Are you thinking about buying or leasing a hybrid for your next car? If so then check out our top five reasons to do so below: 

 1.  Fuel Efficiency             


Now, this point is so often highlighted when discussing the Hybrid vs Solid Fossil Fuel debate, so it now feels like common knowledge that a hybrid engine (part petrol engine, part electric motor) is going to have more etiquette at the fuelling station dinner table than its carbon-niverous cousins, but by how much?

Let’s focus on our current plug-in favourite, the Mercedes-Benz C350e Saloon Sport Auto.

It has a 293bhp petrol engine, combined with an electric motor, which gives it a monumental headline Combined with a 134.5 MPG.

Compare that with a similar diesel variant vehicle that we have on offer at the moment, the Mercedes-Benz C220d AMG Line 9G-Tronic, which respectably musters a Combined MPG of 61.4 which we would previously have been raving at as it’s a much high rating compared to other diesel cars.

That difference translates to more than double the amount of miles you can travel, from the same fuel capacity, in almost the same car.

With average diesel prices being approximately £9 to £12 per 100 miles, compared to £2 to £3 for electric use covering the same distance, that’s a staggering saving worthy of anyone’s attention, regardless of budget.

In a hybrid you can also switch between the power supplies. You can drive using only the highly economical and low emission electric motor for your city driving, avoiding the upcoming hammering from the “Crit’Air” type ruling likely to arrive in major UK cities. You can also switch over to the high range and high performance petrol engine for longer drives on the motorway, or combine the two for the best of both worlds.

 2.  Lower Emissions         

Whether you’re an eco-warrior or a diesel swilling petrol-head, the environmental effects of vehicle emissions impact us in different ways.

With the ever-evolving UK legislation around what gets pumped out of your exhaust and how much is allowed the emissions your car makes can have a big impact on your wallet and in areas you wouldn’t initially think of, like company car tax.

Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) is a category that covers all Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) and fully Electric Vehicles (EV). They are fast becoming a favourite of the motor trade for a variety of reasons, including lower tax, sometimes even zero, and an exemption from congestion charge fees, subject to eligibility.

The congestion charge, for the non-London residents, relates to a daily charge being applied to vehicles that wish to travel within certain zones of central London during peak hours. However, if your car emits 75g/km or less of CO2, then you can apply for an exemption of this charge.

Whilst we don’t all live in, nor need to drive through, central London; there are major cities in the UK planning to cull most or all traffic from their city centres by introducing similar Low Emission Zones so this kind of charge is likely to impact most of us in the future.

Let’s go back to the statistics for the Mercedes-Benz C Classes again:

              C220d AMG Line 9G-Tronic                        C350e Saloon Sport Auto


CO2                        117 g/km                                                                   48 g/km


No prizes for guessing which one of these cars won’t cost their owner a daily congestion charge!

There are also benefits to leasing a fleet of ULEVs for business owners too. With the lower carbon footprint of the C350e, in particular, it’s eligible for reduced rates of company car tax. It also carries lower rates of Benefit In Kind (BIK), which will surely please your employees. ULEVs can also help towards your corporate responsibilities and environmental policies, bringing in Government incentives for being greener.

 3.  Government Grants             

While we’re on the subject of Government incentives for businesses, there are also bonuses for the individual Personal Contract Hire customers too.

For ULEVs the UK Government has offered a rebate on the purchase price of the vehicle. A way of saying thanks for being more environmentally friendly and to encourage drivers to opt for greener vehicles.

When looking at a lease car through us this rebate has already been factored in to reduce the purchase value of the car and, therefore, your monthly payments.

This can also go hand-in-hand with a £500 discount, from the UK Government, on the installation of a home charging point for Plug-In Hybrids and Electric vehicles.

 4.  Lower Tax                 



Vehicle Excess Duty, also known as road tax is another area where going green can help save you money. Generally, Hybrids are cheaper to run, from fuel to the ever-present-headache that is tax. Fully Electric Vehicles even qualify for zero tax. Hybrids and Plug-Ins benefit from reduced rates of vehicle tax too. Whilst the average fossil fuel car now costs £140 per year this is a great incentive to look at hybrid models when choosing your next car. 

 5.  Performance                

Following on with shining a spotlight on unsung heroes of the Hybrid debate; allow me to introduce a deal clincher for many, performance! Take a look at some of the top Hybrids’ performance figures below to see what we mean:

Mercedes-Benz C350e

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

BHP                0-62 mph                 Top Speed               

293                      5.9s                      155mph



Tesla Roadster

Fully Electric Vehicle

BHP                0-62 mph                 Top Speed               

Tbc                     1.9s                     >250mph

Overall it’s clear to see there are a lot of benefits to choosing a Hybrid for your next car.

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