Cheapest new electric cars

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

BuyaCar team
Mar 22, 2021

The constant stream of new electric cars is continuing to flow, and the technology involved in making them seems to be progressing month by month, to the point where the latest models being introduced this year vastly outstrip those that launched even just a year ago. Electric cars continue to become more and more usable as day-to-day cars with ever increasing range per charge.

They’re slowly becoming more affordable as brand new cars, too. When the latest Nissan Leaf first arrived on the scene, it was around £10,000 more expensive than a Ford Focus. Today, a brand new Leaf starts from around £27,000, while a similarly equipped yet petrol-powered Ford Focus will set you back around £21,000, so the gap is beginning to close up. Needless to say, you could save thousands on both of these by going for a used car deal instead with BuyaCar.

Even high-end electric cars are becoming cheaper. A Tesla Model X will still quite easily cost more than £100,000 with a few options attached, but the company's new Model 3 starts from around £40,000. Meanwhile, the new Volkswagen ID.3 is now on sale with prices starting from less than £30,000, they are coming into the reach of the masses, slowly.

Let's not forget there’s still the Government electric car grant of £3,500 to take advantage of as well. This discount is applicable when you buy a brand new electric car, although some manufacturers simply factor this grant into their pricing, so keep an eye out for that. If you're interested in seeing what's new on the electric car market, perhaps you might even be able to afford one of these yourself, 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 £10,885
Monthly finance from £182*

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 £6,458
Monthly finance from £126*

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 £19,995
Monthly finance from £288*

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 £23,450
Monthly finance from £334*

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 £15,995
Monthly finance from £222*

*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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