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Best Cheap Electric Cars in the UK 2020

We've scoured the UK electric car market to find the best affordable EVs costing under £40,000, considering factors like range, boot space, charge times and, of course, the cost of your EV. Here's what we found.

Top 10 Best Cheap Electric Cars UK

Top 10 Best Cheap Electric CarsSummer Range (mi)Winter Range (mi)Starting priceCargo Volume (litres)Charge time for 100 miles (hh:mm)0-60 mph (s)
1Kia e-Niro 64 kWh270195£34,99545100:277.8
1Nissan Leaf e+ 62 kWh235170£33,29542000:247.3
3Hyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh290210£35,60036100:257.9
4Peugeot e-2008 SUV190140£28,65043400:248.5
5Vauxhall Corsa-e205150£26,99030900:228.1
6Nissan Leaf 40 kWh155110£26,84543500:437.9
7Kia Soul EV 64 kWh265195£34,29531500:277.9
8DS 3 Crossback E-Tense195145£32,85035000:238.7
9Renault Zoe Z.E. 50 R110230165£26,17033800:4011.4
10Hyundai IONIQ Electric185130£29,95035700:429.7

Prices for these cars range from £26,170 to £35,600. If those prices are outside of your budget, take a look at our research on the cheapest all-electric cars in the UK. Here's what you need to know about each car in terms of range, cargo space, price and speed.

1. Kia e-Niro 64 kWh

The best all-electric car in the UK market costing under £40,000 is the Kia e-Niro 64 kWh. With a starting price of £34,995, it delivers the second longest range in the group, averaging 233 miles for combined city and motorway driving (195 miles in winter and 270 miles in summer). The e-Niro has the largest boot space of all the cars in the top ten, providing 451 litres to store shopping, bags, sports equipment, dogs or whatever else you carry around. It's also the second fastest car here, ranking second to the Nissan Leaf e+ 62 kWh, with a 0-60 time of 7.8 seconds.

  • 0-60 mph: 7.8 seconds
  • Starting price: £34,995
  • Cost per charge: £10.45
  • Average range: 233 miles

2. Nissan Leaf e+ 62 kWh

The Nissan Leaf e+ 62 kWh ranked as the second best cheap all-electric car in the UK. The e+ stood out for acceleration with the quickest time here—7.3 seconds to get from 0-60 mph. The Leaf is a good all rounder with decent boot space (430 litres) and range (203 miles for combined city and motorway driving on average—170 miles in winter and 235 in summer), ranking the e+ 4th out of the ten cars in this list for these particular categories.

  • 0-60 mph: 7.3 seconds
  • Starting price: £33,295
  • Cost per charge: £9.13
  • Average range: 203 miles

3. Hyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh

The Hyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh ranked 3rd overall, shining for the longest range here. In winter, the car will get around 210 miles for combined city and motorway driving; in summer drivers can expect to get around 290 miles from a full charge. With a starting price of £35,600, however, it is the most expensive car in the top ten.

  • 0-60 mph: 7.9 seconds
  • Starting price: £35,600
  • Cost per charge: £10.43
  • Average range: 250 miles

4. Peugeot e-2008 SUV

The Peugeot e-2008 SUV has the 3rd largest boot space, so stands out for those looking for more cargo room (434 litres). The range is less impressive, however, achieving around 165 miles on the average full charge (140 miles in winter and 190 in summer).

  • 0-60 mph: 8.5 seconds
  • Starting price: £28,650
  • Cost per charge: £7.66
  • Average range: 165 miles

5. Vauxhall Corsa-e

The Vauxhall Corsa-e has the fastest rapid charging times in the top ten, which is useful for those driving longer distances and slightly offsets the range of the car, which is average. In summer, drivers can get around 150 miles and in winter they'll get around 205 miles (combined city and motorway driving).

  • 0-60 mph: 8.1 seconds
  • Starting price: £26,990
  • Cost per charge: £7.66
  • Average range: 178 miles

6. Nissan Leaf 40 kWh

The Nissan Leaf 40 kWh is more suited to city driving than its sister car, the e+, which has a longer range. The basic 40 kWh Leaf gets around 133 miles of range (vs. 203 miles for the e+), but stands out for a relatively large boot (435 litres) and a more affordable price (starting from £26,845). Acceleration isn't bad either, with a 0-60 mph time of 7.9 seconds.

  • 0-60 mph: 7.9 seconds
  • Starting price: £26,845
  • Cost per charge: £5.87
  • Average range: 133 miles

7. Kia Soul EV 64 kWh

The Kia Soul's 64 kWh battery delivers the second longest range in the group—230 miles on average for combined city and motorway driving (195 miles in winter and 265 miles in summer). This is the same as Kia's e-Niro, which ranked at the best cheap electric car in our list. While the Soul is around £700 cheaper and is roughly comparable acceleration and charging times, the boot is a lot smaller than the e-Niro's. So if boot space is a priority for you the e-Niro might be a better bet with nearly 50% more cargo room.

  • 0-60 mph: 7.9 seconds
  • Starting price: £34,295
  • Cost per charge: £10.43
  • Average range: 230 miles

8. DS 3 Crossback E-Tense

The luxury arm of Citroen, DS, produces that 8th best cheap EV for the UK market: the Crossback E-Tense. This car stands out for having the 2nd best charging times (around 23 minutes on a rapid 50 kWh charger to get 100 miles of range), which is just a minute slower than the fast-charging Vauxhall Corsa-e. According to the other metrics, the Crossback E-Tense is somewhat average, with a range of around 145 in winter and 195 in summer, a 0-60 time of 8.7 seconds and 350 litres of boot space.

  • 0-60 mph: 8.7 seconds
  • Starting price: £32,850
  • Cost per charge: £7.66
  • Average range: 170 miles

9. Renault Zoe Z.E. 50 R110

The Renault Zoe Z.E. 50 R110 shines for being the most affordable car in the top 10 with a starting price of £26,170. The range is also decent, delivering around 200 miles on average across the seasons (230 in summer and 165 in winter) averaged over various driving speeds, which is enough for a decent road trip around the UK. However it is the slowest car in the group, taking 11.4 seconds to reach 60 mph.

  • 0-60 mph: 11.4 seconds
  • Starting price: £26,170
  • Cost per charge: £8.48
  • Average range: 198 miles

10. Hyundai IONIQ Electric

The Hyundai IONIQ Electric ranked 10th in our list of top 10 best cheap EVs in the UK. When you compare it to the Hyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh, which ranked 3rd in our list, the biggest difference is price. The IONIQ Electrice starts from £29,950, which is nearly £6k less than the Kona—but the Kona is a lot quicker and delivers over 50% more range. The cars are comparable in terms of boot space.

  • 0-60 mph: 9.7 seconds
  • Starting price: £29,950
  • Cost per charge: £6.24
  • Average range: 158 miles

Methodology

The data on this page was sourced from car company websites and also the EV Database. Prices reflect the On The Road (OTR) price after the £3,000 government grant, and include VAT, first year VED, vehicle first registration fee, number plates and delivery.

Ranges represent the combined city and motorway figures; those driving primarily in the city will get a longer range and those logging most of their miles at higher speeds will get a shorter range from their car.

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