Toyota’s Yaris has always been a sensible and pragmatic supermini choice, but this latest version is way more than that. It’s our favorite for the second year in a row due to its excellent hybrid powertrain and new architecture that makes driving far better than before affordable hybrid. It uses a successful combination of a 1.5 liter gasoline engine and an electric motor to deliver strong efficiency, with the most fuel-efficient model returning 68.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 92g / km.
The hybrid system is not only great because it keeps operating costs low. It also means the Yaris is smooth and quiet when electrically powered, especially in city traffic, which small cars like this one are made for. The additional support of the electric motor also contributes to performance and smoothness and not only provides a boost in power, but also relieves the gasoline engine. The CVT automatic transmission is well calibrated for efficiency but does not cause the engine to roar like older CVT vehicles do.
The Yaris’ new platform means the hatch is both comfortable and surprisingly fun to drive for an efficiency-focused car. A mix of good body control and comfort means it is suitable for many different situations.
Toyota even got the in-car technology just right. There’s an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus lots of other features like LED lights, air conditioning, and loads of safety equipment.
It’s not the most spacious supermini, but with 286 liters of luggage space and plenty of legroom in the rear for passengers, it’s still a practical choice. But the best thing about it is that it is not only cheap to run, but first and foremost it is also attractively priced. That’s why it’s our affordable hybrid car of the year 2021.
Toyota Yaris Hybrid Design (€ 21,855)
A zero percent financing offer is currently available for selected Yaris models, whereby the design features benefit from this. An 8-inch touchscreen and LED lights come standard, and buyers who can pay a 10 percent down payment can get behind the wheel on a three-year PCP contract for £ 292 a month.
Not only is the new Hyundai Tucson smart, well-equipped, and well-built, but it also has a range of powertrains, including a mild hybrid gasoline engine, a full hybrid, and a plug-in hybrid. All three use a quiet and efficient 1.6-liter gasoline engine with varying degrees of electrical assistance and feel more upscale than their affordable prices suggest.
Skoda Octavia iV
The Skoda Octavia is a fantastic family car in every way, and the plug-in iV model is ideal for those who can charge at home to take advantage of its useful all-electric range. The Skoda’s powertrain is smooth, quiet, and efficient, and the iV has all of the great features of any other Octavia, including a comfortable ride, good vehicle technology, and a spacious interior.
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