The 12 Best Hybrid & Electric Cars to Buy in 2019

Nowadays, we’re all much more aware of the environmental impact our lifestyle choices can have – and for most of us, it’s our car that’s the biggest contributor to our carbon footprint. With this in mind, more and more motorists are choosing hybrid or electric cars.

The majority of these new zero- and low-emission vehicles are eligible for a plug-in grant which makes them more affordable to buy. And more public charging points are popping up all the time, which means that powering up your electric or hybrid car is as easy as filling up the tank (but considerably cheaper!)

Thinking of buying an electric or hybrid car yourself in 2019? There’s now more choice than ever, so here’s our guide to the very best models.

  1. £20k – £25k
  2. £25k – £35k
  3. £35k – £65k
  4. £65k+

Best Hybrid & Electric Cars: £20k – £25k

New Smart ForTwo Coupe Electric drive – from £20,920

smart fortwo electric in black and green

Type: Electric
C02 emissions: 0g/km
Battery charge time (3 pin plug): 7 hours
Tax cost per year: £0

Smart were one of the first brands to invest in electric vehicles, and the ForTwo was introduced way back in 2007. The latest Smart Electric Drive models benefit from a more spacious interior, sharper styling and a more efficient battery – Auto Car have called it “a great city car” that offers “sprightly performance and outright manoeuvrability in congested city streets.”.

New Smart ForFour Hatchback Electric drive – from £21,415

smart forfour electric in black and green

Type: Electric
C02 emissions: 0 g/km
Battery charge time (3 pin plug): 7 hours
Tax cost per year: £0

As What Car? says, the Smart ForFour is ideal “for the style-conscious, city-bound driver.” A great choice if you like the ForTwo but are looking for a bit more space, this fully electric car keeps running costs super low, plus the latest versions charge almost twice as fast as their predecessors.

New Kia Niro – from £23,490

Kia Niro in blue

Type: Hybrid
C02 emissions: 88 g/km
Battery charge time (3 pin plug): 2 hours 15 mins
Tax cost per year: £130

The Kia Niro has been praised by Auto Express for its “stylish SUV looks” and being “easy to drive.” First launched in 2016 as Kia’s first foray into the hybrid market, this well-equipped and spacious family crossover performs brilliantly and comes with Kia’s standard seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

Best Hybrid & Electric Cars: £25k – £35k

Kia Soul EV– from £30,495

Kia Soul EV in blue

Type: Electric
C02 emissions: 0 g/km
Battery charge time (3 pin plug): 4-9 hours
Tax cost per year: £0

The Soul EV was the first electric vehicle Kia produced, Car Wow credit the Soul for its “low cost of running”, “intelligent air-conditioning” and for being “well equipped”. The Soul goes one step further by not just eliminating its carbon footprint but by also using recyclable materials in the cabin.

New Volkswagen e-Golf – from £33,240

Volkswagen e-Golf in white

Type: Electric
C02 emissions: 0 g/km
Battery charge time (3 pin plug): 12-15 hours
Tax cost per year: £0

Awarded 5 stars and praised as “one of the most refined electric cars on sale” by What Car?, the e-Golf boosts all the benefits of your standard Golf but with added eco-credentials – its spacious, high-quality interior and generous boot make it both an appealing and practical choice.

Best Hybrid & Electric Cars: £35k – £65k

New Audi A3 Sportback e-tron – from £36,455

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron in red

Type: Hybrid
C02 emissions: 38 g/km
Battery charge time (3 pin plug): 5 hours
Tax cost per year: £130

Going green needn’t mean compromising on luxury… “You’ll struggle to find a premium family car that does so much, so well, as the Audi A3 Sportback,” says What Car? – you can run the e-tron version on the electric motor alone, or couple it with the 1.4 litre petrol engine when you’re after more performance.

New Mercedes-Benz E-Class 300e – from £47,450

Mercedes E-Class in white

Type: Hybrid
C02 emissions: diesel 41g/km petrol 46g/km
Battery charge time (3 pin plug): 4 hours
Tax cost per year: £0-£440

Available in diesel plug-in electric hybrid or petrol plug-in electric hybrid the E-Class leaves no room for compromise on performance, reaching 0-62 in 5.9 seconds in the diesel saloon and 5.7 seconds in the petrol according to driving electric, who state that the “new models aim to offer zero-emissions capability for short-distance and urban driving”.

Jaguar I-PACE – from £64,495

Jaguar I-PACE in blue

Type: Electric
C02 emissions: 0g/km
Battery charge time (3 pin plug): 13-30 hours
Tax cost per year: £310

Rated 5 stars by What Car? and taking the Brand with the Best Features title in the Auto Trader New Car 2019 Awards, the I-Pace has not one but two electric motors, one at the front and one at the back. As with all electric cars, maximum torque is available from the minute you put your foot down and is described as feeling really quick, even faster than the figures suggest. Making it an ideal electric option for those who have a need for speed!

Best Hybrid & Electric Cars: £65k+

New Audi Q7 e-tron – from £67,550

Audi Q7 e-tron in grey

Type: Hybrid
C02 emissions: 48 g/km
Battery charge time (3 pin plug): 4-6 hours
Tax cost per year: £440

Highlighted as being “quiet, comfortable and supremely relaxing to drive” by Auto Express, the Audi Q7 e-tron is one of the leading plug-in hybrid SUVs on the market. Audi has managed to up the Q7’s eco credentials without any noticeable loss of performance – although you do lose the third row of seats you’ll find in the standard petrol and diesel models.

Range Rover Sport PHEV – from £72,185

Range Rover Sport PHEV in white

Type: Hybrid
C02 emissions: 73g/km
Battery charge time (3 pin plug): 7.5
Tax cost per year: £130

Auto Car point out that this is “the first Range Rover Sport with a plug-in hybrid derivative”, and is described as working a little harder and carrying a little more electrical charge than its key rivals. To help it stay on top of the competition the Sport PHEV has “had a few material quality and equipment improvements”.

Range Rover PHEV – from £87,600

Range Rover PHEV in blue

Type: Hybrid
C02 emissions: 72g/km
Battery charge time (3 pin plug): 7.5 hours
Tax cost per year: £130

The Range Rover PHEV is perfect for people who are concerned about the environment but aren’t willing to compromise on luxury, and rightly so! Evo share that “the car is predictably silent when running in EV mode” and credit the car for retaining “the Rangie’s best qualities”.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class 560e – from £97,480

Mercedes S-Class 560e in silver

Type: Hybrid
C02 emissions: 57g/km
Battery charge time (3 pin plug): 4-6 hours
Tax cost per year: £130

Recognised by Auto Express for being “astonishingly quiet in E-Mode, and every bit as luxurious as its petrol and diesel-powered siblings.” The S-Class aims to make the transition to hybrid as unnoticeable as possible for its customers, not just by the handling of the car but also by the same high-end interior. Who knew reducing your carbon footprint could look so good?

So far in 2019 we look forward to welcoming the Bentley Bentayga Hybrid, Aston Martin RapidE, Porsche Taycan, Mercedes-Benz EQC and Volkswagen NEO.

Still not sure which car’s right for you? Our team are happy to answer any questions you have about these or any other models – either call for a chat or drop into a dealership near you.

We also have a number of used hybrid and electric cars for sale – you can browse our current stock here.

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