Cheapest new electric cars

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

BuyaCar team
Mar 25, 2020

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 £10,990

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, so the price tag is inflated slightly in comparison to its competitors.

Official range is around 62 miles, which should be enough for most city dwellers as long as you have regular access to a charging point -  a regular all socket will fill the battery in around 3.5 hours - and Renault reckons it’ll only cost around £1 to charge up.

2. Smart EQ ForTwo

Our pick Smart EQ ForTwo Coupe Passion Advanced
List price £17,350

There's an all-new Smart EQ FourTwo to replace the outgoing model, which incidentally is available with some excellent used deals here on BuyaCar. The ForTwo is now only available in electric form, making the EQ model the only one you can buy new. This is an understandable move, because this tiny car is definitely at its best nipping around congested city centres which, thanks to the introduction of ULEZ and alike, are no place for petrol powered cars these days.

The EQ FourTwo has a very tight 6.95m turning circle, plus, it can be parked perpendicularly, saving you the hassle of parallel parking. An official WLTP range of 74.5-83.8 miles from the 72kWh battery is very usable, too, providing you have the capability to charge it on a daily basis. 

We have one rather large issue with this car though, the price. £17,000 for a car this small feels extortionate.

Used Smart EQ ForTwo deals from £14,990
Monthly finance from £228

3. Renault Zoe

Our pick Renault Zoe i Play R110 Z.E. 50
List price £26,170

Another all-new model, the latest Renault Zoe is now on sale and it brings a vast amount of improvements over its predecessor, which is still available on BuyaCar.

Highlights include a claimed 245-mile range and an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty, while even the entry-level play model is equipped with a seven-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, cruise control, air-conditioning and another 10-inch instrument display.

It's all good stuff; on top of vast improvements to the interior, and the overall build quality. All of this comes at a price though, and that inflated price tag over the last generation also includes the battery, which Renault used to offer with a separate lease.

Used Renault Zoe deals from £6,500
Monthly finance from £127

4. Hyundai Ioniq electric

Our pick Hyundai Ioniq Premium
List price £32,950

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 £18,495
Monthly finance from £269

5. Hyundai Kona Electric

Our pick Hyundai Kona Electric SE
List price £32,600

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, the larger battery version can provide up to 279 miles between charges and costs from £38,600.

Used Hyundai Kona Electric deals from £28,180
Monthly finance from £400

6. Nissan Leaf

Our pick Nissan Leaf Acenta
List price £26,845

The latest version of the Nissan Leaf is a much more conventional successor to the original Leaf. Bare in mind that this car now costs the same as the latest Renault Zoe, but your money buys more space, more technology, more power and more range.

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 £16,499
Monthly finance from £263


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