The best value electric cars in 2021
We compare the cost of an EV to its range in miles to work out the best value electric cars.
The ‘best value’ calculation shines a very bright spotlight on car manufacturers. It’s easy to create an EV that can go hundreds of miles on a single charge – just stuff it with batteries. But then it would be very expensive.
At the other extreme, you could make an electric vehicle very cheap by hardly putting any batteries in at all. But then it wouldn’t go very far. Not much use.
The holy grail for best value electric cars is to secure a very good range, but to do so at a relatively low purchase price. The relevant calculation is therefore:
Purchase price including the grant ÷ Real-world range in miles
Below we list a Top 10 best value electric cars. They are ordered by the results of the formula above. The lowest ‘price per mile of range’ represents best value.
Best value electric cars – Price
You might initially be looking for best value, but eventually settle on an EV that grabs your attention for other reasons.
If price is your motivating factor, please refer to the pricing bands below, with cars listed in ascending order, i.e. the cheapest first. Price bands already include the government grant.
To get these EVs even cheaper, you can consider second hand electric cars. The cheapest electric car you can find second hand is not necessarily the one to go for, however. A suspiciously low, used electric car price might be a sign there’s something wrong with it. Best to work with reputable, specialist EV dealers who have a long list of satisfied customers you can talk to.
£20,000 to £30,000
£30,000 to £40,000
£40,000 to £50,000
£50,000 to £60,000
Best value electric cars – Range
Again, you might start off by wanting the best value electric car, but later decide range on a single charge is more important.
If this is the case for you, below we list some range bands in ascending order, that is, the lowest range first.
If you are really concerned about range, you might consider hybrid cars. These have both a petrol / diesel engine and an electric motor. The best hybrid cars can travel over 500 miles on a single tank of petrol / diesel. However, bear in mind that hybrids – especially self-charging hybrids – are mainly fossil fuel based cars and emit large amounts of CO2, as well as pollute the environment, making the air we breathe unhealthy.
Finally, if you are looking for the very best electric cars available in the UK in 2021 – and prepared to pay high prices in some cases – please see our dedicated best electric car page.
Up to 100 miles
100 to 200 miles
200 to 300 miles
Nissan Leaf e+, Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus, Mercedes EQC, Audi e-tron 55 quattro, Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia e-Niro, Jaguar I-Pace, Tesla Model X Performance, Tesla Model X Long Range, Tesla Model 3 Performance