Best electric car deals
Deals could save you a pretty penny on an electric, hybrid or plug-in hybrid car. We round up the best from BuyaCar and elsewhere
If you think an electric, hybrid or plug-in hybrid car will be expensive to buy, then 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 regularly ask our sister site BuyaCar to recommend some of its 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.
BuyaCar has also partnered with finance provider ALPHERA to offer a unique finance product, ALPHERA Zero, dedicated to electric and hybrid vehicles. Those purchasing a used hybrid or plug-in car on finance using this product can offset all its carbon emissions during their term of ownership, at no additional cost.
ALPHERA is working with Hampshire-based sustainability experts Carbon Footprint to offset the emissions of vehicles financed through ALPHERA Zero through tree-planting programmes. Specific offsetting requirements vary by customer, determined by their vehicle and agreed contractual mileage.
The potential savings run into the thousands, and that’s before you take into account the lower running costs unlocked by electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology. Scroll down to read about the best electric car deals, and also check out our guide to buying an electric car on finance.
Hyundai electric and hybrid car deals (updated 29/01/21)
Hyundai has plenty of deals available in early 2021, most running until 31 March. These include the Ioniq Electric for £249 per month on a 36-month Personal Contract Hire (PCH) plan with a £1,494 initial rental. A similar plan will get you a Kona Electric 64kWh for £300 per month. The recently revealed new Hyundai Tucson is available on Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) in Hybrid form for £249 a month at 4.6% APR, with a £1,250 contribution towards your deposit.
Kia electric and hybrid car deals
Kia was one of the first manufacturers out of the blocks in 2021, offering some new-year deals and offers on some of its electrified models. The biggest of these is its new £2,500 'Plug-in Hybrid Grant' – Kia's own take on the government's Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG), which itself only applies to electric cars. The deal means £2,500 off the price of plug-in hybrid versions of the XCeed, Ceed Sportswagon, Niro and Sorento.
Kia has also introduced free servicing for its Stonic, Niro, Sportage and XCeed full, mild or plug-in hybrids as part of its 'Go Hybrid' scheme. The deal also includes two services and two years' free roadside assistance and 0% APR on a 24-month PCP with a minimum 20% deposit.
Those opting for an electric Kia – either the Soul or e-Niro – are eligible for three free services when purchased using the Kia Finance e-Plus service. Kia is also running a scrappage scheme that offers up to £2,500 off a range of new Kia models, including the Niro Hybrid, when you trade in a car or van originally registered before March 2014. It's available with 4.9% APR on PCP, but can't be used in conjunction with any other offers. All offers run until 31 March 2021, with the exception of the 'Go Hybrid', which ends on 28 February.
Mazda electric car deals (updated 03/02/21)
Mazda has now included its MX-30 pure-electric SUV (above) in its scrappage scheme. That means buyers can get £1,000 off the list price (which starts at £25,545) when they trade in a vehicle of any make that has been registered to the current keeper for a minimum of 60 days and was first registered on or before 31 December 2011. The offer is available on a 4% APR Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) finance or Conditional Sale on terms up to 48 months. It runs until 31 March and Mazda is also offering a free NewMotion home wallbox charger with every MX-30 ordered.
Mitsubishi hybrid car deals (updated 09/04/21)
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 £11,760 with monthly repayments of £264.31 for a period of 36 months (subject to 2.9% APR), with an optional final bill of £11,245.
Or if you're looking to buy an Outlander PHEV, until the end of July 2021 Mitsubishi has cut the price by £3,500, while anyone who test-drives a Mitsubishi before the end of May 2021 can get an additional £400 off, bring the total saving up to £3,900.
MG electric and hybrid car deals
MG is known for offering its cars at tempting prices and with strong buyer incentives – and that's still the case in 2021. The brand is offering a number of its electric models on 0% APR four-year PCP deals: representative deals on its website show the new MG ZS EV available from £279 per month with a £3,195 deposit, while the MG 5 EV is quoted from £249 per month with a £3,894 deposit.
The plug-in hybrid MG HS is also available on 0% finance: examples start at £329 per month with a £4,385 deposit. There's a decent supporting package for all electric MG buyers, including a seven-year warranty, a Type 2 charging cable and complimentary installation of a home wallbox charger.
