Top 10 used electric cars
Electric cars are on-trend, and if you buy used you don’t need to spend a fortune to get into one. Here we count down our top 10 favourites.....
1. Renault Zoe
Despite the potential battery leasing costs, the Renault Zoe is still one of the more affordable electric cars on the market and, thanks to an improved battery from 2015 onwards, the range is really decent, too.
It's also good to drive and a solid performer, with instant shove from a start and low noise levels. Being similar in dimensions to a Clio, the Zoe can also be more than just a second car. There's plenty of room front and rear, with enough rear-seat room for a couple of children, and the boot is a decent size and can accommodate a pushchair without issue.
We managed 146 miles from an R110 model during our What Car? Real Range test, a figure that makes the Zoe one of the more useful electric cars available. The heavily revised 2020 Zoe actually upped the claimed range under the latest WLTP testing to either 238 or 245 miles, depending on power output. In our Real Range tests we achieved an excellent 192 miles with this later version.
Charging times for the earlier cars from flat vary between eight hours on a 7kWh home charger point to two hours and 40 minutes from a fast charger. There are even some Zoes with rapid charging if you need to travel further afield.
Those on a tight budget could even look at one of the very early Zoes, on the market for as little as £6000, but with a much shorter range than the later models, and usually set up with the additional monthly leasing cost of a battery on top.
With such outstanding flexibility and all-round affordability, the Zoe deserves its place as the best used electric car currently available.
We found: 2018 Renault Zoe R110, 15,000 miles, £13,295
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