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 June 2019
Hyundai Ioniq

4. Hyundai Ioniq

While the Ioniq is available in three different flavours – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric – we’re focusing on the all-electric version here.

The 117-mile real range according to our tests is similar to the Volkswagen e-Golf, but the Ioniq comes with more equipment and is a little more practical.

It doesn’t drive quite as nicely as the e-Golf – or the regular hybrid version, for that matter – but it’s comfortable to go long distances in and, of course, quiet.

A home charger should have it recharged in four hours, or an 80% charge in 30 minutes.

We found: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Premium, 14,996 miles. £20,795

Read the used Hyundai Ioniq review

3. Volkswagen e-Golf

New Volkswagen e-Golf vs BMW i3

The biggest compliment you can pay the e-Golf is that it feels just like a regular Golf. Only the electric car is much quieter and quicker off the line than a regular petrol or diesel model.

Claimed range is 125 miles, which is on par for this type of car, and so are the charge times. It should take four hours from a 7kWh home charger or 45 minutes using a fast charger.

Then once you’ve got your head around that, you’ll be able to enjoy the normal qualities that make the regular Golf so popular: the light steering, a pleasant ride and refined motorway manners.

Add to that a decent-sized boot (it’s slightly down on the regular car, but still big enough for a buggy or set of Golf clubs) and plenty of room for people front and rear, and you’ve got a highly practical electric car.   

We found: 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf, 14,350 miles, £21,300  

Read the used Volkswagen e-Golf review

2. BMW i3

Used BMW i3 13-present

Here’s proof that you can even have a premium-badged electric car for a fraction of what it cost new. There are plenty of BMW i3s out there in either range extender or pure electric form, like the example here.

The EV actually has the longer electric power range, and because we’ve gone for a car registered after the model revisions in July 2016, you should be able to go for 120 miles between charges. A recharge from empty using a 7kWh home charger takes four hours, and the i3 can be fast-charged so you can get it up to 80% within 40 minutes.

Once topped up, the i3 is quite pleasant to drive and grips the road well, even with those skinny tyres. The ride can be a little firm, but it means the i3 resists roll despite being fairly tall.     

We found: 2017 BMW i3 E 94Ah, 10,250 miles, £20,695

Read the used BMW i3 review

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