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5 Best Hybrid Cars in India: Unlock Extreme Mileage

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Greenhouse effect, ozone layer depletion, carbon monoxide emissions, toxic levels of air pollution are some of the repercussions of automobile usage over the years. But we are not oblivious to these issues and the leading OEM’s around the world are constantly researching & developing new technology to address these issues. The development of Hybrid Cars has been a result of that. In this article you’ll be presented with this new technology and the 5 Best Hybrid Cars in India that give extreme mileages.

What are Hybrid Cars?

Hybrid cars utilize power from both electricity and fuel (diesel, petrol, and hydrogen) to reduce emissions while improving fuel efficiency at the same time. On the electric side, the car is powered by energy stored in lithium ion batteries and sent to electric motor-generators. These motors power the wheels and also generate electricity when braking through regenerative braking. Hybrid cars do burn fuel but use small engines that emit low emissions. The engines are used either to generate power for the batteries or work in conjunction with the electric motors to provide drive.

Hybrid Car Variants

To put it in simpler terms, a hybrid vehicle is the one which has an ability to generate electric current, store it in battery form, and use it later to drive the car. This fact combined with all the above mentioned technological marvels make it an ideal choice in terms of maximum power and fuel economy with minimum emissions. As with regular cars, hybrid cars come in various types and layouts. Some of the most popular layouts are:

  • Parallel Hybrid Cars:

The electric motor and internal combustion engine work in tandem, combining power from both to produce higher power outputs while reducing the fuel required to produce similar outputs. The motor and engine take alternate roles as primary and secondary power sources for the Hybrid vehicle.

  • Series Hybrid Cars:

Unlike Parallel Hybrids, Series Hybrid Cars use electric motors as the primary source of power for the wheels. The engine plays an assists’ role by burning fuel to charge the batteries and, if required, assist the motors when pulling heavy loads to assist acceleration.Hybrid Technology : Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Schematic

  • Two-mode Hybrid Cars:

Two-mode Hybrid Cars work exclusively on electric power at low speeds and use the power from the engine to complement the electric motors for high speed driving. 

  • Plug-in Hybrid Cars:

The unique feature of this layout is the presence of a large battery which can be externally recharged enabling all electric drive for shorter distances, while preserving gasoline for longer journeys.Hybrid Technology  : Gulf Plugin

5 Best Hybrid Cars in India

Hybrid offerings in India have become more affordable, with the likes of Maruti Suzuki and Mahindra providing models with hybrid technologies. One theme that you will notice is that the hybrid cars available today are all mild hybrid cars. This means better mileage for you and a lower maintenance bill. Here are the 5 best hybrid cars you can buy in India in 2021.

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MG Hector Hybrid: The Big Hybrid SUV

MG Hector

This handsome premium SUV is a head-turner, show stopper, and absolute looker both inside and outside. The MG Hector has gained popularity in India and has made it clear that it is here to dominate. So, what does the hybrid SUV have under its hood? Let’s take a look.

Engine

1.5L turbocharged petrol engine
48V mild hybrid system

Max Power

143 PS

Max Torque

250 Nm

Transmission

6-speed manual

The MG Hector has a 48V mild-hybrid system paired to the engine. The mild-hybrid system on the MG Hector has been designed to provide low-end torque for the SUV. This translates to better acceleration in stop-start city traffic, making the Hector a very agile city SUV. The regenerative braking feature of the MG Hector will use the vehicle’s kinetic energy to recharge the 48-volt battery. This system has improved MG Hector’s mileage from 14.16 kmpl to 15.81 kmpl, making it a worthy contender to its diesel version.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Toyota Glanza: Hybrid Twins

Toyota Glanza and Maruti Suzuki Baleno

A result of the Toyota-Suzuki partnership, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Toyota Glanza are the same car with different badges and different price tags, the Glanza being the more economical of the two. So, what do the twins have to offer?

