Most Popular Hybrid Vehicles 2018

Date: August 16th, 2018

With less than a month to go until we start to see 68- plate vehicles on the road and the current trend of electric vehicles, we thought now is a better time then ever to take a look at the most popular hybrid/ electric vehicles of the year so far. In this growing market there is more choice then ever, with electrically powered estates, saloons and hatchbacks all on offer. We’ve already given the low down on the most popular ‘traditionally powered’ vehicles of the years so far, feel free to check out Part 1 and Part 2.

So below in no particular order, see our most popular lease a hybrid vehicles for 2018 so far.


5. Volkswagen Golf GTE

We love the Golf GTE for its all rounder personality. We love it so much we’ve got an entire article on it! The Golf GTE is one of the most tech packed hybrids you can lease to date. Not only this, choose to lease a Golf GTE and you’ll find it spacious, practical, good looking and almost as swift as its petrol powered GTI sibling. There are multiple drive models for the GTE, combining the best of both fossil fuel and electricity. Put the GTE in all electric mode and Volkswagen state you’ll get a range of around 30 miles. Co2 emissions on this GTE are 39 g/km.

Pros

  • Affordable to run. Good all electric mileage.
  • Stylish. Both inside and out the GTE feels upmarket and up to date.
  • Speedy. The GTE has good get up and go compared to competitors.

Cons

  • Expensive. The GTE is great value for money. But there are cheaper Golfs.
  • Rough. Suspension on other other Golfs handle rough road better.

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4. BMW I3

The BMW I3 is a real head turner, this is likely one of the main contributing factors to its popularity. That and its incredible 124 mile range. The BMW I3 crushes all competition in the electric mileage category. If this still isn’t enough range for you, drivers can opt to lease a BMW I3 with a range extender. This comes in the form of a two cylinder petrol engine which acts as an on board charger for the lithium batteries. The I3 also boasts an extremely unique choice of interior ‘worlds’ which drivers can choose from.

Pros

  • Unique. The quirky design of the I3 means its stands out from the crowd.
  • Relaxing. The interior atmosphere and smooth drive of the I3 make the vehicle extremely relaxing.
  • Range. Theres no arguing the I3 beats all competitors hands down for range.

Cons

  • Pricey. The BMW I3 isn’t the cheapest. However we feel you’re paying for more than just the badge.
  • Stringent. Only available as a four-seater. Meaning you’ll only get four bums in.

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3. BMW 530e

The hybrid BMW 5 Series combines the best of executive class with the economical benefits of a plug-in hybrid vehicle. The cars popularity as a lease with business commuters puts the 5 Series on this list. Lease a BMW 5 Series hybrid and you’ll enjoy low Co2 emissions of just 49 g/km. This will fill you with a warm pleasant feeling when you consider the size of this vehicle. The hybrid is a real performer too, with 0-62 mph coming in at 6.2 seconds courtesy of a 2.0 turbocharged four cylinder petrol engine combined with an electric motor. The top speed clock in at 146 mph.

Pros

  • Badge. Its a BMW, arguably the most prestige brand there is.
  • Low running costs. The hybrid 5 Series is far cheaper to run than the traditional models.
  • Electric range. 29 miles on electric only, for a car of this size.

Cons

  • Size matters. Boot size is compromised due to battery location in comparison with petrol and diesel models.
  • Safety first. On the lower spec models some safety features are not standard.

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2. Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius feels like its been around forever. The latest version really shows this experience. With better performance and handling then all previous generations, this Prius really is fun to drive. With a range of trims available theres a Prius for every driver. Drivers who choose a lower trim Toyta Prius lease will still feel well accommodated. Whilst higher trims have more tech and kit available than ever before.

Pros

  • Old dog, new tricks. Decades of experience have resulted in the best Prius yet.
  • A real Sting. The most recent version of the Prius does away with a box design for more jagged lines.
  •  Efficient. This version of the Prius is the most efficient to date.

Cons

  • Divided. Some might not like the re-design of the Prius. (Ignore them).
  • Roll on. We’re nit picking here but we think with bigger wheels fitted the Prius would look even better.

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1. Volkswagen Passat GTE

Choose to lease a Passat GTE and you’ll find yourself sat behind the wheel of a hybrid that fits perfectly into your everyday life. With an electric only range of 31 miles, put the Passat GTE into hybrid mode and you’ll get up to 500 miles of driving from a single tank of fuel. The Passat is also extremely practical meaning this car works perfectly as either a business vehicle or a family car. Instantly recognizable as the hybrid model thanks to its striking fog/ driving lights exclusive to the GTE model, the hybrid looks unique in its own right.

Pros

  • Practical. The Passat GTE even has space for the family dog.
  • Work Horse. 500 miles from a single tank. You’ll forget what the fuel pump looks like.
  • Interior. The GTE interior quality is inline with all other Passats. No compromises.

Cons

  • Racer. If you’re a driver looking for a car to thrash around and throw into corners. You should probably look elsewhere.
  • Subtle. We like the way the GTE looks, however some may find it a little middle of the road.

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So there you have it, the most popular hybrid vehicles so far this year. However that could all change in September with the release of the 68 plate. We’ll keep you posted with all the latest updates and news, in the meantime take a look at our current special offers both hybrid and otherwise!

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