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Best Electric Cars in the UK 2020

If you want a car with no emissions, a government grant worth up to £3,000 and lower annual fuel costs, chances are you're considering a fully electric car. Choosing the right one for you will depend on your budget, range and charging needs.

Cheapest Electric Car in the UK

The cheapest all-electric car in the UK market is the Smart EQ fortwo coupe. With a starting price of just £17,350, it costs 65% less than the average starting price of an electric car in the UK. The Smart EQ fortwo coupe only seats 2 people, however. And it has a short range of only 60 miles for combined city and motorway driving (50 miles in winter and 70 miles in summer). The boot is also small, providing only 260 litres of cargo space.

  • 0-60 mph: 11.6 seconds
  • Starting price: £17,350
  • Cost per charge: £2.72
  • Average range: 60 miles
  • Boot space: 260 litres
Chart showing the 10 cheapest electric cars in the UK

Best Cheap Electric Car

The best cheap all-electric car in the UK market is the Kia e-Niro 64 kWh. With a starting price of £34,995, it delivers an impressive 233 miles for combined city and motorway driving (195 miles in winter and 270 miles in summer). The e-Niro has a relatively large boot space, providing 451 litres for cargo. It's also relatively quick for a cheaper EV with a 0-60 mph time of 7.8 seconds.

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

Best Electric Cars for Range

The best electric car for range in the UK is the Tesla Model S Long Range model. It provides up to 370 miles of combined city and motorway driving in warm weather and 275 in the winter, for an average range of around 294 miles.

  • 0-60 mph: 3.8 seconds
  • Starting price: £82,190
  • Cost per charge: £15.49
  • Average range: 294 miles

The Hyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh is the best car with a starting price under £40,000 for range. In winter, the Kona Electric will deliver around 210 miles of combined city and motorway driving; in summer drivers might get 290 miles from a full charge. With a starting price of £35,600, it is a much more affordable option than the Tesla mentioned above.

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

Best Electric Car for a Family

The best affordable electric car for a family in the UK is the Kia e-Niro 64 kWh. With a starting price of £34,995, it delivers an average range of 233 miles for combined city and motorway driving (195 miles in winter and 270 miles in summer). Importantly for a family, the e-Niro has a relatively large boot space, providing 451 litres for carrying shopping and school bags, sports equipment, etc.

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

Teslas are another great option for a luxury family car, as they offer great range and boot space. They do cost more, however, with starting prices ranging from £40k for the basic model S up to £101k for a Model X Performance.

Chart ranking the electric cars with big boots in the UK market
The Kia e-Niro has the biggest boot for an affordable all-electric car

Fastest Electric Cars

The fastest all-electric car in the UK is the Tesla Model S Performance. It is blazing fast with a 0-60 mph time of just 2.6 seconds and even beats out the Porsche Taycan (the 2nd fastest all-electric EV in the UK market). It's good a long range over 300 miles and a large boot, but you'll need around £100k to buy one.

  • 0-60 mph: 2.6 seconds
  • Starting price: £96,790
  • Cost per charge: £15.49
  • Average range: 313 miles
  • Boot space: 894 litres

As you can see, the fastest UK electric cars are dominated by luxury brands such as Tesla, Porsche, Audi, Jaguar and Mercedes. Most of these cars also sport a longer-than-average range.

Chart showing the 15 fastest electric cars in the UK

Out of the more affordable electric cars (with starting prices under £40k), the BMW i3s 120Ah has the fastest 0-60 mph time of 6.9 seconds. It only seats four people and has a pretty small boot, however.

  • 0-60 mph: 6.9 seconds
  • Starting price: £34,670
  • Cost per charge: £6.18
  • Average range: 143 miles
  • Boot space: 260 litres

Summary of Best All-Electric Cars in the UK

Below is a recap of the best all-electric cars available in the UK, depending on your needs:

Best All-Electric Cars in the UK
CheapestSmart EQ fortwo coupe
Best CheapKia e-Niro 64 kWh
Longest Range LuxuryTesla Model S Long Range
Longest Range Non-LuxuryHyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh
Best Family EVKia e-Niro 64 kWh
Fastest LuxuryTesla Model S Performance
Fastest Non-LuxuryBMW i3s 120Ah

FAQs

The best electric car for a family on a budget is the Kia e-Niro 64 kWh, which starts from £34,995 and delivers around 233 miles of range on average. For those with a larger budget, Tesla models provide more seating and cargo space for a family.
The fastest all-electric car in the UK market is the Tesla Model S Performance. Its top speed is 162 mph and it accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds.
The best cheap all-electric car in the UK is the Kia e-Niro 64 kWh. It starts from £34,995 and has an average combined city/motorway range of 233 miles.
The electric car with the best range in the UK is the Tesla Model S Long Range model, which starts from £82,190. For combined city and motorway driving, it delivers up to 370 miles in warm weather and 275 in cold weather, averaging around 294 miles of range. Of cars starting from under £40k, the Hyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh has the best range, around 250 miles on average.

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