Best hybrid cars of 2015

February 9, 2015

We have heard so much about hybrid cars and we often discuss their technology. Today we’ve come up with a list of some of the best hybrid cars of 2015.

What is a hybrid car?

Hybrid cars use a combination of a battery driven electric motor and a conventional internal combustion engine. There are different forms of hybrid cars including petrol-electric hybrids, diesel-electric hybrids and range-extender hybrids.

Hybrid cars are known for their excellent fuel efficiency and low CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions. They help to save money on road tax, London congestion charges and company BIK (benefits-in-kind) tax.

Hybrids have changed driving and offer plenty of space, numerous equipment features and a great driving experience.

Now a days, there’s a huge range of hybrid cars available in the market in all shapes and sizes from the supermini hybrid Honda Jazz to larger SUV hybrids like the Porsche Cayenne S E-hybrid.

Take a look at our list of the top 5 hybrid cars of 2015 :

1.       Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVThis is my favourite hybrid car as it offers an impressive fuel economy of 148 miles per gallon and CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions of just 44g/km (grams per kilometre). The Outlander PHEV is the UK’s most successful and best selling plug-in hybrid car. It drives an impressive 32.5 miles on battery power alone. With superior style, the car has lots of interior and cabin space. It offers respectable off-road driving and handling.

The Outlander PHEV is the perfect family SUV car that comes with excellent security features and vast space. It offers a great driving experience without comprising on comfort and convenience.

2.       Lexus IS Saloon

Lexus ISThe Lexus IS Saloon is a premium executive car powered by a 180hp (horse power) petrol engine and a 41hp electric motor which offers a combined fuel efficiency of 65.7 miles per gallon with CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions of 99g/km (grams per kilometre). It accelerates from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 8.3 seconds.

It is a stylish executive car and comes with plenty of equipment features including sat-nav, heated and ventilated front seats, a 7 inch touch screen, cruise control, dual climate control and plenty of safety features. The Lexus IS can easily be your perfect car if you’re looking for cost-effective transport for your company.

3.       Toyota Prius

Toyota PriusToyota have taken a big step in hybrid technology by releasing the Prius, Yaris and Auris hybrid cars. The Prius has become very popular and is the world’s best selling hybrid car. With its petrol-electric power train, the Prius is extremely fuel efficient as it offers an impressive 72.4 miles per gallon fuel efficiency with only 89g/km (grams per kilometre) CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions. The Prius can travel around 12.5 miles on battery power alone at speeds of 62 miles per hour.

The Toyota Prius is an extremely well-priced and well-equipped car that comes with LED (light emitting diode) daytime running lights, smart entry, rear-parking camera, air conditioning, black cloth upholstery and electric lumber support. With a top safety and reliability record, the Prius is your ideal family car.

4.       Volvo V60 Plug-in hybrid

Volvo V60 Plug-in hybridThe Volvo V60 is powered by a powerful 2.4 litre diesel engine that is boosted by an electric motor, offering an impressive fuel economy of 155.2 miles per gallon and emissions of just 48g/km (grams per kilometre) It can travel up to an impressive 30 miles on battery power alone.

The car has a top speed of 143 miles per hour and accelerates from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 6.1 seconds. The car is expensive with a £50,000 on the road price, but for the price you will be getting a faster and economical car suited to both personal and business users.

This is my favourite hybrid car as it offers an impressive fuel economy of 148 miles per gallon and CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions of just 44g/km (grams per kilometre). The Outlander PHEV is the UK’s most successful and best selling plug-in hybrid car. It drives an impressive 32.5 miles on battery power alone. With superior style, the car has lots of interior and cabin space. It offers respectable off-road driving and handling.

5.       Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Toyota Yaris HybridThe Toyota Yaris has been Toyota’s most popular model in Europe. The hybrid version of the Yaris has low running costs and a spacious interior. It doesn’t offer the same driving pleasure as a BMW i3 however it is a more affordable option.

It’s powered by a 1.5 litre petrol engine and boosted by an electric motor. It offers users a combined fuel economy of over 85 miles per gallon and has a top speed of 103 miles per hour. It accelerates from 0-62 miles per hour in 11.3 seconds.

6.       Mercedes C Class Saloon

Mercedes C Class Saloon hybridThe hybrid version of the C-Class is an upmarket car. The C300 BlueTEC hybrid is powered by a 2.1 litre diesel engine with electric motors to produce an impressive fuel economy of 78.5 miles per gallon and 94g/km (grams per kilometre) CO2 (Carbon Dioxide). The car offers a top speed of 152miles per hour and accelerates from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 6.4 seconds.

It is a premium and luxurious saloon that feels suitable for both personal and business use.

7.       Citroen DS5

Citroen DS5The Citroen DS5 is an attractive car and is the French car maker’s first entry into a compact executive car segment. Powered by a 2.0 litre 163bhp (brake horse power) diesel engine with a 37bhp electric motor it offers an impressive 72.4-85.6 miles per gallon fuel efficiency with 85-102g/km (grams per kilometre) CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions (depending on the alloy wheel size). The car has a top speed of 131 miles per hour and accelerates from 0-62 miles per hour in 8.3 seconds.

8.       Vauxhall Ampera

Vauxhall AmperaThe Vauxhall Ampera is not a hybrid car, it is a range-extender that is mostly powered from an electric motor and its small 86bhp (brake horse power) petrol engine acts as a generator for the electric propulsion system giving the Ampera a total range of approximately 360 miles.

The Ampera was one of the world’s first range-extender hybrids that can travel up to 50 miles on battery power alone. It is a stylish and sleek family hatchback car that drives well.

9.       BMW i3 Range Extender

BMW i3The BMW i3 is also a range extender vehicle and is lighter and more powerful than the Ampera. It makes a great city car. The i3 is packed with quality materials and cutting-edge engineering. Powered by a 168hp (horse power) electric motor and is backed up by a 647cc twin-cylinder engine that can return up to 470miles per gallon and has CO2 emissions so low that is exempt from road tax.

If you want to drive a sensible yet practical and conventional vehicle, then the BMW i3 would be best for you and won’t disappoint.

10.   Ford Mondeo Saloon

Ford Mondeo SaloonThe Ford Mondeo is a large executive saloon car that is powered by a 2.0 litre petrol engine and boosted by an electric motor. It offers a combined fuel efficiency of 67.3 miles per gallon and 99g/km (grams per kilometre) CO2 (carbon dioxide). The Mondeo offers a top speed of 116 miles per hour and accelerates from 0-62 miles per hour in just 9.2 seconds.

Inside, the Mondeo is roomy and comfortable with an easy to read display and a rear-parking camera. The car is easy to drive and extremely quiet cruising on faster roads. At under £25,000 as a basic on the road price, the Mondeo is a strong addition to the hybrid market and is excellent for fleet managers.

Try a hybrid –

” This is the time to drive hybrid cars”

Hybrid cars are an excellent solution to save money and are a more accessible option than 100% electric motors for fleet drivers. Driving hybrid cars helps save the environment as well as helping to budget finances thanks to low emissions, less fuel consumption, they’re exempt from the London Congestion Charge and have low BIK (Benefits-in-kind) tax.

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