Price reductions on selected cars, from £250 - £1000 off

skip to main contentskip to footer

Best mild hybrid cars 2024

Take a look at our top picks for the best mild hybrid cars to save your fuel in 2024

a dark blue jaguar xe with black wheels driving on a road

Mild hybrid cars UK

As the world moves to electric power, the humble internal combustion engine has already been left behind – or so you may think.

The improvements in hybrid technology means that petrol and diesel engines can be made more efficient, and therefore can suit the ever-changing world in which we live.

One of the most popular types – aside from self-charging and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) – are mild hybrids cars (MHEVs).

These have a small battery to assist the engine in menial driving tasks such as overtaking and overall efficiency, boosting MPG ratings.

But which are the best? Here are 10 of the best mild hybrid cars you should consider.

Kia Sportage

a dark green kia sportage driving on a road

Kia is renowned for making fuel-efficient cars, and the Sportage is no different. This mild hybrid SUV is great for those who need that extra bit of space for family road trips or a large food shop.

The engine is a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol unit that produces 150hp and offers around 60mpg.

This setup is fitted with a mild-hybrid system that helps the car at low revs, making it more efficient. It should be noted that this is currently only available with an automatic gearbox, but it's still one of the best mild hybrid cars around.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

a silver mercedes e-class saloon driving on a uk road

Available as either a petrol or diesel, a used Mercedes E-Class is a great option for one of the best mild hybrid cars with a luxurious twist.

Under the bonnet of the most-efficient E220d diesel, you’ll find a 197hp engine with plenty of torque and a great mild hybrid system that benefits from Mercedes’ EQ Boost assistance with an extra 18hp.

This, mated to a smooth nine-speed automatic gearbox, is a real treat on long drives up and down the country.

Nissan Qashqai

a blue nissan qashqai driving on a road in the UK

The sleek and fresh-looking Nissan Qashqai is proof that family SUVs don’t have to be boring. After all, this used Nissan was the first car to kick off the crossover SUV trend all those years ago.

In the third and most recent iteration, the Qashqai comes with the choice of two 1.3-litre petrol engines that come with quiet hybrid assistance.

This battery works by storing energy from braking that can then be used to feed back into the driving when needed.

Audi Q7

A grey Audi Q7 driving on a country road

Large SUVs have drastically grown in popularity, with almost every car manufacturer offering one. One of the best – especially when it comes to hybrid tech – is the Audi Q7.

This five-metre-long monster offers mild hybrid power from a 48V battery that gives it that extra boost when needed.

You can also have your used Audi Q7 as a plug-in hybrid should you want to benefit from 29 miles of all-electric range to use in cities.

BMW 3 Series Touring

A grey BMW 3 Series Touring

The regular BMW 3 Series saloon is a fantastic car that can do almost everything, but if you opt for the more practical used BMW 3 Series Touring then you’re in for a real treat.

With a large 500-litre boot and comfortable seats, this hybrid makes for a solid all-rounder.

Power comes from either a diesel or petrol engine, all of which offer MHEV assistance and are therefore ideal for overtaking and living with day-to-day. It's one of the best mild hybrid electric vehicle options you can get.

Range Rover Sport

a white range rover sport with a black roof parked in a green valley

When you think of a Range Rover Sport, you may picture a powerful V8-powered SUV that’s never heard of global warming, but newer models prove that stereotype wrong.

Recent generations offer smaller engines with hybrid capabilities to improve range and help play its part in saving the environment.

The best MHEVs on offer can be found with diesels that are mated to a 48V battery to help with overall efficiency. Opt for one of the smaller Land Rover petrol engines and you’ll get PHEV assistance with up to 70 miles of electric driving.

Hyundai Tucson

A dark coloured Hyundai Tucson hybrid

Closely rivalling the Qashqai, the Hyundai Tucson is a car that’s practical, comfortable and efficient.

The engine is a 1.6-litre petrol unit that produces 180hp and is mated to a 48V battery. This makes this Hyundai very reliable and great for the school run or family weekend away, saving the planet and your wallet.

There’s also the option between a manual or automatic gearbox, with some models getting all-wheel drive. So, if that’s important to you, it’s worth looking out for.

Suzuki Swift Sport

a red Suzuki Swift Sport Hybrid parked on the side of the road

If you’re after something fun to brighten up your commute or take on a trip at the weekend, then the Suzuki Swift Sport is a great car for you – and it’s a mild hybrid.

Sitting under the Suzuki's bonnet is a 130hp 1.4-litre petrol engine that benefits from mild hybrid tech, which increases efficiency and improves acceleration.

What’s more, you never need to plug it in to charge, so you’re free to explore the Scottish Highlands all weekend.

Jaguar XE

a dark blue jaguar xe with black wheels driving on a road

The Jaguar XE saloon is one of Jaguar’s most popular executive cars because it’s sporty yet classy. It makes a change from the same rivalling German cars that crop up time and time again.

Powering the XE is a range of diesel mild hybrid engines that are very fuel-efficient and powerful, but the real reason you’d want one of these over the sportier petrol is to make use of its long-distance driving capabilities.

Want a more luxurious version that comes as an estate? Try the Jaguar XF that still offers MHEV technology.

Why choose a mild hybrid car

A mild hybrid car is a great first step if you're not ready for a fully electric vehicle but want to take steps towards making the swap.

Mild hybrid cars improve fuel efficiency and can help reduce your petrol and diesel spending.

You'll usually find that mild hybrid options are more affordable than hybrids and plug-in hybrids, but you still get the benefit of improving efficiency.

They're also great for lowering exhaust emissions and this can mean lower road tax costs.

Plus, there's no need to plug in and charge up your mild hybrid like other types of electric cars. This is ideal if you don't have the space for a charger or can't access one.

What to look for in a mild hybrid

Just like purchasing a used car, you'll need to consider what it is you want from your mild hybrid.

Mild hybrid cars come in all shapes and sizes, so you can consider whether you want a chunky SUV or a compact hatchback.

Size can really matter - especially when it comes to your car. You might want to take into consideration the boot size of your car, as some hybrid models have slightly smaller boots due to the extra tech they use.

You'll also want to consider your budget and can use our on-page filters to sort by models at different price points.

A banner reading: 'quality cars for under £200 a month, see what's in stock'

Read more about hybrid cars: