Hybrid or electric? How to make the right choice for your new car’s engine. Our new comparative test takes you on the roads of Luxembourg, alongside Antonio Da Palma Ferramacho of Carcoach, for a unique comparison between Toyota’s latest hybrid SUV, the C-HR fitted with a non-rechargeable hybrid engine and the Nissan Leaf, a 100% electric car.
The purpose of this electric vs. hybrid comparison is to help you choose whether the hybrid or electric car is most suited to you!
The Nissan Leaf and Toyota C-HR are both different in terms of their engine and appearance. However, their overall features are also very similar with regard to their size, performance and price. These “clean” cars both meet current environmental concerns by offering different solutions with complex and multiple advantages and disadvantages. We therefore decided to set them against each other during a comparative test between hybrid and electric vehicles, in order to uncover their secrets and give you our impressions.
The C-HR is Toyota’s first hybrid Crossover. Its non-rechargeable hybrid engine consists of a 1.8L petrol engine combined with an electric motor. Its battery is recharged using a kinetic energy recovery system when the car brakes and slows down. This therefore reduces the vehicle’s fuel consumption and also its CO2 emissions. An ideal city car since it understands the need to stop and start, this small hybrid SUV gives you the same freedom in terms of range as combustion-engine vehicles. It will only cost you a trip to the pump to “recharge” it.
The Nissan Leaf is fitted with a single electric motor powered by a high-capacity battery. Its manufacturer promises a range of 200km. However, this will vary based on the driving style and the roads used. Depending on the model, recharging time ranges from 30 minutes (public fast-recharging station) to nine hours (standard domestic power socket). Compared with the CH-R, you will appreciate the silence of the Nissan Leaf which is typical of electric cars, but also its ability to hold the road and good acceleration.
These two vehicles offer you a very different driving experience from vehicles with a 100% combustion engine and it is only by driving them that you will achieve optimal efficiency as indicated by their manufacturer.
Before making your choice, it is also worth considering the attractive tax savings for hybrid and electric vehicles under a leasing contract, and/or Luxembourg government subsidies. While the discount is more advantageous when purchasing an electric car, the tax savings are also very attractive when leasing a hybrid vehicle, for which CO2 emissions are lower than for a vehicle with a simple diesel or petrol combustion engine.
However, ultimately, your choice of engine will be primarily guided by how you want to use the vehicle and your needs. It’s your decision… Give it some thought!
Do you still have doubts? See our comparative test Petrol, Diesel or Hybrid here !
Toyota CH-R – 122hp & 53/142 kW/Nm – Continuously variable transmission from EUR 453 excluding tax/month (*).
Nissan Leaf – 80/ 254 kW/Nm – single-speed transmission from EUR 434 excluding tax/month (*).
(*) Starting price, in the following configuration: 60-month operational leasing contract for 50,000km, fully comprehensive insurance, four winter tyres included, monthly lease payments.