3 affordable models to choose from without worry

As they have long represented low sales volumes, they were never very numerous at the time. Released from Toyota, which invested in this technology for more than 20 years, it was only in the early 2020s that it really had a choice in new and, above all, second-hand. On average €5,000 more expensive than their 100% thermal counterparts when buying new, hybrids, on the other hand, become extremely interesting second-hand, as their use is immediately profitable, thanks to lower consumption. Here are 3 models of different sizes and prices that you can turn to without too much fear. The age of the Toyota Yaris “3” and, to a lesser extent, the Hyundai Kona, allows us to say that these models are reliable. On the other hand, we have less hindsight on the new Renault powertrain, even though the first Renault Clio E-Tech has already covered more than 50,000 km without any major issues being known. Our comments here therefore pertain to the general services offered by these models, the engines being unique each time.

1. The Toyota Yaris 116 hp city car: less than €15,000

In 2014, a first restyling came to bring this Toyota Yaris 3 closer to its younger sister Toyota Aygo 2.©Toyota

The Toyota Toyota Yaris does well in the city, where its light steering and restrained dimensions work wonders. Likewise, the slightly elevated driving position and good forward visibility make city life easier. Too bad the quite large and even mediocre turning radius for the category tarnishes the image when sneaking or parading in underground parking lots. As far as damping is concerned, it is clear that the real progress made over previous generations. As a result, comfort and handling on the road has greatly improved, even if we are still far from the best in the field. Livability has also progressed and two adults can easily fit in the back, while the trunk volume of 286 liters is one of the very good ones. Sadly, many of the tricks the previous generation took advantage of are gone. (sliding seat, plenty of storage) and the presentation, with its rigid plastics, is not the most cheesy. On the road, the hybrid variant, on the other hand, becomes tiresome due to the high engine speed.

Measured fuel consumption of Toyota Yaris hybrid city car

  • Urban consumption: 5.2 l/100 km
  • Consumption on the road: 6.1 l/100 km
  • Consumption on the motorway: 7.3 l/100 km
  • Average consumption: 6 l/100 km

2. The Hyundai Kona Hybrid urban SUV with 141 hp: less than €25,000

The mention of the reference
The mention “Hybrid” is the only detail that allows you to recognize this Hyundai Kona urban SUV.©Hyundai

The small Hyundai Kona SUV isn’t as racy as it sounds. If its driving position has the merit of offering numerous storage spaces and easily accessible controls, such as the tall touchscreen, it also proves to be too sensible, not to say bland. A pity, because otherwise, this Korean knows how to do with a good space in the front and back. Only the trunk is in place at the start. But just lift the false floor to find a removable storage compartment, positioned above another compartment where there is still space around the optional spare wheel. To seduce, the Hyundai Kona can also count on equipment not so common in the category. Induction phone charger, head-up display… Quite agile and with good roadholding, it certainly doesn’t set benchmarks, but it’s reassuring. Comfort is also acceptable even if softness is not part of your vocabulary. The Hyundai Kona is, ultimately, a wiser SUV than it looks.

Measured fuel consumption of Hyundai Kona hybrid urban SUV

  • Urban consumption: 5.2 l/100 km
  • Consumption on the road: 5.4 l/100 km
  • Consumption on the motorway: 7.4 l/100 km
  • Average fuel consumption: 5.4 l/100 km

3. The Renault Arkana E-Tech 145 hp family SUV: less than €30,000

The coupé SUV of the Renault Arkana E-Tech 145 family.
The SUV coupe of the Renault Arkana E-Tech 145 family.©Renault

Families can rest easy, despite its recessed roofline, the Renault Arkana retains its rear vents. With a length of 4.57 m and a wheelbase of 2.72 m, there is plenty of space in the rear, even adults will be welcomed., with a very correct roof protection thanks to a slightly more pronounced inclination of the seat backrest than usual. The trunk is not to be exceeded with the advertised 513 dm3, thanks in particular to a good load length of 96 cm. At the front, there is a panel similar to that of the Renault Captur, covered in flexible plastics at the top. To match its dynamic look, chassis settings aim to provide more driving pleasure.. The Renault Arkana SUV has steering

more direct. The Arkana is pleasant to drive and is always very stable and has a controlled roll, but with the accompanying consequences, namely, less traction on wet roads and unpleasant transverse movements on deformed roads. The fault lies in its large stabilizer bars, essential for stability in case of emergency maneuvers (avoidance, etc.) for a high-pitch vehicle with 20 cm of ground clearance. On the comfort side, we noticed vibrations below 70 km/h in the small defects of the track, but an appreciable smoothness.

Measured fuel consumption of the Renault Arkana E-Tech 145 Family SUV

  • Urban consumption: 4.6 l/100 km
  • Consumption on the road: 5.9 l/100 km
  • Consumption on the motorway: 7 l/100 km
  • Average fuel consumption: 5.6 l/100 km

published in 04/30/2022 updated 04/30/2022 François Lemaur and editorial team

Leave a Comment