7 Best Hybrid Cars Australia 2022

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7 Best Hybrid Cars Australia 2022

Hybrid and electric cars are becoming popular in Australia. This is due to environmental concerns and government pressure.

But range anxiety remains an issue for electric cars. This means that motorists are not ready to give up on the internal combustion engine yet. Hybrid technology offers the best solution to the problem.

The good news is that manufacturers have stepped up the development of hybrid cars. Today, car buyers are spoilt for choice when it comes to buying the latest hybrid technology.

So here we are going to look at the 7 best hybrid cars available in 2022.

1. Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

Price: $41,390 plus on-road costs

Economy: 3.5L/100km

CO2: 102g/km

The Hyundai Ioniq hybrid is the ideal runabout for budget-conscious families. The Ioniq is powered by a thrifty 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine backed up by a 32kW electric motor. This gives adequate power delivery and an impressive 3.5L/100km fuel consumption.

On the road, the Ioniq is easy to drive, but it doesn't quite have the dynamic performance of some of its rivals. There is also some noticeable noise from the hybrid drivetrain at motorway speeds. But if you can live with that, you’ll get a cheap family runabout that comes well equipped as standard and offers plenty of room for all the family.

Pros

1. Easy to drive

2. Cost-effective running cots

3. Budget price for a hybrid



Cons

1. Cramped back seats

2. Noisy hybrid drive

3. Some cheap plastics

2. Lexus NX450H


Price: $90,000 (estimated) plus on-road costs

Economy: 1.1L/100km

CO2: 26g/km

The Lexus NX450H is based on Toyota RAV4 running gear which is no bad thing because this is one of the best hybrid platforms available. As a result, power comes from a 2.5-litre engine that offers 302 hp connected to a rear-mounted motor. This provides great performance and excellent fuel economy for a car of this size.

The looks of the NX450 carry on where the NX350 left off. The nose has a sleek futuristic look that gives it an aggressive stance on the road. Inside it has everything you would expect from a Lexus. The dashboard is well laid out and the seats are comfortable.

Pros

1. Nice to drive

2. Well equipped

3. Looks great

Cons

1. Expensive

2. Limited luggage space

3. Slow compared to rivals

3. Toyota RAV4

Price: $45,000 plus on-road costs

Economy: 4.8L/100km

CO2: 109g/km

The Toyota RAV4 is Australia's most popular vehicle. And it's not hard to see why. The car comes well equipped, looks great and has the dynamics of a car half its size. It also has plenty of room inside for all the family.

The hybrid model comes with the same 2.5-litre engine as the Lexus NX450 mentioned above. This is connected to a 45kw electric motor that drives the rear wheels only. On the road, this provides brisk if not ground break performance. But with a fuel economy of just 4.8L/100km, you won’t care much about that.

Pros

1. Excellent fuel efficiency

2. Great to drive

3. Affordable price

Cons

1. Dated interior

2. Not as fast as some rivals

3. Six-month waiting list

More: Toyota Rav 4 vs Mazda CX-5 Comparison

4. Subaru Forester Hybrid

Price: $44,000 plus on-road costs

Economy: 6.7L/100km

CO2: 109g/km

The Subaru Forester is a direct competitor to the Toyota RAV4. Power comes from a 4 cylinder 2.5-litre engine backed up by a compact 12.3kW electric motor. This provides good all-around performance and excellent fuel economy. But it can’t quite match the performance or range of the RAV4.

Where the Forester excels though is off-road performance. The car's 220mm ground clearance ensures uneven surfaces can be dispatched with ease. While the X-Mode gearbox continually adjusts the gears and throttle on slippery surfaces.

No wonder the Forrester is the prefered choice for people living off the beaten track.

Pros

1. Roomy interior

2. Easy to drive

3. Great off-road ability

Cons

1. Underwhelming styling

2. Some cheap plastics

3. Overzealous safety systems

Learn More: Subaru Forester vs Ford Escape Comaparison

5. Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Price: $30,795 plus on-road costs

Economy: 3.5L/100km

CO2: 109g/km

Not everyone wants or needs an SUV, for them, Toyota makes the Corolla Hybrid. Released in 2020 the new Corolla is a stylish family runabout that is as easy on the eye as it is on the wallet.

Prices start at $30,795. For that, you get a well equipped five-door hatchback that promises low running costs.

The Corolla is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine that is an updated version of the 1.8-litre unit used in the Prius. This provides brisk performance on the road, but you won’t be winning any traffic drag races with it. Not that you’d want to, this is a family runabout after all. And that is a job this nifty runabout does supremely well.

Pros

1. Well equipped as standard

2. Attractive pricing

3. Good safety features

Cons

1. Small boot

2. Limited headroom in the back

3. Not as powerful as some competitors

Related: Toyota Corolla vs Mazda 3

6. Volvo XC40

Price: $69,760 plus on-road costs

Economy: 2.2L/100km

CO2: 158g/km

The Volvo XC40 is the smallest of Volvo’s SUV range. It’s designed to be small enough to drive around town but provides enough space for a family of four. The interior feels light and spacious thanks to Volvo’s minimalist interior architecture.

And it’s practical too with plenty of storage bins and an oversized boot.

The little Volvo is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and a 60kWh electric motor. This provides excellent performance without compromising fuel economy. Volvo says the vehicle returns 2.2L/100km combined (ADR). This is an impressive result for a car of this size and will allow you to benefit from extremely low running costs.

Pros

1. Comfortable to drive

2. Lots of space for all the family

3. Low running costs

Cons

1. Expensive to buy

2. Battery too small

3. The infotainment system needs an upgrade

7. Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Price: $29,020 plus on-road costs

Economy: 2.2L/100km

CO2: 84g/km

We tried to fill this list with cars to suit everyone, from luxury SUVs to compact family runabouts. The new Toyota Yaris is our choice for the best supermini. This great looking car drives as well as it looks. And with its 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and 9kWh electric motor. It has the performance to match.

The only thing that lets this little car down is the hefty price tag. At $29,020 plus on-road costs, It is more expensive than other supermini hybrids. While it does come well equipped it’s difficult to say it offers good value.

That being said it is still the best supermini to drive and it’s the best looking as well.

Pros

1. Great urban economy

2. Fun to drive

3. Well equipped

Cons

1. Expensive for a little car

2. Firm ride

3. Boot on the small side

Related: 2022 Toyota Yaris Cross Review

A Hybrid for every budget

Hybrid cars used to be expensive compared to their petrol counterparts. Prices are coming down all the time. While they still cost more to buy, the difference is more than offset by lower running costs.

And with hybrids now available for all budgets. There has never been a better time to trade in your old petrol or diesel-powered motor.

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