Plug in hybrids are the perfect introduction to electric motoring, capable of going around 30 miles in electric mode, but with a conventional petrol engine for long journeys. They offer fuel economy up to 300mpg if you can keep the battery pack charged.

Best Selling Plug In Hybrids

Here are some of the most popular plug in hybrids in the UK, based on sales between January and June.

1) BMW 3 Series

It's not surprising that the BMW 330e tops the charts, with its winning combination of good looks, efficiency, driving dynamics and running costs. It pairs a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, with a combined output of 249bhp.

2) Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The third-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been a hit with British buyers, thanks to stylish looks, a high level of comfort, great technology, Mercedes badge appeal and its build quality. The A 250 hybrid combines a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor that produces a punchy 215bhp.

3) Audi A3

The fourth-generation Audi A3 blends driver engagement, refinement, comfort and the latest tech.

The Audi A3 Sportback comes in Sport, S Line or S Line Competition trim levels. Each has an all-electric range of 40 miles and fuel economy as high as 235.4mpg.

4) Volvo XC40

This Volvo SUV is stylish, safe and comfortable to drive, with a high driving position offering a commanding view. The plug-in hybrid version combines a 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, giving 258bhp.

5) Ford Kuga

The 2020 Ford Kuga is a mid-sized SUV that delivers an impressive blend of practicality, efficiency and performance. The Plug-in Hybrid has a 2.5-litre petrol engine plus a battery and electric motor, with a total output of 222bhp.

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