Top 100 Cars 2016: Top 5 Electric & Hybrid

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1 Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars - Top 5 Electric & Hybrid cars

The Model S drives as smoothly as any fossil-fuelled premium model and has a minimalist cabin, dominated by a giant touchscreen, that’s an oasis of peace. Better still, it can rack up well over 200 miles on a single charge. Just don’t believe the hype about the car’s “self-driving” Autopilot mode. Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk, may be able to launch and land a space rocket vertically via his other company, SpaceX, but Autopilot — as we found out when testing it — shows there’s still some way to go for autonomous cars.

  • PRICE £52,280-£82,280*
  • OUR PICK P85 D (£82,280)
  • POWER Two electric motors
  • ACCELERATION 0-60mph: 3.2sec
  • TOP SPEED 155mph
  • FUEL | CO2 305-mile range | 0g/km

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2 Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars - Top 5 Electric & Hybrid cars

Newly available with a bigger battery, the Leaf now has a range of up to 155 miles, according to official tests. Drivers won’t get that in the real world but most will easily reach 100 miles before having to recharge, even if using the heating, and that’s a first for an affordable fully electric car. Well built, it’s good to drive and the larger battery is covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty. As a second car it makes perfect sense — as long as you’ve got somewhere to plug it in at home.

  • PRICE £20,790-£26,490*
  • OUR PICK Acenta 30kW (£24,490)
  • POWER Electric motor
  • ACCELERATION 0-62mph: 11.5sec
  • TOP SPEED 89mph
  • FUEL | CO2 155-mile range | 0g/km

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3 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars - Top 5 Electric & Hybrid cars

With a 148bhp 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine working in conjunction with an electric motor, the Sportback e-tron develops a punchy 201bhp. But it’s at its best when running in electric-only mode — for up to 31 miles at speeds of up to 80mph. Nothing short of a Rolls-Royce is as quiet around town. You’re also safe in the knowledge that the petrol engine is there to provide back-up if the electric range is depleted.

  • PRICE £30,690*
  • OUR PICK Sportback e-tron (£30,690)
  • ENGINE 1395cc, 4 cylinders, turbocharged, petrol; plus electric motor
  • ACCELERATION 0-62mph: 7.6sec
  • TOP SPEED 138mph
  • FUEL | CO2 176.6mpg | 37g/km

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4 BMW i3

BMW i3: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars - Top 5 Electric & Hybrid cars

BMW has managed to make the i3 worthy of its badge. The electric car is agile, responsive and very quick off the line, thanks to a lightweight carbon-fibre construction that helps counteract the weighty batteries. In regular conditions the i3 should have a range of about 100 miles, but upgrade to the Range Extender model for a small petrol engine that charges the battery when low. Inside, the i3 is equally avant garde, with an airy ambience that’ll recall an Ian Schrager hotel lobby.

  • PRICE £25,980-£29,130*
  • OUR PICK i3 Range Extender (£29,130)
  • POWER Electric motor
  • ACCELERATION 0-62mph: 7.2sec
  • TOP SPEED 93mph
  • FUEL | CO2 470.8mpg | 13g/km

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5 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars - Top 5 Electric & Hybrid cars

This hybrid was the most popular plug-in car sold in Britain last year. Now updated with an improved interior and tweaked styling, it’s a proper SUV with high driving position, space for seven and a big boot, but also a claimed fuel consumption good enough to ensure low company car tax. On batteries it can travel 32 miles, but fuel economy is little better than a regular car on long trips.

  • PRICE £29,249-£35,999*
  • OUR PICK GX3h+ (£30,249)
  • ENGINE 1998cc, 4 cylinders; plus two electric motors
  • ACCELERATION 0-62mph: 11.0sec
  • TOP SPEED 106mph
  • FUEL | CO2 156.9mpg | 42g/km

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Top 100 Cars 2016 contents
  1. Top 5 Sports Cars
  2. Top 5 Large 4x4s & SUVs
  3. Top 5 Luxury & Prestige Cars
  4. Top 5 Electric & Hybrid Cars
  5. Top 5 City Cars
  6. Top 5 Superminis
  7. Top 5 Hot Hatches
  8. Top 5 Two-seat Roadsters
  9. Top 5 Warm Hatches
  10. Top 5 Supercars
  11. Top 5 Family Convertibles
  12. Top 5 Coupés
  13. Top 5 Compact Crossovers
  14. Top 5 Large Crossovers
  15. Top 5 Five-seat MPVs
  16. Top 5 Seven-seat MPVs
  17. Top 5 Mid-size Estate Cars
  18. Top 5 Large Estate Cars
  19. Top 5 Mid-size Family Cars
  20. Top 5 Large Family Cars


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