Nissan electric car deals
The Nissan Leaf N-Connecta is currently available with 0% PCP finance for £249 per month over 37 months, with a £4,987 deposit. The deal ends on 31 January 2021. Alternatively, if you need more space, the Nissan e-NV200 Combi can be had from £304 per month with a £500 deposit contribution on a 4.99% APR 49-month deal. Nissan offers customers flexible finance on both the Leaf and e-NV200 Combi, so you can adjust the plan to suit your requirements using sliders for deposit, length of agreement and annual mileage.
Renault electric and hybrid car deals (updated 08/03/21)
The Renault ZOE electric car is available (as of March 2021) with a £750 deposit contribution on top of the government grant, meaning the ZOE Play R110 Z.E. 50 can be had for as little as £199 per month with a customer deposit of £5,257 when financed at 0% APR on a PCP deal over three years months. The Clio hybrid is available for £189 per month on 0% APR over three years, while the Captur plug-in hybrid is available for £279 a month when financed at 0% APR over three years and the Megane plug-in hybrid comes in at £309 a month on the same terms. All these offers run until the end of June 2021.
Skoda hybrid car deals (updated 03/02/21)
Skoda's Octavia iV (above) and Superb iV are two of our favourite plug-in hybrid models; the Octavia is available on a 4.1% APR PCP deal with a £1,500 deposit contribution, while Superb buyers get a £2,250 contribution and 4.9% APR. Those choosing PCP finance can also add a service plan covering the first two consecutive services for £159.
Toyota electric and hybrid car deals
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. At present (January 2021), BuyaCar can offer the new Yaris Hybrid from £14,311, or £203 per month. Read the full review here.
Vauxhall electric car deals
The Vauxhall Corsa-e is a great choice for a small electric runabout. To drive sales and help customers make the switch to electric power, Vauxhall is offering what it calls 30,000 miles of free home charging. In other words, the firm will add credit to your electricity account equivalent to 30,000 miles' worth of electricity. The deal only applies to Personal Contract Hire, which is available for the Corsa from £330 per month over 36 months, with a £1,980 initial rental.
Also included are eight years' roadside assistance and battery warranty, plus a six-month Polar Plus subscription for charging when you're out and about.If you buy the Corsa-e on a PCP deal, you get the same benefits minus that free electricity – but gain a year's free insurance instead. Prices start from £309 per month over 47 months with a £4,020 deposit and £1,250 contribution from Vauxhall.
Volkswagen electric and hybrid car deals
The Volkswagen ID.3 is one of the most exciting electric cars on sale at the moment – and the good news is that pre-registered examples are beginning to pop up for sale. BuyaCar can offer you a pre-registered ID.3 1ST with just 30 miles on the odometer from £29,991, or £365 per month: great if you want to jump the order queue for a brand-new example.
Elsewhere, as part of incentives across the whole of its range, Volkswagen is offering a deposit contributions and/or low APR deals for PCP customers of all of its plug-in hybrid and pure-electric cars. Highlights include £1,750 towards a Volkswagen ID.3 on a 4.9% APR deal; 4.9% APR deals (minus deposit contributions) are offered on all plug-in hybrid models, including the Golf GTE, Passat GTE and Arteon eHybrid.
Volvo electric and hybrid 'Care by Volvo' subscriptions
Volvo is one of the few manufacturers to offer an online subscription service for its cars alongside the usual finance options. For a flat monthly fee with no deposit, you can get a Volvo model with servicing, maintenance, roadside assistance and road tax all included, with the option to add insurance or buy your own. The service is called Care by Volvo and can be accessed on the company's website.
Volvo offers a 30-day free trial on the service and once you've subscribed, you can cancel – or change your car – at any time with three months' notice. You can configure and order your car if you don't mind a two to eight-month wait, or you can pick from a number of in-stock models for delivery within one month.
Prices start at £699 per month for an XC40 Recharge T5, £899 for an XC60 Recharge T8, £999 for a Volvo V60 Recharge T8 Polestar Engineered and £1,049 for an XC90 Recharge T8, with many more plug-in hybrid options available. There are price increases for extra mileage allocation. The pure-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 is also included, available from £899 per month.
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