Top five EVs and hybrids for under £250 a month
With the government planning to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040 and diesel taking a thrashing in the mainstream media, you might be thinking about leasing an electric or hybrid vehicle for your next car.
With manufacturers the world over are announcing ambitious plans to move to these methods of power in the future, and with the older barriers such as range anxiety and lack of infrastructure a thing of the past, 2018 is as good a time as any to take the initial plunge.
So what’s on offer? There’s no doubt impressive residuals have played a part in making these type of vehicles more affordable, which is why there are several that you can now lease for less than £250 per month. See all deals below.
We’ve also picked out five of our faves to help you out…
So you’re looking for an eco-friendly vehicle, but you’re wondering whether to get a hybrid, a plug-in, or perhaps a fully fledged electric car. Well Hyundai has considered your dilemma and made it just that little more difficult. Yes, the Ioniq is available in all of these guises!
This is a one-model-fits all that Hyundai hopes can quash the latest Prius and dethrone it from its decade-long reign as the go-to green car. Judging by its pricing and specification, it just might pull it off too.
Out of the three available guises we’d opt for the 1.6 GDi Hybrid model. It’s the entry-level option, but that doesn’t stop it coming with alloy wheels, cruise control, parking sensors and camera, emergency braking and Lane Keep Assist as standard. What we think you’ll be truly impressed with however, is just how affordable it currently is to lease.
Hybrids are hot. SUVs are hot. What about a hybrid SUV? Kia is famed for its value for money offerings, and the Niro continues that trend. It’s certainly a cheaper eco-option than the Prius.
It’s the company’s first all-out hybrid, and quite a good one at that, too. Its conventional 1.6-litre petrol engine produces 104bhp and is coupled to a 43bhp electric motor, both of which use a silky smooth dual-clutch gearbox which means, unlike some hybrids, it’s a pleasure to drive.
In honesty, it’s more a smaller, sleeker Sportage than a fuel-sipping Prius rival, but that’s fine by us. It also now comes as a plug-in hybrid. The Niro PHEV features the same 1.6-litre petrol engine as the parallel hybrid, but is paired with a more powerful 44.5kW (60bhp) electric motor – meaning it’s capable of travelling up to 36 miles on the energy stored in its batteries …
Kia Soul EV
While an electric version of the Niro is expected to replace the Kia Soul in the coming months, it means the quirky outgoing EV is available at some great monthly rates.
With a claimed 132 miles of range between charges, this is an EV that’s more than able to deal with the average commute. Thanks to that boxy design and the fact you don’t really see many petrol-powered Souls around – let alone electric ones – you can be sure to stand out from the crowd.
Lexus CT 200h
The Lexus CT is a hybrid with premium aspirations, and courtesy of its quality interior and refined ride it makes a fine job of it too.
It borrows its hybrid drivetrain from the Toyota Prius, meaning it can travel short distances on electric-only power and return the same impressive mpg on longer journeys too; 68.9mpg is the official combined figure, so you should be expecting high 50s in the real world.
After something a little smaller? If you’re not one that likes to stand out, this could be the hybrid for you. After all, at a glance it looks like any other Yaris; hardly the showiest car on the road. Nonetheless, the car’s high quality interior and built-to-last feel that keeps drawing customers back.
It gets a 1.5-litre petrol engine that works with an electric motor, resulting in a combined output of 100bhp and fuel consumption as impressive as 85mpg.
Until recently, a hybrid’s Achilles heel has been dragging about those hefty batteries, but in the Yaris’ case, it weights less than 100kg more than the entry-level 1.3-litre petrol engine option, meaning steering, handling and the driving experience is superior to many other hybrids.
And for a little more…
Yes, you can now lease one of the most advanced EVs on the market for a little over £250 per month. Say hello to the new Nissan Leaf. Its claimed 235-mile range is a 50% improvement over the outgoing model and, thanks to a sleek new design not dissimilar to the latest Micra, it looks great too.
It’s full of tech that promises to transform the way you drive, and after living with one for a week, we can confirm that’s true. For example, its e-pedal allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop simply by adjusting their input upon the accelerator pedal.
*Images for illustration purposes. All figures correct as of 31/07/18.