Top 10 used electric cars

Electric cars are all the rage at the moment, but you don’t need to spend a fortune to get into one. Here we count down the 10 best used models...

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Max Adams
01 November 2018

2017 Tesla Model X: exclusive reader test team preview, plus test drives
Used Tesla Model X 16-present

The first Tesla on our list is the biggest and brashest electric car on sale today, and certainly turns heads wherever it goes. 150-200 miles on a charge should be easily achievable from a 75D model thanks to a huge battery. This does mean charge times can be quite long unless you’re using one of Tesla’s own superchargers (it can take 25 hours from a standard three-pin plug and 11 hours from a 7kWh wall charger) that take 40 minutes to get an 80% recharge. If you can afford the steep £70,000 entry fee, don’t be surprised when you have to fend off crowds of people wanting you to demonstrate ‘ModelXmas’!

We found: 2017 75D, 5400 miles, £70,000

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6. Nissan Leaf

Used Nissan Leaf 2011-2018

The first-generation Nissan Leaf should always be remembered for having been the one to kick-start mass production of electric cars. What’s more, it was even produced in the UK and proved you could electrify a more practical family-sized car rather than put up with the tiny little ones that went before it. Early Leafs can be picked up for a pittance, but the range was never great on them and battery degradation means it’ll be even worse today. We’d recommend going for a facelifted example from 2016 onwards with the 30kWh battery, which means that 105-120 miles on a charge is achievable. A dedicated 7kWh home charger should fill a flat Leaf in four-and-a-half hours while a rapid charger should get you to 80% in 30 minutes.  

Used Tesla Model S 14-present

Another Tesla makes it onto our list, but this time it’s a little more affordable than an X. Being an American car means that it’s massive and there’s therefore lots of leg, head and shoulder room for five adults. The hatchback boot allows you to easily load odd-shaped items into the back so, in many ways, the S is a very practical car. Like the X, charge times can be quite drawn-out affairs: a 75D can take 11 hours from a 7kWh home charger, but find a Tesla supercharger and it do an 80% fill in 40 minutes. 150-200 miles is achievable too, which unlocks its potential for long-distance electric motoring. Unfortunately, it cannot go any higher in this list because it came bottom in our most recent What Car? Reliability Survey.

We found: 2016 P85D, 35,858 miles, £58,000

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