It’s good news if you’re looking for an electric car because more and more car makers are introducing battery-powered models. If you live in a city and do most of your driving below 30mph, any of these options could put an end to your running costs. Check out carwow’s latest savings using our car deals page.
Here are the 10 best electric cars on sale:
- Nissan Leaf
- BMW i3
- Renault Zoe
- VW e-Golf
- Tesla Model S
- VW e-Up
- Hyundai Ioniq Electric
- Kia Soul EV
- Tesla Model X
- Ford Focus Electric
1. Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf is the UK’s best-selling electric car, and this latest version is better than ever. It’s still spacious, but loses the previous car’s somewhat awkward looks in favour of a more traditional appearance. It’s the extra driving range that’s the real selling point though – it’ll travel up to 235 miles on a single charge, which is far further than any car at this price point. Yet it’s still practical and well equipped, so it tops our list of the best electric cars. It feels impressively quick and it’s easy to drive using only the accelerator thanks to fancy regenerative braking technology.
2. BMW i3
The BMW i3 mixes the German manufacturer’s high-quality finish and fun driving experience with quirky styling and city-friendly diminutive dimensions. It’s punchy on the road and has a 195-mile range that can be increased if you spec the range extender version of the i3. It’s not particularly cheap but the blow is softened by the government’s plug-in car grant.
3. Renault Zoe
The Renault Zoe is a bargain among electric cars, with entry-level Zoe models costing £18,495 and discounts hovering around five figures from some carwow dealers. It’s a striking-looking small car, with elements borrowed from the Clio’s smart interior and lots of cabin space – the boot is 338 litres, despite having to accommodate the battery.
4. VW e-Golf
The VW e-Golf features all the benefits of the standard car including strong build quality, a roomy interior and great ride quality. However, it adds the green credentials, instant torque and peppy performance of its 113hp electric motor. The 118-mile range means it’s a sensible option for families looking for an electric car. It’s priced from £31,680, however, before the plug-in grant.
5. Tesla Model S
Few electric cars can match the refinement, style and performance of the Tesla Model S. Entry-level Model S versions can hit 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds and go for 248 miles between charges while top-spec P100D versions cut the 0-62mph time to an internet-winning 2.5 seconds. Aside from the sheer speed, it features Tesla’s spacious, high-tech interior and a range of advanced autonomous driving systems. You do pay for the quality and pace, however, with prices from £60,000.
Take a look at our Tesla Model S review.
6. VW e-Up
The VW e-Up is a peppy, charming little city car with the minuscule running costs and near-silent running from the electric motor. It produces 84hp and covers the 0-62mph sprint in less than 10 seconds although range is slightly less than 100 miles. Like the standard car, the e-Up is agile in urban environments and has Tardis-like levels of interior space – including a 250-litre boot. It costs from a fairly high £25,280 but the government grant does cut that by £4,500.
7. Hyundai Ioniq Electric
The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is a worthy alternative to the Nissan Leaf and VW e-Golf. The Ioniq is pleasant and easy to drive with instant acceleration from the electric motor and a decent 174-mile range. The car looks striking too and there’s plenty of interior room and standard kit – even basic models get cruise control and a touchscreen infotainment system. It costs less than £30,000 before the plug-in grant.
8. Kia Soul EV
The Kia Soul EV takes the fight to the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf. The running costs are minimal, the cabin is roomy – although batteries limit the boot to 281 litres – and similarly chunky styling to the standard car helps it stand out. It’s not quite as fun to drive as some rivals but it’s refined on the move and has a 130-mile range. It costs £24,495 before the government grant but Kia’s industry-leading seven-year warranty softens that blow somewhat.
9. Tesla Model X
Tesla’s Model X uses the same platform as the Model S but drops a larger seven-seat MPV/SUV body onto it. This means you get the same head-spinning acceleration and similarly impressive battery range but with a little more room for passengers and luggage. Marking it out from its more affordable saloon sibling are the unique ‘falcon wing’ rear doors that open upwards lending the car some spectacle while making it surprisingly easy to get in and out of the back seats.
Take a look at our Tesla Model X review.
10. Ford Focus Electric
The Ford Focus Electric has joined the increasingly competitive electric hatchback battle with the same smart looks and well-built, roomy interior of the standard car. The Focus Electric brings the cheap running costs and instant torque of an electric vehicle into the mix, too, with a 140-mile range and 143hp. It’s pricey, costing £31,680 for the base model but is eligible for the government plug-in grant.
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