Independent, in-depth research by Which? confirms that the latest Toyota hybrid electric cars give motorists more miles per gallon and lower annual furl bills while producing less polluting emissions in real-world driving than petrol and diesel rivals.

“Two decades on after the first Prius was sold, it seems hybrids are starting to become the truly fuel-efficient option,” Which? declares.

The report crunched data from stringent testing of 123 different UK market cars since the start of 2017 to determine the most economical and those with highest emissions levels. It also measured its findings against the official test mpg and CO2 figures that all manufacturers are required to quote.

The results demonstrate the significant advances Toyota has made with its hybrid technology, compared to the performance of cars with conventional petrol and diesel engines, whether driving around town or on the open road.

Toyota has constantly improved the performance of its hybrid electric technology and made it available to an ever-wider range of customers by introducing it across its model range, from the Yaris supermini to the RAV4 SUV. At the same time, Toyota has ended the use of diesel engines in its passenger vehicles in Europe.

Hybrid is also the core technology principle Toyota is using to develop a range of different powertrains to suit different driving applications and customer needs, including fuel cell electric, plug-in hybrid electric and battery electric vehicles. This will ultimately have the potential to deliver mobility that has zero impact on the environment.