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Last updated January 15, 2024 by Darren Cassey

8 best Chinese electric cars for sale in 2024

We’ve seen it all before - in the ‘70s and ‘80s, it was Japanese cars that went from comical punchline to serious market contenders. Then in the ‘90s and 2000s, Korean models had their metamorphosis. Well, the 2020s has already started the same process with Chinese models - and they’re using the exciting medium of electric cars to do it.

Our reviews team has tested every electric car from China currently on sale in the UK. Check out our rankings below, and you can click through to the reviews for an in-depth look at what our experts think of each model and get better acquainted with Chinese electric cars from MG, BYD and Ora.

MG MG4 EV
2024
Urban Living Award
Highly Commended

1. MG4 EV

9/10
MG MG4 EV review
Battery range up to 323 miles
MG MG 5 EV

2. MG5 EV

9/10
MG MG 5 EV review
Battery range up to 250 miles
BYD Seal

3. BYD Seal

8/10
BYD Seal review
Battery range up to 354 miles
BYD Dolphin
2024
Smart Spender Award
Highly Commended

4. BYD Dolphin

8/10
BYD Dolphin review
Battery range up to 265 miles

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MG MG4 EV XPOWER
2024
Smart Spender Award
Highly Commended

5. MG4 XPower

8/10
MG MG4 EV XPOWER review
Battery range up to 239 miles
MG ZS EV

6. MG ZS EV

7/10
MG ZS EV review
Battery range up to 273 miles
BYD Atto 3

7. BYD Atto 3

6/10
BYD Atto 3 review
Battery range up to 261 miles
GWM Ora Funky Cat

8. ORA Funky Cat

6/10
GWM Ora Funky Cat review
Battery range up to 193 miles

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Chinese electric car FAQs

There are lots of people who are open to the idea of an electric car as their next car, but many still have unanswered questions about what making that transition will actually mean for them on a day-to-day basis. And as it's time to embrace this new technology, it would also be a good time to get acquainted with the new brands that are making waves in the world of EVs – particularly those from China.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about Chinese electric cars in the UK.

In the past, Chinese cars have been mocked for being poor copycats of existing models from Europe and North America. However, over the past decade the country has turned its reputation on its head, building quality cars with their own unique designs.

Naturally, some are better than others, but you can no longer write off Chinese manufacturers. The success of MG proves that there’s appetite for affordable, well-built cars on these shores, and BYD appears to be following a similar trend, with more to come.

As with cars from any country, prices vary wildly depending on the model you go for. However, most of the Chinese models currently available in the UK are affordable family cars – the MG4 EV has earned a reputation for being the best cheap electric car, starting at around £25,000. The BYD Seal on the other hand is an alternative to the Tesla Model 3, and as such costs more at just over £45,000. More expensive models from luxury brands such as Nio are likely not far away.

At the moment, the MG4 EV is the highest ranked Chinese electric car on sale in the UK, according to our team of car testing experts. The BYD Dolphin and BYD Seal aren’t far behind, though.

There are currently three Chinese electric car manufacturers selling in the UK: MG, BYD and ORA. However, a few years ago there were hundreds of car makers in China trying to take advantage of the electric car boom. Some were more successful than others and this number is coming down. There are now about a dozen major players, though many of these have various subsidiaries within them making cars under different brands for different audiences. Expect to see more and more making their way to Europe in the coming years.