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Best electric car deals

Electric car 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

Think an electric, hybrid or plug-in hybrid car will be expensive to buy? 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.

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.

Kia plug-in hybrid and electric 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.

MG electric and plug-in hybrid 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. 

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.

Renault electric and hybrid car deals

The Renault ZOE electric car is available (as of January 2021) with a £2,500 contribution on top of the government grant, meaning the ZOE Play R110 Z.E. 50 can be had for as little as £269 per month with a customer deposit of £2,666 when financed at 0% APR on a PCP deal over 48 months.

The Captur plug-in hybrid is available in 160 S Edition trim for £384 per month on 0% APR over 48 months with a £2,837 deposit, while the non-plug-in Clio is available for £249 a month with a £1,097 when financed at 0% APR over 48 months.

Volkswagen ID.3 (pre-registered from BuyaCar)

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.

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. 

Mitsubishi hybrid car deals

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.

Hyundai electric and hybrid car deals

Hyundai has plenty of 0% APR PCP deals available in 2021. These include the Ioniq Electric for £273 per month on a 25-month plan with a £7,500 deposit, with flexibility to pay more or less up front to help adjust monthly repayments. The same plan and deposit will get you a Kona Electric 64kWh for £355 per month.

The recently revealed new Hyundai Tucson is available in Hybrid form with a £2,000 contribution towards your deposit and at 4.6% APR.

Volvo XC40 Recharge P8

Volvo electric and hybrid car '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. 

Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris Hybrid Active (pre-registered from BuyaCar)

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.

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