Is it worth buying a hybrid car or a conventional petrol car?

Cost comparison, hybrid or gasoline. How much does a hybrid car consume? Is the hybrid worth the surcharge? How much does it cost to service a hybrid?

Are you thinking about upgrading your family car fleet and getting a new car or a not very old used one?

Nowadays, almost everyone is wondering whether that car should be a hybrid or even an “old” conventional petrol.

At present, the benefits of green transport are still difficult to quantify. This would require the pollutant (user) to bear the health and environmental damage caused by the pollution on the emission branch. If, in addition to the extra consumption, you also have to pay for the costs of the greenhouse or the environmental damage, it would very quickly eliminate the surcharge for hybrid (or electric) cars. But that’s not the case right now, so I don’t have to reckon with that. Obviously, it feels good if one doesn’t pollute his environment or cause illness to others, but it’s still true that I smoke the smoke going on in front of me, enjoying the blessing effects of the hybrid or electric car I choose behind.

Traditional petrol car


1) lower purchase price

In most cases, you will find that you get the same car at a lower price with a gasoline engine than with a hybrid. In most cases, the same car won’t mean the same thing, of course, if they don’t differ in anything else, so the boot of a gasoline car will be bigger. The price difference – not counting the premium category – can range from a few hundred forints to several million forints.

2) easier access to service

You will always find it easier (cheaper) to find a mechanic for a car equipped with a classic petrol engine. The hybrid (at least if you need to touch the driveline) in most cases will get you to take it to a specialist garage. Of course, every brand has authorities that have brand service knowledge, but their prices are quite similar to the hourly rates of brand service and are mostly full of work.

3) does not require any home remodeling

The car can be used as it is, if you have to refuel it, if you have it for service.



1) higher consumption

Gasoline consumption is higher in the same category. For accurate data, you should visit and narrow the data to the exact type you are looking for. The German car market is much larger than the Hungarian one, so even a new model will have so much data that the average eyes already mean something. Your consumption data will show a nice regular distribution, there will always be some that mean extremely low consumption, others will be exceptionally high, but the data from the silent majority will look nice on average.

2) pollution

Higher consumption is associated with greater pollution, the harmful effects of which on the environment and health are well known.


Hybrid car


1) lower consumption

A car equipped with a hybrid drive has a gasoline engine and an electric motor, as well as a battery pack that can usually drive the car 20 to 50 kilometers without a gasoline drive. By definition, it is very important that the real range is as much as possible. In some hybrid cars, the battery can also be charged from an external power source (mains) (plug-in hybrid), while in normal hybrids the battery cannot be charged from the mains.

In both versions, the vehicle charges the batteries when the car is braked, so much of the kinetic energy lost during braking is utilized (the battery is charged). This mode of operation results in that if the batteries are not charged at all from the mains at all, the consumption will still be lower than with the petrol version, because all the braking is always there, which is partly used in the hybrid, completely lost energy in the petrol.

For the above reasons, the hybrid is really worth it in a place where there is a lot of braking, i.e. a city, or even more so downtown traffic. And least of all cars used on highways. Obviously, if I get on the highway and cruise the 2-300 kilometers, there will be little braking there, which would bring out the benefits of the hybrid.

So when you count on the consumption advantage, don’t consider the extremes, but the average, of course if you’re going to use your car in average conditions too.

There are users who use their hybrid to go to their 10km workplace in the morning, back in the evening, then recharge the battery at home, and the same the next day. They run on 0 liters of gasoline for months. But the average is not the case, so it is important to take into account the actual usage patterns and the real expected consumption adjusted to it.


2) hybrid cars are generally better equipped

For most, the automatic transmission is basic (this is necessary because of the hybrid operation, but manufacturers naturally highlight the benefits of this).

3) the benefits of a green license plate

Free public parking and local tax exemption * if conditions are met.

4) cool

However, it only feels better for a parent or a child if a father / mother sets up a green license plate car for the child in front of the school viszont Before buying, make sure that the selected hybrid gets the green license plate. Not all hybrids are eligible for a green license plate unless they meet certain conditions.



1) smaller boot

The battery pack needs space, so the same type will almost certainly be smaller in a slightly hybrid version. In some cases, in addition, the battery pack will impair the usability of the boot if they cannot fully flush the batteries. If you use your car a lot to pack for transport, an unfortunate battery pack will be a big bitterness in everyday use. If you don’t use a full trunk or just use it for shopping, it won’t matter.

2) higher purchase price

Higher development costs and lower series numbers are reflected in the higher purchase price of hybrids. This occurs even with the same type. Try to see if the hybrid is just as comfortable for you (seat size, legroom, trunk). Many times you don’t have to buy the same type of hybrid for the same interior dimensions, but the car in one larger category, which can significantly drop the purchase price.

3) Service costs

Don’t believe your buddies, they’ll all say you don’t have to service this, though. Obviously, they won’t fail when they’re new, but time will work here for the manufacturers as well. Ask at the dealer what service hourly rates apply to that car, or if a prepaid service package offer is available for that type.

Because the car is more expensive than its petrol counterpart due to the hybrid drive, servicing will also be more expensive. Servicing a more expensive, more complicated car, its parts will also be more expensive.


Hybrid – Petrol comparison

Excel is simple:

version A is petrol and version B is hybrid. Both cars are new and will be sold in 15 years due to easier counting. We are counting on this because in 15 years petrol will lose a significant part of its value. Unfortunately, the hybrid too. For both variants, technological advances will be the biggest blow. In addition, the hybrid comes with the fact that battery life is hard to predict, but we can be pretty sure it won’t last for 15 years. However, at the age of 15, no one will exchange a battery pack for two million in a one-million-euro hybrid. Of course, you can take the usage time in the calculation shorter, but in this case, the residual value of the cars can be a serious factor in the calculation, which you try to estimate as accurately as possible.


The costs can be written nicely under the two versions:

+ purchase price
+ petrol consumption for the planned run (15 years x 15,000 km / year?)
+ power consumption (if you also want to charge the hybrid) for the planned run
+ mandatory services during the warranty period
+ services after the warranty period, for the planned run
+ repair costs for the planned run
+ parking costs (if any) for the planned period of use
+ vehicle tax (if any) for the planned period of use
+ financing costs (if the hybrid is much more expensive, e.g. with 2-3 million, then unfortunately the difference has to be financed, or you pay interest on the loan or you lose interest on the existing money).

At the end of the list, you get one for each of the two versions, which is the total cost of use (the more you omit everything from the calculation, the more not the total cost, of course). Don’t be scared, if you calculated well, the total cost will be several times the purchase price of the car…

As a last step, subtract the residual value from the cost, i.e. the amount for which you would be able to sell the two cars at the end of the chosen term.


* Follow the details, the tax exemption is not automatic and there are conditions for free public parking.

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