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Top 10 best small electric cars 2024

Small electric cars make a lot of sense for commuting, city life and slashing your running costs. Here, we pick out the best ones to buy in the UK right now...

Small electric cars have come a long way since the infamous G-Wiz landed back in 2001. Thanks largely to improvements in terms of packaging and battery capacity, even the smallest electric cars offer a decent amount of range, with the best small EVs now suitable for longer trips, too.

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The march of technology has not only enhanced the range and efficiency of small electric cars but also significantly improved their performance and driving experience. With instant torque delivery and smooth acceleration, driving an electric car, even a compact one, is often a delight compared to traditional internal combustion counterparts.

Plus, since small EVs have smaller batteries on board, charging them up is quick, and you can expect your running costs to be far cheaper than even the most economical small petrol cars. However, electric cars, even ones this size, are still more expensive to buy than their petrol-powered counterparts, so it’s worth considering the purchase price as well as the running costs when you buy.

But it’s only a matter of time before the gap closes, with sub-£25,000 EVs on the way in the form of the Citroen e-C3 and Renault 5, to name but a couple. If you are concerned about cost, you can check out our list of the cheapest electric cars on sale right now – otherwise, here’s our round-up of the top 10 best small electric cars you can buy.

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Make sure to check out the winners of the 2024 DrivingElectric Awards and our list of the best electric cars on sale as well, to see what’s impressed us the most over the past year – and don't forget to follow DrivingElectric on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube for the very latest news and reviews.

Best small electric cars to buy now

Our expert road testers have driven every electric car on the market and this is their pick of the current small EV crop…

1. MG4 EV

At the forefront of our lineup is the MG4, offering a sleek design and exceptional affordability. Its impressive 323-mile range, comfortable ride, and enjoyable driving dynamics all add to the package. Despite its somewhat low-rent interior, boot space that’s limited compared to its competition and a less-than-cutting-edge infotainment system, the MG4 remains an excellent option. 

In a time where living costs seem to constantly be on the rise and saving money is paramount, its combination of affordability, practicality, and efficiency sets it apart. Recognised as both the Best Value Electric Car and Car of the Year for 2023 by DrivingElectric, the MG4 shows that unbeatable value shines through.

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Read our full MG4 EV review to find out more

2. BYD Dolphin

BYD may not be a household name in the UK, but it’s bound to be very soon after the introduction of its latest electric car: the Dolphin supermini. Soon to become the cheapest new electric car on sale in Britain – the least-expensive entry-level models go on sale in 2024 – and our Best Value Electric Car for 2024, the BYD Dolphin’s funky interior feels anything but cheap with all models getting plush vegan leather and a rotating touchscreen. The larger MG4 may be more fun to drive, but the BYD Dolphin still offers a composed driving experience that is perfectly aimed at city drivers, thanks to its light steering. Don’t sniff at its Chinese origin; the BYD Dolphin is arguably the strongest offering in the small electric car space and you’d be flippin’ (pun intended) daft to ignore it!

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Read our full BYD Dolphin review to find out more.

3. Volvo EX30

The new entry point into the Volvo line-up comes in the form of the pint-sized plug-in EX30 and let us tell you, the Swedish brand has really knocked it out of the park. If you can overlook its rather cramped rear seats, the Volvo EX30 is arguably the plushest-feeling small electric car around and although most of the controls lie buried in the touchscreen, this is no hardship as it’s one of the slickest systems around. While base models offer superb value-for-money as a posh second car, top-of-the-range EX30s can manage up to roughly 300 miles on a charge, or reach 62mph in a Porsche Taycan-toppling 3.6 seconds.

Read our full Volvo EX30 review to find out more.

4. Renault Megane E-Tech

Renault's Megane E-Tech secures its place with its fantastic Google-powered infotainment system, which won our 2023 Technology Award. It's got an attractive design and offers a pretty comfortable ride. While it's got a decent 280-mile range, some people might get annoyed about the sub-par rear visibility, the interior can feel average at best in places and tight rear seats. But overall, it's a solid pick in as an electric hatchback, blending style, comfort, and top-notch tech. So, if you're after innovation and practicality, the Megane E-Tech has got you covered.

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Read our full Renault Megane E-Tech review to find out more.

