3 affordable models to choose from without worries

Because they have long accounted for low sales volumes, they have never been very numerous at times. The departure of Toyota, which invested in this technology more than 20 years ago, was not until the early 2020s to really have a choice in new and, above all, second-hand. On average, € 5,000 more expensive than its 100% thermal counterparts when buying new ones, hybrids, on the other hand, become very interesting second-hand, because their use is immediately profitable, thanks to lower consumption.. Here are 3 models of different sizes and prices that you can use without too much fear. The age of the Toyota Yaris “3” and, to a lesser extent, the Hyundai Kona, allows us to say that these models are reliable. On the other hand, we have less retrospective on the new Renault powertrain, although the first Renault Clio E-Tech has already covered more than 50,000 km without any major problems being known. Our comments here refer, therefore, to the general services offered by these models, being the only engines ever.

1. The 116 hp Toyota Yaris city car: less than € 15,000

In 2014, a first restyling arrived to bring this Toyota Yaris 3 closer to its little sister Toyota Aygo 2.© Toyota

The Toyota Toyota Yaris is doing well in the city, where its light steering and contained dimensions work wonders. Also, the slightly high driving position and good forward visibility make the day-to-day life of the city easier. Too bad, the fairly large turning radius, even mediocre, for the category gets the picture dirty when it sneaks or scrolls through underground parking lots. In terms of depreciation, it is clear that real advances have been made with respect to previous generations. As a result, comfort and road handling have greatly improved although we are still far from the best in the industry. Habitability has also advanced and two adults fit easily in the back, while the 286-liter boot volume is one of the very good ones. Unfortunately, many of the tricks that the previous generation took advantage of have disappeared (sliding seat, bulk storage) and the presentation, with its hard plastics, is not the most folichones. On the road, the hybrid variant, on the other hand, becomes tired due to high engine speed.

Measured fuel consumption of Toyota Yaris hybrid city car

  • City consumption: 5.2 l / 100 km
  • Road consumption: 6.1 l / 100 km
  • Road consumption: 7.3 l / 100 km
  • Average consumption: 6 l / 100 km

2. The 141 hp Hyundai Kona Hybrid city SUV: less than € 25,000

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The mention “Hybrid” is the only detail that allows to recognize this urban SUV Hyundai Kona.© Hyundai

The small Hyundai Kona SUV is not as cheeky as it looks. If your driving position has the merit of offering numerous storage spaces and easily accessible controls, such as the touch screen in height, it is also too wise, if not tasteless. Too bad, because for the rest, this Korean knows how to do it with a nice space in front and behind. Only the trunk is in perfect condition at first. But you only need to lift the false floor to find a removable storage container, located on top of another container where there is still space around the optional spare wheel. To seduce, the Hyundai Kona can also have equipment not so common in the category. Induction telephone charger, head-up display … Rather agile and holding the road, it certainly does not establish references but reassures. Comfort is also acceptable even if softness is not part of your vocabulary. All in all, the Hyundai Kona is a wiser SUV than it looks.

Measured fuel consumption of the Hyundai Kona hybrid urban SUV

  • City consumption: 5.2 l / 100 km
  • Road consumption: 5.4 l / 100 km
  • Road consumption: 7.4 l / 100 km
  • Average fuel consumption: 5.4 l / 100 km

3. The 145 hp Renault Arkana E-Tech family SUV: less than € 30,000

The Renault Arkana E-Tech 145 family coupe SUV.
The Renault Arkana E-Tech 145 family coupe SUV.© Renault

Families can rest easy, despite its receding roofline, the Renault Arkana retains its rear openings. With 4.57m long and 2.72m wheelbase, there is plenty of space in the rear, even adults will be welcome., with a very correct protection of the ceiling thanks to a slope of the back of the bench a little more pronounced than usual. The trunk should not be less with 513 dm3 advertised, thanks in particular to a good loading length of 96 cm. In front, there is a dashboard similar to the Renault Captur, dressed in flexible plastics on top. To combine with its dynamic appearance, the chassis configuration aims to offer more driving pleasure.. The Renault Arkana SUV is steering

more direct. The Arkana is pleasant to drive and is always very stable and has a controlled run, but with the accompanying consequences, i.e. poor traction on wet pavement and unpleasant transverse movements on deformed roads. Blame it on its large stabilizer bars, which are essential for stability in the event of an emergency maneuver (avoidance, etc.) for a sharp vehicle with a free height of 20 cm on the ground. In terms of comfort, we notice concerns below 70 km / h for small defects in the road, but an appreciable softness..

Measured fuel consumption of the Renault Arkana E-Tech 145 family SUV

  • City consumption: 4.6 l / 100 km
  • Road consumption: 5.9 l / 100 km
  • Road consumption: 7 l / 100 km
  • Average fuel consumption: 5.6 l / 100 km

Posted on 30/04/2022 Updated 30/04/2022 François Lemaur and the editorial staff

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