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Last updated May 21, 2024 by Darren Cassey

Best small electric cars 2024

Electric cars are at their best when driving around town, electric motors silently whisking you in and out of traffic. However, many electric cars are big SUVs that can be intimidating to drive in the city – that’s why our expert reviews team has put together a list of the very best small electric cars.

There are plenty of advantages to sticking to city driving in an electric car, too. For example, you don’t have to worry about topping up the battery as often because journeys tend to be shorter, and with zero tailpipe emissions, they help reduce pollution too. However, most of the cars in this list are quiet and comfortable for motorway driving, too.

Here are the best small electric cars you can buy in 2024.

Volvo EX30
2024
Car Of The Year Award

1. Volvo EX30

10/10
Volvo EX30 review
Battery range up to 295 miles
Smart #1
2024
Urban Living Award
Highly Commended

2. Smart #1

8/10
Smart #1 review
Battery range up to 273 miles
Peugeot e-208

3. Peugeot e-208

8/10
Peugeot e-208 review
Battery range up to 254 miles

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Nissan Leaf

4. Nissan Leaf

6/10
Nissan Leaf review
Battery range up to 239 miles
BYD Dolphin
2024
Smart Spender Award
Highly Commended

5. BYD Dolphin

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

6. Kia Niro EV

8/10
Kia Niro EV review
Battery range up to 285 miles
Vauxhall Corsa Electric

7. Vauxhall Corsa Electric

6/10
Vauxhall Corsa Electric review
Battery range up to 222 miles
Fiat 500e

8. Fiat 500e

7/10
Fiat 500e review
Battery range up to 194 miles
Jeep Avenger Electric

9. Jeep Avenger Electric

7/10
Jeep Avenger Electric review
Battery range up to 249 miles
Citroen Ami

10. Citroen Ami

5/10
Citroen Ami review
Battery range up to 47 miles

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Electric cars FAQs

Electric cars are no doubt the future — and for many, it may be the right choice for you now. That’s not the case for everyone though, so use our fuel chooser to help you find the right type of car for you.

The plug-in car grant is a scheme designed to encourage people to buy zero-emission vehicles by applying a discount to the purchase price. Unfortunately, the Government cancelled the scheme for private buyers in June 2022 (though it was extended to March 2023 for people who had already ordered a car but were still waiting for it because of production delays). Now, the grant is only applicable to some wheelchair accessible vehicles, motorcycles, mopeds, vans, trucks and taxis.

Some public chargers in the UK are available for free use, and these typically appear at supermarkets. That’s not the case with all though, so it’s worth checking out our electric charging point map to see free and paid-for chargers near you.