Saving fuel, reducing emissions, generating their own recycled energy – when a technology such as hybrid gives you so much more, you might think they are complicated to own. Not true. In fact, our hybrid cars have been designed to make life easier…
Even with two engines, there's nothing complicated about driving a hybrid. Find out how we've designed them to be as easy to live with as any conventional car.
Our hybrid models comprise two engines: one petrol, one electric. These engines work together to deliver extra power and responsive torque, as and when you need it. And should you need any extra performance, simply press the Power button and enjoy the ride.
Uphill: Both engines power the vehicle to deliver maximum performance.
Deceleration and Braking: The system recycles kinetic energy to charge the battery.
Overtaking: Both engines power the vehicle to deliver maximum performance.
Standstill: Both engines are automatically switched off so no energy is wasted when idling.
It’s no secret that driving in the city increases petrol costs on most cars. Hybrids don't behave like most cars. For a start, they recycle energy and have two engines – one petrol, one electric – a perfect match that delivers impressive figures as low as 3.3 litres of petrol consumed per 100km. An excellent return indeed and one that can be reduced even further when driving in Eco Mode. Of course, if you want to eliminate that figure completely, simply select electric EV-mode, go easy on the pedal and you won’t use a single drop when accelerating up to 50km/h.
When you select the electric EV-mode on our hybrid cars you'll notice something quite special – nothing at all! The silence and sheer tranquility of the engine really is something you have to experience to believe. Electric EV-mode also produces zero emissions and provides an ultra-smooth ride. In fact, it’s a very calm place to be.
The perfect partnership of an electric motor and a petrol engine means hybrid cars emit anything from 75g of CO2 per km, which is an amazingly low statistic for a family car. In fact, when driving in electric EV-mode, it can go from 0-50 km/h without producing any emissions whatsoever – you’d find more CO2 in a spent balloon.
Think of a plug-in hybrid as an electric car and a hybrid rolled into one. Discover a car with all the benefits of our hybrid models but with an extended electric driving range for even more zero-emission journeys. Find out more about the Plug-in hybrid.