Looking to make the switch to a Hybrid new car in 2019? Here are our top 5 recommended new Hybrid cars with discount deals available on most models:
2019 Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius was the first mass-produced Hybrid passenger vehicle, first introduced in Japan back in 1997 with worldwide distribution by 2001.
Depending on your configuration the 2019 Prius offers a combined fuel economy of around 67mpg (with the 15-inch alloy wheels) that drops to around 57/58mpg with the larger alloys, CO2 emissions are around 85g/km.
The combination of the 1.8 litre/four-cylinder engine and 7.2kWh battery still pushes out a respectable 121bhp taking you from 0-62mph in around 10.5 seconds with a top speed of 112mph. The CVT automatic transmission is a joy and there's a new AWD option on higher-grade Business Edition + models which sets the Prius apart as the most economical AWD passenger vehicle available right now.
Other options that make the Prius attractive are the option of 5 seats or the 7-seater Pruis+ model and the flexibility to choose between self-charging or plugin hybrid models.
Where the Prius excels is in the comfort and refinement departments, the ride is very smooth, quiet inside the cabin and the seats are ultra-comfortable. Acceleration and braking are very smooth too and when the petrol engine kicks in at higher speeds or under heavy acceleration it feels seamless.
Entry-level Active models include alloy wheels 15-inch alloy wheels, 7-inch touchscreen/infotainment system (Toyota’s Touch® 2 media system) with DAB radio. Bluetooth®, USB & AUX inputs, a reversing camera, dual zone automatic air con, LED headlights with auto high-beam and Toyota ‘Safety Sense’ (includes pre-collision and pedestrian detection systems).
The Business Edition adds wireless mobile phone charging, additional safety features including Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, inside extras include soft touch door trim, heated front seats and head-up display.
The Business Edition+ (available in 2WD and AWD options) includes larger 17-inch alloy wheels, additional safety features (Intelligent front and rear parking sensors with automatic braking and Intelligent Parking Assist). Inside additions are a premium JBL sound system, sat nav, voice recognition and wi-fi. The range-topping Excel model includes some additional styling tweaks including premium leather interior.
You can compare all Toyota Prius new models and latest deals here.
2019 Ford Mondeo Hybrid (Saloon or Estate)
The Ford Mondeo Hybrid is available as a saloon model and estate models (the latter for the first time). If you are looking for an estate hybrid vehicle it should definitely be a consideration with limited options out there.
Hybrid Mondeo models are available in the higher-grade, well-equipped Titanium Edition model or the range-topping, plush Vignale model. Equipment levels, interior and exterior looks are pretty much the same as traditional petrol and diesel models with one significant exception. The Mondeo Hybrid’s battery is located under the boot meaning you lose a tad over 100 litres of boot-space.
The Mondeo hybrid combines the battery located at the rear with a 2.0 petrol engine equipped with a 6-speed CVT automatic transmission. Power output is 187 bhp, 0.62mph can be achieved in little over 9 seconds and top speed is 116mph.
Running costs are a little higher than some other hybrids out there CO2 emissions are 98g/km on saloon models and 103g/km on estate models. Combined fuel economy depending on your configuration will be around 58mpg which is a little disappointing for a hybrid.
If you are big fan of the Mondeo then this may be your go-to hybrid vehicle, especially if you’re looking at a hybrid for the first time. The spacious interior, comfort and great cruising ability are all intact and the latter, if anything, is improved in the hybrid models.
The Titanium Edition models are well-equipped, inside you get a large touchscreen/infotainment system, Bluetooth, voice control, sat nav, dual zone climate control and heated front seats. Safety features and driver aids include front and rear parking sensors, hill-start assist, cruise control with speed limiter, lane keeping aid, parking aid, pre-collision assist with AEB (automatic emergency braking), traffic collision recognition, electric parking brake ABS AND EBA.
You can view full specs and latest deals on the new Mondeo Titanium Hybrid here.
The Vignale offers all the features of the Titanium Edition plus its own unique styling including unique dark grille, 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, rear privacy glass and a plush interior with premium leather upholstery.
View full specs and latest deals on the Mondeo Vignale Hybrid here.
2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The RAV4 Hybrid is Toyota’s impressive new edition of their popular SUV. The fifth edition RAV4 has an all new, more muscular look, is built on a new platform and has received high praise in the motoring industry.
The battery is combined with a 2.5 petrol engine and the extremely impressive CVT automatic transmission in either 2WD or intelligent AWD guises packs an impressive punch. Depending on your configuration it offers around 163ibs of torque and is capable of 0-62mph in around 8.3 seconds. Economy figures are decent taking into account the power the RAV4 packs, CO2 emissions are 100-103g/km and combined fuel economy figures around the 64mpg mark.
