Luxury electric cars

Silent running and smooth power delivery combine to make these luxury electric cars feel even more lavish than petrol and diesel rivals

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Apr 11, 2022

Electric cars, also known as electric vehicles (EVs), are growing in popularity rapidly. Registrations rose by 76.3% in 2021, with electric cars grabbing an 11.6% market share - up from 6.6% in 2020. This means that there is more choice than ever for second-hand electric cars.

There are many reasons why you might be considering an electric car. Maybe it’s the promise of lower running costs. Perhaps you want to do your bit for the environment. Or maybe you have one eye on the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars. Whatever the reason, there’s never been a better selection of electric cars to choose from.

The electric car has come a long way since the days of small batteries, limited range per charge and vehicles that lost their value quickly. Today, you can select from a range of luxury electric cars with sufficient range for a week’s worth of commuting and more gadgets than Tony Stark’s workshop. You don’t even need Iron Man’s wealth to be able to afford one.

We’ve pulled together a list of enticing luxury electric cars you’ll find on BuyaCar. All the cars here should be available for £40,000 or less, but you might have to flex this a little to find the luxury electric car of your dreams. Keep reading for our recommendations.

Best luxury electric cars

1. BMW i3

Used deals from £14,975
Monthly finance from £506*

Launched in the UK in 2014, the BMW i3 was responsible for encouraging a new breed of drivers to move into electric avenue. As one of the first electric cars with a premium badge, it added a touch of class and sophistication to a market still finding its feet. Many years later, it remains one of the most luxurious small electric cars you can buy.

Early examples were fitted with a 22kWh battery, for a claimed range of 80 to 100 miles per charge, but you’ll be able to travel further in i3 models with the larger 33kWh battery, introduced in 2016. Better still, the current 42.2kWh version could deliver up to 189 miles from a single charge, with a charging time of around six hours from a domestic wallbox. Most EV manufacturers use 'kWh' to measure battery size, however BMW uses 'Ah'. In this case, the 120Ah version is the latest.

Time has been kind to the BMW i3’s styling; it looks a cut above the more mainstream small electric cars, still looking very high tech and upmarket. The good vibes continue on the inside, where you’ll find a classy and minimalist dashboard, with a high-quality feel throughout.

BMW I3 BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Audi Q4 e-tron

Used deals from £44,750
Monthly finance from £0*

You’ll have to push the budget beyond £40,000 to be able to afford an Audi Q4 e-tron, but as one of the newest electric cars on the market, it’s worth the expense. That’s the thing about electric vehicles: the technology is improving year on year, with larger batteries and reduced charging times.

New prices start from around £43,000, but used examples should be more affordable as time goes on. Audi says the Q4 is likely to become its second most popular car, after the A3 Sportback, so you won’t be short of options on the used market.

Even the entry-level '35 e-tron' offers a range of 193-208 miles per charge, while the '40 e-tron' can deliver an impressive 294-316 miles. The flagship '50 e-tron quattro' sees the range drop to 279-294 miles, but you get dual electric motors for the performance to rival a performance hot hatchback in exchange.

AUDI Q4 E-TRON BUYERS' GUIDE

3. DS 3 Crossback E-Tense

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Because the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense loses a large chunk of value in the first year, it’s a bit of a bargain when second-hand. So while you’d pay between £35,000 and £40,000 for a new version, used prices have dropped well under the £30,000 mark.

DS is Citroen's upmarket brand, with an emphasis on chic styling and the use of upmarket materials. This is especially evident on the inside, where you’ll find the likes of the finest leather upholstery, a seven-inch touchscreen media system and climate control. On the outside, you’ll find neat touches such as jewel-like headlights and flush door handles.

The large 50kWh battery is good for 193-232 miles, with a full charge taking around seven hours when using a 7kW wallbox. An 80% charge is possible in 30 minutes when using a 100kW charger.

