Mild hybrid (MHEV) vehicles work by incorporating an electric motor to a car with an internal combustion engine (ICE), to enhance economy. The term mild is a perfect description, as unlike plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and fully-electric cars, the hybrid/electric nature is very mild and doesn't require any plugging in as a MHEV cannot run using electric power alone.
Although mild it may be, the benefit of better fuel economy is always going to be attractive, especially with the cost of fuel seemingly rising all the time. Essentially, an electric motor/generator replaces the traditional starter motor and alternator along with an ion battery to give a car this mild hybrid status.
As a car famous for being one of the most popular in the UK, the Ford Fiesta has long been the textbook answer when it comes to excellence in the small hatchback market.
The little Fiesta also happens to be superb to drive, hugely practical, stylish, full of tech and available in many appealing trim levels. In this MHEV model you get a peppy 1.0-litre turbo engine (the same engine used in the popular Puma SUV) which produces a plentiful 123bhp, good for 58mpg, and 0 to 62mph in 9.4 seconds. You can also find a spicier 154bhp version which goes from 0 to 62mph in 8.9 seconds, whilst delivering 55mpg.
Like most Fiesta models, you can get plusher trim levels, so look out for top-spec MHEV models in the ST-Line trims as they look very similar to the punchier ST, but will cost much less to run.Search Used Ford Fiesta
It comes as no surprise that Nissan gave their extremely popular Qashqai the MHEV treatment. A fine move considering it's a hugely popular SUV, and by increasing economy with some MHEV technology, it's a bit of a no-brainer.
This all-new third-generation ticks all the sought-after boxes. It's loads more handsome than the previous generation models, more sophisticated and with a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine with MHEV tech you can have it with either 138bhp or 156bhp.
Interestingly, both engine combinations claim to be able to return 44mpg, whilst the punchier 156bhp offering is a tad quicker from 0 to 62mph taking just 9.5 seconds, as opposed to 10.2 seconds in the 138bhp variant. The further you go up the range, the more toys and style you'll get, so it's worth looking out for used Tekna models which get the nicer 19-inch alloy wheels, a 10.8-inch head-up display and even wireless phone charging.Search Used Nissan Qashqai
Range Rover Evoque
Time for something a bit more premium with the Range Rover Evoque. Just like the previous two models in our list, the Evoque now also finds itself amongst the UK's best-selling cars.
With excellent off-road and on-road manners, as well as the appeal of being a Range Rover, this stylish SUV has also been given the MHEV treatment which should bode well in cementing its position as a best-seller.
With styling cues borrowed from the larger Velar, the Evoque looks better than ever, and with multiple MHEV versions, you can find your perfect Evoque with enhanced economy.
Those wanting pace will want the P300 MHEV, which uses a 2.0-litre engine with electric boost for a meaty 296bhp - good for 0 to 62mph in just 6.8 seconds and up to 34mpg. However, those wanting the best economy should go for the D200 MHEV, which can return up to 44mpg, taking 8.5 seconds to go from 0 to 62mph.Search Used Range Rover Evoque
Another Ford makes our list, but when the company keep producing gems, it's easy to see why. And with the world seemingly hooked on SUVs for the long haul, the Puma was always going to be a winner, especially sharing a few things in common with its equally popular Fiesta sibling.
The 1.0-litre engine is used from the celebrated hatchback, with the same 123bhp. Due to the Puma's compact crossover SUV proportions it suits the raised platform rather well and is good for 0 to 62mph in 9.8 seconds whilst being able to deliver around 50mpg. This is excellent for a car of this nature and will certainly help increase the Puma's appeal even more.
Like the Fiesta, it's worth looking out for the smarter trim lines. ST-Line is always a textbook answer for those wanting sportier styling that is seen on the hot ST versions, whilst still keeping the high-economy the MHEV tech ensures.Search Used Ford Puma
Suzuki Swift Sport
However, Suzuki is Japanese, which means the little Swift is bound to be reliable, good value and full of quirks. The Sport is the pick of the bunch with its fun to drive nature, neat looks and in this spec with MHEV tech, it's quite the package.
Its 1.4-litre petrol engine produces 127bhp with thanks to MHEV boost, which has Suzuki themselves saying the engine gives as much poke as a 2.0-litre offering. You'll see up to 50mpg in this little pocket hatchback, along with a 9.1 second 0 to 62mph time.
You get some nice toys too, with automatic LED projector headlights, cruise control, keyless-entry and lots of safety tech including blind-spot monitor, reversing camera and lane keep assist.Search Used Suzuki Swift
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