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5 hybrids for leaner, greener motoring

Save on fuel and tax.

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COMPARED TO DIESEL and petrol-powered cars, hybrids and plug-in hybrids comes with a lower rate of fuel consumption as well as reduced Co2 emissions – both of which can benefit your pocket as well as the environment.

So for those of you looking for leaner and greener motoring options, we’ve rounded up five hybrid and plug-in hybrid models that you can buy on DoneDeal, right now.

Under €50k

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTE, €48,845

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This plug-in hybrid electric vehicle uses a battery to work in tandem with the turbocharged petrol engine, creating a hybrid system that can deliver some impressive performance numbers.

When fully charged, the GTE can cover up to 50km before the petrol engine has to kick in to keep you going. You can also boost performance by selecting the GTE mode, which combines both motors simultaneously to provide maximum power output.

Under €45k

2018 Volkswagen Passat GTE, €43,725

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The Volkswagen Passat GTE is just as roomy as a regular Passat but this one has a plug-in hybrid powertrain. It is powered by a 1.4-litre TSI engine and an electric motor. Together, the two units generate 215hp.

In all-electric mode, the Passat GTE has a range of up to 50km and a range of more than 1,100km when the tank is full and the battery fully charged. It has a claimed combined fuel economy figure of 1.8 litres/100km (157mpg).

Under €40k

2018 Kia Niro PHEV, €36,550

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This is the plug-in version of the Kia Niro. The powertrain pairs a 1.6-litre GDI petrol engine with a 8.9kWh lithium-polymer battery pack and has a 44.5kW electric motor. It has 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 €40k

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2018 Ford Mondeo HEV, €36,216

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This is the HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) version of Ford’s popular Mondeo saloon. It comes in Titanium specification grade.

Unlike plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), the Mondeo HEV has a conventional hybrid system, meaning you don’t have to plug it in and there’s no range anxiety attached.

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 that lies behind the rear seats.

Under €30k

2018 Toyota Prius, €29,950

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When it comes to hybrids, none is known better than the Toyota Prius. The Prius is a solid car with a good track record for reliability. This has a claimed combined fuel economy figure of 3.3 litres/100km (85.6mpg) and with its Co2 figure of 76g/km it falls into tax band A1 and costs €170 per annum.

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