What alternatives should I consider to a used Renault Zoe hatchback?
The original Nissan Leaf is the most obvious, despite it being slightly larger. Battery options were 24kWh and 30kWh, the former offering a theoretical maximum of 124 miles and the larger 155 miles. It’s also easy to live with and comfortable to drive, and it's now looking relatively good value on the used market.
One premium alternative to think about buying used is the Volkswagen e-Golf. This officially has a range of 186 miles, but Volkswagen admits that’ll drop to around 125 miles in the real world. The e-Golf will take 13 hours for a full charge from a three-pin plug or four hours from a dedicated quick charger. It’s great to drive, too, but it is pricey.
So is the BMW i3. It is undoubtedly very luxurious, though. It uses state-of-the-art production techniques to offset its weight and offers a range of around 124 miles. You can even look out for a range-extender option that incorporates a tiny petrol engine to prevent the battery from going flat.
The Kia Soul EV is a funky-looking small SUV that combines an instant hit of torque from its electric motor with the ability to cruise happily at 70mph. However, its realistic range is very short, at around 70 miles, and it’s not the most comfortable car, especially on a bumpy road.