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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.

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