Self-charging hybrid models are a popular choice with buyers considering an electrified model for their next car.
If you’re not able to charge at home, plug-in hybrids can be a hassle. This has made self-charging hybrids (or regular hybrids) a popular option – especially with the likes of Honda, Toyota and Lexus.
As regular hybrids have been around for a while, there’s plenty of choice on the used market. Let’s take a look at 5 great options for £15,000 or less.
The Toyota Prius was arguably the first self-charging hybrid of its kind, with the model dating all the way back to 1997. Since the original, which was introduced to the UK in 2000, four generations have been released. Today, most of Toyota’s line-up is hybrid only, giving the manufacturer one of the biggest electrified ranges around.
With a £15,000 budget you could pick any of those four generations. The first models are rare and hard to come by, but second-gen models start from as little as £2,000, and MK3 models from £6,000. If you want the latest models, prices for these start from around £12,000.
Honda Jazz Hybrid
Like Toyota, Honda was an early innovator with hybrid models – notable with the Insight and the Civic. With the firm now more focused on hybrids than ever, it’s no surprise that the latest Jazz supermini is hybrid only.
This isn’t the first time the Jazz has seen a hybrid powertrain. The second-gen version of this impressively spacious hatch was available with a hybrid from 2011. At the time, the cheaper price of the petrol option won over customers, but it’s now a great used car – famed for both its efficiency and reliability.
The Kia Niro, which arrived in 2016, was one of the first crossovers available with a hybrid powertrain. It’s available with 3 different kinds of electrification – all-electric, plug-in hybrid and self-charging hybrid.
The Niro’s 1.6-litre petrol-electric powertrain is not thrilling, but it’s remarkably efficient, with Kia claiming 74.3mpg and CO2 emissions of just 88g/km. A 427-litre boot and spacious interior space also makes it an appealing hybrid family car.
The RX has always been an important car for Lexus. Not only was it the firm’s first SUV, but in 2004 it also became its first hybrid model when the RX 400h launched. 16 years later, nearly all of the premium firm’s models are hybrid.
With £15,000, you can choose from either the RX 400h, which was around between 2003 and 2009, or the later RX450h, which will cost from £3,000 and £8,000 respectively. Both versions of this large SUV have a high-quality interior and are particularly refined and comfortable. They’re not especially efficient, but return a claimed 45mpg, with CO2 emissions of 148g/km, which are still impressive for a car of this size.
Nissan-owned Infiniti is a pretty niche car firm in the UK, with the upmarket brand being introduced in 2009 but withdrawing less than 10 years later. One of its most convincing models, though, was the Q50 saloon, which rivals the likes of the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.
As well as petrol or diesel options, a hybrid powertrain version was available – a model that was niche due to its high list price. Delivering a punchy 359bhp, this model is quick – accelerating to 60mph in under 5 seconds. It’s also efficient (even by today’s standards) – returning 45.6mpg, with CO2 emissions of 144g/km. It’s certainly a rare choice, but a high-quality interior and plenty of standard kit gives it plenty of appeal.