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5 hybrids for smooth and economical driving

And low running costs too.
Jun 25th 2018, 2:41 PM 1,228 0

HYBRID VEHICLES USE two forms of energy to power the car: a rechargeable battery (which regenerates as you brake and coast) and a fuel engine. Typically, the engine is petrol powered but there are a few diesel hybrids on the market.

The appeal of hybrids is that you can usually travel short distances at slow speeds on pure electric power, meaning that most people should be able to do their rush hour daily commute without having to use a drop of petrol. The petrol engine kicks in when the car needs a bit more power, say for overtaking, or when the car reaches a certain speed or when the battery is running low.

This makes hybrids rather economical with fuel and cheap to run, especially because most of them fall into low tax bands.

Here are five hybrids on DoneDeal that you can buy, right now.

Under €50k

2017 Lexus NX 300h, €47,850

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The Lexus NX 300h is a mid-size premium SUV with room for five occupants. It stands out from the crowd thanks to its striking looks and smart interior. It comes with a CVT gearbox and all-wheel drive.

Under €40k

2016 Lexus GS 300h, €34,900

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The Lexus GS 300h is a luxury four-door, rear-wheel drive saloon. It is a very refined car that is perfect for smooth, soothing and silent journeys.

Under €30k

2017 Toyota Prius, €27,950

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When it comes to hybrids, none is known better than the Toyota Prius. Whilst its styling isn’t the most conventional (or pretty), underneath it is a solid car with a good track record for reliability.

Under €26k

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, €25,950

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This generation of Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a great cruiser that delivers on both comfort and build quality. With the hybrid version the fuel consumption falls further, as do the annual running costs. Motor tax is €190 per year.

Under €20k

2017 Toyota Yaris, €19,240

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The Toyota Yaris Hybrid is one of the most sensible cars you can buy if you live in an urban/suburban area. The Yaris Hybrid can disengage the petrol engine entirely and run solely on battery power in EV mode for 2km up to a speed of 50km/h. That means it is perfect for the crawling speeds experienced in most Irish cities.

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