The best EVs in the UK based on range, practicality and technology
If you’re thinking of going green with your next lease car, chances are you’ll have a few questions about which electric car is best for you? To help make choosing your new electric vehicle easier, car leasing specialists, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, has put together a list of the top 10 electric cars to lease in 2021 based on range, zero road tax rates, practicality, use of technology and style.
The electric vehicles featured in this article:
- Tesla Model 3
- Nissan LEAF
- Mercedes EQC
- Audi E-Tron
- Jaguar I-Pace
- BMW i3
- Porsche Taycan
- Kia e-Niro
- Renault Zoe
- Volkswagen ID.4
What is the best electric car?
Most popular electric car
The Tesla Model 3 is in the top spot, becoming the world's all-time best-selling electric car in early 2020, surpassing the Nissan LEAF. According to Forbes, the Tesla Model 3 is now also one of the top 20 most purchased cars globally of all types - not just electric vehicles. It's a fantastic achievement that an all-electric vehicle became the 16th best-selling car globally among all vehicles, including cars with internal combustion engines.
The best electric car for range
The Tesla Model S clinches top spot with an impressive range of 390 miles. Tesla also claims the all-electric saloon can reach a top speed of 200mph and has a 0-60mph time of fewer than 2 seconds. As well as having an incredible range and top speed, the Tesla Model S also has a pretty impressive charging time, with 75kW and 120kW unit chargers charging the Model S' batteries from 0-80% in 65 and 42 minutes retrospectively. Find out more in our helpful Electric Cars with the Longest Range guide.
The cheapest electric car
The cheapest electric car is the Skoda CITIGOe iV which costs around £16,955, once the government's £3,500 plug-in car grant has been applied. Yet, while the price is great, the range isn’t so good, at just 160 miles. The CITIGOe iV is the first electric offering from Skoda. This 100% electric city car offers generous space for up to four people and is perfect for nipping around town. It features an 82bhp electric motor powered by a 36.8kWh battery pack, to offer a range of up to 162 miles. Charging the CITIGOe iV from empty to 80% complete using a 40kw DC charger takes around an hour. However, using a 7.2kw AC wall box will take around four and a half hours for the same charge.
If the Skoda CITIGOe iV doesn’t catch your eye, there’s plenty more options to pick from, including the Seat Mii Electric from £172.02* exc VAT per month to the Nissan LEAF from £193.53* exc VAT per month. Find out more in our handy Top 10 Cheapest Electric Cars guide.
*Prices correct at time of publication and subject to change.