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Hybrid Cars in India 2022 – List of Best Hybrid Cars

Rising fuel costs are an unavoidable fact of owning a car in India. Combined with the low availability of EV charging infrastructure outside major cities and few alternative fuel options to switch to, our reliance on traditional fuels will continue for a few more years. One very attractive solution that is gaining ground in India are hybrid cars that combine a traditional combustion engine with an electrical system to improve fuel efficiency.

As more hybrid cars become available at affordable price points, it is important to understand what hybrid cars are as well as the different types that you will encounter in India. Our list of hybrid cars in India includes many luxury hybrid cars but the short list of affordable hybrid cars is expected to grow as major brands like Maruti Suzuki, Honda and Toyota have expressed their interest in expanding their portfolio with more hybrid cars.

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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.

Types of Hybrid Cars

To put it in simpler terms, a hybrid vehicle has the ability to generate electric current, store it in battery form, and use it later to drive the car. With this in mind, there are a few types of hybrid cars in India that you will encounter if you are considering upgrading to a hybrid car.

Mild Hybrid Cars

Mild hybrid cars use the electric systems as an assistant to the combustion engine. This type of hybrid car uses the charge from the battery to power a motor to help with idle start-stop as well as low torque demands of the engine. The system essentially reduces the load on the engine, which reduces fuel consumption. Maruti Suzuki popularized mild hybrids in India with their Smart Hybrid Vehicle System (SHVS), but Mahindra and MG Motors have also used similar systems in their cars as well.

Strong Hybrid Cars

When speaking of hybrid cars, many would think of a strong hybrid car. This type of system uses both the electric system and combustion engine together while driving. As strong hybrid cars come with larger capacity batteries than mild hybrid systems, allowing the car to be driven exclusively on electricity. The engine is used either to charge the batteries or to provide more power for driving at higher speeds.

Plug-in Hybrid Cars

Plug-in hybrid systems feature much larger batteries and also allow the driver to charge the battery by plugging into a charger. This type of hybrid car allows the car to be driven exclusively on electricity for greater distances than a strong hybrid car. Just like a strong hybrid system, the engine is used to either charge the batteries and further extend the range or to power the car at higher speeds.

Hybrid Cars in India

Hybrid Car ModelEx-Showroom Price
Maruti Suzuki BrezzaRs. 7.69 – Rs. 11.34 Lakhs
Maruti Suzuki CiazRs. 8.87 – Rs. 11.86 Lakhs
Maruti Suzuki ErtigaRs. 8.35 – Rs. 12.79 Lakhs
Maruti Suzuki XL6Rs. 10.14 – Rs. 12.02 Lakhs
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara
Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder
MG HectorRs. 13.94 – Rs. 19.90 Lakhs
MG Hector PlusRs. 15.94 – Rs. 20.49 Lakhs
Honda City eHEVRs. 19.49 Lakhs
Toyota CamryRs. 41.70 Lakhs
Lexus ESRs. 56.65 – 61.85 Lakhs
Lexus NXRs. 64.90 – 71.60 Lakhs
Toyota VellfireRs. 89.90 Lakhs
Lexus RXRs. 1.09 Cr
Porsche CayenneRs. 1.27 – 1.93 Cr
Porsche PanameraRs. 1.54 – Rs. 2.70 Cr
Lexus LSRs. 1.91 Cr – 2.22 Cr

1. Maruti Suzuki Brezza

Maruti Suzuki Brezza
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 Along with a 4-star Global NCAP safety rating, the Maruti Suzuki Brezza has the SHVS technology among its highly attractive perks. Just like the Maruti Ciaz, the mild-hybrid system in the Brezza consists of a Lithium-ion battery connected with an electric motor. The SHVS technology assists Brezza’s functionality with idle start-stop, regenerative braking, and applying extra torque when required. The hybrid system is limited to the automatic variants and helps Maruti Brezza deliver a mileage of 19.80-20.15 km/l.

