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Japanese car manufacturers such as Toyota, Lexus and Honda have been ahead of the hybrid car game for a while now. Initially, people were put off by the high purchase prices when new, but with plenty of used hybrids available for under £10,000 nowadays, they are becoming more and more popular as a used car purchase.

Other reasons for ownership include low or £0 road tax, great fuel economy and a smooth, easy driving experience.

Here, we've compiled a list of the best used hybrid cars that you can buy for under £10,000.

There are two main types of hybrid vehicle (we'll save Plug-in hybrids for another time): full hybrid and mild hybrid. Neither require plugging in.

Lexus CT 200h

Launched in 2011, the Lexus CT was the world's first compact full hybrid luxury car that is still being sold new in 2019, though it has received updates and improvements over the years.

There are quite a few early models available for under £10,000 now, which is excellent value for what is still a technologically advanced and comfortable luxury vehicle.

Standard specification has always been high on Lexus models, and the CT is no different with all models featuring alloy wheels, dual zone climate control air conditioning, push button start and privacy glass.

All Lexus CT models are powered by a 1.8-litre petrol/electric drivetrain and they all have automatic gearboxes. The official combined figure for mpg is 68.9, but realistically you'll be seeing mid-to-high 50s, which is pretty decent for a luxury car.

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Lexus CT 200h 5 door in black.

Toyota Auris Hybrid

Launched a year earlier than the CT 200h, in 2010 the Auris Hybrid was the first C-segment (family hatchback) to feature a full hybrid drivetrain courtesy of the same 1.8-litre petrol/electric system used in the Lexus.

Given that it was a Toyota and not a Lexus branded product, prices were lower and that's reflected in the used market, where plenty of examples reside for under the £10,000 price point we are looking at here.

All models came with climate control, USB and aux-in stereo connection, front/rear electric windows, push-button start and important safety tech like seven airbags, vehicle stability control and traction control.

Depending on the wheel size, the Auris Hybrid registered slightly better combined fuel economy ratings than the CT 200h, but in the real world mpg will be very similar in the mid-to-high 50s.

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Toyota Auris Hybrid 5 door in white.

Honda CR-Z

Guess what? Another "world first" hybrid. This time, Honda proclaimed the CR-Z as the "world's first sporty hybrid" and to be fair, it's hard to disagree with them.

A 2-door body layout, a manual gearbox, an agile chassis and a low driving position give this little coupe all the hallmarks of a sporty car - with the added benefit of hybrid fuel economy and running costs.

The official combined 122bhp (increasing to 135bhp from late 2012) may not sound like much in the way of power, but it's more than enough to make this car feel fun when the roads get twisty.

Combined fuel economy of 56.5mpg should see you running in the mid 40s in normal driving, and you'll also benefit from low road tax. All grades come with alloy wheels, electric/heated door mirrors, electric windows and climate control.

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Honda CR-Z 3 door in white.

Toyota Prius

Widely known as the pioneer when it comes to hybrid vehicles and technology, the Toyota Prius is appreciated round the entire world by taxi drivers for its fuel saving credentials (particularly around town and city centres) and incredible reliability.

Third generation models (like the one pictured) came in three main trim levels, T3, T4 and T-Spirit with the T3 the most fuel efficient, achieving up to 70mpg on the combined cycle which is an excellent return for such a large vehicle. Road tax is £0 too, thanks to the 1.8-litre petrol/electric drivetrain with an automatic gearbox pumping out just 92g/km on the smaller-wheeled models.

Standard kit is good too; climate control, radio/CD player, head-up display and keyless entry/start were included on all models. Look out for good value T4 models which gained alloy wheels, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker audio system.

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Toyota Prius 5 door in silver.

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Yep - a third Toyota in the list. They are the market leaders in hybrid vehicles after all. This time it's currently the only b-segment (supermini) full hybrid vehicle you can buy, and because it came out in 2012 there are now used examples for under £10,000 which make for a great value used hybrid car.

The clever packaging in placing the hybrid batteries under the rear seats was a masterstroke in terms of keeping the cabin and boot roomy, only slightly reducing rear leg room.

Fuel economy is of course the big advantage of hybrid technology, and whilst you're unlikely to see the official figure of up to 80mpg, it shows what's possible with such clever hybrid tech in such a small car.

Another big benefit is that they are all automatic - very easy and smooth to drive.

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid 5 door in silver.

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