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The best new hybrid cars for fuel economy in 2022

The best new hybrid cars for fuel economy in 2022

Hybrids may have once been the domain of mini cab drivers and environmental evangelists, but today they have made their way into the mainstream.

In fact, as diesel is gradually being phased out, full hybrids (FHEVs) are the cars many people are looking for in search of an eco-friendly alternative that won’t cost them too much at the pump.

But not all hybrids are created equal. Weight, height, battery size and motor power can all have a huge effect on the efficiency of an FHEV. So the big question is: which are the most economical?

We ranked our FHEVs by their official WLTP combined fuel economy figures; while these may not reflect what you can achieve in practice, they at least allow for a comparison as they are all obtained under the same test conditions.

We’ve also kept this list strictly for FHEVs; that means plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) are excluded, because while they have impressive official numbers, they depend entirely on how much battery they have and thus how often they are plugged in. from mild hybrids, because these cars are usually little more than slightly boosted versions of the petrols and diesels we’re all used to, and so don’t really count as FHEVs. (See our guide to hybrids for a more detailed explanation of the differences.)

So without further ado, here are the most fuel-efficient all-hybrid cars you can buy for your money today.

10. Renault Captur

Renault’s smallest SUV appears here thanks to a very smart hybrid system with a high-tech gearbox derived from Formula 1 technology. What this means in practice is that it is very economical and quite smooth to drive – and coupled with the brilliant functionality of the Captur (you get a large trunk and a sliding rear seat that gives you the option to make it even bigger) at the cost of legroom in the back), making it an extraordinarily well-rounded little car. Oh, and Renault will now offer a five-year warranty as well.

Most economical version: E-Tech 145 Hybrid Evolution

Fuel economy: 56.5mpg

Price on the way: £24,795