Find me a fam­ily PHEV for short elec­tric trips and long hauls, for £20k.

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Volk­swa­gen Golf GTE £18,995

You can go 20% fur­ther on an elec­tric charge with this Golf GTE than the car be­low. That’s right, 31 miles – earth-shat­ter­ing! But a two- to three-hour charge from a 3.7kw charger would help cut fuel con­sump­tion, then the ef­fi­cient 1.4-litre petrol en­gine we like in the nor­mal Golf will take over, and should give you 45mpg all day long. Plus, be­ing a hatch­back, it’s con­sid­er­ably more prac­ti­cal than a booted Beemer. For £18,995 for this 2016 ex­am­ple, there’s no bet­ter fam­ily PHEV. MAX ADAMS

BMW 330e £18,495

Let’s face it, most plug-in hy­brids have all the piz­zazz of a tray of soil, and the only one that re­ally stands out in our rush to petrol­elec­tric nir­vana is the mag­nif­i­cent 330e – a hand­some, soft­rid­ing, rear-wheel-drive, mega-han­dling four-door ex­ec­u­tive sa­loon of such com­pe­tence, it can sur­vive on elec­tric power alone be­fore its de­light­ful 2.0-litre tur­bocharged petrol en­gine chips in. You get lux­ury, qual­ity and great driving dy­nam­ics, as well as, in this ex­am­ple, a one-owner, 9000-mile car for less than £20k. If this is the fu­ture, bring it on. MARK PEAR­SON

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