Features of Maruti Suzuki Brezza

  • 9-inch TFT
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Interior Ambient Lighting
  • Cruise Control
  • Auto Climate Control
  • Dual front airbags
  • ABS with EBD +Brake Assist
  • Rear View Camera
  • Rear Parking Sensors With Infographic Display
  • Electronic Sunroof
  • Next Gen Suzuki Connect
  • SmartPlay Pro +
  • 360 Degree View Camera With Surrounded Sense powered by ARKAMYS
  • ESP With Hill Hold Assist
  • ISOFIX

2. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

The elegant Indian sedan, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has an edge over its rivals, the Honda City and Hyundai Verna, due to its Smart Hybrid Vehicle System (SHVS) technology. The technology consists of a Lithium-ion battery connected with an electric motor. Recharging itself with regenerative braking, the battery assists the car in idle start-stop and complements the torque when needed in starting the car from idle or going uphill. The SHVS technology dramatically helps Ciaz in delivering impressive mileage figures of 21.56 kmpl with 6-speed manual transmission and 20.28 kmpl with the 4-speed torque converter automatic.

Features of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

  • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Navigation System of Live Traffic Updates
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Suzuki Connect
  • Multi-Information Display
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Leather upholstery
  • Cruise Control
  • Dual Front Airbags
  • Reverse Parking Camera
  • ESP With Hill Hold
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • ABS with EBD         
  • ISOFIX

3. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 

The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes sculpted in a bold new design and feature elements. Powered by a 1.5-L petrol engine with SHVS, the Ertiga generates a power of 103 PS and 136.8 Nm of torque. The petrol powertrain comes mated with a 6-speed manual transmission and 6-speed  torque converter automatic gearbox. The Maruti Ertiga is a mild-hybrid MUV that can deliver up to 20.51 kmpl of mileage.

Features of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

  • 7-inch Smartplay Pro
  • Android Auto And Apple CarPlay
  • Connected Car technology With Suzuki Connect
  • 6-speed AT With Paddle Shifters
  • Cruise Control
  • Up to 4 Airbags
  • ABS With EBD And Brake Assist
  • ESP
  • ISOFIX
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Rear Parking Camera

4. Maruti Suzuki XL6 

Spinny Assured Maruti Suzuki XL6

The Maruti Suzuki XL6 is the premium 6-seater mild-hybrid MUV from Maruti Suzuki. Offering the SHVS mild-hybrid system in all of its variants, be it manual or automatic, greatly adds to the economic appeal of the Maruti XL6. The integrated starter generator paired with the Lithium-ion aids in regenerating braking energy and gives torque assist to the engine while accelerating. The Maruti Suzuki XL6 delivers a mileage of up to 20.97 km/l (MT) and 20.27 km/l (AT).

Features of Maruti Suzuki XL6

  • 7-inch SmartPlay Pro/ SmartPlay Studio Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Connectivity
  • Cruise control
  • Auto climate control with rear AC vents
  • Suzuki Connect
  • Quad Airbags
  • ABS with EBD + Brake Assist
  • ESP With Hill Hold Assist
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • 360 Degree View Camera
  • Tyre Monitoring System
  • Premium Leather Upholstery
  • ISOFIX

5. Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara

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The Grand Vitara comes with two options: Intelligent Electric Hybrid (IEH) and SHVS mild-hybrid. The self-charging Intelligent Electric Hybrid model uses a 1.5L petrol engine in combination with an electric motor to deliver up to 27 kmpl of mileage. The Grand Vitara IEH is capable of driving only in EV mode, using just the electric motors and emitting zero emissions.

The strong-hybrid system generates 115.56 PS of power and 122 Nm of torque, offering great performance while retaining fuel economy. The mild-hybrid SHVS comes with a 1.5-L K-Series engine paired with a 6-speed AT and 5-speed MT. The Grand Vitara mild-hybrid produces 103 PS of power and 136 Nm of torque while delivering a claimed mileage of up to 21.11 kmpl.

Features of Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara

  • 6- Airbags
  • Head-up Display
  • Ventilated Front Seats
  • Digital Multi-Information Display
  • 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Wireless Charger
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Next Gen Suzuki Connect
  • ABS
  • ISOFIX

6. Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder

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The all-new Urban Cruiser Hyryder with its contemporary design, new features and dual tone exterior exudes a bold look. The Urban Cruiser Hyryder is equipped with two hybrid systems, a mild hybrid system and a strong hybrid system. The mild hybrid system assists with start-stop functions on the 1.5L engine that is paired either with a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The strong hybrid offers EV-only functionality, as well as combined power delivery with the 1.5L petrol engine (27.97 km/l of mileage). The strong hybrid comes with an e-CVT to handle the power transition from the electric system to the petrol engine.

