Best electric/hybrid cars to lease

Electric family hatchback: Volkswagen e-Golf

The e-Golf combines all the attributes that make Volkswagen's family hatchback a great all-rounder with an electric drivetrain. It's good to drive, has a refined cabin and plenty of space inside. It has an official range of 186 miles, though VW admits that will likely drop to 125 in real-world conditions, it's well kitted out (it has the same level of equipment as a Golf SE Technology - which is a lot) and holds its value better than petrol and diesel equivalents.

Small electric hatchback: Nissan Leaf

One of the earliest battery-electric cars in mass production, the Nissan Leaf is now in its second generation and boasts a much longer range than the original, at 168 miles for the entry-level 40kWh version and 239 miles from the range-topping 62kWh model. It's also nippy, has a good level of standard equipment and a large boot.

Large electric car: Tesla Model 3

It's the smallest and lowest-priced car in Tesla's range, although the Model 3 is still the most expensive vehicle on our list. It's about the same size as a BMW 3 Series and is priced similarly when you take into account specification levels, as it comes with heaps of kit as standard. It's also seriously quick - especially the Performance version - has a standard range of 250 miles or 322 from the 'Long' variant and, if you lease one, you get access to Tesla's Supercharger network of fast charges.

Hybrid SUV: Kia e-Niro

It's no surprise that the Kia e-Niro is in such high demand when you consider its astonishing 282-mile range. Factor in the ferocious acceleration, generous standard equipment and practical interior and the appeal broadens even further. It's more expensive than electric hatchbacks such as VW's e-Golf and the Nissan Leaf, but it's a good bit cheaper than premium EVs such as the Jaguar I-Pace and the Tesla Model S.

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