Top EVs to suit a range of budgets and uses
Once upon a time, electric vehicles were significantly more expensive than conventionally powered petrol and diesel models. In 2022, however, this is far from the case.
Whether you’re after a small city car, a family hatchback or a premium SUV, choosing electric power doesn’t have to cost the earth, with leasing prices much more in line with petrol, diesel and hybrids.
To show you what we mean, we teamed up with our partner LeasePlan to bring you a number of EVs at a range of price points. Here’s some of our top picks.
Fiat 500e – The city car
If you’re looking for a city car, the Fiat 500 has been a go-to choice for more than a decade now. But for 2022, the iconic model has been reborn. It gets electric power, with models available offering up to around 200 miles of range – impressive for an EV in this class.
With two power outputs to choose between, the 500e features either a 23.7kWh or 42kWh battery pack. Thanks to the latest technology, both can be recharged from 0% to 80% in around 30 minutes. Its all-electric drivetrain isn’t the only big change though.
It’s still unmistakably a 500, but from the front and back, fresh sets of lights and styling tweaks give it a modern look. With impressive 7in and 10in infotainment touchscreens on offer, the interior has taken a serious step up too.
Vauxhall Corsa E – The practical supermini
If you want a compact EV that offers a little more practicality than the 500e, Vauxhall’s Corsa-E should be on your radar. With five doors and a usable boot, it’s certainly family friendly enough for the school run.
It also gets a much larger 50kWh battery than the Fiat, resulting in a range of 222 miles according to official stats. It sits on the same platform as Peugeot’s e-208, which means it’s a really fun EV to drive too thanks to its 136hp electric motor.
Like all EVs, acceleration is impressive, particularly around town, and Corsa E drivers can choose a range of modes that either boost performance or save energy to eek out maximum range. If you’re after an electric vehicle that flies under the radar and is really easy to live with, this one’s for you.
DS3 Crossback E-TENSE – The premium crossover
With good looks and a supremely comfortable interior, the DS3 Crossback is one of the growing number of cars that are available as a petrol model, hybrid model, diesel model and an EV. The E-Tense is the DS3 Crossback’s electric offering, and it’s a good one.
Range stands at around 200 miles, with fast charging allowing an 80% charge in less than half an hour. Being a DS, it’s interior is sumptuously appointed and offers something a little different to other key competitors in this segment.
With 350 litres of boot space, the luggage capacity is exactly the same as you get in petrol and diesel models, proving that EVs can be equally as practical from this standpoint. No bulky batteries here.
Kia EV6 – The performance family SUV
The Kia EV6 is one of the most important cars the Korean brand has even made.. It’s a truly premium product, and has been designed specifically to beat off competition like the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace.
Available with a range of power outputs and drivetrain options, it’s one of the most desirable EVs currently on offer. Even entry-level models get a potent 222hp motor, with this model capable of up to 313 miles between charges.
Brimming with tech, the EV6 features a stunning curved infotainment and digital driver display, made up of two 12.3in touchscreens. It’s seriously fun to drive too. Combine this with its handsome looks and impressively spacious interior, it’s a fine choice of EV for those after a truly premium, special SUV.
Ready to go electric?
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