Features of Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder

  • Smartphone Connectivity
  • Leather Seats with ventilation
  • Head-up Display
  • 9-inch Smart Playcast Audio
  • 7-inch Multi-Info Display
  • PM 2.5 Air Filter
  • Panoramic Roof
  • Cruise Control
  • ABS With EBD
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring And Vehicle Stability Control
  • 6 Airbags
  • Wireless Charging
  • 360 Degree Camera and View

7. MG Hector

The MG Hector helped launch MG Motors in India and is also one of the more accessible hybrid cars on this list. The mild-hybrid powertrain of the MG Hector consists of a 1.5L turbo petrol engine, an electric motor, and a 48V battery. The regenerative braking recharges the battery, which in turn enhances the petrol mileage by 1.65 kmpl, bringing it up to 17.41 kmpl. The transmission offered with the MG Hector hybrid is a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Features of MG Hector

  • 10.2 HD Touchscreen Infotainment
  • Android Auto And Apple CarPlay
  • i-SMART Internet Car features
  • Hinglish Voice Commands
  • Dual Pane Panoramic sunroof
  • Cruise control
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Powered Driver’s Seat
  • Front Dual Airbags (MT) & 6-Airbags for (AMT)
  • Rear Parking Camera 
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Electronic stability control (ESP)
  • 360-degree camera (AMT)
  • ABS + EBD + Brake Assist
  • ISOFIX Child Anchors

8. MG Hector Plus 

Building on the success of the MG Hector, the 6- & 7-seater MG Hector Plus expectedly sports the same mild-hybrid technology. The 48V mild-hybrid system of the MG Hector Plus includes a 1.5L turbo petrol engine, an electric motor, and a 48V battery. This hybrid midsize SUV comes equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission and returns a mileage of 14 kmpl.

Features of MG Hector Plus

  • 10.4-inch HD Touchscreen AVN System
  • 8 Colours Ambient Lighting
  • Android Auto
  • Upto 6 Airbags depending on the variant (minimum 2 Airbags)
  • i-SMART Features
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 360-Degree Camera View
  • Front Parking Sensors
  • Reverse Parking Camera
  • ISOFIX Child Seat Anchor
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • Hill Hold Control
  • Traction Control System
  • ABS with EBD + Brake Assist
  • Cruise Control
  • Dual Pane Panoramic Sunroof

9. Honda City eHEV 

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 The Honda City eHEV employs a self-charging strong hybrid system and generates a combined power of 126 PS with a fuel efficiency of 26.5 kmpl. The City eHEV uses an Electric Drive Traction Motor (AC Synchronous, permanent magnet) and a 1.5L i-VTEC petrol engine to generate a combined power of 109 PS and 253 Nm of torque. In the Hybrid drive, the petrol engine acts as an electric generator and powers the wheels, while in the EV drive the car moves exclusively on the electric power, giving a silent and zero emission drive. 

Features of Honda City eHEV

  • 8-inch Advanced Touchscreen Display Audio
  • Smartphone Connectivity (Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Weblink)
  • Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS)
  • 6 – Airbags
  • ISOFIX
  • Electric Sunroof With Tilt and Slide
  • Electric Parking Brake
  • Lane Watch Camera
  • ABS with Brake Assist (BA) and EBD
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) With Electronic Stability & Traction Control
  • Fully Automatic Climate Control

10. Toyota Camry Hybrid

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The Toyota Camry Hybrid is a luxury sedan that combines interior luxury with economical performance from its strong hybrid system. The Camry Hybrid is equipped with a 2.5L petrol engine paired with an electric motor, delivering a combined power output of 218 PS of power and up to 221 Nm of torque. This petrol-hybrid system is capable of delivering a mileage of up to 23 kmpl, while also offering EV-only drive modes for emission free city driving.

Features of Toyota Camry Hybrid

  • SRS 9 Airbags 
  • 10-way Power Adjusted Driver And Passenger Seat
  • Wireless Smartphone Charger
  • 7-inch Multi-Info Display
  • Rear Armrest With Capacitive Touchscreen Switches
  • Three-Zone Air Conditioning
  • 9-speaker JBL Speakers with Subwoofer and Clari-FiTM Technology
  • Vehicle Stability And Traction Control
  • Head-up Display With Colour
  • Moonroof with Tilt and Slide function
  • Cruise Control
  • Wireless phone charger
  • 9-inch Display Audio Infotainment System With Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • 3-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • ISOFIX

11. Lexus ES 

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Toyota’s luxury division, Lexus has exponentially grown in the hybrid arena, offering a wide range of cars with hybrid technology. The first one on the list is its best-selling car in India, the Lexus ES. The luxury sedan comes in two variants: ES 300h Luxury and ES 300h Exquisite. The petrol-hybrid technology in both cars includes a 2.5L petrol engine and a self-charging electric motor, generating a combined 218 PS of power and delivering 22.6 kmpl of mileage.

