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Our Little Insight Into Hybrid Cars

By mat Trueman
Friday, June 28, 2019

 

Precious Metal’s little insight to Hybrids
Not so long ago, hybrid cars were the reserve of environmentally conscious school run parents, people living or working in London's congestion charge zone and minicab drivers looking to save a bit of money on fuel.
However, with an ever-growing number of hybrids now on the market, are they becoming a viable alternative to conventional petrol and diesel models? 
That said, knowing which options to consider and which to avoid can ultimately be a minefield . So, here we offer a few suggestions to help give you an insight and perhaps that all important inspiration!
Audi A3 e-tron
You’ll struggle to find a premium family car that does so much, so well, as the Audi A3 Sportback, especially in the excellent 1.4 TFSI 125 SE guise. However, for the ultimate in company car tax avoidance you might want to consider this plug-in hybrid e-tron model. You can run the e-tron on the electric motor alone, or, when you need more performance, couple that with the 1.4-litre petrol engine. The combined power units are certainly effective, offering near hot-hatch levels of performance.
https://www.precious-metal.co.uk/deals/audi-a3-e-tron-s-a
Kia Niro
The Kia Niro might appear to be just another small SUV, but it's actually something quite different. Like the Toyota Prius, the Niro is a hybrid that uses an electric motor and battery pack to help boost the performance of its 1.6-litre petrol engine while also improving efficiency. As we’ve come to expect from Kia, it’s good value too. It undercuts the Prius while offering more equipment and a seven-year warranty. And, it's more practical with the SUV body shape and an advanced battery pack meaning generous boot space, and plenty of room for passengers.
https://www.precious-metal.co.uk/deals/kia-niro-2-s-a
VW Golf GTE
The VW Golf GTE is a much more realistic proposition for many buyers than the fully electric e-Golf. True, the latter qualifies for even more tax breaks, but the GTE is still a much cheaper company car than any regular petrol or diesel-powered Golf courtesy of its tiny CO2 output of as little as 38g/km Catches? Well, even VW only claims a maximum pure electric range of 31 miles, and in the real world you’ll be lucky to get more than 20 miles down the road before the petrol engine cuts in to keep you motoring along.
https://www.precious-metal.co.uk/deals/volkswagen-golf-14-tsi-gte
BMW 330e 
The 330e plug-in hybrid pairs its four-cylinder petrol engine with a small electric motor and is not only athletic to drive, but very clever too, switching between its two power sources almost seamlessly. You can drive it for more than 20 silent miles if the battery was fully charged and its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are supremely low given the strong performance on offer. Perhaps it isn’t surprising that the model has proved hugely popular as a company car — one in every three 3 Series sold in Europe has ‘330e’ on its boot lid – only the stalwart 320d sells in bigger numbers.
https://www.precious-metal.co.uk/deals/bmw-330e-m-sport-shadow-edition-a
Range Rover Sport P400e
It’s very easy to see how Land Rover created the plug-in hybrid version of the Range Rover Sport. The company simply took the 'P400e' PHEV drivetrain from the Range Rover and dropped it into its smaller brother. The result is this version, which rivals other premium hybrid SUVs like the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine. At its heart is a battery pack large enough to give a range of 31 miles on electric power alone. At the same time, this increases potential fuel economy to the best part of over 88mpg and reduces CO2 emissions to less than 75g/km. That makes the PHEV by far the most attractive model in the Sport range for company-car drivers, as well as ensuring it’s exempt from the London Congestion Charge.
https://www.precious-metal.co.uk/deals/land-rover-sport-e400-hse

Precious Metal’s little insight to Hybrids

Not so long ago, hybrid cars were the reserve of environmentally conscious school run parents, people living or working in London's congestion charge zone and minicab drivers looking to save a bit of money on fuel.

However, with an ever-growing number of hybrids now on the market, are they becoming a viable alternative to conventional petrol and diesel models? 
That said, knowing which options to consider and which to avoid can ultimately be a minefield .

So, here we offer a few suggestions to help give you an insight and perhaps that all important inspiration!


Audi A3 e-tron


You’ll struggle to find a premium family car that does so much, so well, as the Audi A3 Sportback, especially in the excellent 1.4 TFSI 125 SE guise.

However, for the ultimate in company car tax avoidance you might want to consider this plug-in hybrid e-tron model.

You can run the e-tron on the electric motor alone, or, when you need more performance, couple that with the 1.4-litre petrol engine.

The combined power units are certainly effective, offering near hot-hatch levels of performance.

Audi
https://www.precious-metal.co.uk/deals/audi-a3-e-tron-s-a

Kia Niro

 
The Kia Niro might appear to be just another small SUV, but it's actually something quite different.

Like the Toyota Prius, the Niro is a hybrid that uses an electric motor and battery pack to help boost the performance of its 1.6-litre petrol engine while also improving efficiency.

As we’ve come to expect from Kia, it’s good value too. It undercuts the Prius while offering more equipment and a seven-year warranty. And, it's more practical with the SUV body shape and an advanced battery pack meaning generous boot space, and plenty of room for passengers.

Kia
https://www.precious-metal.co.uk/deals/kia-niro-2-s-a


VW Golf GTE

 
The VW Golf GTE is a much more realistic proposition for many buyers than the fully electric e-Golf.

True, the latter qualifies for even more tax breaks, but the GTE is still a much cheaper company car than any regular petrol or diesel-powered Golf courtesy of its tiny CO2 output of as little as 38g/km.

Catches? Well, even VW only claims a maximum pure electric range of 31 miles, and in the real world you’ll be lucky to get more than 20 miles down the road before the petrol engine cuts in to keep you motoring along.

VW
https://www.precious-metal.co.uk/deals/volkswagen-golf-14-tsi-gte

BMW 330e 

 
The 330e plug-in hybrid pairs its four-cylinder petrol engine with a small electric motor and is not only athletic to drive, but very clever too, switching between its two power sources almost seamlessly.

You can drive it for more than 20 silent miles if the battery was fully charged and its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are supremely low given the strong performance on offer.

Perhaps it isn’t surprising that the model has proved hugely popular as a company car — one in every three 3 Series sold in Europe has ‘330e’ on its boot lid – only the stalwart 320d sells in bigger numbers.

BMW
https://www.precious-metal.co.uk/deals/bmw-330e-m-sport-shadow-edition-a


Range Rover Sport P400e

 
It’s very easy to see how Land Rover created the plug-in hybrid version of the Range Rover Sport. The company simply took the 'P400e' PHEV drivetrain from the Range Rover and dropped it into its smaller brother.

The result is this version, which rivals other premium hybrid SUVs like the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine.

At its heart is a battery pack large enough to give a range of 31 miles on electric power alone.

At the same time, this increases potential fuel economy to the best part of over 88mpg and reduces CO2 emissions to less than 75g/km.

That makes the PHEV by far the most attractive model in the Sport range for company-car drivers, as well as ensuring it’s exempt from the London Congestion Charge.

Landrover
https://www.precious-metal.co.uk/deals/land-rover-sport-e400-hse

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