Best new plug-in hybrid cars coming soon

Want to drive around town on electric power, with a petrol or diesel engine for longer trips? Here are the best upcoming plug-in hybrids

Shane Wilkinson
Jun 14, 2022

Like the idea of driving around on purely electric power? If you enjoy the occasional long-distance trip, however, you might struggle to cover the miles in one charge if you opt for an electric car. If you instead go for a plug-in hybrid, you could make the most of zero-emission driving around town, but with the backup of a petrol or diesel engine for longer trips without having to plug in.

There is a constant stream of new plug-in hybrid models being introduced to UK roads, ranging from economical hatchbacks to sleek SUVs and indulgent luxury cars. And each of them offers the opportunity to drive using only battery power, without restricting you to limited range.

When used correctly, whereby the batteries are charged up regularly and all of that electricity is put to use, plug-in hybrid cars can vastly reduce your dependence on fuel and lower your fuel bills dramatically. There's plenty of variety, too, there are great hybrid SUVs, hybrid small cars and hybrid estates.

If that sounds like something you'd be interested in, keep reading to see the most appealing upcoming plug-in models. And if you're ready to buy a plug-in hybrid now, check out the best PHEVs available now on BuyaCar.

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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

Starting price £36,820 (BMW 225e Active Tourer Sport)
Electric range 50 miles

The BMW 2 Series range is a bit unusual in that it consists of both sports coupes and family MPVs under the same name. Fortunately, all variations are very good at what they do. The latest 2 Series Active Tourer is currently available in traditional petrol and diesel guise, with a plug-in hybrid model scheduled for 2022.

The new car is larger than its predecessor, with a fresh interior design and well over 400 litres of boot space. BMW will be introducing two plug-in hybrid variants - The 225e xDrive Active Tourer will produce 245hp, with the range-topping 230e xDrive developing 326hp. Both models should be fully charged in 2.5 hours, or just under 8 hours when using a household plug socket, with a 50 mile claimed max range.

Citroen C5 X

Starting price £35,650 (Citroen C5 X PHEV Sense Plus)
Range 34 miles

Taking a step away from the flagship saloons of the past to wear the C5 name, the new C5 X seemingly combines saloon, hatchback and SUV styling cues to create what the brand claims is the “perfect embodiment of Citroen’s philosophy”.

While that remains to be seen, what has been confirmed is the 225hp plug-in hybrid setup with 31 mile electric range. Also fitted is something of a Citroen party-piece, a Progressive Hydraulic Cushions suspension setup, which should make for a very comfortable ride.

Renault Megane E-Tech

Expected starting price £29,495 (Renault Megane 1.6 E-Tech PHEV Iconic)
Range around 30 miles

If you’re not quite ready to make the complete leap to the new electric Renault Megane E-Tech, the upcoming plug-in hybrid could well be the perfect halfway point.

Using electric motors paired with a 1.6-litre 160hp petrol engine, the plug-in Megane offers 30 miles of electric driving and well over 200mpg - provided you keep the batteries topped up. An 11% Benefit-in-Kind rate should also be quite attractive to company car drivers.

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Alfa Romeo Tonale

Expected starting price £20,000
UK due date 2021
Range as yet unconfirmed

Set to join the handsome Stelvio in Alfa Romeo’s crossover model line up is the Tonale compact SUV. Amongst other things, the small Italian SUV will be available as a plug-in hybrid - which just so happens to be the carmaker’s first-ever plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

While Alfa is making the world wait with regards to specific details, range will need to sit at a minimum 30-mile mark if the Tonale is to measure up to rivals. As Alfa is part of the same family of brands as Jeep and Fiat, you can expect the hybrid tech to appear in a wide range of makes and models before long.

Lexus NX

Expected starting price £50,950 (Lexus NX 450h+)
UK due date 2022
Range 40 miles

The current Lexus NX is set to be replaced with an all-new model in 2022. Although there have already been several self-charging hybrid Lexus models, the new NX will be the brand’s first plug-in.

The 2.5-litre hybrid engine and 18.1 kWh battery allow for 40 miles of pure-electric range at speeds of up to 83mph. Inside the NX you will find a stylish and comfortable interior that Lexus claims has been styled with the Japanese philosophy of Omotenashi in mind - a focus on anticipating a person's needs - so features should be plentiful.

Mazda CX-60 and CX-80

Expected starting price £43,950 (Mazda CX-60 2.5 E-Skyactiv PHEV Exclusive-Line)
UK due date 2022/2023
Range As yet unconfirmed

The Mazda CX-60 and CX-80 will be Mazda’s first plug-in hybrid models to enter the European market. The CX-60 will be a five-seater and the CX-80 a seven-seater, and both will feature the same four-cylinder petrol plug-in hybrid setup.

Information about these latest additions to Mazda’s ‘large product’ group is still limited, but it is a pretty safe bet that they will both be family-oriented SUVs, especially the CX-80 with its seven seats. The release date of these models is believed to be either around late 2022 or in 2023.

Range Rover

Expected starting price £108,385 (Range Rover P400e SE)
UK due date 2022
Range 62 miles

Two things are inevitable when it comes to a new Range Rover being announced - it will be a very big car and a very big deal. While this indeed true with the upcoming replacement expected in 2022, there is also a big difference compared with Range Rovers of the past. Two plug-in hybrid variants will be introduced to the range, along with an electric version a bit further down the line, marking the start of the Land Rover flagship’s switch towards being a much greener car.

The first PHEV option combines a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with a 38.2kWh battery - a bigger battery than what you'd typically find in a Mazda MX-30 or Honda e. The second increases the amount of power produced by the petrol engine. While there is still plenty of old-school petrol-powered grunt to be had from the Range Rover, Land Rover is also claiming that it can achieve up to 62 miles on electric power alone, which is highly impressive.

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DS 9 E-Tense

Expected starting price £47,800 (DS 9 E-Tense 250 Performance Line+)
UK due date 2021
Range 34 miles

The DS 9 is the first car of its kind from the Citroen sister-brand, and it looks to take on the might of the German executive saloons head-on. The DS 9 is available in both petrol and plug-in hybrid guise, the latter being called the ‘E-Tense’, although tense is the opposite of how you should feel when seated within this stylish and refined cruiser.

With an electric range of around 34 miles, a 510-litre boot and generous amounts of legroom in the front and back, the DS 9 should prove to be a more luxurious car that you can gladly use daily.

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Aston Martin Valhalla

Expected starting price Over £500,000 (estimated)
UK due date 2023/2024
Range As yet unconfirmed

Along with what is quite possibly the coolest name ever given to a car, the Aston Martin Valhalla is yet more solid proof that plug-in hybrid technology has a very valid place in the supercar world.

This hunkered-down two-seater has been built with driver focus in mind. By looks alone, the Valhalla shows it is designed to be a phenomenal experience on both the road and track. Of course, it also has the substance to back up the styling, with its plug-in assisted 4.0-litre V8 engine producing around 940hp.


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