When you clambered out of bed this morning, were you desperately hoping to discover what were Auto Trader’s most viewed electric and hybrid adverts in 2016? If so, we bring good news, as here are the answers, kicking off with the most viewed hybrids, presented in reverse order. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
- New Honda Civic Type R revealed in Geneva
- McLaren 720S is our star of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show
- Original ‘Bullitt’ movie Mustang saved from life on the scrapheap
10. Honda Civic Hybrid
Remember the Honda Civic Hybrid? Probably not, because it lived in the shadow of the more popular Toyota Prius, but it makes a terrific used buy. The Mk2 is powered by the 1.3-litre engine from the Honda Jazz, which works with an electric motor to deliver the economy of a 1.1-litre car and the performance of a 1.6. Prices range from £1,250 to £6,000.
9. Lexus GS 450h
The petrol-electric 450h is the flagship of the Lexus GS range, powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine mated to a CVT transmission. New, you’ll spend upwards of £52,995 on a GS 450h, but used prices start at £4,000. That’s an awful lot of car for the money.
8. Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Whether you’re looking at a used E300 diesel-hybrid or a brand new E350e petrol-hybrid, the Mercedes-Benz is a popular search on Auto Trader. The new E350e plug-in hybrid pairs a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with an electric motor to deliver CO2 emissions of just 49g/km. Prices start from £45,510.
7. Lexus RX 400h
The Lexus RX 400h arrived in 2005 and immediately struck a chord with eco-conscious SUV drivers. The petrol-electric version of the RX paired a 3.3-litre V6 engine with an electric motor to deliver best-in-class fuel economy and brisk performance. Used prices range from £4,000 for a high-miler to £14,000 for a more recent example. These things are very good at holding their value.
6. Lexus IS 300h
Lexus’ near dominance of the hybrid sector continues with the IS 300h. New, you’ll spend £29,995 on the entry-level IS 300h SE, and in return you’ll see CO2 emissions of 97g/km and a claimed 67.2mpg. Used prices start from around £12,000.
5. BMW i8
We take a break from this Lexus party to bring you a slice of the future. Thanks to its supercar-styling, the BMW i8 is the poster child of the hybrid sector, with a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor combining to create a total system output of 357hp. New, you’ll pay upwards of £104,660, while used prices start from a not unreasonable £60,000.
4. Toyota Auris Hybrid
Meanwhile, back in the real world… A Toyota Auris Hybrid will set you back at least £20,895, and in return you could see up to 80.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 79g/km. The Auris Hybrid pairs a 1.8-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, and while it’s not the most exciting car on the planet, it does a reasonable job of protecting it. It should be reliable, too.
3. Lexus RX 450h
We return to Lexus, where we find the RX making its second appearance. The current RX is available with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine in the form of the 200t, but the 450h petrol-hybrid is far more interesting. The 3.5-litre V6 engine and electric motor combine to deliver 262hp, whilst delivering CO2 emissions of just 120g/km. Other SUVs are available, but we doubt any will be as dependable as a Lexus RX.
2. Lexus CT 200h
The self-proclaimed “world’s first full hybrid luxury compact” is the most affordable entry point into the Lexus brand and a rival to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, BMW 1 Series and Audi A3. It’s not as exciting as Lexus would have you believe, but it is well equipped and should be reliable. Prices start from £22,495.
1. Toyota Prius
So here it is: the most popular hybrid on Auto Trader. We’re offering no prizes if you guessed that the Toyota Prius would be sitting at the top of the hybrid tree as it has become the near brand generic for eco cars. You can pick up a really early Prius for around a grand, while new prices start from £24,100.
Top 10 electric cars
So that’s the top 10 most viewed hybrids on Auto Trader in 2016, but what about electric cars? Read on to discover the most popular EVs…
10. Mitsubishi i-MiEV
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV was one of the first all-electric cars to be available in the UK, but sales suffered from a high price tag, buyer apathy and a relatively small real-world range of 80-100 miles. New, you’d have paid around £30,000 for this pioneering EV, although the price was later reduced. Only one used i-MiEV is for sale and it could be yours for £5,500.
9. Peugeot iOn
The Peugeot iOn is essentially a rebadged version of the i-MiEV but, crucially, it’s still available to buy new. The price is a not unreasonable £15,995 and Peugeot claims you could drive up to 93 miles on a full charge. The game has moved on, which is why the i-MiEV, iOn and Citroen C-Zero were never big sellers.
8. Volkswagen e-Golf
Take a wander through the streets of London and you’ll spot countless Volkswagen e-Golfs charging by the roadside. Right now, you can buy the all-electric Golf for £275 per month after a deposit of £7,034.77.
7. Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
Alternatively, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is available for £299 per month after a £2,999 deposit and £7,194.57 dealer contribution. The Electric Drive will sprint to 62mph in 7.9 seconds and offers a range of up to 124 miles.
6. Renault Fluence
The Renault Fluence was a short-lived EV available in the UK from 2012 to 2013. New, you’d have paid £17,850 after a £5,000 government grant, but that price didn’t include the cost of leasing the battery from Renault. Something to factor in if you’re thinking of spending between £3,000 and £4,000 on a used Fluence.
5. Renault Twizy
The Renault Twizy: there’s quite literally nothing else like it on the road. It’s a bit of a hard sell in the UK, not least because you have to pay extra for the doors! Prices start from £6,690, but you’ll need to factor in the cost of battery hire, of which prices range from £45 to £67 a month, depending on mileage and length of contract.
4. Renault Zoe
And so to the ‘big four’ of the electric car world, starting with this: the Renault Zoe. The popular EV has recently been updated and now offers an NEDC range of 250 miles, with real-life estimates of 186 miles in the summer and 124 miles in the winter. Prices start from £13,995 after the government grant, but you’ll need to find at least £59 per month for the ZE 40 battery hire.
3. BMW i3
In standard form the BMW i3 offers a range of up to 125 miles, or 206 miles if you opt for the Range Extender model. It’s currently available from £269 a month after a £3,999 initial rental. Alternatively, used prices start from around £15,000.
2. Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf is available in two configurations: a Leaf 24kWh offering 124 miles of range, and a Leaf 30kWh offering 155 miles. That said, as in all electric vehicles, you’ll need to drive with care in order to achieve these targets. Right now, Nissan is offering a Leaf Tekna 24kWh for £199 per month with a £1,000 Nissan deposit contribution. The offer includes free insurance and servicing.
1. Tesla Model S
Visit the Tesla website and you’ll find a very handy range calculator. Adjust the speed, outside temperature, size of wheels to discover the impact they have on the real-world range. Thanks to a network of Superchargers and a realistic range, the Model S makes EV ownership a realistic proposition. It doesn’t come cheap, mind.