Cheapest new electric cars

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

BuyaCar team
Oct 4, 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 £26,000, while a similarly equipped yet petrol-powered Ford Focus will set you back around £23,000, 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 around £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 £2,500 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. Citroen Ami

Coming soon to our streets, the Citroen Ami is in with a chance of being the cheapest new car on sale, let alone the cheapest new electric car. Citroen is now officially going to sell the car in the UK, after receiving 12,000 expressions of interest from potential customers. In France, the Ami starts from the equivalent of £6,000, and Citroen is aiming to keep the UK price as close to that as possible. That would undercut the sparsest Dacia Sandero by £1,000 - Britain's cheapest new car.

Admittedly, the Sandero is more of a car than the Ami, because the Ami isn’t really classed as a car at all. It’s a quadricycle, which means regulations for crash safety are much less strict, and in continental Europe you can drive one before you get your full licence (although that won’t be the case in the UK).

The Ami is unashamedly designed for the city, with a 46-mile range and a top speed of 28mph. It was initially pitched at car-share schemes, but will also be available to buy for private buyers.

It rivals another electric quadricycle that’s been on our roads for quite a while now, but the quirky Renault Twizy can hit the heady heights of 50mph - which will feel like 200mph in a buggy with no proper doors. The Twizy is around double the projected price of the Ami, though.


2. Smart EQ ForTwo

New from £21,700
Used deals from £17,000
Monthly finance from £262*

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 around 80 miles from the 18kWh 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. More than £20,000 for a car this small feels extortionate.


3. Fiat 500

New from £23,495
Used deals Limited stock

The Fiat 500 is now available as a fully electric model. It’s a new generation of the 500, although you’ll still be able to buy the existing mild hybrid 500 as a cheaper alternative. Still, the electric Fiat 500’s starting price of less than £25,000 is reasonable, especially if you can take advantage of a cheap electricity tariff to recharge on.

You’ll get the smaller of two battery options, and the entry-level car’s 115-mile range will still be enough for the occasional trip outside of city limits. There’s no radio on the Action version, but Fiat has provided the hardware to connect your phone and use it as music and navigation - which just makes sense, really.

The dinky Fiat is also available in more expensive trim levels, which get a more usable 199-mile range, and you can also buy a fabric-roofed version. The 500 Cabrio is technically one of the only electric convertibles on sale.


4. MG 5

New from £25,095
Used deals Limited stock

The reborn MG brand now offers two electric cars and a plug-in hybrid, and all three are focused on being better value than their competitors. Its electric cars are the MG 5 estate and the MG ZS EV crossover, starting from around £25,000 and £26,000 respectively. The MG 5 is based on a Chinese car called the Roewe Ei5, and was the first electric estate on sale in the UK.

It offers a range of over 200 miles - or 250 miles if you pick the new long-range model - plus a practical interior and nippy acceleration. Two versions of the MG 5 are available, with one getting key features and the other adding luxury bits like keyless entry and heated seats.


5. Hyundai Kona Electric

New from £27,950
Used deals from £26,995
Monthly finance from £360*

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 arguarbly 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 just under £33,000.


6. Nissan Leaf

New from £25,995
Used deals from £17,358
Monthly finance from £272*

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. If the concept of charging an electric car baffles you, our handy guide lays it out in simple terms.


*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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