If you’re looking for a new EV and want to spend around £30,000 or less here’s our round-up of the cheapest models on sale today.
There’s something for every taste in this electric car line up from budget to mid price models. Which one floats your boat?
Okay, we’re cheating a bit here as the quirky Ami is classed as a quadricycle rather than a car. But if it’s the cheapest electric motoring you want this is it. What you’re getting is very basic transport, a vehicle that can carry just two passengers and comes only in left-hand drive. Its ability on the road is also very limited, with an 8bhp motor that propels the Ami to just 28mph. It can manage up to 46 miles before a recharge is needed, something that takes around 3 hours, so you won’t be able to travel far. It’s fun and funky, though.
Sales of MGs have rocketed, and this good looking EV is one of the reasons why. Not only does it sport a very attractive price tag but it also blends solid practicality with a 218-mile range and decent performance. For this money you’re looking at entry-level SE trim but it boasts most of the kit you’ll need including a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment set up with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. MG Pilot brings plenty of driver assistance tech, too. The spacious cabin is supplemented by a 363-litre boot, making it a sound choice as a family car.
The 500e is certainly a stylish small car, and for many EV buyers that’s reason enough to choose one. Opting for the cheapest version means it will come with the smaller 24kWh battery pack which limits the claimed range to 118 miles, but that should be fine if most of your motoring is of the local variety. And with a 95hp electric motor there’s reasonable performance on offer, making the chic Fiat usefully lively in the cut and thrust of city traffic. Standard kit is fine, too, with all models getting a digital instrument display and touchscreen infotainment.
The current Leaf is a whole lot sharper-looking than the original that arrived way back in 2011, and as a family-oriented electric car it still makes plenty of sense. A spacious interior and plenty of safety tech are pluses, and even in entry-level Acenta trim the standard kit includes 16-inch alloy wheels and an 8.0-inch infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. If there’s a downside it’s that this money only gets you a 39kWh battery which means a claimed range of 168 miles. Rivals do better here, but don’t let it put you off if you like the way the Leaf looks and drives.
The Zoe has been around for a decade, and while the choice of EVs has expanded rapidly in that time this is still a very capable machine. It still looks smart and in Techno trim it has all the kit you’ll need, from climate and cruise control to heated seats and steering wheel. This compact hatchback drives nicely, too, with decent performance from the 134bhp electric motor and a 50kWh battery pack that provides a claimed range of 238 miles. The only real fly in the ointment are rear seats that feel a touch cramped, which may or may not matter to you.
If you prefer the looks of a crossover then this practical electric car is well worth considering, not least because of its attractive price. It’s easy to drive and has a claimed range of 198 miles from a 51kwh battery pack, and with 0-60mph ticked off in 8.2 seconds it’s reasonably lively, too. A usefully roomy cabin and 480-1100-litre boot makes it a good choice for family duties, while SE trim delivers plenty of standard kit including air-conditioning, adaptive cruise control and keyless entry. It won’t deliver driving excitement but as a pleasingly capable family-friendly EV it’s very hard to ignore.
The only other estate electric car on sale is a Porsche, so the rather more affordable MG is in exalted company. And there’s plenty to like, from a spacious and practical cabin to a comfortable ride, plus a claimed 250-mile range that means you shouldn’t have to recharge the 57kWh battery too often. The 5 looks a bit sharper as well, thanks to a refresh in 2022, and in SE trim it features all the convenience and safety kit you need. Okay, it’s not the most stylish EV out there but that’s easy to overlook given the value and all-round ability on offer.