Features of Lexus ES

  • 12.3-inch Touchscreen Display
  • 7-inch Colour TFT Multi-Information Display
  • Apple CarPlay And Android Auto
  • Smartphone Connectivity
  • Head-up Display
  • 14-Way Adjustable Driver Seat & 12-Way Adjustable Passenger Seat
  • Seat Heater
  • Paddle shifters
  • Moonroof
  • Cruise Control
  • Drive modes: Normal, Eco, Sport Drive
  • Three-zone climate control
  • 10 airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Vehicle Stability Control
  • ISOFIX
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

12. Lexus NX 

The Lexus NX Hybrid is Lexus’ newest hybrid luxury SUV in India. Like the Lexus ES, the NX hybrid SUV uses a 2.5L petrol engine with an electric motor to deliver 243 PS of power while offering up to 16.7 kmpl of mileage. This petrol-hybrid setup makes the Lexus NX one of the fastest hybrid SUVs in India, offering a top speed of 200 km/h and can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds.

Features of Lexus NX

  • 7-inch Colour TFT Multi-Information Display 
  • 360-Degree Parking camera
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Wireless Mobile Charging
  • 64 colour Ambient Lighting
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Electric Front Seats And Electrically Folding Rear Seats
  • ABS With EBD
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • 8 airbags
  • Auto 3 Zone Air Conditioner with Humidity Sensor
  • Cruise Control
  • ISOFIX
  • Semi Aniline Leather Seat Upholstery
  • 14-Way adjustable Driver Seat
  • Seat Heater (Driver, Passenger and Rear)
  • Moonroof With Tilt And Slide Function

13. Toyota Vellfire 

A strong competitor to the Mercedes-Benz V-Class, the Toyota Vellfire has a leading edge in offering petrol-electric hybrid technology and it employs a series hybrid system. The Vellfire comes equipped with a 2.5L petrol engine paired with an electric motor for a combined power output of 115 PS and 198 Nm of torque, and delivering up to 16.35 kmpl of mileage. Due to its large size and weight, the Vellfire employs a front and rear electric motor to drive the wheels, making it an AWD hybrid MUV. Just like the Camry Hybrid, the Vellfire is capable of driving exclusively in EV mode at city speeds.

Features of Toyota Vellfire

  • Heated and ventilated memory seats with an Ottoman full-recline function
  • Sunroof
  • Premium Nappa Leather Upholstery
  • 9-inch Display Audio Infotainment System
  • Apple CarPlay And Android Auto
  • Premium Audio with 17 Speaker JBL
  • Rear Seat Entertainment
  • 16 Colour Ambient Illumination
  • Sunblinds in 2nd and 3rd row
  • Ambient lighting
  • Automatic climate control
  • 7 SRS Airbags
  • Panoramic View Monitor
  • Electronic Parking Brake
  • ABS With EBD
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • Front and rear parking sensors

14. Lexus RX 

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The larger Lexus RX is a 7-seater luxury hybrid SUV and is an artistic marvel both inside and out. The strong hybrid powertrain of the Lexus RX 450hL consists of a 3.5L petrol engine connected with a self-charging electric motor and churns out 312 PS of power. The e-CVT automatic and four-wheel-drive drivetrain helps the Lexus RX run from 0 to 100 km/hr in 8 seconds and deliver a mileage of 12 kmpl.

Features of Lexus RX

  • 12.3-inch Touchscreen With Apple CarPlay And Android 
  • Two-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Moonroof Tilt  and Slide
  • 10-way Driver and Passenger Power Adjustable Seats with Memory
  • Perforated Leather Semi-aniline Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Front And Rear Electric Adjustable Seats
  • Three-zone air conditioning
  • Power-folding third-row seat
  • Up to 10 airbags
  • 360-degree camera
  • Head-up display
  • 15-Speakers Mark Levinson Sound System
  • LED Cornering Lights
  • Power back door

15. Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid 

Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

Porsche’s successful and popular luxury SUV, the Cayenne, is also offered as plug-in hybrid luxury SUV. The Cayenne E-Hybrid is equipped with a 3.0L petrol engine mated with an electric motor generating an aggregated power of 462 PS of power. The 41.6 kmpl claimed mileage figures of Cayenne E-Hybrid in the European driving cycle are very attractive. Moreover, the ability to sprint 0 to 100 km/hr in 5 seconds with a top speed of 253 km/hr is spell-binding.

