Driven mainly by small petrol engines paired to an electric motor, hybrids provide drivers the instant torque of an electric motor but without the range anxiety that comes with EV ownership. And with more choices available than ever we pick out the top ten best hybrid hatchbacks currently on sale.
The Golf GTE plug-in hybrid has a sporty look mirroring that of its GTI and GTD siblings - but it also packs decent punch to live up to that bloodline, with 201bhp on offer. While it's not quite as enthralling to drive as the GTI, the car's electric motor is powerful enough to make zero-emissions motoring in it interesting and decently nippy - and when both motors combine, it's also usefully quick and fairly fine-handling.
The best thing of all about the GTE may be that it’s based on a Golf – and as hatchbacks go there isn’t a better basis from which to start.
The distinctive looking BMW i3 is an electric car first and a range-extended hybrid second. Unlike some of the other cars in this list which we refer to as plug-in hybrids, it has that special purpose-built feel of an urban EV, and excels in the city. The car's two-cylinder range-extender petrol engine doesn't endow it with any additional power when running, but doubles its operational range - and also means, when charging isn't possible, you can just top up your tank and keep going.