Despite the vast range of electric cars around these days, there are still people out there for whom committing to the plug-life is a little bit too much of a stretch - especially if they don’t have the facility to charge up at home.
That’s where a ‘self-charging’ hybrid comes in. These cars are usually 20% more efficient than a conventionally powered alternative but don’t need plugging into the mains like a plug-in hybrid or full EV would to charge up its batteries.
A self-charging hybrid typically has a tiny battery compared with a plug-in hybrid or EV, so you can’t go far on electric power alone. However, that does mean the battery pack takes up less space, so you tend not to have any compromises in terms of practicality.
Our list includes all sorts of hybrids, from small cars at home in the city to practical seven-seaters and desirable SUVs. All have improved efficiency compared with peers, but which is the best?