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Top 10: Lowest Insurance Group Hybrid Cars

Hybrid car sales have grown rapidly in recent times thanks to them offering most of the advantages of their shared power sources. Using a petrol or diesel engine removes any worry about range or being stranded with insufficient battery charge to get home, while the electric side means you can travel emissions-free in many instances around town. There’s also a handy boost to performance in many hybrids when both power units work together. Insuring a hybrid needn’t cost a fortune either, as our Top 10 favourites demonstrate.

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Toyota Yaris 1.5 Hybrid Active – Insurance Group 2

Toyota has been building hybrid cars for longer than most and it’s championed the technology across its range, which means you can have a Yaris supermini with petrol-electric power. Sold alongside the usual petrol-fuelled model, there’s a wide range of trims with the Hybrid, but all use a CVT (continuously variable transmission) gearbox.

As well as the relaxed drive in this Yaris, it comes with low running costs thanks to Group 2 insurance, up to 85.6mpg combined economy and 75g/km carbon dioxide emissions.

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Toyota Auris 1.8 Hybrid Synergy Drive Icon – Insurance Group 7

Using the same petrol-electric drive system as the Prius, the Auris Hybrid is the best-seller in its range by some margin. That’s no shock when you calculate its affordable insurance into the equation alongside 72.4mpg average consumption and 91g/km CO2 output.

Those are the key attractions with the Auris, as well as its unerring reliability, as the drive is not nearly as engaging or satisfying as the likes of the Ford Focus or VW Golf. The Auris Hybrid will do everything you ask of it, just not with much excitement.

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Hyundai Ioniq 1.6 GDI Hybrid SE – Insurance Group 10

The Hybrid is the cheapest of Hyundai’s Ioniq trio, so it has much to recommend it. At lower speeds, it can saunter along on battery power alone, though its range is quite short and any speed above a gentle cruise soon has the 1.6-litre petrol motor coming into action.

The Group 10 insurance bracket for this Ioniq puts it on a par with many similarly sized hatches, so you’re not paying a premium for its cleaner, greener approach. That’s underlined by 83.1mpg combined economy and 79g/km emissions.

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Renault Grand Scenic 1.5 dCi Hybrid Assist Dynamique Nav – Insurance Group 11

Just on looks, the Renault Grand Scenic is deserving of your attention if you’re in the market for a spacious family car. It has real style and space for seven inside arranged in three rows, yet the exterior is still compact enough to make it easy to park and manoeuvre.

Part of the appearance are 20-inch alloy wheels as standard, but they don’t upset the ride thankfully. The rest of the drive is very smooth as the diesel-electric hybrid power offers good performance and finance-friendly economy.

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Toyota Prius+ T4 Hybrid – Insurance Group 11

As the name suggests, the Prius+ gives you a bit more than the standard hybrid model from Toyota. In this case, the extra is a pair of third row seats rather than any boost to performance or battery range.

As an MPV, the Prius+ is not as spacious or adaptable as many of its key rivals. Nor is it much fun to drive and the 1.8-litre petrol engine will be doing the bulk of the work, especially when loaded with all the family, so the economy and emissions advantage is lost.

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Kia Niro 1.6 GDI Hybrid 2 – Insurance Group 12

There’s no messing about with the Niro as Kia only offers this crossover model with a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain. It doesn’t deliver an enthralling drive, but the six-speed duel-clutch automatic gearbox is preferable to the CVT transmissions used in many other hybrids.

Where the Niro scores more is its practicality thanks to space for seven people and its high level of standard equipment. Even the entry model comes with lane keep assist, parking camera and sat-nav, so it’s perfectly understandable why this Kia has an affordable Group 12 insurance rating.

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Toyota C-HR 1.8 Hybrid Icon – Insurance Group 14

The C-HR looks like a study in origami applied to car design. In some hands, that could have been a disaster, but Toyota has carried it off brilliantly with this compact crossover. And being a Toyota, of course there’s a hybrid version.

Apart from the slightly steep list price, the C-HR Hybrid is a pleasure to drive thanks to its quiet, smooth drivetrain. Keen drivers might miss the manual gearbox of the petrol version, but you still get a superb ride and nimble handling. With the hybrid, you’ll also smile at the 74.3mpg average economy and 86g/km CO2 emissions figures that make it cheap to run.

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Toyota Prius 1.8 Active – Insurance Group 16

Think hybrid and the chances are you’ve beaten us to the mention of Toyota’s Prius. It’s almost become a byword for this type of car and rightly so as the world’s best-selling hybrid. The latest Prius arrived in 2016 and built on the model’s key tenets of comfort, refinement, quality and a laid-back driving style.

Don’t expect pin-sharp driving agility, but you can relax in a roomy cabin with a pleasingly uncluttered dash. Standard equipment stretches to a long list and running costs are kept low thanks to this Toyota’s impressive combined consumption of 94.2mpg and 70g/km CO2 output.

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Kia Optima 2.0 GDI PHEV – Insurance Group 17

Bet you didn’t think of this one. Not many will as the Kia Optima plug-in hybrid competes in a class dominated by diesel. However, this Korean warrants your attention as it offers up to 176.6mpg and just 37g/km carbon dioxide emissions. If that hasn’t got company car drivers paying attention, not much will.

Like the rest of the Optima range, the Hybrid is good to drive, offers plenty of room inside and comes with lots of kit included in the price. Mix that with a 33-mile electric range and this Kia makes a lot of sense even with prices higher than its petrol or diesel siblings.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2.0 hs – Insurance Group 22

This Mitsubishi can be credited with plug-in hybrid power into the mainstream. Not only does it account for two-thirds of Outlander sales in the UK, it has made up half of the PHEV market until recently and the only reason its share is dropping is because more alternative plug-in models are now available.

Even so, the Outlander PHEV has much to commend it. As well as the usual SUV traits it offers of space, comfort and raised driving position, the PHEV is capable of up to 166mpg and 41g/km when making the most of its EV mode.

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