All models are well-equipped, the entry-level Icon model incudes 17-inch alloy wheels (5-spoke), Toyota’s Safety Sense which includes pre-collision system and cyclist/pedestrian, adaptive cruise control, rear camera and parking sensor. Inside you get Toyota’s ‘Touch 2’ eight-inch touchscreen/infotainment system with 6 speakers, DAB radio and Bluetooth.
The Design model adds a few extra goodies like sat nav and smart entry and if you move up to the Excel model (our pick) you get the addition of leather interior, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, heated steering wheel and some additional safety features like blind spot monitoring & a rear cross traffic alert system.
The range-topping Dynamic model adds exterior black gloss trim/styling including black roof, wheel arches and rear bumper. If the extra styling is not a deal breaker but you want all the other bells and whistles you can go for the Excel model.
Compare all RAV4 Hybrid models and the latest deals here.
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV hit UK showrooms two years ago and was an immediate hit with the public as Britain's first Plugin Hybrid SUV.
The Outlander PHEV packs a 13.8kWh battery and a 2.4 litre petrol engine. It can cover around 28 miles in full electric mode on a full charge and the battery should fully recharge in 4 hours, you can even travel up to 84mph in full electric mode, so a quick dash down the motorway is no problem.
If your daily trip to and from work is 28 miles or less and you have good access to charging points you could feasibly run in electric mode most of the time meaning extra-low running costs. The PHEV also qualifies for a £500 grant towards the cost of installing a charger at home.
If you are making the step from a traditional petrol or diesel car, the Outlander PHEV will slash your running costs. CO2 emissions are 40g/km and combined fuel economy is as much as156mpg. The Outlander also makes perfect sense as a company car.
Power output is still a healthy 177bhp, torque is 245ibs and 0-62mph is achievable in around 10.5 seconds.
The Outlander is smooth especially at lower speeds and or in full electric mode, there’s a little more noise on motorways when the petrol engine kicks in but cabin noise is minimal and comfort is very good. The Outlander is a great cruiser but maybe not quite as well-suited to a bit of fun, if you want to fling it round tight corners at speed for example.
The model line-up consists of the entry-level Juro model, the 4H, 4HS, 5H and top of the range 5HS model.
Equipment-levels are generous, even the entry-level Juro includes 18-inch alloy wheels, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, front and rear electric windows, infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, music streaming, leather steering wheel with mounted audio controls and rapid charging USB port. Driving aids and safety features include electronic parking brake, hill start assist, automatic windscreen wipers, cruise control with adjustable speed limiter, rear view camera, Eco and Sport modes, ABS with EBD, brake assist, heated windscreen, heated and folding door mirrors, automatic headlights.
Moving up to the 4H trim-level sees some great additions including a 360-parking camera, leather seats, LED front fog lights, a power tailgate and blind spot warning system. The 4HS adds Forward safety tech including a collision mitigation system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise control, ultrasonic misacceleration mitigation system, front/rear parking sensors and automatic high beam control.
The top-end 5H and 5HS models and premium nappa leather interior in a choice of colours and a premium Alpine audio system.
You can compare models and the latest Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV deals here
2019 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
The Toyota Corolla Hybrid is replacing the outgoing Auris as Toyota’s mid-sized hatchback and although the name ‘Corolla’ dates way back to the 1960’s and was particularly popular in the UK during the 80s the reborn model is far from dated. Looks can be subjective but we think the exterior styling of the new Corolla will hit the sweet-spot and its packed with the latest tech too, inside is pretty classy looking affair too.
The Corolla’s battery is accompanied by a 1.8 or a more powerful 2.0 petrol engine with CVT automatic transmission. CO2 emissions are 76g/km and 89g/km respectively and combined fuel economy is up to 65mpg on the 1.8 models and up to 60mpg on 2.0 models. The 1.8 petrol/hybrid is the same engine used in Toyota’s flagship Prius model and is expected to be the big seller.
The entry-level Icon model is pretty well equipped and includes 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and LED, Toyota Safety Sense 2 with Adaptive Cruise Control, 4.2-inch colour TFT, heated front seats, 8-inch touchscreen with Toyota’s Touch® 2 media system, DAB radio, Bluetooth and a reversing camera.
We recommend skipping the entry-level Icon model and going for the Icon Tech which includes some very nice additions including front and rear parking sensors with intelligent park assist, sat nav, voice control and dual zone climate control.
Higher grade models include 17-inch alloy wheels, part leather sports seats, smart entry, push button start and a panoramic roof on the top-grade Excel model.
You can compare a full range of new Toyota Corolla Hybrid models and the latest deals here