Best Hybrid Cars 2020

Best Hybrid Cars Of 2020

At Car Leasing Guru, we’ve left our opinion at the door and evaluated these hybrid cars based on how much “value for money” they actually offer; taking elements such as residual values, specification and whole life cost into account.

29 different manufacturers currently offer nearly 700 individual models between them.

Our internal pricing system has independently assigned each hybrid car in this analysis a Car Leasing Guru score from 0-10 so that you know which hybrid is best. Click here is you want to know how we assign scores.

We’ve broken down a few elements for you; highlighting important aspects such as the list price and ‘total lease cost’. When you (or should I say we) combine these elements together, you start to understand how much “value for money” each hybrid car offers.

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10. Mini Countryman Hatchback 1.5 Cooper S E Exclusive ALL4 PHEV 5dr Auto [Comfort Pack]

Car Leasing Guru Score: 9.0

The Mini is 10th on this list, but let’s not forget, that’s 10th out of 700! Strong residual values, iconic design and all the spec you could ever wish for make the Mini Countryman Hybrid a no-brainer.

The range starts at £32,980, but we’d suggest going for the ‘Exclusive’ trim with the comfort pack (around £36,000). The exclusive model gets leather sports seats, leather steering wheel and 17″alloy wheels. The Comfort pack adds automatic air-con, rear parking sensors and heated seats for both driver and passenger.

In terms of engine, performance and hybrid economy. The engine is a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder pushing out 220bhp. The electric motor has a total range of 31 miles based on the WLTP cycle.

We’ve included our predicted total lease costs for the Mini Countryman Hybrid below. Mileage is calculated per annum.

New Price£36,380
Predicted Total Lease Cost (24m / 10,000 miles)£9,730
Predicted Total Lease Cost (36m / 20,000 miles)£12,471

9. Mitsubishi Outlander Estate 2.4 PHEV Design 5dr Auto

Car Leasing Guru Score: 9

The Mitsubishi Outlander always flies under the radar when it comes to hybrid cars. It seems there are now so many hybrids on offer, that the Outlander gets largely ignored. The Outlander is a bit rougher around the edges than some of the premium offerings in this list, and it might not be as iconic as the Mini above, but you should certainly give one a test drive if you want an alternative to the status quo.

The Hybrid models start at £35,815 for the base ‘Verve’ model. Our analysis suggests you should go one step up and get the ‘Design’ spec for £36,825. This model adds smartphone connectivity, 18″ alloys and a reversing camera. A wise option since the Outlander is a bit bigger than most on this list.

The engine is a 2.4-litre petrol with 224bhp. The electric range is 28 miles, but the Outlander can re-charge the battery without ever having to stop. Mitsubishi make claim to this fact with their claimed driving range of London to Cologne on a single combined tank of fuel and electric power.

We’ve included our predicted total lease costs for the Mitsubishi Outlander below. Mileage is calculated per annum.

New Price£36,825
Predicted Total Lease Cost (24m / 10,000 miles)£10,521
Predicted Total Lease Cost (36m / 20,000 miles)£13,339

8. Mercedes E Class Saloon E300e AMG Line 4dr 9G-Tronic

Car Leasing Guru Score: 9

Our first seriously “premium” vehicle on the list. If you want something a bit more exclusive then you’ll no doubt have a Mercedes E Class in your sights. If you want a premium hybrid car, you can now add the E300e to the list.

The new E Class isn’t cheap, starting at £39,055 for your standard petrol/diesel variants. Our system has suggested stepping up to the E300e Hybrid version with the AMG Line specification, which stops just short of an eye-watering 50 grand!

The E-Class Hybrid has a 2.0-litre petrol motor with a total power output of 333 bhp. The hybrid electric battery has enough range for 34 miles before running dry. A 7.4kW cable is included which will charge it from 0-100% in around 90 minutes. Fast charging isn’t currently available on the new E-Class, which is why it’s 8th on our list.

We’ve included our predicted total lease costs for the Mercedes E Class Hybrid below. Mileage is calculated per annum.

New Price£49,975
Predicted Total Lease Cost (24m / 10,000 miles)£14,056
Predicted Total Lease Cost (36m / 20,000 miles)£18,017

7. Honda CR-V Estate 2.0 i-MMD Hybrid SR 5dr eCVT

Car Leasing Guru Score: 9.2

The Honda CR-V has been around since 2007 has largely stuck to a tried and tested formula of high seating position, reliability and practicality. The new Honda CR-V Hybrid takes all those learning and applies them to a 2020 body with 2020 technology.

