Top 10: Used hybrids for £15,000

Want to save money on fuel but don't want a diesel? Now could be the perfect time to buy a hybrid car. You don't have to spend a fortune, though - with a wide range of secondhand hybrids available for less than £15,000.

1

Hyundai Ioniq

There's a Hyundai Ioniq for practically everyone. Available in electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid guises, it beat the Toyota Prius at its own game when it came out in 2016.

Thanks to its lengthy warranty and affordable price tag when new, the Ioniq makes for an excellent secondhand purchase. While the plug-in hybrid is currently out of reach, £15,000 will get you a hybrid SE model from around 2017.

Read our Hyundai Ioniq review

List Price from £21,795
Buy new from £18,707
Contract hire from £198.00 per month
2

Toyota Prius

The Prius badge is almost synonymous with hybrid engines - and for good reason. It's got enough space for the family while also being cheap to run. It'll be reliable, too - the current model coming top in our 2018 Satisfaction Index.

A budget of £15,000 will get you a late example of the previous model from around 2015. They're popular with Uber drivers so be wary of any that have been used for private hire - they're likely to have high miles and worked hard. 

Read our Toyota Prius review

List Price from £24,245
Buy new from £21,313
Contract hire from £228.79 per month
3

Audi A3 e-tron

Audi's A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid boasts some very impressive stats. When it was launched in 2014, Audi quoted official fuel economy of 176.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 37g/km.

How economical the e-tron is real life will come down to the kind of driving you do. If you can charge at home and cover lots of short journeys (within its 31-mile electric range), you'll find that you have to put very little petrol in its fuel tank. 

Read our Audi A3 e-tron review

List Price from £22,725
Buy new from £16,575
Contract hire from £191.99 per month
4

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

If you're after practicality from your plug-in hybrid, look no further than the Mitsubishi Outlander. The SUV has been a hit with company car drivers who appreciate the tax benefits of the hybrid over a diesel.

That means there are plenty on the secondhand market, with prices starting at around £10,000. A budget of £15,000 will get you a high-spec 2015 model in good condition and with low mileage.

Read our Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review

List Price from £24,384
Buy new from £18,794
Contract hire from £230.72 per month
5

BMW 330e

The 330e combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an 80kW electric motor to produce 252PS in total. It's surprisingly quick, reaching 62mph in 6.3 seconds. Drive one of these and you'll never want a diesel again.

Of course, most drivers care more about the economy side of things. It will cover around 22 miles on electric alone (perfect if you regularly cover short journeys), and officially returns 134.5mpg. The downside of the 330e is its popularity outstrips supply - and that means only high-mileage examples are starting to fall within our £15,000 budget.

Read our BMW 3 Series review

List Price from £27,805
Buy new from £23,903
Contract hire from £255.16 per month
6

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

If you're looking for an affordable little car to use around town, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid is an excellent choice. In fact, a brand new one isn't much more than our £15,000 budget - so you can afford to seek out an as-new or pre-registered example.

Like the Prius, it'll be very reliable and cheap to run. It's also unique in its segement - you won't get another car of this size with a hybrid engine.

Read our Toyota Yaris review

List Price from £13,520
Buy new from £11,613
Contract hire from £165.70 per month
7

Mercedes-Benz E300 hybrid

The most luxurious car to feature here, Mercedes-Benz launched a diesel-electric hybrid version of its E-Class in 2012. It combined a 2.1-litre diesel engine with a 20kW electric motor, returning 67.3mpg.

For our £15,000 budget you'll get a 2014 model from a respectable dealer. Buy carefully, though - while it might be more tempting than a Hyundai Ioniq, it also has potential to produce some much bigger bills if it goes wrong.

Read our Mercedes-Benz E-Class review

List Price from £36,075
Buy new from £28,352
Contract hire from £307.36 per month
8

Vauxhall Ampera

The Vauxhall Ampera was ahead of its time when it was launched in 2012. The first plug-in hybrid car on sale in the UK, it boasted an electric range of up to 40 miles before its petrol engine kicked in.

It didn't sell in huge numbers and was eventually axed in 2015. There are a number available secondhand, however - with our £15,000 budget getting you a late model with low mileage.

Read our Vauxhall Ampera review

9

Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4

A hefty price tag when it was new meant the hybrid version of the Peugeot 3008 sold in small numbers, but there are a few about on the secondhand market today.

You'll struggle to spend much more than £13,000 on a Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, and for that you'll get a high-spec example from 2015. That seems like pretty good value for money for an efficient, four-wheel-drive vehicle with lots of space.

Read our Peugeot 3008 review

List Price from £25,860
Buy new from £21,186
Contract hire from £211.19 per month
10

Suzuki Swift SHVS

Unlike most of the cars featured here, the Suzuki Swift SHVS isn't a full hybrid. It uses a lightweight, belt-driven generator to produce electricity and boost acceleration.

The advantage of this is, you'll barely notice it doing its thing until its time to refuel and you notice the improved fuel econsumption from the Boosterjet petrol engine. Officially the Swift SHVS starts at £15,999 when new, but a £15,000 budget will get you an as-new pre-registered model with very few miles on the clock.

Read our Suzuki Swift review

List Price from £12,999
Buy new from £10,327
Contract hire from £123.50 per month