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Hybrids And Electric Cars On The Used Market

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This year's Driver Power survey saw hybrid and electric cars score well for owner satisfaction. Unfortunately, high purchase costs are still a deterrent to many buyers, but as the alternative fuel new vehicle market grows, used versions - many of them nearly new - are becoming increasingly available too. £10,000 can get you a lot of used hybrid or electric car.

Honda CR-Z

The CR-Z is a sporty entry to the hybrid sector, launched in 2010. It is driven by a 1.5 litre petrol V-TEC engine, assisted by an electric motor. £10,000 should get you a low mileage early model - go for the six speed manual gearbox rather than the CVT transmission, for extra driving entertainment.

Lexus CT200h

Lexus used the voice of popstrel, Kylie Minogue, in its adverts for the CT200h but really the car speaks for itself. Based upon proven Toyota Prius mechanicals, the CT200h is lifted by a premium quality interior and stylish, modern looks. You may have to stretch the £10,000 budget a bit for a good one, but that's still great value for money.

Renault Fluence ZE

Nearly new Fluence saloons can be found at only a year or two old within the budget, and come with the added assurance of a five year or 100,000 mile warranty. Staid looks aside, the Fluence is economical, spacious and practical and offers a smooth ride.

Honda Insight

An early Prius rival, the Insight was outclassed by the Toyota's superior ride quality, fit and finish. However, the Insight is significantly cheaper and is still a very competent hybrid - it's good looking, reliable, reasonably perky on the road and comes within budget.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Funky styling could attract and repel in equal measure but the i-MiEV offers substance as well as style. It is generously equipped, nippy and practical - for a city runaround at least. You wouldn't want to take it on the motorway but £10,000 for a 2012 model boasting only 10,000 miles is a bargain.

Nissan Leaf

Nissan has tried hard to make the Leaf a normal hatchback powered by electricity rather than an electric hatchback - in other words, it wants you to focus on the comfort, refinement and practical spaciousness rather than the novelty of electric power. The Leaf is expensive to buy new but cheap to run, and 2011 models can now be found for £10,000.

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