Watch: Five used electric cars that should be on your shortlist

Looking for an electric model, but put off by high prices and long wait times for new models? We reveal five used electric cars that should be on your shortlist.

Although all five models on our short list perform well, each has shortcomings. Be sure to click through to the full reviews to get our definitive verdict.

For more tips on what to look for when buying a used electric car (including whether you have to worry about battery degradation), check out our guide on how to buy the best used electric car.


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Kia e-Niro (2019-22): £15,631 to £35,121

Kia e Niro

Kia’s popular e-Niro SUV has been pulled from showrooms and replaced with an all-new version: the kia niro electric. The South Korean manufacturer will no doubt be hoping the new model can match the e-Niro’s stellar reliability record.

Earlier this year, we revealed that the Kia e-Niro is not only the most reliable electric small SUV, but also the Most reliable small SUV on all fuel types – an amazing achievement considering that electric cars tend to have slightly worse reliability than other types of fuel.

And if something goes wrong, your used e-Niro should still be backed by the remainder of Kia’s seven-year/100,000-mile warranty.

Kia claims up to 282 miles of range for the 64kWh e-Niro, but as always you should read our full review to find out what this translates to in real-world use. There are other things to consider as well, including some issues with storage space.

read our full Kia e-Niro (2019-22) Review To discover more.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive (2015-17): £16,989 to £21,087

Mercedes B-Class EV

Mercedes has an ever-expanding range of dedicated luxury electric car models, but its first UK offering was actually a converted version of its humble Class B MPV.

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It may have seemed like an odd choice, but the car’s chassis design made it an ideal candidate for a zero-emissions makeover. There are some subtle differences (the trunk is slightly smaller and the rear seats don’t fold flat), but the cabin is still spacious and well-appointed.

The 132kW electric motor is also up there with its combustion counterpart in terms of performance and feels particularly powerful at low speeds, although its power consumption in our tests couldn’t quite match its more frugal rivals.

Find out if the Mercedes compact MPV has any other flaws, in our comprehensive Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive (2015-17) review

Nissan Leaf (2011-17): £6,364 to £14,465

nissan leaf

Europe’s first mass-market electric car was launched long ago when diesel was at the height of popularity, but it’s still a decent (and great value) way to switch to electric.

Its popularity lies in its familiarity. The Leaf is a roomy five-door hatchback with enough practicality and comfort for easy everyday use. It’s well made and (aside from a slightly weird gear stick) it’s as intuitive to drive as any other family car. The only real difference is a very pleasing absence of engine noise in the cabin.

The Leaf uses Nissan’s Chamedo connector for fast charging, which isn’t as common as the CCS plug most manufacturers have adopted, though it shouldn’t be a problem at most public charging points. You can read more about the different charging connectors in our guide on how to use electric car charging points.

What is probably more problematic is the very limited range of the Leaf. None of the models we tested could get 100 miles on a full charge, so you’ll need to think carefully about your driving habits before you buy.

As one of the oldest electric cars on our roads, we’ve got a lot of insight into how robust the Leaf is as it ages.

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Read all about it in our expert Nissan Leaf (2011-17) Review.

Volkswagen e-Golf (2014-20): £15,417 to £22,786

Volkswagen eGolf

Unlike the flashy designs of some modern electric cars, the VW e-Golf lets you go electric in a more subtle way. It’s almost indistinguishable from the subtly attractive petrol model, both inside and out, and offers the same relaxed and refined driving experience.

Being an older electric car, it cannot compete with the latest models in terms of range or maximum recharging capacity.

Like the Nissan Leaf, the e-Golf’s strengths lie in its space and ease of use. However, the conversion to electricity has resulted in some compromises.

Find out what these commitments are, and more, in our comprehensive Volkswagen e-Golf (2014-20) review.

BMW i3 (2013-22): £13,988 to £37,061

bmw i3

While it is currently still possible to order a new i3 online, BMW has sounded the death knell for its innovative i3 hatchback, with the latest car rolling off the production lines soon. Given its nine-year production run, early models are now available for less than £15,000.

The i3 was one of the first truly premium electric hatchbacks. Its futuristic, boxy interior may have been a far cry from other BMWs of the time, but the depth of quality and superb performance were instantly familiar.

Early versions were also available as a range-extending hybrid, with a small gasoline engine used to generate electricity, recharging the battery and reducing range anxiety.

If you plan on using it for long trips, look for one made from 2016 onwards; these models include BMW’s updated battery pack, which increases driving range.

Find out which version of the i3 is best for you and how they fare for reliability in our comprehensive BMW i3 (2013-22) review.


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