Features of Porsche Cayenne

  • 18-way Electric Front, Adaptive Sports Seats with Memory Package
  • 14-way Electric Massage Function for the front seats
  • Four-zone Automatic Climate Control
  • 12.3-inch Touchscreen Display
  • 3-D Surround Sound System (21 individually controlled loudspeakers including an active subwoofer)
  • Bose Sound System (14 Loudspeakers and Amplifier Channels)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Head-up Display
  • Active Parking Assistance
  • Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Change Assist
  • Collision and Brake Assist
  • Night Vision Assist
  • Multiple airbags
  • Panoramic Fixed Glass Roof

16. Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid 

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When it comes to performance luxury, you don’t have to look further than the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid. Featuring a plug-in hybrid system, the luxury sedan is perfected for performance, delivering 700 PS of power from its 4.0L twin-turbo petrol engine and electric motor combination. The beautiful aerodynamic styling of the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid complements its ability to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds with a top speed of 315 km/h.

Features of Porsche Panamera

  • Head-up display
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Folding Rear Seats Backrest
  • 14-way/18-way Electric Powered Seats and 4-way Lumbar Support
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Upto 515 Litres Luggage Space
  • Folding Tables for the Rear
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic Jam Assist
  • Bose surround sound system (14 Loudspeakers with 1 Subwoofer)
  • Driver and Passenger Airbag with Side Airbag (front)
  • ABS, EBD, & ESC
  • ISOFIX (Platinum Edition)
  • Hill Assist (Platinum Edition)

17. Lexus LS

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Going up the price ladder in the Lexus hybrid fleet, sits the regal Lexus LS500h. Appearing largely similar to the ES, the Lexus LS has many subtle external distinctions that include a differently patterned large spindle grille. Unlike its sibling, the luxury sedan is available in a single model and packs a 311V setup of two self-charging electric motors paired with a 3.5L petrol engine. In its multi-stage hybrid arrangement, the car is capable of generating 358 PS of power and accelerating 0 to 100 km/hr in 5.4 seconds. Unlike other luxury sedans, the Lexus LS also delivers a mileage of 15.4 kmpl.

Features of Lexus LS

  • Apple CarPlay And Android Auto
  • Four-zone climate control system
  • 12.3-inch touchscreen
  • 23-speaker Mark Levinson sound system
  • Hands-Free Power Trunk Lid
  • 14 Airbags
  • AI-Shift control
  • Rear Seat Entertainment  – Dual RSE Monitors – 11.6 inch HD
  • Road Sign Assist
  • Driver Emergency Stop
  • ABS 
  • Hill Assist Control
  • Auto Lift-up Function
  • Cruise Control
  • Lexus Climate Concierge

FAQs about Best Hybrid Cars in India

Q. Which cars from Indian companies have hybrid technology?

The Maruti Ciaz, Brezza, XL6 and the Grand Vitara have smart hybrid technology (SHVS). The Grand Vitara also has a strong hybrid variant that delivers up to 27 kmpl of mileage.

Which Honda cars have hybrid technology in India?

Honda offers a strong hybrid system on the Honda City eHEV. The strong hybrid system on the City eHEV is capable of providing up to 26 kmpl of mileage.

Which MG cars have hybrid technology?

The MG Hector and MG Hector Plus have mild-hybrid technology.

Which luxury cars with hybrid technology are available in India.

The luxury cars available in India are Lexus: ES, NX, RX, LS, Porsche: Cayenne, and Panamera.

Does Toyota offer hybrid technology in India?

In India, Toyota offers hybrid technology in Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, Toyota Vellfire and Toyota Camry.

Q. Are hybrid cars good for long distance driving?

Hybrid cars are ideal car for long distance driving as they offer greater fuel efficiency while also removing any range anxiety associated with pure electric cars

Q. Which Hybrid car gives the highest mileage in India?

With a claimed ARAI mileage of 27 kmpl, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara strong hybrid is the most fuel efficient hybrid car in India.

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