The Toyota HR-V 2 litre was a very quiet car even when on engine power. Possibly the quietest car i have ever been in. The 1.8 litre version has a much smaller battery reserve. Speed on both is limited at 104 mph but i kept well below that. The 2 litre was able to achieve 55 mpg at a steady 80 mph on Motorway. When i returned the car, it was indicating it had done 53 mpg overall. Both cars used more fuel than a 1.6 diesel car. They were a pleasure to drive but factor in the battery begins to die as soon as the car gets going so in 5 years, it might be dead and you have a petrol only car. The hybrids may not be sellable when 6 years old.
Factor in these cars cost well over 30k. The Honda was about 36k and the little Toyota was 33k . When questioned, both dealers agreed that neither car was suitable for high mileage motorway users as a diesel is much better on fuel and cost about 5k less to buy.
The Rav-4 will tow but it hasa 2.5 litre petrol engine to achieve towing and charging capacity.
So, after testing many cars, i ordered a petrol 200 bhp large car as our Government syas they are less polluting. The figures suggest that the petrol produces nearly twice as much CO2 as a diesel though.
I am doing 26k over 3 years so the lower purchase price of the petrol car offsets its thirst.
If you are buying a new car, things have changed and many cars now have 160 bhp from a 1.5 Renault engine. Mercedes use a 1.3 litre which also has 160 BHP and does 140 mph. Drive it over 75 mph and you might see 34 mpg on a good day but more likely less if doing 90 mph.
A good allround car seems to be a Ford Puma but an excellent small car is a Toyota Aygo with very nice trim levels.
My car retails at 37k this time as it is a luxury version. Money wasted really but cant take it in my coffin as there are no pockets.
Personally, i would not buy a hybrid car. You have the fire risk of petrol and Li-ion battery in an accident. My car choice this time was decided on wether i would survive when someone using a phone hits me head on. A large Volvo weighing 2 tons will win.It even has a knee air bag under the steering wheel. Waiting for it to be built now in the EU.Not sure which country but might be Belgium. I did not order British built this time as i favoured EU membership.