5 of the best used hybrid hatchbacks on sale

17 March 2022 Blog

Not ready to jump fully into electric driving but fancy a taste of low-emission motoring? Try a hybrid!

Over the past decade, hybrid cars have been appearing on driveways like wind turbines on hillsides, whisked to success by tax incentives, the decline of diesel and the double feelgood factor of saving the planet and a small fortune on fuel. This guide focuses on Motorpoint’s top five hybrid hatchbacks. That means, yep, they’ve got a handy opening rear tailgate, plus a regular engine, small battery and electric motor that either helps the engine or takes over entirely for short periods.

Some manufacturers call these cars self-charging hybrids because the battery recuperates energy when you brake or lift off the accelerator, so there’s no messing with cables when you get back home. We’ll look at mild hybrids (regular engines with a little fuel-saving electric boost) and plug-in hybrids (like regular hybrids, but you can plug them in for longer journeys on electric power) another time.

For now, Motorpoint’s top five hybrid hatchbacks are…

Toyota Prius

Before Teslas, Nissan Leafs and all those other pure electric cars, the Prius was the pin-up of eco motoring, with a bloodline that goes way back to 1997 and celeb endorsements including the attractive chap from The Beach. The fourth-generation Prius still makes a strong case for itself today, with a 1.8-litre petrol engine and e-motor delivering respectable urge with – get this – up to 68.3mpg. Add in a genuinely spacious interior, generous standard equipment and a relaxing drive and you’ll be as happy road-tripping to Lands End as lugging shopping from Lidl.

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Honda Jazz

Honda has been refining the art of saving fuel since 1999, and today’s almost-entirely-hybrid-range kicks off with the Jazz. A cracking little hybrid supermini that can squeeze 62.7 miles from a gallon, the Jazz is so good it won What Car? magazine’s Best Small Car gong in 2022. Despite being a tiddler, the little five-door is surprisingly spacious inside, with a high roofline for easy access, and rear ‘Magic’ seats that fold away to unlock a huge 1,205 litres of space. You can even get a Crosstar version with rugged body styling and extra ground clearance for full back-to-nature vibes.

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Renault Clio E-TECH Hybrid

Clearly this is no Formula 1 car in disguise, but Renault says the trick tech beneath its Clio E-TECH Hybrid’s skin is ‘influenced’ by its exploits in motorsport’s top category. The 1.6-litre engine is pretty punchy on its own, but two electric motors juiced by a chunky battery give it a load of extra fizz, plus you’ll get as much as 64.2 miles from every gallon if you don’t go full Fernando. The French supermini can even waft around for up to 80% of the time on nothing but electricity, according to Renault. The rest is everything we love about the Clio: smart looking, fun to drive, affordable to buy and run.

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Hyundai Ioniq

If you can’t decide between a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or pure electric model, Hyundai narrows your dithering to one model available with all three. It’s called the Ioniq, and the hybrid version combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and – unusually for a hybrid – a sportier dual-clutch gearbox (basically other hybrids can sound like cows in labour when you accelerate, this one doesn’t). The result is as much as 62.8mpg and zero-emissions at up to 75mph. The Ioniq is affordable, spacious, comfy to drive and looks pretty smart, plus Hyundai’s five-year warranty keeps used examples covered for longer.

Check out our range of used Hyundai Ioniq models

Toyota Corolla

If the Prius is just too sandals and flax seeds for you, the Corolla wraps Toyota’s hybrid tech in a body that’s sharp as a samurai. Choose the same 1.8-litre powertrain as the Prius for up to 62.8mpg, but the Corolla also offers a 2.0-litre engine to boost power to 178bhp – a chunky 58bhp win that knocks 3sec off the 0-62mph dash (7.9sec FYI) and still manages 57.7mpg. The handling is suitably sharper than a Prius whichever option you choose, Toyota says both can waft through 50% of a typical commute on electric power, and don’t forget the Touring Sports estate for max load-lugging handiness.

Browse our selection of nearly new Toyota Corollas