DS 3 CROSSBACK BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Jaguar I-Pace

Used deals from £39,500
Monthly finance from £726*

The Jaguar I-Pace is one of the most popular luxurious electric cars - and used prices reflect this. It remains a class leader, four years on from its launch, but you’ll need to spend around £50,000 for an early example.

In exchange, you get an electric car that feels like a sports car behind the wheel, has a premium feel throughout and can deliver up to 292 miles of electric range per charge. Like all electric cars, the actual range will depend on factors such as driving style and the temperature, but having a claimed range of nearly 300 miles makes this a very usable everyday car.

Use a 100kW charger and you’ll see an 80% charge in around 45 minutes, which is good for a 90kWh battery. That’s the thing to remember about batteries: a larger capacity battery will enable you to go further one on charge, but it will also take longer to fill up.

JAGUAR I-PACE BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Lexus UX 300e

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The UX 300e is currently the only electric Lexus you can buy, despite the company's extensive back catalogue of petrol-electric hybrid cars, with new prices starting from around £42,000. It’s quite new to the market, but used prices are within budget here, while you’ll save money when buying an ex-dealer demonstrator.

In common with other Lexus models, the UX 300e feels like a well-engineered product. It’s also worth noting that Lexus performs well in dealer and manufacturer customer satisfaction surveys, so this is an electric car you can very much buy with confidence.

Its 54kWh battery should deliver up to 196 miles of range, although rapid charging of just 50kW is a little disappointing when many rivals offer faster 100kW or 150kW charging. Charge at home and this is unlikely to be a problem, so don’t forget to plug it in when you get home from work, if you don't want to have to think about charging on your everyday trips.

6. Polestar 2

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A new single-motor variant of this model has seen the entry-level price drop to around £40,000, which makes the Polestar 2 an even more attractive proposition. The Standard Range version features a 64kWh battery for a range of 273 miles, while the Long Range model has a 78kWh battery for a range of 336 miles.

These impressive figures make the Polestar 2 a genuine rival to the Tesla Model 3 with the added benefit of better build quality and a more lavish interior. The twin-motor Polestar 2 Long Range offers a claimed 296 miles of range, with a 0-62mph time of just 4.5 seconds. This means that you can take advantage of rapid acceleration and a long range without feeling like you're missing out on much.

The two Long Range models offer a charging speed of 150kW, and while the Standard Range is lower at 125kW, all versions can be recharged to 80% in around 30 minutes, which is pretty quick for cars with large battery packs.

7. Mercedes EQC

Used deals from £56,980
Monthly finance from £1,024*

If you fancy a Mercedes GLC but you want to go electric, the EQC is the car for you. It’s based on the GLC family SUV, but the engine has been replaced by an 80kWh battery and two electric motors.

It feels like a luxury SUV, helped in no small part by the near-silent running and the smoothness of the electric motor and battery combination. You can expect a range of 255 miles from a fully charged EQC, with charging speeds of up to 110kW when using a rapid charger.

New prices range from around £65,000 to £75,000, so it’ll be a while before used prices drop to a particularly affordable level, but if you have lots to spend, it's an appealing high-end option that offers plenty of luxury feel-good factor.

MERCEDES EQC BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Tesla Model S

Used deals from £33,989
Monthly finance from £0*

The Tesla Model S has done more for the electric car industry than any other car on the planet. It caught established manufacturers off-guard when it arrived in 2012 - with UK sales starting in 2014 - and it remains the electric car to beat.

Buying a Tesla gives you access to the network of 30,000 Superchargers and some of the best range estimates in the business. Tesla quotes a figure of 405 miles for the Model S Long Range model, which is a very high figure for such a fast and large car.

It might lack the super-plush materials of an Audi, BMW or Mercedes luxury electric car, but few cars offer the same blend of performance, range and technical innovation. BuyaCar prices start from around the same point as a top-spec Nissan Qashqai, so used versions could be more affordable than you might think.

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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