As the shift towards greener cars and a greener future continues to progress, along with electric vehicles, hybrid cars are becoming an increasingly common purchase for motorists. There are a few variations of hybrid vehicles; there are Mild Hybrids, Self-Charging Hybrids and Plug-In Hybrids. You can read about the differences between them on our dedicated page.
For families who want to drive more sustainably, but still require all the space, power and convenience of a traditional fully fuel-powered vehicle, we have some great hybrid family cars that perfectly fit the bill.
Here are our top picks:
The TFSI e is the plug-in hybrid variant of the Audi Q5, and is a great choice if you’re looking for a hybrid family car. Choose between three driving modes (purely electric, purely combustion, or an automatic combination), and with a range of 26 electric-only miles at the top speed of 84mph, you’ll find that that the Q5 will definitely help cut your monthly fuel bill. The Q5’s 550-litre boot will be ideal for carrying all your clan’s luggage and the combination of lightweight engineering and cutting-edge technology makes it a pleasure to drive.
When it comes to choosing a hybrid family car, you really can’t go wrong with the distinctive BMW X1. The xDrive25e Plug-In Hybrid model offers up to 35 miles of pure electric driving and incorporates the latest-generation lithium-ion battery. The long wheelbase and short overhangs mean that the X1 is at home either in the city, or off-road in the countryside. Wherever you decide to venture, you’ll have the BMW Navigation Package by your side to get you from A to B and a range of driver assistance systems to support you.
The Lexus UX 2.0 litre Self-charging Hybrid puts a slightly different spin on the SUV concept with its sportier look and design. CO2 emissions are as low as 97g/km, and the UX also offers an outstanding fuel economy of up to 68.9 mpg, making it an ideal hybrid family car. With this impressive performance comes peace of mind as all UX models are fitted with Lexus Safety System + as standard. This package includes the Pre-Collision System, Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Tracing Assist, Adaptive High-beam System and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
Mercedes-Benz bring the GLC 300 e to the hybrid family car market. Under the bonnet, the 2.0 litre petrol engine combined with the latest hybrid technology delivers a thoroughly enjoyable driving experience. The GLC has an electric-only range of up to 29 miles, and its 13.5kw battery can fully charge in under 2 hours. It’s as cutting-edge as you would expect from Mercedes-Benz, as intelligent battery usage uses satellite navigation data to preserve charge on a planned route, and the pedals give you physical feedback when you are at the threshold of optimum battery usage.
A classic MINI at heart, but with a twist. The MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid offers all the space you want in a family car, with plenty of room for even the tallest rear passengers to stretch their legs. In the Countryman, every technology that you could possibly need on the move is at your fingertips; from ALL4 four-wheel drive through to the MINI Connected infotainment system. Hair-raising thrills are guaranteed as you reach 0-62mph in just 6.8 seconds, and you can drive completely emission-free in electric mode for up to 26 miles.
The Range Rover PHEV P400e combines the power of the petrol engine with the electric motor to produce a highly impressive 404hp, and offer an electric range of up to 25 miles. When you need to charge your Plug-In Hybrid, you can do so in as little as 7.5 hours depending on your power supply. This Range Rover is the epitome of luxury and sophistication and a master off road like its fuel-only counterparts. Silent EV modes and effortless acceleration create an all-new driving experience, while CO2 emissions are as low as 72g/km.
Although a smaller, more compact crossover, the Toyota C-HR is still a strong contender as a hybrid family car. This vehicle is mesmerising at first glance with its sharply creased exterior and futuristic style, and also represents good value for money. With a range of engines available, you can choose whichever hybrid variant is best for you and your family, and enjoy up to 57.6mpg. The compact nature of the C-HR makes it ideal for city driving, and with Toyota Safety Sense technologies standard throughout the range, you’ll have uncompromising protection come rain or shine.
The Volkswagen Passat GTE is driven by a zero-emission electric engine and a traditional 1.4-litre TSI engine, and accelerates from 0 to 62mph in just 7.2 seconds. The Passat GTE is available as a Saloon, or if you’d prefer the extra room and boot space, you can also acquire it as an Estate. Charging is simple and easy; just plug in via a home socket or at a public charging station and it will be fully charged in around five hours. By combining space, convenience and comfort, the Passat firmly positions itself as a great hybrid family car.