerable efficiencies.
The Clio E-Tech will be available with a 1.6-litre four-cylinder combustion engine, two electric motors and a multimode clutchless dog gearbox. The two electric motors provide power in a unique way, with the smaller motor helping to start the car and smooth gear changes. Meanwhile, the larger electric motor has 48bhp boosts propulsion and channels recuperated energy to the 1.2kWh battery.
The Renault Clio E-Tech promises a similar driving experience as the standard Clio model. So, you can expect light and effortless steering which makes it a doddle to drive around town.
Plus there is plenty of equipment set to be available in the new Clio E-Tech. Parking sensors, a rear-view camera, lane keep assist, traffic sign monitoring and a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone mirroring are just some of the available functions.
Hopefully, this article will help you to choose the best hybrid hatchback for your driving requirements. With both standard and plug-in hybrid models available, we think you should have no problems finding the right model for your driving habits.
What’s more, we hope it shows that you don’t need to compromise on equipment or functionality just because you want the added efficiency of hybrid motoring.
If you’re keen to make the switch to a hybrid but are looking for greater practicality, take a look at our blog on the nine best hybrid SUVs.
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