Toyota Glanza

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Engine

1.2-litre petrol
48V mild hybrid system

1.2-litre petrol 
48V mild hybrid system

Max Power

89.7 PS

89.7 PS

Max Torque

113 Nm

113 Nm

Transmission

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

Both Baleno and Glanza come with a 48-volt battery giving them the advantage of extra torque and the start-stop function. This results in the Baleno and Glanza getting a mileage of 23.87 kmpl while their petrol-only variants give a mileage of 21.01 kmpl. The hybrid Glanza and Baleno also use the kinetic energy to recharge batteries. All in all both premium hatchbacks are a good buy if you are looking for a hybrid hatchback.

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Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS: The Sharp Hybrid Sedan

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is a culmination of good looks, comfort, and efficiency. It is immensely popular and has given sedans like the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna serious competition. The SHVS version is designed to give more mileage with a higher powertrain, which undoubtedly gives the Ciaz an edge above the rest.

Engine

1.5-litre petrol
48V mild hybrid system

Max Power

104.6 PS

Max Torque

138 Nm

Transmission

6-speed manual
4-speed automatic

Unlike the diesel hybrid, the petrol hybrid of the Ciaz has a dual battery arrangement, which assists more often as it gets charged quickly. Both the manual and automatic variants come equipped with the hybrid system, with the manual providing better mileage of 21.56 kmpl while the automatic provides 20.28 kmpl.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza SHVS: The Compact Hybrid SUV

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Another popular and smart looking car from the Maruti stable is the Vitara Brezza. The sporty stance and muscular SUV looks make the Vitara Brezza stand out. With the SHVS variant, the Vitara Brezza goes further with an improved mileage and overall performance.

Engine

1.5-litre petrol
48V mild hybrid system

Max Power

131.8 PS

Max Torque

138 Nm

Transmission

4-speed automatic

The Vitara Brezza SHVS is exclusively automatic and, like the Ciaz, it also has a dual battery electric motor paired with the engine which helps during hard acceleration, energy recuperation during deceleration, and auto start-stop. This results in the Vitara Brezza providing a mileage of 18.76 kmpl which is high compared to the petrol-only version that provides up to 17.03 kmpl.

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Mahindra Scorpio Hybrid: The Beastly Hybrid SUV

Mahindra Scorpio

Tall stance, muscular build and a dominating grin is what gives the Mahindra Scorpio a spectacular road presence. An old favourite, the Scorpio has seen many evolutions and has always stood the test of time. The hybrid engine has scored well in the mileage department as well. Let’s have a look at the engine.

Engine

2.2-litre diesel engine
48V mild hybrid system

Max Power

121.6 PS

Max Torque

280 Nm

Transmission

5-speed manual
6-speed manual (Top Spec)

The Intelli-Hybrid engine on the Scorpio assists the engine at lower revs to reduce engine load, making it fuel-efficient. The hybrid system in the Scorpio also acts as a generator that charges the batteries. The Intelli-Hybrid Scorpio with its powerful diesel engine has a combined mileage of 14 kmpl which is good considering the massive engine it owns.


Hybrid cars are a great choice when it comes to saving fuel and give you the added advantage of getting more power without compromising on fuel efficiency. If you are looking to save more on fuel and money, hybrids are the answer for you.

FAQs about Best Hybrid Cars in India

Q. Which are the lowest prices Hybrid Cars in India?

A. Over the years, hybrid cars in India have become more affordable. The lowest price for hybrid cars can be found for the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, which starts at ₹7.25 lakhs (ex-showroom)

Q. Which are the most expensive Hybrid Cars in India?

A. Apart from luxury hybrid cars from Lexus, the most expensive hybrid car in India that is also accessible is the MG Hector Hybrid. The Hector Hybrid is available for 14.3 lakhs (ex-showroom)

Q. What are the popular hybrid cars in India?

A. Due to interest in maximizing fuel efficiency, people are turning to hybrid cars in India. The most popular hybrid cars in India include Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Toyota Glanza, and Mahindra Scorpio.