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5 hybrids and plug-in hybrids for leaner, greener motoring

Here’s what’s on the market for a variety of budgets.

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HYBRID AND PLUG-IN hybrid vehicles have a combustion engine and electric powertrain. These vehicles use a combination of electricity stored in batteries and internal combustion (usually petrol), to create the energy to propel the car forward.

Hybrids and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) have many advantages, but the big two draws are low annual tax and good fuel economy.

Looking for a hybrid or PHEV? We’ve picked five models on the market right now for a variety of budgets.

Under €60k

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, €51,400

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The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a comfortable and spacious five-seat SUV. It has a claimed combined fuel economy figure of 1.8 litres/100km (157mpg) and costs €170 per year to tax. This particular model comes very well specced with heated seats and steering wheel, sat nav and a reversing camera.

Under €40k

2018 Ford Mondeo Hybrid, €38,000

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This is the HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) version of Ford’s popular Mondeo saloon. This particular model comes in luxury Vignale specification grade. It is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol combustion engine working in tandem with an electric motor that gets its power from a 1.4kWh lithium-ion battery behind the rear seats.

Under €37k

2018 Kia Niro PHEV, €36,551

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The Niro PHEV is the plug-in version of the original Niro hybrid, Kia’s five-seat crossover. The plug-in Niro boasts low CO2 emissions of 29g/km (combined New European Driving Cycle) and the car offers a zero-emissions, pure-electric driving range of 58km.

Under €30k

2018 Toyota C-HR Hybrid, €29,888

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The futuristic-looking Toyota C-HR is a very good hybrid with decent amounts of room across the rear seats. The cabin has a quality feel to it and it comes with generous levels of equipment. It costs €180 per year to tax and on 17-inch wheels returns 3.8 litres/100km (74.33mpg).

Under €25k

2018 Toyota Yaris Hybrid, €20,250

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The Yaris hybrid supermini is great around the city and a good car for urban dwellers. The petrol engine can disengage entirely and run solely on battery power for 2km up to a speed of 50km/h. That means it is perfect for stop/start city traffic. The Toyota Yaris has a claimed fuel economy of 3.3 litres/100km.

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Melanie May  / https://www.melaniemay.com

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