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Cheapest All Electric Cars in the UK 2020

Rank of cheapest electric cars in the UK. See how prices compare. Includes charging costs.

If you're looking to minimize your motoring costs and want to drive an electric vehicle, then consider one of the cars on this page. While electric cars can usually offer significant savings in annual running costs, the cars listed below also stand out for cheap purchase prices.

Top 10 Cheapest All-Electric Cars in the UK

Top 10 Cheapest Electric Cars UKStarting Price
1Smart EQ fortwo coupe£17,350
2Skoda CITIGOe iV£17,455
3Citroen C-Zero£17,520
4Smart EQ forfour£17,785
5SEAT Mii Electric£19,800
6VW eUp£20,195
7Mini Electric£24,900
8Peugeot e-208£25,550
9Renault Zoe Z.E. 50 R110£26,170
10Nissan Leaf 40 kWh£26,845
Chart showing the 10 cheapest electric cars in the UK

1. Smart EQ fortwo coupe

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 electric car cost in the UK. The Smart EQ fortwo coupe only seats 2 people, however, and has one of the smallest batteries available (17.6 kWh). The smaller battery means the car only delivers an average range of 60 miles for combined city and motorway driving (50 in winter and 70 in summer). Not surprisingly, the boot is small with 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

2. Skoda CITIGOe iV

With a starting price of £17,455, the Skoda CITIGOe iV is the 2nd cheapest electric car to buy in the UK. It's also one of the slowest, with a 0-60mph time of 12.3 seconds. However, the average range of 123 miles for combined city and motorway driving is twice as long as the other cheapest electric cars, the Smart EQ and the Citroen C-Zero. The Skoda CITIGOe iV seats 4 people and offers 250 litres of boot space, the same as the SEAT Mii Electric and VW eUp.

  • 0-60 mph: 12.3 seconds
  • Starting price: £17,455
  • Cost per charge: £5.26
  • Average range: 123 miles

3. Citroen C-Zero

The Citroen C-Zero ranks 3rd in the list of cheapest electric cars in the UK, with a starting price of £17,520. This unique-looking car is narrow so good for driving in the city or on narrow lanes, has great visibility and seats 4 people. However, it is the slowest EV in the group taking 15.9 seconds to get up to 60 miles per hour. And it offers just 166 litres of boot space and a range of only 53 miles on average for combined city and motorway driving—the Citroen C-Zero compares poorly to other cheap electric car options on all three of these metrics.

  • 0-60 mph: 15.9 seconds
  • Starting price: £17,520
  • Cost per charge: £2.36
  • Average range: 53 miles

4. Smart EQ forfour

The four-seater version of the Smart EQ costs around £435 more than the two-seater, which is the cheapest EV in the UK market. Since the same battery powers both cars, it's no surprise that the larger four seater is a touch slower off the mark (0-60mph in 12.7 seconds). The other disadvantage is a smaller boot space (185 litres), but you can always use the back seats for carrying goods when needed. Drivers should only expect a range of around 58 miles (65 in summer and 50 in winter).

  • 0-60 mph: 12.7 seconds
  • Starting price: £17,785
  • Cost per charge: £2.72
  • Average range: 58 miles

5. SEAT Mii Electric

The SEAT Mii Electric starts from £19,800 and delivers around 123 miles on a full charge (140 in summer and 105 in winter), around average for the group. This car also seats 4 and takes 12.3 seconds to accelerate up to 60 mph, similar to other cars in this category. However the app has somewhat poor ratings, with many complaints about it crashing.

  • 0-60 mph: 12.3 seconds
  • Starting price: £19,800
  • Cost per charge: £5.26
  • Average range: 123 miles

6. VW eUp

The VW eUp is the electric version of one of the Cheapest cars to insure UK in the UK. At just a hair over £20k, the VW eUp is Volkswagen's cheapest all-electric car. Drivers can expect to get around 123 miles of range on average, similar to the SEAT Mii Electric and the Skoda CITIGOe iV.

