With many more hybrid models hitting the market in 2020, they’re no longer just a novelty, it’s time to seriously consider one for your next car.
Car manufacturers are also responding to the demand for hybrid cars more suited to families, or those who prefer a larger car. Families are looking for increased space, both inside the car and the boot.
The main advantage of a hybrid is that they are less damaging to the economy as they consume less fuel, have lower CO2 emissions and get you favourable rates on company car and road taxes. You could complete most of your family journeys without even having to bother the petrol engine.
Here are three hybrid models to consider when choosing your next car covering a range of price brackets, all perfectly suited to a family’s needs.
Will I be able to get a used Hybrid?
If you’re looking for a used car, but still want a hybrid, the good news is that there are more and more coming on the used market every day. If you can’t immediately find what you’re looking for, a dealer like Reynolds Motor Group should be able to.
Kia Niro – From £30,265
The Kia Niro is a small SUV styled addition to the plug-in hybrid market from Kia. As with all new Kia’s, it comes with the famous 7-year warranty which is a great selling point. Its electric engine has a range of 22 miles.
The Kia Niro is good value, offering a range of extras at a lower price entry point than its rivals.
- Touchscreen display (8”)
- DAB radio
- Reversing camera
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Smart Cruise Control
- Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)
- Electronic Parking Brake (EPB)
- 7-year warranty
BMW 330e Touring – From £40K TBC
Due to be released in the UK in summer 2020, BMW is entering the plug-in hybrid arena with its 330e Touring estate car (also available as a saloon). Perfect for those looking for extra space but without compromising on quality and performance.
There’s a 35-mile range on the electric engine, and you’ll be able to get an 80% battery charge in 2.4 hours from a specialist charging socket. You can also charge from a domestic mains outlet which will take just over 4 hours for an 80% charge.
As with most BMWs, a lot of the features and specs are optional extras including:
- Luggage control
- Intelligent Personal Assistant
- Front and Rear Park Distance Control
- Digital Key (with Samsung phones)
Audi Q5 TFSI e S Line – From £49K
The Audi Q5 is a luxury SUV packed with an impressive range of features. Though still better for the environment, the range of the electric engine is only 26 miles, when you compare that to the 35 of the BMW 330e, you’re going to be charging up a lot more. It’s still more than enough for those usual family trips and daily commute.
- Dynamic suspension
- Parking system
- Hill-hold assist
- Cruise control
- Sports seats