Affordable Electric Cars
Over recent years, figures have revealed a surge in demand for Electric Vehicles (EVs) worldwide. However, it's clear that some drivers are concerned about EVs being higher priced compared to a petrol or diesel equivalent. In order to combat this, car manufacturers are gradually introducing more affordable electric cars. Also, its important to consider all lifetime costs of owning a car, as for example, EVs are typically cheaper to service and maintain than combustion-engined cars.
That said, we’ve decided to put together a list of affordable electric cars which might appeal to you. We've also provided our own overall rating for each electric car based on range, safety, design and features.
1. Kia e-Niro
The Kia e-Niro has quickly become one of the best-selling zero-emission cars on the market. The e-Niro stands out for its highly competitive pricing and its ability to provide up to 282 miles on a single charge. As for charging the e-Niro, this is quick and easy. It can be charged overnight using a 7kW home charger, while a motorway rapid charger will provide a healthy boost in the time it takes to buy a coffee and use the facilities. Performance wise, it’s reported the e-Niro can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 104 mph. There are two battery sizes available: a 39kWh battery (134 bhp) or a 64kWh battery (201 bhp). Furthermore, the e-Niro is an extremely easy electric car to drive. Features such as Lane Follow Assist, Hill-start Assist Control and Electronic Stability Control are key highlights of this electric car.
Our Car Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
The Nissan Leaf is a fully electric hatchback which offers affordability, style and a decent range. Prices start from £25,995 (inc. Plug-in Car Grant) for the entry-level Acenta model. If you’re interested in electric car leasing, then the Nissan Leaf is a great alternative to other electric cars like the Honda e and Renault Zoe. Enjoy a fun ride in the Nissan Leaf thanks to the roomy interior and latest Intelligent Driving technologies available. In terms of electric range, it's reported the Nissan Leaf provides a range of up to 168 miles for one full charge. For longer commuting, the Leaf E+ has a larger, power-enhanced battery and can provide up to 239 miles of range. Furthermore, charging the Nissan Leaf is quick and easy. Although, as with any electric car, it’s important to note that charging times can vary depending on various factors.
Our Car Rating: 4.4 out of 5.
Mazda has taken a leap into the EV market with the brand’s first all-electric vehicle, The Mazda MX-30. An electric SUV made for modern life; the MX-30 is available in a range of trim levels. Prices start from £26,045.00 (inc. Plug-in Vehicle Grant) for the entry-level SE-L LUX model. GB Vehicle Leasing think the new Mazda MX-30 is beautifully designed, offering a smooth and comfortable drive. As for the interior of this electric car, the MX-30 is tasteful, yet minimalistic, with high quality materials used throughout. During stringent 2020 testing, this electric car received a 5-star Euro NCAP rating. Furthermore, Mazda MX-30 leasing offers up to 124 miles of range on a single charge (WLTP). While this isn’t as long as some rivals, this should be sufficient enough for many drivers.
Our Car Rating: 4.3 out of 5.
The Peugeot e-208 offers a smooth and comfortable drive whilst emitting 0 g/km CO2 emissions in driving phase. The charging range for this car is up to 217 miles (WLTP), with fast and intuitive charging available. In fact, the car can reach up to 80% charge in only 30 minutes from a 100kW rapid charging station. With prices starting from £27,225 (After Plug in Car Grant), this electric car will especially appeal to low mileage city drivers.Available in the same trim levels as the regular Peugeot 208, the electric version rivals other small electric cars such as the Renault Zoe and Electric Fiat 500. However, if you would prefer a larger car, you might want to consider leasing the Peugeot e-2008 SUV.
Our Car Rating: 4.1 out of 5.
5.Fiat 500 Electric
If you’re looking to lease for the perfect small electric car, then look no further. Although this has only recently become available to order, we expect the all-electric Fiat 500 to be strong competition for the MINI electric and Peugeot e-208. The base model for the electric Fiat 500 is called the 500 ‘Action’ and prices start from £20,495 (inc. Plug-in Car Grant). This model comes with a 24kWh battery that offers a 115-miles range. At the top of the range, the La Prima version comes with larger 17-inch alloy wheels, leather seats and a panoramic glass roof for the hatchback models. Excellent safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and a surround-view camera system. Enjoy a safe and comfortable drive on all your journeys in this electric car.
Our Car Rating: 4.0 out of 5.
There you have it, a selection of the best and most affordable electric cars on the market. Would you be interested in leasing one of these electric cars? If so, contact our EV leasing specialists on 0161 762 5680. At GB Vehicle Leasing, we'd be happy to answer any questions you have and talk through the options available to you.
Alternatively, if you would prefer to lease an SUV, then click here for the best electric SUVs to lease 2021. These electric cars offer the higher driving position and practicality of an SUV, while also being great for the environment.