Toyota dominates Autocar’s new hybrid top 10

Top 10 Best hybrid

The experts at Autocar have recently published a new Top 10 Best hybrid hatchbacks for 2022. It arrives in recognition of the fact that electrification is seen as the future of mobility and that modern car-buyers are looking to move closer towards zero emissions travel by purchasing a car with a hybrid petrol-electric powertrain.

When it comes to full hybrid cars, Toyota is recognised as the pioneer and world leader of electrification technologies. We have been innovating within this market for over 25 years, and our latest hybrid models have been proved to spend an average of 54% of their travel time in electric mode.

Which of the latest Toyota models can be found in Autocar’s new Top 10 Best hybrid hatchbacks list, and how many positions within the Top 10 have we filled? Why not scroll down to find out…

Autocar’s Top 10 Best hybrid hatchbacks 2022

1. Toyota Corolla

“Having spent more than two decades introducing the world to the hybrid powertrain, Toyota is now well advanced with normalising it – and there isn’t a car on sale that does this better than the current Corolla hatchback.

“It combines a healthy dose of visual style with tangible perceived cabin quality, and like one or two other of its showroom siblings introduced over the past few years, it’s based on a new global model platform and has been dynamically developed and tuned – quite successfully – for distinguishing ride and handling sophistication. In its range-topping 2.0-litre hybrid form, it even performs with a bit of sporting edge.

“The Toyota Corolla… will appeal to people who prefer their motoring lives to be kept simple – but not as much as the all-round ownership credentials of a car that they can feel equally as good about owning and driving as they do about their outgoings at the pump.”

2. Toyota Yaris

“Not only does [the new Toyota Yaris] look better than ever, but it’s sweeter to drive, too. It’s… proof that opting for a hybrid doesn’t have to mean giving up on the dynamism and sense of character that always mark out the best compact cars. [It also offers] easy drivability around town and an impressively frugal rate of fuel consumption. Job well done, Toyota.”

Hybrid top ten: prius plug-in

4. Toyota Prius

“The granddaddy of petrol-electric hybrids further refines the formula Toyota developed back in 1997. Overall, the Toyota Prius* is even more usable than before and genuinely frugal. Although it doesn’t look like it ought to be so, the car’s greatest asset has become how normal it is to drive: more responsive on part throttle, well within its comfort zone at high speeds and genuinely pretty rounded in daily use. [It is] the best-selling hybrid car the world has known.”

Toyota C-HR: Hybrid top ten

6. Toyota C-HR

“If you want evidence of Toyota’s expertise in the field of hybrid powertrains, consider the fact that four of the cars in… this list are made by the Japanese firm. The Toyota C-HR was updated in 2019, with suspension tweaks and a larger, 2.0-litre powertrain… being added. Of course, its usability didn’t suffer in the process. Around town, it’s still a suitably polished and refined crossover, with good ride comfort and decent enough practicality. It can’t be accused of looking like just another derivative, identikit crossover.”

*Please note that the Toyota Prius is no longer available to buy as a new car in the UK, however it is available on our used car website. Alternatively the Prius Plug-in is available with the benefits of extended electric vehicle driving.

Learn more: How does the Toyota hybrid system work?


  1. I need the clearances to get my car across fields and construction sites – so bought a Yaris Cross. Overall MPG so far 57 which includes plenty of motorway speeds, where hybrids fare a bit less well. I opted for the base model ICON where you still get the very handy active cruise control (look at all the luxury Jags and Audis where this still isn’t standard equipment or even an option). The Yaris Cross handles very well and remains very light at the kerb unlike a full Battery Electric vehicle. It’s great. I have got it stuck in mud so wonder if I should have got the actual 4×4 but for 99% of the time 2WD is enough if I apply common sense and don’t get into too much gloop. Everything is a trade off – as it is, I’m very happy because this is better-than-diesel economy with none of the air quality implications. Well done Toyota.

    1. Hi Richard,
      We are really pleased to hear that you are pleased with your Yaris Cross.
      Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further assistance in the future.

  2. Received my Toyota Corolla sport on Christmas eve 2021 its my first Toyota car and my goodness i am so pleased with it and cant wait till i have to change and get a new one in a couple of years. I wish i hade bought a corolla a few years ago as i can see now what i have been missing. What a fantastic and economical car well done the team at Toyota.

    1. Hi Alex,
      Thank you so much for your kind words.
      We wish you many more happy miles in your Corolla.
      If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  3. Received our new Yaris Cross Hybrid AWD on 10th March, first SUV and automatic I’ve ever driven. Holds the road really well and sure it will be top of the ten next year.

    1. Hi Pauline,
      Thanks for your comment, and thank you for your kind words.
      We are pleased to hear you are happy with your Yaris Cross.

  4. interested to know the mobility availability of the plug in hybrids? I went to my local showroom and told its a CHR, Corolla or a Yaris hybrid only (not plug in ) none of which could fit much in the boot once my scooter was in.
    I had hoped others would be offered with out massive uplift payments but was sad to see this doesn’t seem the case will there be any good news on this?

    1. Hi Laura-Lee,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Unfortunately, we do not have any updates on this at this time.

  5. *The CHR is a beautiful car from the outside and drives well. The only trouble is that it has serious issues on the inside such as ..
    No hand grip clasps over the rear doors which means that you cannot hang your shirts or clothes onto anything.

    *The front doors have tiny pockets that you can’t get your hands into

    *No electric boot door

    *Weak sound system

    *No compartment space around the dash for putting essential little things

    *Could do with a good HUD such as is fitted on the Lexus

    *Fuel consumption isn’t that good and the tank goes down quite quickly

    * No all electric seats for the driver and passenger although I do like the heated seats which are a bonus

    I will be getting a Yaris soon which hopefully will have some of these improvements but I’ve only had the CHR 6 months

    1. Hi Rich,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We are always looking for ways to improve our product range, so we will pass this feedback onto our wider product team.
      If there is anything else we can do to assist you at this time, please let us know.

  6. I drive a Corolla saloon and am delighted with it, especially the economy, but also the space, ride and handling, excellent equipment and performance. Sadly, it appears to be no longer available. Maybe if it were available with the 2-litre engine and things like led headlights, heated steering wheel, leather, etc it would sell better against big sellers in the UK such as Audi A3, Mercedes C-class and BMW 1-series saloons which all seem to sell well. The fact that it is beautifully styled does it no harm either.

  7. I purchased a new Yaris hybrid, could not be convinced to go all electric a year ago. Drives really well and although have not yet done £6,000 miles I am impressed with the average mileage of over 66 mpg. Much of my journeys are short to work which impacts heavily on the average mileage. I like the hands free operation for the phone and the voice control for setting the sat nav. All in all a good purchase and will be looking to another when I am in a position to change.

    1. Hi Stephen,
      Thank you very much for your kind words.
      We wish you many more happy miles in your Yaris.

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