Best for style: BMW i3 REX
Price: from £32,725 (inc gov grant)
CO2 emissions: 13g/km
One of the most intelligently designed and engineered cars on the road, the BMW i3 is a trailblazing, four-seat car for those who value original design, innovative engineering and an enjoyable driving experience.
Picking the range extender model means the electric car’s range jumps to a potential 206 miles, which should be more than enough for the needs of most hybrid car buyers. It does this by firing up a two-cylinder petrol engine, which effectively works as a generator to maintain the battery charge. However, remember that the battery will need to be charged up, a process that takes four hours to reach 80 per cent from empty, using a BMW-issue wallbox.
Best all-rounder: VW Golf GTE
Price: from £28,600 (inc gov grant)
CO2 emissions: 38g/km
When you take the best family hatchback on sale and combine it with one of the best plug-in hybrid systems going, is it any wonder that the Volkswagen factory can’t keep up with demand for the Golf GTE?
Increasing numbers of drivers are working out that they could save money by switching from diesel to a plug-in car like this. It offers the potential for fuel economy of 166mpg, tax is low and if your daily drives are less than 30 miles, most will be covered by the powerful battery and electric motor, which can manage speeds of up to 80mph.
Best for turning heads: Lexus LC 500h
Price: from £76,595
CO2 emissions: 145g/km
Look at it. Go on, just look at it. Lexus, the company once best known for its unfortunate association with a certain Alan Partridge, has produced one of the most beautiful coupes on the road. And the good news is there’s a hybrid version. It means you can enjoy a head-turning sports car with the performance to match a Porsche 911 Carrera while putting considerably less fuel in it over the course of ownership. The Porsche manages 34mpg, the Lexus 44mpg.
Best for impressing the neighbours: Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid
Price: from £81,141
CO2 emissions: 56g/km
Few drivers are likely to associate Porsche with soothing, limo-like cars. But the Panamera is one of the most comfortable four-seat luxury cars money can buy. The company used to offer diesel –powered variants, but now the choice is only petrol or plug-in hybrid. With the latter, there is the potential for 113mpg, so long as you charge its battery to full capacity – which, incidentally, can travel at speeds of up to 87mph on electric power alone, should you be so inclined.