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For over 20 years Toyota has been at the forefront of hybrid car technology, introducing the pioneering Prius to the world in 1997. Its self-charging hybrid engine continues to evolve to this day bringing the benefits of electric power and the mileage of petrol engines to a range of vehicles to suit every need from fun hatchbacks to versatile hybrid SUVs.

Hybrid vehicles are part of Toyota’s ongoing commitment to make cars that are not only kinder to the environment but also benefit the driver through lower tax and petrol costs.

What is a hybrid and self-charging hybrid?

A hybrid vehicle has two power sources – in the case of Toyota Hybrids, these are a petrol engine and an electric motor – combining to propel the cars forward. By switching seamlessly between pure electric power at low speeds and efficient petrol power when speeds increase, Toyota Hybrids not only save you fuel and money, but they also offer class-leading CO2 emissions.

The majority of Toyota Hybrids are self-charging which means that every moment you are driving, your battery is charging even when slowing down thanks to technology like the regenerative braking system, which recovers energy that would normally be lost and stores it in the battery for later use. And because they are all self-charging hybrids, their batteries never need to be plugged in.

So what is a plug-in hybrid?

A plug-in hybrid such as the Toyota Prius Plug-in gets all the benefits of being a hybrid but also has a charge point so you can extend the range of your car by plugging in at home or at one of the nation’s electric charge points.

The perfect hybrid drive

Whether in the city or on the motorway, you will find hybrids feel no different to drive than a petrol or diesel powered automatic vehicle. Simply start the engine, set the gear lever to D, pull away and enjoy the smooth and effortless ride.

Not only does a hybrid offer a quiet and relaxing ride, it will give you the power you need whatever the situation whether cruising down the motorway or performing an overtake manoeuvre.

Discover the best Toyota hybrid for you

From hybrid SUVs to hybrid city cars, we offer a range of eight distinctive models to suit every need from family outings to business trips.

Whether it’s the dynamic C-HR crossover or stylish Yaris hatchback, the all-wheel-drive RAV4 SUV or the spacious Corolla Touring Sport, Toyota has the best Hybrid car for you

Toyota safety at every turn

Toyota Safety Sense is designed with a range of active safety systems to keep you and your passengers out of harm’s way with features that include lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control and pre-collision systems.

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