The best hybrid car leasing in Switzerland 2023

When you’re looking for a new vehicle, environmental concerns may sway you towards an energy-efficient hybrid car.
15th December 2021

What is a hybrid car?

Hybrid cars combine combustion engines with electric batteries. A distinction is made between the traditional hybrid car and the rechargeable hybrid car (PHEV). Their difference lies in the capacity of the battery and the means for recharging. A hybrid car, also known as a "Full Hybrid", is equipped with a battery with a capacity of 1kWh. Its range is limited and its maximum speed is around 50 km/h. More recently, "mild hybrid" vehicles have appeared. They are equipped with an electric motor to assist the combustion engine during acceleration. It is a simple support and cannot replace the combustion engine. However, it reduces consumption and is cheaper to install.
Finally, the Plug-in Hybrid is equipped with a more powerful battery that can be recharged from an electrical outlet like an electric car. Its capacity varies between 8 and 12 kWh and offers a range of 20 to 60 km with a maximum speed of 120 km/h. The combustion engine takes over when the car exceeds the maximum speed allowed by the battery power or when the battery is discharged. The battery is recharged at a charging station or a 220 V socket.
Hybrid cars are appreciated for their lower fuel consumption compared to a petrol car and their lower CO² emissions. The combustion vehicle generates a loss of kinetic energy in braking or deceleration mode, while the hybrid recovers this energy to recharge the battery. In built-up areas, a hybrid car consumes little fuel and makes little noise.

The ten best hybrid cars in 2023

Combining an electric motor with a diesel or petrol engine, they need fewer fuel stops and produce less CO2. Better still, the latest models are impressively swift and responsive, so there is no compromise on performance. Using statistics from Auto Schweiz, here’s our run-down of the top ten hybrid cars in Switzerland, all released between January and September 2021.

Volvo XC60

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The Volvo XC60 is a premium SUV that boasts five seats, a nine-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity. It is an all-wheel-drive vehicle for greater control on the road and has an electric range of 79 km. You'll get 145bhp and from a wallbox it will be fully charged in 8-10 hours. A 2 L, turbo engine supports an 8-speed automatic gearbox and the CO2 emissions are 55g/km.

  • Rechargeable hybrid
  • Purchase price: CHF 47'450
  • Lease amount: from CHF 727 per month

Volvo XC40

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A compact SUV, the Volvo XC40 offers fresh, cool styling and plenty of headroom on all five seats. This plug-in hybrid offers a 262bhp engine and a 7-speed semi-automatic gearbox. On a full charge, you can expect a range of 45 km and the charge time from a wall socket is three hours. The emissions rating is 47g/km.

  • Rechargeable hybrid
  • Purchase price: CHF 50’300
  • Lease amount: from CHF 708 per month


BMW X1-smaller

Great for families, the BMW X1 is a boxy SUV that benefits from upmarket styling. The electric motor offers 94bhp, while a three-cylinder petrol engine adds an extra 123bhp. The electric range is 51 km and the battery powers up in around 3 hours using a wallbox. This four-wheel-drive car has an eight-speed gearbox and the emissions are rated 41g/km.

  • Rechargeable hybrid
  • Purchase price: CHF 45'400
  • Lease amount: from CHF 698 per month


BMW X5-smaller

Offering interior luxury and a bold contemporary exterior, the BMW X5 is a plush car that’s fun to drive. It combines a TwinPower Turbo petrol engine with an eight-speed gearbox to provide 389bhp. In electric mode, the range is 88 km on a single charge and the battery powers up in five hours using a wall box. The emissions rating is 28g/km.

  • Rechargeable hybrid
  • Purchase price: CHF 95'541
  • Lease amount: from CHF 1'306 per month

Ford Kuga


The Ford Kuga is a lightweight and economical family SUV. The 2.0-litre diesel engine delivers 148bhp, and it has an emissions rating of 128g/km. On the mild hybrid version, a 48V Li-ion battery is charged as the car brakes. The PHEV model takes 3.5 hours to charge from a wall socket and provides 51 km of electric motoring.

  • Mild hybrid/Rechargeable Hybrid
  • Purchase price: CHF 34'490
  • Lease amount: from CHF 559 per month

SEAT/Cupra Leon

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Fast and eye-catching, the SEAT/Cupra Leon offers a refined ride in petrol or electric mode. Packing a 13.1 kWh battery and a 1.4-litre TSI engine, it has 201bhp. Using regenerative braking, this car can extend its range to 64 km and the charge time is around 3 hours. In petrol mode, you can expect up to 1.2 L/100km and the emissions rating is 27g/km.

  • Rechargeable hybrid
  • Purchase price: CHF 30’000
  • Lease amount: from CHF 430 per month


BMW X3-smaller

Packed with smart tech, the BMW X3 provides a silky-smooth ride despite its generous size. A 2.0-litre petrol engine delivers 181bhp. In electric mode, it has a range of 51 km, and it will be fully charged within 3.5 hours using a wallbox. In terms of petrol consumption, you’ll get around 7.64 L/100km while the emission rating stands at 44-53g/km.

  • Rechargeable hybrid
  • Purchase price: CHF 63’400
  • Lease amount: from CHF 1'021 per month

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

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A sleek, compact SUV, the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is hard to top for sheer road presence. The 2.0-litre electric-petrol engine provides you with 316bhp in total, and you can expect 157mpg from the diesel version or 2.28 L/100km from the petrol model. The emissions rating is 47-52g/km. This hybrid charges to full within 1.5 hours and has a range of up to 43 km.

  • Rechargeable hybrid
  • Purchase price: CHF 86'600
  • Lease amount: from CHF 1'317 per month

Renault Capture

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In terms of safety and smart tech, the Renault Captur excels, making it a solid choice for anyone needing a secure, dependable car. The hybrid engine delivers 142bhp, and you can expect to achieve at least 5 L/100km. Use a wallbox to fully charge the battery, within 4 hours you’ll have a range of 50 km. It has an emissions rating of 113g/km.

  • Rechargeable hybrid
  • Purchase price: CHF 29'300
  • Lease amount: from CHF 443 per month

Toyota RAV-4


The Toyota RAV-4 is a large SUV with great acceleration, stability through turns and brilliant traction. The petrol hybrid is packing a 2.5-litre engine that offers 218bhp and the emissions rating is 134g/km. Use a wallbox to power up the RAV-4 in 2.5 hours, and you’ll get a range of up to 96 km on a full charge.

  • Rechargeable hybrid or full hybrid
  • Purchase price: CHF 41’490
  • Lease amount: from CHF per month


This is our selection of the top 10 hybrid cars currently available in Switzerland. Whether you want an SUV, a family car, or a zippy compact car, there is the right solution for everyone. Of course, there are also other hybrid options that could match your interests, and manufacturers are introducing more and more models and variants every year. Explore the complete range of hybrids on! We are confident that you will find the perfect model for you. When the time comes, we look forward to wishing you a fantastic journey with your new hybrid!

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