Fancy a trickle of electric power?
Electric vehicles have become much more popular in recent times, so it comes as no surprise to see an increase in consumers searching for used electric and hybrid vehicles.
But what happens if you still like the convenience of an internal combustion engine and fuel, but like the idea of electric power too? Luckily, many of the world's leading manufacturers have the answer in the form of hybrid vehicles.
Put simply, hybrid vehicles use a fuel (petrol or diesel), powering an internal combustion engine, along with an electric motor to help make the vehicle more powerful, economical, and in some cases, allow the vehicle to run entirely on electric power.
This has many benefits, which are listed below.
- Able to complete short journeys using just electric power
- Zero emissions when in electric mode
- Enhanced economy
- Kinder to the environment
Team these benefits with the enhanced practicality an estate car gives, and a used electric hybrid estate looks like an attractive purchase. Discover our top 5 favourites below in more detail.
Ford Mondeo Hybrid
Nothing says dependable like a Ford Mondeo. For generations, the Mondeo has been the faithful companion for business people travelling up and down the UK's motorways, as well as taking care of family duties with effortless ease.
The Mondeo Hybrid is a HEV so you won't have to worry about plugging the car in. Instead, electric power is used to complement the car's 2.0-litre petrol engine, resulting in 186bhp. This is good for boosting performance and economy, as well as lowering emissions.
It's a good starter car for those wanting the benefits of electric, but don't want to go the full hog just yet. And being a Ford Mondeo, you get many worthwhile features which are summarised below.
- Comfortable and quiet ride
- Large boot - 403 litres
- Five-star Euro NCAP safety rating
- Plenty of space
- Average 50mpg economy
BMW 330e Touring
The BMW 3 Series is renown for its overall package, setting its legacy in the executive saloon car class. But you can also have a 3 Series in a more practical 'Touring' body too, which is BMW speak for estate.
The saloon tops the charts in its class, and the Touring follows suit for driver satisfaction thanks to its fun-to-drive nature, sharp handling and impressive ability to iron out bumps and road imperfections. And you don't have to worry about grip either, as the 330e is available with BMW xDrive all-wheel drive.
This is a genuine PHEV too, meaning you can plug the car in, and the 330e will run on electric power alone, allowing up to 37 miles of sole electric range, backed up by the car's 2.0-litre petrol engine.
It may be a little pricey, even when used, but you certainly get a lot of benefits, which are summarised below.
- Comfortable, yet driver focused
- 0 to 62mph in under 6 seconds
- Up to 200mpg economy
- 500-litre boot space
- Digital dials and sharp infotainment
Mercedes-Benz C 300 e
Another textbook name in the saloon car class, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class like the BMW 3 Series is a colossus. And just like its rival, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is available in an estate body, and also a hybrid in the form of the C 300 e.
In terms of electric range, it's Mercedes-Benz who have the edge over their rivals as the C 300 e can travel up to 60 miles on electric power alone, along with having an incredible economy of up to 400mpg.
It's another top mark for comfort and general ambiance in the interior of the Mercedes-Benz C 300 e too. It irons out bumps and wows both driver and passenger with a striking digital interior, the finest levels of comfort and premium collection of materials.
The Mercedes-Benz C 300 e is a rather nice place to spend time, it also offers many other benefits, which are listed below.
- Striking Mercedes-Benz design
- Stunning interior vibes
- 490-litre boot
- Class-leading 60 mile electric range
- Up to 400mpg (Yes you read that right)
Renault Megane Sport Tourer E-Tech PHEV
Renault have the ability to add flair and style to their cars, as well as offering fully-electric models. It was therefore no surprise to see PHEV tech added to their popular Megane, with the Sport Tourer model (estate) also given the hybrid treatment.
The Renault Megane Sport Tourer E-Tech PHEV offers a combined power output of 158bhp, produced by a 1.6-litre petrol engine and 64bhp electric motor. This allows for up to 30 miles of pure electric driving, great for commuting and fetching the weekly food shop.
To drive, the Megane is reasonably comfortable and perfect for daily duties. Spending time behind the wheel is good too, thanks to digital dials and a portrait infotainment screen ensuring it feels modern and pleasant to use. Other benefits are summarised below.
- Up to 30 miles pure electric range
- Up to 217mpg economy
- 447-litre boot
- Decent styling
KIA Niro PHEV
A crafty one here. Technically, the KIA Niro PHEV is an SUV, but some describe the car as an estate, due to its crossover nature and seemingly lower overall height than most SUVs. One thing is for sure, it's a fantastic PHEV with enhanced practicality.
With 36 miles possible on electric power alone, it matches most cars in this list, and with a 324-litre boot, it's also fine for most items, and you can always fold the seats for a much larger 1,322 litres space.
Interior quality is properly impressive, with a digital instrument cluster and smart infotainment screen, cover up the badges and most would think the car was much more premium. There is also KIA's incredible 7-year warranty that will transfer when the car is sold as used, if under seven years old of course. Other highlights of the Niro are listed below.
- Crossover/estate bodystyle that is more compact
- 7-year warranty
- Up to 36 miles electric range
- Up to 200mpg economy
- Digital cabin, with premium feeling ambiance
Discover your perfect used Hybrid estate car with Evans Halshaw
In a market still evolving, used hybrid vehicles are becoming increasingly tempting, especially with the increased economy and impressive technology.
At Evans Halshaw, we stock a full range of hybrid and electric cars, amongst our large portfolio of used cars. We also provide a number of electric and hybrid new cars, from some the world's most sought after manufacturers.