The range starts from £30,500 for the ‘S’ model, with the SE, SR and EX being the step from those. Our system has analysed the hybrid car range and isolated the ‘SR’ trim as the one to go for, at a cost of £34,840. The SR comes with leather seats and privacy glass plus all the addition spec from the SE model like air conditioning.

The CR-V is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine pushing out 184 bhp which runs in parallel with a seamless two-motor hybrid powertrain. In layman’s terms, it basically means that instead of running in either engine or electric modes, the CR-V will run both systems simultaneously (things like regenerative braking). As such, Honda don’t supply mpg figures, they only tell you how much more efficient their hybrid cars are over their standard petrol engine equivalents.

We’ve included our predicted total lease costs for the Honda CR-V Hybrid below. Mileage is calculated per annum.

New Price£34,840
Predicted Total Lease Cost (24m / 10,000 miles)£8,945
Predicted Total Lease Cost (36m / 20,000 miles)£12,164

6. Audi Q5 Estate 50 TFSI e Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic

Car Leasing Guru Score: 9.2

A fairly recent addition to the Audi hybrid car range, the Q5 has decided to dip its toe into the alternative fuel arena. Coming in 6th on our list, the high initial cost of the A5 is offset by the strong residual values that most Audi’s have.

This new Q5 TFSI e starts from £50,410 for the S Line model and it’s the model we would recommend. Other models are available, such as the Black Editon, but considering the S line is one of the highest specifications when you go lower down the range, you’ll be hard-pressed to want or need anything from the other variants.

The engine falls inline with almost every vehicle we’ve covered so far; a 2.0-litre petrol unit with 299 PS (294 bhp). You get up to 26 miles of range with the Hybrid Q5 and can charge from home in about 2.5 hours on a 7kW wall box or around 7 hours on a 3 pin plug (2.3kW).

Whilst not the most impressive on paper with its hybrid technology, the residual value of Audi’s make this a compelling option if you want a premium hybrid product with minimal leasing/ownership costs.

We’ve included our predicted total lease costs for the Audi Q5 Hybrid below. Mileage is calculated per annum.

New Price£50,410
Predicted Total Lease Cost (24m / 10,000 miles)£12,414
Predicted Total Lease Cost (36m / 20,000 miles)£17,263

5. BMW 3 Series Saloon 330e M Sport 4dr Auto

Car Leasing Guru Score: 9.3

You’ll more than likely find the BMW 330e at the top of every hybrid car list you find. Why? Strong residual values, high specification and prestigious badge. Our system has calculated a similar scenario but actually puts it 5th in our list.

The BMW 330e costs from £40,030 and goes up to £50,000+. Our system has found the most value with the M Sport model, which costs £42,135. This model gets a lot of exterior trinkets as well as front fog lights and sports seats.

The engine is another 2.0-litre affair, this time having 184 PS from the petrol engine and a further 113 PS from the electric motor making a combined 292 hp. The 330e lets you drive up to 35 miles on pure electric range and will charge up in just under 3 hours on a 3.7kW plug. Fast charging isn’t available.

We’ve included our predicted total lease costs for the BMW 330e Hybrid below. Mileage is calculated per annum.

New Price£42,135
Predicted Total Lease Cost (24m / 10,000 miles)£9,517
Predicted Total Lease Cost (36m / 20,000 miles)£13,315

4. Toyota RAV4 Estate 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Icon 5dr CVT [Nav] 2WD

Car Leasing Guru Score: 9.5

The new Toyota RAV4 competes directly with our number 7 pick, the Honda CR-V. The main difference being that the RAV4 is cheaper to buy and also has stronger residual values, therefore making the total cost of ownership a lot better. You see, we told you we leave our opinion at the door and let the numbers do the talking 🙂

The RAV4 hybrid car range starts with the ‘Icon’ model, which costs £31,090. From there you go up in specification to the ‘Design’, ‘Excel’, ‘Dynamic’ and finally the ‘Black Edition’. Our analysis has picked out the base model Icon as it offers the best overall costs with a great amount of standard specification. You get 17″ alloys as standard, reversing camera, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Engine is a 2.5-litre petrol hybrid with 218 bhp. The electric motor works in a similar vein to the Honda CH-R, whereby it works in parallel with the engine to help with fuel consumption and Co2 emissions.

We’ve included our predicted total lease costs for the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid below. Mileage is calculated per annum.

