Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) have had a long-standing reputation for being favoured by environmentalists, and hated by driving purists in the early days. But in this day and age the stigma of hybrid vehicles has all but died down, with their everyday usability and reliability making them much more appealing to the everyday driver.
Apart from the lowered fuel consumption, hybrid electric drivetrains often boast higher torque values that improves acceleration. The electric motors themselves feature regenerative systems that can generate power under braking, and it also helps to reduce wear on the car’s brake pads. As the popularity of hybrid cars increases, more and more manufacturers have started producing hybrid cars. So, here are the top hybrid cars in Singapore.
The Toyota Prius has been synonymous with the term ‘hybrid car’ for the better part of the decade. Since its launch back in 1997, the car has gained many fans worldwide and sold over a million units by 2008.
Since then, the Prius has come a long way in terms of styling and performance. In its current 4th generation, its 1.8L engine and electric motor produces 121 horsepower and has a fuel economy rating of 27km/L. It boasts 450 litres of boot space, which is marginally less than a Toyota Corolla but still impressive nonetheless. All in all, the Prius is a quiet and comfortable city cruiser that’ll get you where you need with no fuss and in comfort.
Toyota Sienta Hybrid
In terms of practicality, the Toyota Sienta is a serious contender for one of the most compact MPVs, measuring in at just 4.2 meters. On the inside, it’s got seating for 7 and a boot that’ll fit 575 litres of cargo with the rear seats folded. In its hybrid guise, it’s 1.5L petrol engine and electric motor produces a combined output of 100 horsepower and it’ll return 27.2km/L of petrol. If space and affordability are your top priorities, the Toyota Sienta may just be the right car for you.
Honda Vezel Hybrid
The Honda Vezel has seen a sharp rise in popularity in the recent years, often being associated with Uber and Grab Drivers. Take a drive down any highway in Singapore and you’d be hard pressed not to spot one. It’s got SUV looks, it is pretty affordable, it has a cavernous boot with 448 litres of cargo space. And with its hybrid drivetrain it’ll return 24.2km/L, which makes it good value for money. And besides, the hybrid badge on the back makes it a little more rare when compared to its petrol counterpart.
The Lexus CT200h is the first hatchback in the Japanese brand’s line-up. And being the entry level Lexus, it’s also the cheapest among the other models. This current facelifted version features an upgraded interior that more closely matches the IS and GS models and a more angular, muscular stance. It has a Toyota sourced 1.8L engine and an electric motor that produces a combined 134 horsepower. However, unlike its Toyota cousin, the CT200h has much sportier handling characteristics and better acceleration. With a fuel economy rating of 24.4km/L, it is a frugal yet fun car aimed at the younger generation of drivers.
BMW 5 Series Plug-In Hybrid 530e
The BMW 5-series has been a choice luxury sedan for many consumers in Singapore. With its powerful powertrain and luxurious interior, the 5-series has been a desirable vehicle and the 530e is no exception. Being a plugin hybrid, the BMW 530e has an improved range compared to its petrol counterpart, with 33 kilometres of all electric drive on a single charge. With its 2.0L engine and electric motor producing 184 horsepower, it has all the bells and whistles of the petrol version but with the added benefit of being more fuel efficient.
The BMW i8 isn’t the most economical hybrid car, it isn’t the fastest, and it sure isn’t the cheapest. Put all that aside though, and what you have is a unique amalgamation of supercar looks and hybrid technology that make the i8 one of the most striking cars in this decade.
At its heart lies a 1.5L 3-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 6-speed gearbox that drives the rear wheels. A two-speed electric motor powers the front wheels, bringing the i8’s total power output to 369-horsepower. While its fuel economy may be rated at 3.1L/100km under test conditions, it has a real-world combined fuel economy rating of 19L/100km, which is no means impressive by hybrid standards. But its performance and handling capabilities make it one of the most exciting hybrid cars to date. And the best looking.