The UK’s top 10 best-selling hybrid cars
Hybrid vehicles suit drivers who don’t want to commit to a full electric vehicle but want to reduce their carbon footprint and reliance on petrol or diesel.
What is a hybrid car?
They provide the best of both worlds and with many models you can choose a plug-in and hybrid, and in some cases a fully-electric model as well.
Hybrid cars (also known as HEV) have both a petrol or diesel engine as well as a chargeable battery. You will still need to buy fuel to power the combustion engine, but you do not need to charge the car via a plug in.
Plug-in hybrid (also known as PHEV) are powered by a battery and a petrol or diesel fuel engine. You will need to charge the battery at home or at a public charging point.
In the year to April 2022, 36,210 new hybrid cars were registered, which was much the same as the previous year.
There were 62,063 plug-in hybrid cars registered, a 43% increase on the year before, according to data from the Society of Motors, Manufacturers and Motorists (SMMT).
What makes a good hybrid car?
Hybrids provide the best of both worlds, they’re capable of short journeys which can be made using just electricity while for longer drives you can use the petrol or diesel engine.
This means they use less fuel and produce fewer emissions than an equivalent car running just on petrol or diesel.
A major benefit of a hybrid is also the cost, as they tend to be cheaper than fully-electric cars.
On average hybrids from Toyota were valued at around £28,000 by drivers looking for insurance on MoneySuperMarket. As they are generally cheaper, this also results in cheaper insurance premiums on average.
What are the most popular hybrid vehicles?
Toyota is the most popular hybrid manufacturer on MoneySuperMarket followed by Honda, Hyundai and Kia.
Once seen as a niche vehicle, they’ve become a lot more popular in recent years. In fact, between 2020 and 2021 there was a 40% rise in the number of hybrid models insured through MoneySuperMarket.
Here we look at the top 10 bestselling hybrid cars drivers are searching for on Moneysupermarket.
Here we look at the 10 most popular cars drivers searched for when it comes to insurance.
<strong>1. Toyota Prius Hybrid T Spirit </strong>
Price: From £25,295
Average car insurance premium: £1,497.28
The Toyota Prius is one of the most recognisable mainstream hybrid cars and the world’s best-selling hybrid. Its T Spirit trim is the top specification available.
It has a 1.8-litre petrol engine, an 80bhp electric motor, and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) gearbox which give it a total output of 134 brake horsepower (BHP).
It’s very similar to the Honda CR-Z and has a series of dashboard displays to show you how the car works and where energy is coming from. At-home charging takes around four hours.
<strong>2. Toyota Yaris</strong>
Price: From £16,184
Average car insurance premium: £752.07*
One of the most popular small hybrid cars available, it’s been available as a hybrid for the past 10 years.
The hybrid has a 1.5 litre petrol engine along with an electric motor and battery pack and an overall output of 114bhp. It emits less than 92g/km of CO2.
Its close rivals include the Honda Jazz, Ford Fiesta, and the Seat Ibiza.
<strong>3. Toyota Auris</strong>
Price: From £14,495
Average car insurance premium: £1,008.32*
The Toyota Auris is a hybrid model, without a plug-in feature. As the car is driven, the hybrid battery charges with this hatchback.
It has a 1.8-litre petrol engine and a CVT gearbox and Toyota says 80mpg is possible.
The closest rivals to this Toyota include the Hyundai Ioniq and the Kia Niro. While it’s closest competitors when it comes to non-hybrid cars include the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.
<strong>4. Toyota Prius</strong>
Price: From £23,449
Average car insurance premium: £1,704.20*
One of the most iconic hybrid cars, it’s been on the market since 1997 although has had several updates since then.
There is a 1.8-litre petrol engine, electric motor and battery pack. In electric mode you can drive it for 34 miles.
Charging it at home takes just over five hours.
5. Honda Civic Hybrid ES IMA
Price: From £17,000
Average car insurance premium: £1,691.47*
The arch rival to the Toyota Prius, Honda launched this hybrid in 2003 and there have been several updates to the IMA since.
It has a 1.4-litre engine giving it a 113bhp and it runs with a CVT. It can get to 60mph in 12.1 seconds and its top speed is 115mph.
Carbon emissions for this hatchback are 109g/km.
<strong>6. Toyota Yaris Hybrid Icon</strong>
Price: From £19,000
Average car insurance premium: £834.24*
The icon trim of the Toyota Yaris has all the elements of similar models including climate control, electric front windows, a reversing camera and a touchscreen infotainment system along with safety features such as automatic emergency braking and cruise control.
This hybrid car can get to 60mph in nine seconds and has a 1.5-litre petrol engine. CO2 emissions are 92g/km.
<strong>7. Toyota Prius Hybrid T4</strong>
Price: From £21,995
Average car insurance premium: £1,679.29*
First launched in 2004, this version of the Prius was described at the time as one of the greenest cars available to drive.
It has a 1.5-litre petrol engine, and electric motor and there are three trims to choose from, the T3, T4 and T Spirit.
The CO2 emissions are 104g/km and it has a combined fuel economy of 65.7mpg.
<strong>8. Hyundai Iconic</strong>
Price: From £23,056
Average car insurance premium: £879.02*
Choose from a hybrid, plug-in, or electric model, with this popular car. It has a 1.6-litre petrol engine and electric motor giving it a return of around 55 miles per gallon (mpg).
The overall output is between 100 and 104bhp and it can run around 30 miles using just the electric mode. Charging at home, with a unit of 220/240V outlet, can take up to six hours.
It’s very similar to the Kia Niro, Toyota Corolla, and the Hyundai Kona.
<strong>9. Toyota Auris Hybrid T-Spirit</strong>
Price: From £14,995
Average car insurance premium: £1,159.17*
Launched in 2010, this version of the Auris is a family hatchback with a big boot for packing in everything you need.
While it looks very similar to the car’s petrol versions, it’s a lot better for the environment with a CO2 rating of 95g/km and a fuel economy of 70mpg.
With a 1.8-litre petrol engine its total output is 122bhp.
<strong>10. Toyota Auris Hybrid Excel</strong>
Price: From £14,995
Average car insurance premium: £955.98*
This is the second generation of the Toyota Auris and its close rivals include the Volkswagen Gold or the Audi A3.
It has a 1.8-litre petrol engine, like all Auris hybrids in this range, along with an AC motor and a 6.5Ah battery which charges as you drive so you never have to plug it in.
Its CO2 rating is 79g/km and its fuel economy figure is 72mpg.
*Based on policies with one driver holding a full UK driving licence. MoneySuperMarket data collected between January 2021 and March 2022.
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How much is hybrid insurance?
The cost of insurance for a hybrid car is reliant on lots of factors including the model, make and age of a car, what it’s used for, and where it’s kept along with your age, profession, and driving history.
Insurers put all cars into groups from 1 to 50, with those in the lower-down groups being cheaper to insure because they have smaller engines and are at lower risk of being stolen or in an accident. Those in the higher groups will be on average higher to insure, have bigger engines, and be at a higher risk of being in an accident or being stolen.