Best electric car deals
Think an electric, hybrid or plug-in hybrid car is an expensive investment? Think again. If you do your research, there are some great deals to be had on new, nearly-new and pre-registered models.
To give you an idea of what’s available, we asked our sister title BuyaCar to recommend some of their top deals on a range of electrified models.
We've also scoured the internet to see what finance deals are being offered by manufacturers at present.
Scroll down to read about the best electric car deals...
Volkswagen e-Golf (pre-registered)
The Volkswagen e-Golf is one of the best-handling electric cars on sale at the moment, and like its internal combustion-engined siblings, it’s an incredibly practical family car. Real-world range of around 130 miles leaves the e-Golf wanting in comparison to more modern rivals, but when charging at home that range will cost you as little as £5.40.
Nissan Leaf (new)
The Nissan Leaf is the best-selling electric car ever, and in 2019 the company decided to strengthen its offering by introducing the Leaf e+, giving the popular runabout the option of a new 62kWh battery and a range of 239 miles.
Nissan offers customers flexible finance on the Leaf: paying a deposit of £6,553 will secure you a top-spec Tekna e+ (with the bigger battery) with monthly repayments of £469 over the course of three years, subject to a fixed interest rate of 5.99% APR. At the end of the term, you can either pay the remaining £16,613 to buy the car outright, or you can hand it back to Nissan and look for a new vehicle elsewhere.
Renault ZOE Dynamique Nav (pre-registered)
The Renault ZOE is another small electric car that's beginning to show its years in the face of competition from more modern offerings. However, a combination of good real-world range and affordability is keeping the ZOE in the hunt for now, and the prospect of a significant saving only strengthens its case.
According to BuyaCar, there are several pre-registered ZOEs out there with less than 50 miles on the clock starting from £15,729, nearly £2,000 less than the list price of a new model. The Government’s plug-in car grant discount of £3,500 still applies, too.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (new)
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the most popular plug-in hybrid in Britain. Pure electric range of 28 miles and oodles of space inside for passengers make it cheap to run and eminently practical, while CO2 emissions of 46g/km make it tempting as a company car too.
Mitsubishi has configurable contract hire purchase offers on its website, recommending an initial deposit of £12,200: this leaves monthly repayments of £264.31 for a period of three years (subject to 5.9% APR), with an optional final bill of £15,912.
BMW 5 Series 530e (pre-registered)
There’s lots to like about the BMW 530e: electric range of around 29 miles should be more than enough to cover most commutes without using petrol, while the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine delivers more than enough performance for relaxed, long-distance cruising.
Better still, BuyaCar reckons you could save as much as £13,000 off the original, circa-£50,000 list price of the 530e with a pre-registered model boasting exceedingly low mileage. With prices starting from £36,750 and monthly repayments of £501, this isn’t one to be missed.
Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Premium (new)
Famously, the Hyundai Ioniq was the first car to be offered in electric, hybrid or plug-in hybrid form. This is the latter, meaning you get that mix of limited, electric-only running and the safety net of a convention petrol engine for when the battery runs out.
BuyaCar’s saving of £3,608 isn’t to be sniffed at either, especially for an entirely new car: the Ioniq Plug-In is a very accomplished vehicle, and if you can charge it regularly and stick to short journeys, you’ll be laughing.
Kia Niro PHEV (new)
The Kia e-Niro is one of the best electric cars of the modern era, but such was its popularity that it sold out completely in a matter of weeks at the beginning of 2019. It's plug-in hybrid sibling is a good alternative, though: 30 miles of electric range is reinforced by a 1.6-litre petrol engine, which should suit those needing to mix short trips with longer journeys.
Like other manufacturers, Kia's personal contract purchase deal can be tailored to each customer, but as a guide a deposit of just over £3,000 will be followed by monthly repayments of £438 over 37 months (5.9% APR). Each mile costs an extra 9p after the annual limit of 10,000, with the optional final payment standing at £12,780.
Volvo XC90 T8 R Design (new)
With a list price starting just shy of £70,000, there’s no getting away from the fact that the Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid is an expensive car. But then, at this end of the luxury SUV spectrum, this is par for the course.
BuyaCar says that you could save almost £8,000 off the original list price, and still get a completely new XC90 that you can spec yourself. Its 22-mile electric range isn’t as good as that of some rivals, but with 385bhp on tap, you’re unlikely to give this flaw much thought.
Toyota Yaris Hybrid Active (pre-registered)
The Toyota Yaris Hybrid looks like a great prospect on paper, with a spacious interior and generous equipment list helping it compete with its hybrid rivals. The irksome gearbox and noisy engine are less ideal, it has to be said, but for those only needing to potter around town, the Yaris could be more than adequate.
At present, BuyaCar can offer the Yaris Hybrid from £13,775, some £2,220 less than the original list price. All of the pre-registered cars have done less than 30 miles of driving since rolling off the production line, meaning they’re almost as nearly-new as it’s possible to be without being factory fresh.