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Best Hybrid Motability Cars 2022

12th Apr 2022

By Nathan Dale

Why lease a hybrid car on the Motability Scheme?

With environmentally-friendly technologies becoming increasingly important in today's motoring world, more Motability customers are turning to alternatively-fuelled cars including self-charging hybrids and plug-in hybrids.

These cars offer much lower emissions but retain many of the driving characteristics of conventionally-powered automatic petrol and diesel cars, and bridge the gap between "normal" cars and fully electric Motability cars.

This is especially true of mild hybrids, which drive exactly the same as petrol/diesel vehicles but improve performance in addition to lowering fuel consumption and emissions. They are also available with manual transmissions.

Types of hybrid Motability cars

There are three main types of hybrid cars you can lease on Motability, all of which have slight differences.

Mild hybrid

True to its name, these are the mildest forms of hybrid to the point where the driving experience is totally unchanged. They have a small battery pack which, combined with an electric motor, reduces the strain on the combustion engine to improve fuel consumption and performance while lowering emissions at the same time. They don't require plugging-in as they can't run on pure electric power.

Learn more about mild hybrid cars.

Full hybrid

Full hybrids are equipped with a slightly larger battery pack and electric motor. They are designed to automatically switch between petrol and electric power to reduce fuel consumption and lower emissions. They charge themselves using regenerative braking and power from the combustion engine.

Learn more about full hybrid cars.

Plug-in hybrid

Plug-in hybrids have much larger battery packs that can power the vehicle for between 20 to 50 miles without using any petrol or diesel at all. When the batteries are low on charge, the combustion engine kicks in and allows you to continue your journey. To fully charge the batteries, the car must be plugged in.

Learn more about plug-in hybrid cars.

Ford Puma EcoBoost Mild Hybrid

Ford Puma Hybrid

The Ford Puma is a mild hybrid compact SUV that's jam-packed with technology that makes driving easier and more convenient.

Features such as adaptive cruise control, pre-collision assist and evasive steering assist help to keep you safe on the road, while the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system keeps you up-to-date and entertained while you're out and about.

The small electric motor assists the EcoBoost petrol engine to make it even more efficient and reduce emissions, while retaining a manual gearbox for pure driving enjoyment.

Type of hybrid: Mild hybrid

Combined (average) fuel economy: Up to 52.3mpg

CO2 emissions: From 125g/km

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Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid

Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid

Designed from the ground up to be a super-efficient eco-car, the IONIQ is available as both a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric car, depending on your requirements.

The full hybrid model has the advantage of not needing to be plugged in, and still manages excellent fuel economy and ultra-low emissions of 62.8mpg and 85g/km, mostly thanks to its high-tech powertrain. Its styling also plays a big part, with the sleek lines contributing to fantastic aerodynamic performance and a low drag coefficient.

Practicality is good too, with a big boot and plenty of room inside. Being a Hyundai, standard spec is impressive on all models.

Type of hybrid: Full hybrid & plug-in hybrid

Combined (average) fuel economy: 62.8mpg

CO2 emissions: From 85g/km

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Kia Niro Hybrid

Kia Niro Hybrid

The Kia Niro is another self-charging full hybrid car that's larger in size and space than the IONIQ, making it more versatile and practical as a car for all the family. Because the batteries are cleverly stored under the boot floor, the luggage compartment is large and the rear seats fold completely flat too.

Like the Hyundai, the parallel hybrid system seamlessly switches between petrol and electric power, or combines them both, to get the most out of every drop of fuel.

Intelligent features such as wireless phone charging, an electric parking brake, smart cruise control and a reversing camera make this really clever car very easy to live with for Motability customers.

Type of hybrid: Full hybrid and plug-in hybrid

Combined (average) fuel economy: 58.9mpg

CO2 emissions: From 86g/km

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Hyundai Tucson MHV

Hyundai Tucson Hybrid

This latest generation Hyundai Tucson is an absolute masterclass in terms of forward-thinking design. It looks like nothing else on the road, and still manages to be hugely practical, spacious and comfortable.

Tucson MHV (Mild Hybrid Vehicle) versions simultaneously cut down on fuel consumption and boost performance using a small 48-volt battery. It also means the engine can turn off when stationary for further fuel economy gains.

SUVs are very handy for Motability customers who require increased space and ride height, while the added benefits of comfort and even a bit of off-road ability come in handy, too.

There's no need to plug in the Tucson and this is one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs you can buy, with automatic versions achieving fuel economy of up to 43.5mpg.

Type of hybrid: Mild hybrid

Combined (average) fuel economy: Up to 43.5mpg

CO2 emissions: From 144g/km

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Nissan Qashqai 1.3 DiG-T MH

Nissan Qashqai Hybrid

The latest generation of Nissan Qashqai is undoubtedly one of the best Motability cars you can purchase through the scheme, and has been at or near the top of the Motability sales charts for years.

Its success has been built on balancing out a number of areas that appeal to disabled car buyers:

  • It's high enough so you don't have to bend down to get in, but not so high that you have to climb
  • It's large enough to feel really roomy inside, but not so big that it's hard to manoeuvre around town
  • The engine gives you plenty of power, but is also fuel efficient and doesn't cost a lot to run
  • Advanced technology is plentiful; however it's all well laid out and easy to use

Now equipped with mild hybrid technology as standard, it's moved the Motability car game on another big notch.

Type of hybrid: Mild hybrid

Combined (average) fuel economy: Up to 44.1mpg

CO2 emissions: From 143g/km

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Peugeot 3008 Hybrid 225

Peugeot 3008 Hybrid

The Peugeot 3008 Hybrid is another SUV that succeeds in covering multiple bases with one vehicle. Its crossover dimensions mean it's hugely practical, with a large boot that even opens automatically on some models.

Performance is good too, with the 225bhp maximum output pushing the car along nicely, particularly on the motorway.

Obviously plug-in hybrids are all about reducing fuel consumption and the 3008 Hybrid does well on this front, with an official fuel economy figure of 157mpg.

Type of hybrid: Plug-in hybrid

Combined (average) fuel economy: Up to 157mpg

CO2 emissions: From 29g/km

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Ford Kuga Hybrid

Ford Kuga Hybrid

The Ford Kuga comes in three different flavours of hybrid on the Motability Scheme: mild hybrid, full hybrid and plug-in hybrid. That means you can choose the powertrain that suits you, based on your needs and budget.

As you'd expect from a Kuga, practicality is very high with a big boot and plenty of room in the back seats, as well as a spacious and well laid-out cabin for the driver and front passenger.

Opt for the mild hybrid (Kuga MHEV) or hybrid (Kuga FHEV) versions for the hybrid experience with none of the fuss, or go for the full plug-in hybrid (Kuga PHEV) for maximum fuel economy and a pure electric driving range of up to 35 miles.

Type of hybrid: Mild hybrid, full hybrid, plug-in hybrid

Combined (average) fuel economy: Up to 201.8mpg

CO2 emissions: From 32g/km

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Find your perfect hybrid Motability car at Evans Halshaw

With more hybrid vehicles becoming available on the Motability Scheme all the time, this list will grow and update to include all the latest additions. Manufacturers are placing more focus than ever on electrifying their model range, which is exciting news for Motability customers.

Hybrid cars make the jump into the world of electrified vehicles an easier one than perhaps fully electric cars do, as they retain the familiar combustion engine that's always there when you need it.

Browse our latest Motability offers to find the ideal car for you.