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Most economical hybrid cars 2024

As the electric revolution gathers pace, everyone's on the hunt for the most economical cars. Here are 10 of the best economical hybrids you can buy on the used car market

If you’ve become more conscious about the environment and the move away from fossil fuels, you're not alone.

It’s important that all of us do our bit to save Mother Nature, and one of those ways is to drive a fuel-efficient car

If you’re not quite ready to make the switch to an electric car, then here are 10 of the most economical hybrids you can buy on the used car market.

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Kicking off this list is one of the most efficient and economical cars money can buy.

The Toyota Yaris Hybrid prides itself on offering great value for money, plenty of practicality for a small hatchback, and excellent safety.

Its main rivals are the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo – both epic cars in their own right, but neither comes close to the Toyota Yaris’s 69mpg rating.

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Toyota Corolla

The Corolla is one of the world’s best-selling cars, with more than 50 million in existence.

It will come as no surprise to you then that Toyota has jumped on the economy bandwagon by introducing a hybrid variant.

As it’s bigger than the Yaris, its main rivals are the Golf and Focus, but like its sibling, it offers next-level efficiency with a staggering 62.7mpg rating.

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Honda Jazz

It might be popular with elderly folk, but that’s for a very good reason – it’s affordable to purchase and cheap to run.

If you’ve ever considered getting a small hatchback, then the Honda Jazz is one that ticks all the boxes.

This little Honda is practical, frugal on fuel, comfortable, and familiar. While the Renault Clio and Vauxhall Corsa are great cars, they’re not quite as economical as the Jazz, which offers 63mpg.

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Hyundai IONIQ

The reason Hyundai decided to launch the IONIQ is that it saw the growing success of the Toyota Prius and the Nissan Leaf and wanted a piece of that pie – and what a large slice it took.

The standard model is a self-charging hybrid, which means you don’t need to faff around with plugging it in to charge, but the next step up is a plug-in hybrid that you do have to charge.

This model offers up to 29 miles of all-electric range and 63mpg.

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Lexus UX

If you want to drive around in a premium family SUV while minimising your impact on the environment, look no further than the Lexus UX.

There are lots of different variants on offer but the best one for economy is the 250h, which is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine that’s mated to an electric motor (or two if you opt for the E-Four trim level).

This setup means it achieves 53mpg.

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Toyota RAV4

The RAV4 has been around since the mid-nineties, and therefore in many ways, it kicked off the SUV trend that's so popular today.

There are many different trims on offer but the most efficient is the hybrid one that offers 222hp, all-wheel drive and a 2.5-litre petrol engine that works alongside an electric motor.

Its closest rivals are the Ford Kuga and Mazda CX-5, but none quite come close to the RAV4’s efficient nature.

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Kia Niro

We love a crossover SUV in the UK. Not just because they’re really practical, but because they also offer excellent value for money.

One of Britain’s favourites is the Kia Niro – a family-oriented car that's very economical.

The Kia's main rivals are the Peugeot 3008 and Honda CR-V, but unlike these, the Niro is much more economical and offers 64.2mpg.

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Hyundai Tucson

If you’re looking for a stylish and practical family SUV, there are very few better options than the efficient Hyundai Tucson.

The standard hybrid has a 1.6-litre petrol engine under the bonnet, but the plug-in hybrid version is the one to get if you like cruising in all-electric mode because it gives you up to 33 miles on one charge.

Additionally, the Tucson gives you an impressive 49.6mpg, which makes it one of the most economical hybrid cars on the used car market.


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