Cheapest new electric cars

Fuel for thought: these are the cheapest new electric cars on offer in the UK

BuyaCar team
Dec 16, 2019
Renault Zoe front

The latest wave of electric cars are here. And they continue to become more practical, faster, and will go even longer between the sockets on a single charge.

They’re becoming more affordable too. When the Nissan Leaf first rocked up on the scene, it was around £10,000 more expensive than a Ford Focus. Today, a new Leaf starts at £27,995, while a similarly specced Ford Focus will set you back £21,905.

Even high-end electric cars are becoming cheaper. While a Tesla Model X can set you back £90,500, the company's new Model 3 starts from £38,050.

Oh, and there’s the Government electric car grant of £3,500, applicable when you buy an electric car. Admittedly, some manufacturers factor this grant into the pricing.

Read on for our list of the cheapest new electric cars in the UK.


Cheapest new electric cars

1. Renault Twizy

Our pick Renault Twizy Expression
List price £6,690
Battery Approx. £49 per month

The cheapest car on this list technically isn’t a car. It’s actually a ‘quadricycle’, something small vehicles like this are often classified as in order to skip out on some safety testing. The fact that it’s not classed as a car also means that it isn’t eligible for the £3,500 government grant.

It is at least cheap. Official range is around 62 miles, enough for most city dwellers. And Renault reckons it’ll only cost around a quid to charge up. The battery typically costs around £49 per month on a 36-month 6,000 mile finance agreement.

2. Smart EQ ForTwo

Our pick Smart EQ ForTwo
List price £17,695
Battery Included in car’s price

The Smart FourTwo is a city car that is actually better in electric form than in petrol. The battery-powered version is much nippier, so you lose less time dawdling in traffic, and it’s more enjoyable to drive.

The FourTwo has a very tight 6.95m turning circle, plus, it can be parked perpendicularly, saving you the hassle of parallel parking. Its official 100-mile range is acceptable, but does limit the car’s use for long journeys, where you’ll need to recharge after around 80 miles.

Used Smart EQ ForTwo deals from £15,890
Monthly finance from £240
Smart ForTwo buyers' guide

3. Renault Zoe

Our pick Renault Zoe Dynamique Nav R110 Z.E. 40
List price £18,420
Battery Buy for approx. £6,600 or lease from £59 to £110 per month

Updated for 2018, the latest Renault Zoe is now available in purple and also gets a more powerful 110hp motor, bringing faster acceleration particularly at motorway speeds. However, long journeys can take a while because it takes 1hr 40min to charge the batteries from empty to 80 per cent from a fast charger. A less-powerful 90hp model takes 65min. There's also a new Zoe coming out in early 2020, so expect used car prices on this model to fall.

The Zoe is the only new car that gives you the choice of buying or leasing the battery. Which is best for you depends on how you use the car. If you’re buying a car, intend on keeping it for at least five years and cover more than 10,000 miles a year, it’s best to buy the battery too, as it’ll cost the same overall as leasing - and you get to keep it, so the car should be worth more.

Used Renault Zoe deals from £7,980
Monthly finance from £142
Renault Zoe buyers' guide

4. Smart EQ ForFour

Our pick Smart ForFour
List price £18,190
Battery Included in car’s price

Smart has given the ForFour more space than the ForTwo. It has five doors and seating for four, meaning it’s a lot more practical than the ForTwo.

Yet, at the same time, it’s less practical than the ForTwo. Smart has taketh range away. It shares the same battery power as the ForFour - so will only do around 97 miles on a charge.

Used Smart EQ ForFour deals from £15,240
Monthly finance from £233
Smart ForFour buyers' guide

5. Hyundai Ioniq electric

Our pick Hyundai Ioniq Premium
List price £21,195
Battery Included in car's price

In case you’re wondering, the Ioniq also comes in hybrid and plug-in hybrid flavours. The plug-in version should cover around 30 miles on a charge, while this fully electric model will do more like 130.

Its biggest rival is the Nissan Leaf below. The Leaf has more range, but the Ioniq is cheaper, and is more conventional in look and feel. It also comes with a five-year warranty.

Used Hyundai Ioniq Electric deals from £20,790
Monthly finance from £342
Hyundai Ioniq Electric buyers' guide

6. Hyundai Kona Electric

Our pick Hyundai Kona Electric Premium
List price £35,100
Battery Included in car's price

Beneath the body, the Hyundai Kona Electric shares much of its mechanical bits with the Kia e-Niro. Although the e-Niro is slightly more expensive, and not as good looking.

There are two batteries that drivers can choose from. The first is a 39kWh unit that can manage up to 180 miles if driven like a saint. This is the cheaper of the two, at £27,250. The larger battery version can provide up to 279 miles between charges and costs £32,845.

Used Hyundai Kona Electric deals from £34,500
Monthly finance from £518
Hyundai Kona Electric buyers' guide

7. Nissan Leaf

Our pick Nissan Leaf Acenta
List price £27,995
Battery Included in car’s price

The latest version of the Nissan Leaf is a mcuh more conventional successor to the original Leaf. It may cost around £10,000 more than the Renault Zoe, but your money buys more space, more technology, more power and more range. The battery is also included in the price.

It again features the innovative ePedal, a single pedal that allows you to control the speed of the car with one foot. You accelerate by pressing the pedal and release it for mild regenerative braking, which charges the battery and slows the car down. If you need to stop in a hurry, then you’ll need to use the conventional brake pedal, which the car still has.

The Leaf has a real-world range of around 168 miles. It takes 7.5 hours to charge from empty using a 7.5kW home charger or 40 minutes from 0-80% using a 50kW fast charger.

Used Nissan Leaf deals from £19,600
Monthly finance from £284
Nissan Leaf buyers' guide


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