Top five hybrids for under £250 a month
With the government planning to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040 and diesel taking a thrashing in the mainstream media, you might be thinking about an electric or hybrid vehicle for your next car.
With manufacturers the world over announcing ambitious plans to move to these methods of power in the future, and with the older barriers such as range anxiety and lack of infrastructure slowly being overcome, 2018 is as good a time as any to take the initial plunge.
So what’s on offer? There’s no doubt impressive residuals have played a part in making these type of vehicles more affordable, which is why there are several that you can now lease for less than £250 per month. See all deals below.
We’ve also picked out five of our faves to help you out…
So you’re looking for an eco-friendly vehicle, but you’re wondering whether to get a hybrid, a plug-in, or perhaps a fully fledged electric car. Well Hyundai has considered your dilemma and made it just that little more difficult. Yes, the Ioniq is available in all of these guises!
This is a one-model-fits all that Hyundai hopes can quash the latest Prius and dethrone it from its decade-long reign as the go-to green car. Judging by its pricing and specification, it just might pull it off too.
Out of the three available guises we’d opt for the 1.6 GDi Hybrid model. It’s the entry-level option, but that doesn’t stop it coming with alloy wheels, cruise control, parking sensors and camera, emergency braking and Lane Keep Assist as standard. What we think you’ll be truly impressed with however, is just how affordable it currently is to lease.
Hybrids are hot. SUVs are hot. What about a hybrid SUV? Kia is famed for its value for money offerings, and the Niro continues that trend. It’s certainly a cheaper eco-option than the Prius.
It’s the company’s first all-out hybrid, and quite a good one at that, too. Its conventional 1.6-litre petrol engine produces 104bhp and is coupled to a 43bhp electric motor, both of which use a silky smooth dual-clutch gearbox which means, unlike some hybrids, it’s a pleasure to drive.
In honesty, it’s more a smaller, sleeker Sportage than a fuel-sipping Prius rival, but that’s fine by us. It also now comes as a plug-in hybrid. The Niro PHEV features the same 1.6-litre petrol engine as the parallel hybrid, but is paired with a more powerful 44.5kW (60bhp) electric motor – meaning it’s capable of travelling up to 36 miles on the energy stored in its batteries …
Lexus CT 200h
The Lexus CT is a hybrid with premium aspirations, and courtesy of its quality interior and refined ride it makes a fine job of it too.
It borrows its hybrid drivetrain from the Toyota Prius, meaning it can travel short distances on electric-only power and return the same impressive mpg on longer journeys too; 68.9mpg is the official combined figure, so you should be expecting high 50s in the real world.
Toyota has been making hybrids for over 40 years now, so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing. The Auris is proof of that, offering lessees impressive economy and plenty of kit.
Whereas others on this list are more modern or more bells and whistles, the hybrid Auris is still worthy of consideration.
With SHVS technology, the Suzuki Ignis offers drivers the kind of mild-hybrid tech which will soon become more and more prevalent across every manufacturers range.
Outdated on the hybrid front then, the Ignis is a solid city car in its own right and if the mild-hybrid tech makes sense to your needs you can snag some great deals at the moment.