2024 Cupra Leon VZe v Peugeot 308 Plug-in Hybrid comparison
Electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids are really the ‘it girls’ right now, with plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) always playing third fiddle.
But the technology has been around for a while and is as prevalent as ever, particularly amongst the European marques given they perform favourably in official fuel tests and are incentivised in their home regions.
Further, there are generally more performance-focused applications than conventional hybrid offerings, and the use of combustion engines in the drivetrain promises more conventional driving characteristics and engagements than full-electric alternatives when you want to have some fun.
Here we have two plug-in hybrid small hatchbacks that promise a balance of dynamism and luxury for $60,000-$70,000, and hope to lure buyers who may initially be interested their combustion-engined equivalents but want to make the step into electrification without going full EV.
Both are fairly fresh to our market too. The Cupra Leon VZe has been in Australia for just over a year now, and is basically the closest thing you can g