New Price£31,090
Predicted Total Lease Cost (24m / 10,000 miles)£7,174
Predicted Total Lease Cost (36m / 20,000 miles)£9,904

3. Kia Nero Estate 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT

Car Leasing Guru Score: 9.5

Here we are then, the top 3 best hybrid cars in the UK.

The Kia Nero Hybrid and our number 2 pick, the Hyundai Kona are direct rivals competing for your money. They also look incredibly similar and even have the same 1.6-litre GDi engine. So really, what you pick would be down to brand, looks, aftersales, 7-year warranty and the like.

As I mentioned above, the Kia Nero Hybrid has a 1.6GDi engine which, much like the Honda and Toyota above works in tandem with an electric motor to help control mpg and Co2 emissions. You have 139 bhp at your disposal, with an all-electric range of 36 miles before the engine cuts back in.

There are only 3 specification levels to pick in the Nero Hybrid range. 2, 3 or 4. Yep, those are the names. Our analysis has determined that the base specification is all you need since it comes with things like rear parking sensors, reverse camera, adaptive cruise, roof rails, and an 8″ touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You can of course step up to get heated leather seats and a bigger touch screen.

We’ve included our predicted total lease costs for the Kia Nero Hybrid below. Mileage is calculated per annum.

New Price£24,900
Predicted Total Lease Cost (24m / 10,000 miles)£5,609
Predicted Total Lease Cost (36m / 20,000 miles)£7,675

2. Hyundai Kona Hatchback 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT

Car Leasing Guru Score: 9.5

As we mentioned above, the Hyundai Kona Hybrid competes directly with the Kia Nero Hybrid and as such, you’ll have to make the choice on which brand is best for you since they both do really well in our analysis.

Without trying to sound like a broken record The Hyundai Kona Hybrid has the same powertrain as the Kia Nero, which means you’ll be getting the same 139 bhp and 36 miles of all-electric range. All in a bid to reduce Co2 emissions and maximise mpg.

The Kona doesn’t offer the same 7-year warranty as the Kia Nero so it has to compete in other areas… and that area is the specification. Yes, the Hyundai costs more to buy and is, therefore, more expensive to lease, however, Hyundai has added a good amount of “meaningful” specification to be able to offset the capital cost of £27,820. Spec includes; heated steering wheel, leather seats, heated seats and parking sensors. All of which are desirable in the 2nd hand market, making them better from a residual value perspective, thus making the lease cost cheaper.

In reality, if you look at the total lease cost between both models over 24 months there is only a £495 difference. £495 / 24 = £20 per calendar month. Think of it this way; are parking sensors, leather heated seats and a heated wheel worth £20 extra a month.

We’ve included our predicted total lease costs for the Hyundai Kona Hybrid below. Mileage is calculated per annum.

New Price£27,820
Predicted Total Lease Cost (24m / 10,000 miles)£6,104
Predicted Total Lease Cost (36m / 20,000 miles)£8,548

1. Volvo XC90 Estate 2.0 T8 [390] Hybrid R Design 5dr AWD Automatic

Car Leasing Guru Score: 9.7

The Volvo XC90 Hybrid, hands down, offers consumers the most value for money in the UK. Our analysis picked this model from several hundred others to be crowned number 1.

This is not an opinion based top 10. This a pure mathematical list based on the capital cost, residual values, specification, and lease cost for every vehicle you can currently buy in the UK today.

I personally thought that the BMW 330e would be number one, but it looks like it was pipped to the post by the big Volvo.

The engine in the XC90 is a 2.0-litre power plant pushing out 303 bhp just from the petrol side alone, then you add on the electric motor to make a combined 390 bhp. Good enough for 0-60 in 5.8 seconds, and a theoretical 83-100mpg.

Safety is a key USP for Volvo, and you know exactly what you’re buying when you get a Volvo. Safety first, with comfort and luxury fighting it out for 2nd place. Add to that the performance, great looks, strong residual values, low Co2 emissions, luxury and the fact you can add 7 people and it really is a no-brainer if you’re in the market for a prestige hybrid car.

You basically get all options on the XC90 from the outset which is why our system picked the ‘R Design’, as it’s the cheapest model you can get. You can step up to the ‘Inscription’ if you want, but we think you’ll get all you need from the R Design.

We’ve included our predicted total lease costs for the Volvo XC90 Hybrid below. Mileage is calculated per annum.

New Price£67,620
Predicted Total Lease Cost (24m / 10,000 miles)£14,947
Predicted Total Lease Cost (36m / 20,000 miles)£19,463