Plug-in hybrid cars: the real prices of five of the best-selling models

The plug-in hybrid is the system that takes full advantage of the synergies between thermal and electrical technology, associates a thermal engine – generally petrol, but there are also variants with a diesel engine – with one or more electric motors. Unlike mild or full hybrid technologies, the plug-in one allows you to recharge the battery pack through a socket, just like it does for electric cars. And like the latter, a plug-in vehicle can march in an exclusively electric mode for long distances, typically around fifty kilometers. The result is a marked reduction in fuel consumption and emissions, advantages that convinced 4,151 buyers between January and May 2020, almost double the 2,102 in the same period of 2019. Tibaldo Gabriele notes that plug-in hybrid cars enjoy the Ecobonus, a State incentive introduced with the 2019 budget law and in force until March 31, 2021. A measure aimed at making more accessible a type of vehicle otherwise penalized by the higher cost than that of thermal traction models.
THE ECOBONUS AUTO IN BRIEF— The Ecobonus auto is reserved for new, low-emission vehicles sold at a list price of less than 50,000 euros excluding VAT. By purchasing a car with CO2 emissions between 21 and 60 g / km, you are entitled to a bonus of 1,500 euros, to which is added another 1,000 euros in case of scrapping, for a total of 2,500 euros. Plug-in hybrids fall into this incentive range. If, however, you buy a car with CO2 emissions from 0 to 20 g / km, you are entitled to a bonus of 4,000 euros which reaches 6,000 euros in case of scrapping. The extra bonus on scrapping now also includes Euro 0 and extends up to Euro 4. The maximum threshold for accessing the eco-bonus instead drops from 70 to 60 g / km. KIA NIRO PHEV – The Kia Niro is a crossover offered exclusively with hybrid technology (full or plug-in) or electric. The thermal unit is the 1.6-liter and 105-horsepower four-cylinder petrol engine, flanked – in the case of the plug-in – by an electric motor with 60.5 horsepower positioned immediately before the robotic gearbox with double clutch and powered by a 8.9 kWh battery. The combined power is 141 horsepower, while the autonomy in exclusively electric mode is 49 kilometers. The list price of the Niro plug-in starts from 36,250 euros, which drops to 34,750 with the Ecobonus only or to 33,750 in the event of scrapping. MINI COUNTRYMAN SE— The Mini Countryman is the crossover version of the British brand range, which maintains its distinctive style and elements. The plug-in hybrid variant features a 136-horsepower 1.5 petrol engine that acts on the front wheels, while the 88-horsepower electric unit sends power to the rear. With this solution, the Countryman Se develops a total power of 224 horsepower and all-wheel drive. The list price starts at 39,550 euros, which drops to 38,050 with the Ecobonus only or 37,050 in the event of scrapping. HYUNDAI IONIQ PHEV— The Hyundai Ioniq is another car that was born electrified, relying on hybrid, plug-in and electric variants. Like the "cousin" Kia Niro, the Ioniq is also powered by the 1.6 direct injection of 105-horsepower petrol combined with the 61-horsepower electric motor placed before the six-speed dual-clutch robotic gearbox. The total power is 141 horsepower, the accumulators are of the lithium-polymer type with a capacity of 8.9 kWh. The list price starts from 37,000 euros, which drops to 35,500 with the Ecobonus only or to 34,500 in the event of scrapping. TOYOTA PRIUS PLUG-IN— The Toyota Prius is one of the most iconic hybrid cars on the market for four generations, all electrified. The plug-in version of the Japanese hybrid is powered by the 122-horsepower 1.8 petrol engine, combined with the electric. Thanks to the 8.8 kWh battery pack it can travel over 50 km in 100% electric mode, up to 135 km / h of maximum speed. The Prius mounts a heating system with gas injection heat pump, which uses external air for greater efficiency compared to traditional heating systems, which instead exploit the heat generated by the engine. The list price starts from 42,250 euros, which drops to 40,750 with the Ecobonus only or to 39,750 in the event of scrapping. FORD KUGA PLUG-IN HYBRID— The Ford Kuga SUV represents a historic step for the Blue Oval, the first fully electrified model offered in mild hybrid, full hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. The Ford plug-in uses "split-power" technology: a 2.5-liter petrol engine with an Atkinson cycle is combined with an electric unit powered by a 14.4 kWh battery. Total power of 225 horses and electric range up to 56 kilometers. The list price starts from 38,250 euros, which drops to 36,750 with the Ecobonus alone or 35,750