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Best cheap second-hand electric cars in 2024

Electric cars are getting more popular by the day, and it’s easy to see why. EVs are cheap to run, relaxing to drive and easy to maintain thanks to their lack of complex moving parts under the bonnet.

One barrier you may be facing, though, is the initial cost of purchasing an EV, because new ones can be quite expensive. Well don’t fret, because a quick look at the used market will reveal a healthy handful of electric cars which won’t break the bank. 

With this in mind, here are our top 10 cheap used electric cars for 2024:

MG MG4 EV
2024
Urban Living Award
Highly Commended

1. MG4

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

2. MG5

9/10
MG MG 5 EV review
Battery range up to 250 miles
Tesla Model 3
2024
Outstanding EV Award

3. Tesla Model 3

9/10
Tesla Model 3 review
Battery range up to 391 miles
Renault Zoe

4. Renault Zoe

8/10
Renault Zoe review
Battery range up to 245 miles
Nissan Leaf

5. Nissan Leaf

8/10
Nissan Leaf review
Battery range up to 239 miles

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Kia Niro EV

6. Kia Niro EV

8/10
Kia Niro EV review
Battery range up to 285 miles
BMW i3

7. BMW i3

8/10
BMW i3 review
Battery range up to 188 miles
Citroen e-C4

8. Citroen e-C4

7/10
Citroen e-C4 review
Battery range up to 260 miles
Volkswagen e-Golf

9. Volkswagen e-Golf

7/10
Volkswagen e-Golf review
Battery range up to 144 miles
Hyundai Ioniq electric

10. Hyundai Ioniq Electric

6/10
Hyundai Ioniq electric review
Battery range up to 193 miles

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Advice about buying a used electric car

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Ignoring the Citroen Ami - that’s classed as a ‘heavy quadricycle’, not a car - the Renault Zoe can be found on the used market for under £6,000. You’ll be looking at a 2015 model for this price, and you’ll be hard pushed to find anything cheaper.

If you’re after the best bang for your buck, the Nissan Leaf is a difficult car to ignore. With prices starting from under £11,000, you get a practical and comfortable family hatchback with decent range and loads of clever safety tech.

Aside from the usual used car checks, you’ll want to make sure the battery of your cheap used electric car is in good health. EV batteries will degrade over time, meaning you get less range than the car had when new. 

Most electric cars will have a battery health indicator within the infotainment system, and this will tell you the percentage capacity your battery has left, similar to the tool you have on your smartphone. You can also compare the car’s range estimation to the claimed range figure to get an idea of your battery’s condition.