Best used green cars (and the ones to avoid)

Thinking of buying a used electric car or hybrid? We take a look at the second-hand green cars that are worth your cash...

Used Renault Zoe 2013 -
Used Renault Zoe 2013 -

The Renault Zoe would already be a highly recommendable used car purchase even if it wasn’t such great value, thanks to its comfortable ride, engaging handling and a sensible amount of space. That it’s also so cheap to buy is the icing on the cake. Okay, you’ll have to pay a monthly battery lease on the cheapest examples, but the upside of this is that Renault throws in breakdown recovery and guarantees it’ll replace the battery if it drops below 75% of its original capacity for the life of the car. A small car of this age at this price is a great deal in anyone’s book, but when it’s this good and will save you so much money on fuel, it’s a steal. You can pick up the earliest Zoes now for under £6000, but don't forget that monthly battery lease cost too. Later models will set you back nearer the £10,000 of the just over one-year-old car we found, but that's still remarkable value.

We found: 2018 Renault Zoe Q90 40kWh Dynamique Nav, 7000 miles, £10,000.

Read the used Renault Zoe review

Ones to avoid - Honda Insight

Honda Insight

It’s spacious and well equipped, but that’s all the now rather dated Honda Insight had going for it. Vague handling, a lumpen ride, sluggish performance and poor interior quality are all reasons to stay away

Ones to avoid - Citroen DS5 Hybrid4

Used Citroen DS5 2012-2015

The Citroen DS5 (latterly just the DS 5) suffers from an overly stiff ride, a cramped interior and stodgy handling. In Hybrid4 form, it’s also expensive to buy and not that efficient.

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