5 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Hybrid Car

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Hybrid car is a big deal nowadays in the market as they are changing the auto market worldwide. Companies are using hybrid technology to bring more performance in their vehicles. Initially, they started to be just an add-on to improve the fuel economy but lately they have developed to be a whole new system on their own. In Pakistan the market is opening for hybrids. Recently, IMC has introduced Pakistan’s first hybrid SUV, Corolla Cross, while Prince DFSK has announced to bring Huawei’s first hybrid SUV, SERES SF5 in Pakistan soon. It means the hybrid cars will have significant share in local market in coming years.

Car makers have invested a lot in making these new systems more efficient and fuel economical. We have seen some serious influx of imported hybrid cars in Pakistan as well. There are a few points you should keep in mind before buying a hybrid car. You should first find out if they are the best bet for you or just a waste of cash.

Fuel Economy

Hybrids, especially plug-in hybrids, work best in city driving. You can get as much as 24 kilometers on all-electric motor in one full battery charge. So if you think you have a lot of city driving to do and want it to be effortless, a hybrid is your best bet. Honda Vezel is famous for giving more than 20 km/l consistently. But long gone are the days of hybrid cars that were not as efficient on long routes as you were hoping for. Hybrids like the third generation Prius are very clever when it comes to managing both power units under the bonnet. So if you are looking for a hybrid, be assured you will get the best quality.

Overall Cost

The initial cost of buying a hybrid is always going to be high compared to a regular sedan/crossover of the same kind. It takes more to make a hybrid, so it’s a simple math. Indus Motor is selling a Toyota Prius for  Rs9.2million. Meanwhile, IMC launched Corolla Cross in price range of Rs7.7 to Rs8.4million. That is a lot of money for a family car. But the fuel average is the biggest plus point of a hybrid vehicle.

Battery Pack

Another issue people have with hybrids is the fear of a faulty battery. When second generation Prius started to appear on the street of Pakistan, the first point people raised was about a dead battery. But soon after the used battery packs started to appear in the scrap markets around Pakistan.

There is a misconception that battery packs are expensive. But that is not true in the international market. Although Toyota batteries are available locally, it will be interesting to see how Honda Vezel and Honda Fit Hybrid owners would react after a decade or two. I asked around the scrap market in Rawalpindi about the prices of battery packs, and these are the quotes I got:

  • Toyota Prius 1.5 – PKR 90,000-100,000
  • Toyota Prius 1.8 – PKR 90,000-1,100,000
  • Honda Vezel, Fit and Insight – PKR 90,000-95,000
  • Toyota Aqua – PKR 98,000

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Options in Hybrids

Internationally you have a bunch of options in hybrid cars but in Pakistan, that is not the case. We only have three readily available options. Toyota Prius, Honda Vezel, Toyota Aqua and Honda Fit Hybrid. However, it is not all doom and gloom. Those three cars are currently popular and easily available but if you look a little harder, you will find a bit more options in hybrids as well. Currently, Hybrid Axio and Hybrid Fielder are also being imported to Pakistan as well. Honda Insight and CR-Z are also an option. If you want to go fancy, you can get a Hybrid Camry or even a Hybrid Crown Athlete. So if you look around in detail, you will find a lot more options than you would expect.

Honda Vezel crown athlete hybrid 2012-Honda-Insight

Changing Market

Pakistani automaker is continuously changing. Our market is in its evolution state, and it appears new market players are interested in getting in as well. Currently, only Indus Motors is selling a hybrid car locally and has offered a new one, recently. There is Honda CR-Z as well, but many don’t consider it a viable option. Mostly available cars are imported. So as much as these imported cars are popular, the after sales service can never match to a car sold by a local manufacturer. So you need to decide yourself how will you manage if your imported hybrid ends up having a fault that cannot be fixed. Is it worth it to you or not?

These are just a few basic points regarding buying a hybrid car. We hope this might have helped you in some way.

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7 Comments
  1. Heder Aziz says

    Used Toyota Prii start from 2.3 million Rupees (self import) and go up to 3 million.

  2. blueazure says

    Toyota Aqua , hybrid vehicle to look for .

  3. blueazure says

    toyota aqua is actually the 2nd generation prius ( now discontinued ) with the same 1.5L power pack and clever improvements like pulley-less engine. a good clean aqua with less miles should cost around 18 lacs .

  4. Mirza Saad says

    Self imported Toyota Aqua 2012 52000km on the meter.. got it registered..
    been driving for a week within ISB and highly highly satisfied with the comfort and fuel economy
    24-28 kms avg if u dnt hit the throttle paddle aggressively within city- in short tameez wali driving.
    22-24 km avg if u hit the throttle paddle aggressively occasionally within city
    Decent trunk size

    Highly recommendable to buy for single, small or avg sized families who are willing to buy Honda City..

  5. Jasmine says

    would you please share us the information how did you imported a car from japan, and what taxes you paid and how did you clear all the steps. looking forward.

  6. Ch Cookoo says

    Shaf Thanks for the Nice Article, Can you guide me how I can import jaguar x type 2003 / 2004 to Pakistan. Do I have to Pay Extra or are there some other ways that can regularize this old cars.

  7. Ejaz says

    I have honda civic hybrid uk model 2008.problem is that if i drive in city and car auto stop then its ac and deckgone on bateryand batery gone empety very quickely and car going to loose exculator and gear automatic lock and then few minutes you startcar on p mode and battery get charged a then car start.

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