Top 10 used electric cars

Electric cars are all the rage at the moment, and if you buy used you don’t need to spend a fortune to get into one. Here we count down the top 10 – and reveal the model to avoid...

25 July 2019
Best used electric cars

There was a time when attempting a top ten list for used electric vehicles was impossible; there simply weren’t enough of them. However, with the improvements in battery technology, the growing concern of localised pollution levels and the fact that EVs no longer perform like overloaded milk floats, demand for them is growing.

EVs are certainly not new technology and have in fact been around since the invention of the car. They were often preferable in major cities because they didn’t smell and, unlike the horse, didn’t produce any waste. But it’s only been in the past 10 years that manufacturers have made a concerted effort with electric cars, producing a wide range of EVs in different shapes and sizes.

Our top ten has everything from small city cars to top-of-the-range luxury SUVs to whet your appetite; some of them are cheaper than others, but all of them represent the best of their type. Read on to find out what are the best used electric cars you can buy.

10. Volkswagen e-Up

Volkswagen e-Up

Basing your electric car on the cute little Up is not a bad place to start since it’s one of the best city cars on sale. And, in some ways, the e-Up is even better.

For starters, if you need an automatic car, the smooth electric motor and instant torque make the e-Up a swift urban runabout. Second, the additional weight of the batteries helps to settle the ride over the standard car. Plus, the batteries are neatly hidden beneath the seats, so there’s no loss of interior space.

Trouble is, because the battery pack is so small, the range is only really 66 miles, which limits it to those who mostly do urban driving and have easy access to a charge point.

Still, if you regularly commute into central London, not needing to pay the congestion charge or ULEZ is useful. A 7kWh charger will refill your e-Up in about six hours, while the rapid-charging facility means you can be back in action in 30 minutes.

We found: 2014 e-Up, 20,500 miles, £12,250

Read the used Volkswagen e-Up review

9. Kia Soul EV

Deal of the Day: Kia Soul EV

The Kia Soul EV is proof that electric cars need not look boring. And it’s still a highly practical five-seat family car that’s much cheaper to run than the standard car.

Equipment levels are pretty decent with climate control, heated front seats, cruise control, sat-nav and a reversing camera.

A home charger should recharge a fully depleted Soul in six hours, while a fast charger will get the battery to 80% in about 30 minutes.

We found: 2015 Kia Soul EV, 8000 miles, £14,995

Read the used Kia Soul review

8. Vauxhall Ampera

Used Vauxhall Ampera 12-15

Some of you who are really switched on will know that the Ampera does, in fact, have a petrol engine and is therefore an outlier in our list. However, this Vauxhall (and the Chevrolet Volt it is closely related to) operates as an electric car most of the time, only using the petrol engine if you need to travel further than its electric range can manage and there’s no access to a charging point.

If you do regularly charge it up, then 40 miles of electric range should see you to work without issue, and if you have access to a dedicated wall charger, then it’ll only take four hours to replenish your electric range.

While Vauxhall only sold the Ampera for three years, there are a few higher-mileage examples out there under £10,000, making the Ampera a cut-price EV for those wanting to be green.

We found: 2014 Vauxhall Ampera Positiv, 57,000 miles, £12,495

Read the used Vauxhall Ampera review

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