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Used Car of the Year Awards contenders: electric cars
You’ll have to wait until 30 September for the winner of the 2021 What Car? Used Car of the Year to be announced, but you can get a preview of the top contenders here...
Less than £13,000
The Renault Zoe was one of the most popular new electric cars and is now one of the least expensive buy used, even though plenty of Zoes have a greater range than most rivals. Go for an example from 2015 onwards that has the bigger 41kWh battery pack.
Inner-city commuters will love the solid feeling of the VW e-Up, which has a sturdier feeling interior than the Zoe, and it even comes with a decent amount of standard equipment, such as heated seats and a heated windscreen for those frosty mornings which some EVs do without.
Like the Zoe, the Leaf was a popular choice when new and so there are plenty to sift through on the used market. As it's a larger car, it's also more practical than either the Zoe or e-Up. Find a late 2016, early 2017 example with the upgraded 30kWh battery pack for the best range.
Less than £25,000
The second-generation Leaf is a lot more refined than the Leaf that went before it, plus it gained a bigger 40kWh pack that gives it a better range. It was better to drive and more comfortable to ride in, too.
Futuristic looks set the BMW i3 apart from other EV rivals, and inside it was equally impressive, with an easy to use infotainment system with the impressive iDrive system. Reliability also seems to be a major plus, beating the high score of the latest Nissan Leaf according to our most recent What Car? Reliability survey.
The e-Golf has all the virtues of the everyday Golf. it has a great interior quality and unbeatable driver comfort because it offers you both a height and reach adjustable steering wheel. The infotainment screen is great, too, with higher resolution and better smartphone integration.
Less than £55,000
Few other cars, whether they be electric or not, are as lavishly appointed inside as an Audi E-tron, and when coupled with low levels of road noise and the refinement of its near-silent electric motor, you get an exquisite luxury car experience.
Despite having been around a few years, the Jaguar I-Pace has an electric range of 292 miles that still stands up against the competition, plus every model feels quick and it handles really well, just as you might expect a Jag to.
Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S proved that electric cars could become a viable everyday car, the only issue was that these were very expensive new. A used one, however, is far more affordable for most people, and it can still go just as far on a charge as the newer Audi E-tron.