I do 20,000 motorway miles a year - should I stick with diesel or switch to hybrid?

I do 22,000 miles per year, mostly motorway. I’m a 40 per cent tax payer, who’s current lease of a 2016 Skoda superb 1.6 TDI is coming to an end. A hybrid Kia Niro has been suggested by my leasing company as a cost/tax efficient alternative. I’m not sure whether I should stick with another diesel. Any suggestions for fuel type as well a car make?

Asked on 14 March 2019 by Ken Brown

Answered by Andrew Brady
Hybrids make sense from a tax point of view but won't be as economical as a diesel for motorway driving. If you pay for your own fuel, I'd be tempted to stick with a diesel. I really like the Superb but would expect it to be cheaper to lease than more premium rivals. Have you considered a Kia Optima? It's underrated, in our opinion, and is available with a very good 1.6-litre diesel engine. There's a plug-in hybrid version, too, if you do decide to go down that route.
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