  • 0-60 mph: 11.9 seconds
  • Starting price: £20,195
  • Cost per charge: £5.26
  • Average range: 123 miles

7. Mini Electric

The Mini Electric will surely prove to be a favourite, and it made our list of top affordable and fast EVs. This iconic car is not only affordable, it's the sportiest car in the list of 10 cheapest electric cars with a 0-60 mph time of just 7.3 seconds. The range is not super, but the average of 113 miles of combined city and motorway driving will still be enough for most commuters.

  • 0-60 mph: 7.3 seconds
  • Starting price: £24,900
  • Cost per charge: £4.71
  • Average range: 113 miles

8. Peugeot e-208

The Peugeot e-208 is the first 5-seater in the top ten, and provides one of the longest ranges (180 miles on average over combined city and motorway driving). It's also provides decent acceleration with a 0-60 mph time of 8.1 seconds. Boot space is 265 litres which might be tight for a family (the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf, numbers 9 and 10 in the list, have more boot space).

  • 0-60 mph: 8.1 seconds
  • Starting price: £25,550
  • Cost per charge: £7.66
  • Average range: 180 miles

9. Renault Zoe Z.E. 50 R110

The Renault Zoe Z.E. 50 R110 shines for one of the quickest charging times (3 hours on 3-phase home charging) and a decent boot (338 litres—1,225 litres when the seats are folded down). It also sports the longest range out of the 10 cheapest electric cars—198 miles on average for a mix of city and motorway driving (230 in summer and 165 in winter). It's not very quick though, taking 11.4 seconds to get up to 60 mph.

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

10. Nissan Leaf 40 kWh

The Nissan Leaf is another top pick for a cheap all-electric car, due to the large boot space. Not only does it seat 5 to accommodate extra people, but the boot space is a generous 435 litres to carry school bags, shopping, sports bags and more. The Nissan Leaf provides the most boot space out of all the ten cheapest UK electric cars. If you ever need more storage space, folding the rear seats will provide 1,176 litres of room. The 40 kWh battery delivers an average range of 133 miles (155 in summer and 110 in winter) and it's one of the zippiest cars in the group, reaching 60 mph in 7.9 seconds.

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

Comparing Cheapest All-Electric Cars

Of the cheapest all-electric cars in the UK, which offers the best value for money? Have a look at the chart below to see how cars compare—in this case, range per OTR price. As you can see, the SEAT MII Electric, Skoda CITIGOe iV and the VW eUp give nearly double the range as the Smart EQ and Citroen C-Zero—for around the same price. In particular, the Skoda CITIGOe iV stands out for offering great range for the price tag (up to around £20k).

Those with around £5,000 more budget can step up to the Renault Zoe A.E. 50 R110, Peugeot e-208, Nissan Leaf 40 kWh or Mini Electric. In this price range (around £25k), the Renault Zoe A.E. 50 R110 and Peugeot e-208 give the most range for your investment, and the Mini the least. But there are trade offs, of course. The Leaf gives you the most boot space and the Mini is the sportiest. The best car will depend on your priorities.

chart showing starting prices and ranges of cheap UK electric cars
What's the Best Cheap Electric Car in the UK?

To see the extent of savings you can make with an electric car vs an ICE, see our How Much Can You Save with an All-Electric Car? article.

FAQs

The cheapest EV in the UK is the Smart EQ fortwo coupe, followed by the Skoda CITIGOe iV. Both of these cars start from under £17,500 including the government grant. Here is a list of the top 10 most affordable electric cars in the UK.
The Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe are amongst the cheapest EVs in the UK whilst offering decent boot space for sports equipment, school bags and shopping.

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.

Erin Yurday

Erin Yurday is the CEO, Co-founder and Editor of NimbleFins. Prior to NimbleFins, she worked as an investment professional and as the finance expert in Stanford University's Graduate School of Business case writing team.

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