The 15 Best Hybrid & Electric Cars to Buy in 2020

These days, it’s important to be more aware of the environmental impact our lifestyle choices can have – and for most of us, it’s our car that is the single biggest contributor to our carbon footprint. With that 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 2020? There’s now more choice than ever, so here’s our guide to the very best models.

  1. £20k – £25k
  2. £25k – £50k
  3. £40k – £65k
  4. £65k+

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

smart EQ fortwo – from £20,350

grey smart eq fortwo on the move

Type: Electric
Electric-only range: 70 miles
Tax cost per year: £0

smart have taken the bold step of getting rid of all traditional engine-powered models, leaving only their trendy EQ models in the line-up. That line-up starts with the diminutive EQ fortwo, which – you guessed it – has room for two occupants only.

What it lacks in space, however, it makes up for in maneuverability, making it “a great city car”, according to industry magazine, Autocar. Plus, it now comes with electric power, so it goes as well as it looks.

smart EQ forfour – from £20,785

white smart eq forfour parked

Type: Electric
Electric-only range: 70 miles
Tax cost per year: £0

As WhatCar? 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 small all-electric four-door keeps running costs super low, plus the latest versions charge almost twice as fast as their predecessors.



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

Volkswagen e-Golf – from £31,075

Volkswagen e-Golf in white

Type: Electric
Electric-only range: 186 miles
Tax cost per year: £0

Awarded 5 stars and praised as “one of the most refined electric cars on sale” by WhatCar?, the e-Golf boasts all the upsides of the standard Golf but with added eco-credentials – its spacious, high-quality interior and generous boot make it both an appealing and practical first-step into EV-ownership.

Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid – from £31,945

Type: Hybrid
Electric-only range: 40 miles
Tax cost per year: £130

The Kia Niro PHEV 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.

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron – from £33,375

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron in red

Type: Hybrid
Electric-only range: 28 miles
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 WhatCar? – 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.

Kia Soul EV – from £33,795

Type: Electric
Electric-only range: 280 miles
Tax cost per year: £0

The Kia Soul is now EV-only, with a refreshed look and equipment levels that make this particular vehicle an attractive proposition. According to CarWow is “well equipped” for its sector, and the Soul EV’s green credentials are further boosted by the the use of recyclable materials in the cabin.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – from £35,815

white Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Type: Hybrid
Electric-only range: 28 miles
Tax cost per year: £0

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is one of the longest standing plug-in hybrids in the UK market, and it’s by far and away the most popular.

On the face of it, it’s a stylish SUV with plenty of space and features. Dig a little deeper, though, and you’ll find switchable four wheel drive, and a hybrid powertrain that keeps mpg high and CO2 emissions low. That means running costs are low, and it’s even available as a Commercial variant for business users looking for a versatile plug-in hybrid.


Best Hybrid & Electric Cars: £40k – £65k

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

Mercedes E-Class in white

Type: Hybrid
Electric-only range: 25 miles
Tax cost per year: £455

The E300e is one of three hybrid models available in Mercedes-Benz’s E-Class line-up, and in this particular guise, the large saloon is capable of as much as 166mpg while emitting only 47g/km of CO2.

Having hybrid power makes the E-Class supremely versatile, but there’s no compromise on luxury, with a smooth nine-speed automatic and all the mod-cons of the conventionally-powered vehicles.

Jaguar I-PACE – from £60,995

Jaguar I-PACE in blue

Type: Electric
Electric-only range: 292 miles
Tax cost per year: £320

Given a top rating of five 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 taken the automotive and technology industries by storm. As with all electric cars, maximum torque is available from the minute you put your foot down and the I-PACE is roundly considered to be even faster than the official figures suggest. That makes it an ideal electric option for drivers who like both space and speed!

Mercedes-Benz EQC – from £64,925

white Mercedes-Benz EQC

Type: Electric
Electric-only range: 276 miles
Tax cost per year: £320

Just like the Audi e-tron further down this list, the EQC is Mercedes-Benz’s first foray into the fully electric SUV segment.

The EQC is visually stylish, and packs all the quality you’d expect from a Mercedes-Benz, while also incorporating some design cues to mark it out as a vehicle with big eco credentials.


Best Hybrid & Electric Cars: £65k+

Audi e-tron – from £71,560

white audi e-tron

Type: Electric
Electric-only range: 310 miles
Tax cost per year: £320

The German company’s strapline for its transition to electric is ‘Electric goes Audi’, and there’s no better example of that mantra than the e-tron. It’s pretty obviously an Audi, with a shape that’s pretty obviously SUV. It is, as Top Gear says, a “family SUV, made electric”.

Those are good things, and will enourage customers who currently drive an SUV to make the jump to electric power.

Range Rover Sport P400e – from £72,785

Range Rover Sport PHEV in white

Type: Hybrid
Electric-only range: 24 miles
Tax cost per year: £130

AutoCar 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.

Performance is mightily impressive, too, with 404 bhp from its combination of 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine and battery unit, which also provide impressive fuel economy and knock-down tailpipe emissions on combined cycles.

Range Rover PHEV – from £89,300

Range Rover PHEV in blue

Type: Hybrid
Electric-only range: 24 miles
Tax cost per year: £130

The Range Rover PHEV is the perfect vehicle for drivers who want to do their bit for the environment, but are less keen to compromise on luxury. evo magazine explain 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
Electric-only range: 31 miles
Tax cost per year: £440

Recognised by AutoExpress for being “astonishingly quiet in E-Mode, and every bit as luxurious as its petrol and diesel-powered siblings,” the S650e intends to make the transition to hybrid as unnoticeable as possible for its customers. Who knew reducing your carbon footprint could be so comfortable?

Bentley Bentayga Hybrid – from £133,100

Bentley Bentayga Hybrid in orange

Type: Hybrid
Electric-only range: 24 miles
Tax cost per year: £440

Bentley bill the Bentayga Hybrid as the world’s first luxury hybrid vehicle, and at this price point, they’d be right. This particular hybrid pairs a modest 94 kW battery with a 3.0-litre V6, so you can be assured of Bentley performance as well as improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions.


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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