THE Countryman Cooper S E combines petrol and electric power in seamless fashion and with the least compromise. It does suffer a little for comfort but is still fun to drive, while it’s also more practical than the GTE. Factor in MINI’S attractive finance deals, as well as its strong performance and impressively low running costs, and it’s easy to see why it’s our favourite family plug-in.
VW’S Golf GTE is still a solid family-friendly plug-in hybrid. However, more expensive PCP deals for this GTE Advance model, plus a bigger drawback when it comes to practicality compared with the MINI, see it finish second. It’s fun to drive and offers a great blend of performance and efficiency, but its flaws are more apparent day to day.
DESPITE the Outlander’s popularity, the PHEV’S tech now feels dated compared with newer rivals’. From the powertrain to the infotainment, it’s not as advanced, while pricey PCP deals make its higher-quality, faster and comfier competitors look like much better value. It’s a marginally more practical option, but doesn’t offer as broad a range of operation as the MINI.