5. Jeep Avenger

Jeep’s first foray into the electric-car market comes in the form of a chunky crossover that shares its parts with the Fiat 600e and Vauxhall Mokka Electric. Don’t let this put you off, though, as a raised ride height and several off-ride drive modes help the front-wheel-drive Avenger be a pretty capable off-roader. On the tarmac, the Avenger is relaxing and easy to drive, plus rapid charging and a range of up to 250 miles make it possible to do longer journeys frequently. Our biggest gripe is the iPad case-style centre console lid which, if that’s our main concern, shows you how well-rounded this oversized Tonka toy of an electric car really is.

Read our full Jeep Avenger review to find out more.

6. Fiat 500e

The electric-only Fiat 500 tastefully updates the iconic city car’s charming looks, and features a cabin that's stylish and high-tech. While it might not quite offer the same retro vibes as its predecessor, the latest 500 offers a much better seating position than the car it replaces, with a smooth drive to make nipping around town a breeze. The Fiat 500e is one of the cheapest electric cars on sale, with a choice of two powertrains, offering 118 miles and 199 miles of range respectively. If speed is more important to you than style, a sporty Abarth 500e is also available.

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Read our full Fiat 500 review to find out more.

7. Peugeot E-208

The latest Peugeot 208 is one of the most stylish small cars on sale, and one that was designed from the outset to have electric power (along with its Vauxhall Corsa counterpart). Thanks to a recent facelift, the E-208 is now more striking than ever and boasts a 154bhp electric motor, paired to a 51kWh battery pack to provide a boosted range of up to 248 miles. The suspension is a little too firm for our liking – especially on pothole-laden UK roads – but the E-208’s interior is a real highlight and feels like something pulled straight out of a concept car.

Read our full Peugeot E-208 review to find out more.

8. Kia Soul EV

Few small electric cars turn heads quite like the funky Kia Soul EV with its unique boxy shape and Stormtrooper-esque front-end design. The Soul’s interior may not quite match its distinctive exterior, but nonetheless everything feels well-screwed together and Kia’s infotainment system is one of the best on the market. Top-of-the-range models are expensive, but offer a superb range of up to 280 miles; base Urban models are much cheaper, but are best kept as city runarounds due to their 171-mile range.

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Read our full Kia Soul EV review to find out more.

9. Peugeot E-2008

If you like the idea of the Peugeot E-208 but need a little more space, the E-2008 SUV offers this alongside a desirable high driving position. The Peugeot E-2008’s boot is over 100 litres larger than the E-208’s, while you can easily carry four adults in complete comfort. Under the metal, facelifted versions of the E-2008 use a 51kWh (useable) battery pack for a range of up to 251 miles on a charge. Like the smaller E-208, 100kW rapid charging capability comes as standard, as well as Peugeot’s futuristic i-Cockpit infotainment system and digital instrument cluster setup.

Read our full Peugeot E-2008 review to find out more.

10. Vauxhall Corsa Electric

One of the UK’s best-selling cars is also available with electric power; the Vauxhall Corsa Electric is based on the same platform as the Peugeot E-208 and offers a similar range, identical 0-62mph figure and 100kW maximum charging speed. Like the Peugeot, the Corsa Electric is in its element on urban roads as it can sprint from 0-31mph in just 3.1 seconds. It’s roughly the same price as the shaper looking E-208, but some may prefer the electric Corsa’s more understated design, which has just been refreshed with Vauxhall’s trademark Vizor. A new 51kWh (useable) battery is now also available with up to 246 miles of range, alongside the 50kWh base model which can do just over 220 miles on a charge.

Read our full Vauxhall Corsa Electric review to find out more.

Wildcard: Citroen Ami

Strictly speaking, the ultra-compact Citroen Ami isn't a car – it's classified as a 'heavy quadricycle' – but if you genuinely only need something small for nipping around locally carrying not much luggage, it might fit the bill. You can charge its 5.5kWh battery from a regular household socket in a few hours and it'll take you over 40 miles at nearly 30mph if you do. The interior is basic at best, but there's no arguing with the price. 

Read our full review of the Citroen Ami to find out more.

Best small electric cars to buy now

  1. MG4 EV 
  2. BYD Dolphin
  3. Volvo EX30
  4. Renault Megane E-Tech
  5. Jeep Avenger
  6. Fiat 500e
  7. Peugeot E-208
  8. Kia Soul EV
  9. Peugeot E-2008
  10. Vauxhall Corsa Electric

Wildcard: Citroen Ami

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Hello, I'm George Armitage. I joined the DrivingElectric team in 2024 as a content editor and I also contribute to Auto Express. Formerly, I restored classic cars and worked in car sales. Starting with freelance writing, I progressed into automotive journalism, fuelling my passion for storytelling and connecting with audiences to explain the amazing world of EVs.

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