Top electric cars to buy this year

Written by

Tara Covell

Monday 8th March 2021

With the increasing demand for Electric Vehicles (EVS) showing no signs of slowing down and the UK set for EVs to become the norm by 2030, there is no time like the present to start shopping for a new car.

More than 740,000* plug-in cars were recorded on our roads at the end of December 2021 with 395,000* of those being pure-electric models, showing that more drivers are choosing to ditch the traditional motor and opting to go electric.

If you’re ready to reduce your carbon footprint, here are our pick of electric cars that you should seriously consider buying this year.

New Renault ZOE

For such a small car, the New ZOE packs quite a punch and the new 2021 model’s performance being even better than the last.  Renault has worked hard to provide a choice of two power outputs, a longer range between charges along with a smarter interior as well as upgraded their infotainment system.

Opting for the rapid 50kW CCS charging points allow the ZOE to be charged from 0 to 80% in just over an hour, and with a single charge lasting around 245 miles, makes it the perfect choice for a last-minute road trip. For added reassurance, Renault has also added an 8 year/100,000 warranty to their batteries.

This brilliant little motor has also been named Best Small Electric Car for Value 2021 in the What Car? Car of the year 2021 awards as well as Auto Express' Affordable Electric Car of the Year 2021, AutoTrader's Best Car for New Drivers 2021, Parkers' Best Small Electric Car 2021 and CarBuyer's Best Small Electric Car 2021 showing that it is a firm favourite amongst drivers.

The ZOE currently qualifies for the Office of Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) Plug-In Vehicle grant which offers £3,000 off of the purchase price.* More information can be found on the GoUltraLow website.

Prices start from £27,595*

  • Drive range: 239 miles
  • Top speed: 84mph
  • Boot space: 338L

Charge times:

Rapid 50kW

Fast 22kW

Fast 11kW

Fast 7kW

1 hour

3 hours

6 hours

8.5 hours





Nissan Leaf

If you’re looking to upgrade, then the new Nissan Leaf is a fab little family car. Not only is it super easy to drive but when it comes to braking, the car actively slows down quicker when you take your foot off the accelerator so you’ll have more time to come to a steady stop.

Another nifty addition is the ‘E-Pedal’ which is featured in the new longer-ranged models. The pedal can be used both for acceleration when depressed and braking when released increasing driving efficiency in urban areas.

Nissan has also improved their battery capacity from 30 to 40 kWh meaning more driving time between charges and in case of being caught short, they have also installed more high-power DC chargers so you can charge up when you’re on the road.

The Leaf currently qualifies for the Office of Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) Plug-In Vehicle grant which offers £3,000 off of the purchase price.*

Prices start from £26,845*

  • Drive range: 168 miles
  • Top speed: 93mph
  • Boot space: 435L

Charge times:

Rapid 50kW

Fast 7kW

60 mins

7.5 hours



Volkswagen e-Golf – Under £35K

Looks like a Golf, feels like a Golf, drives like a Golf, but it’s all-electric. VW has created their first-ever fully electric car and it’s seriously impressive.

Even though the top speed of this car is only 93mph, real-world driving in this little beauty allows you to pull away quickly, get a great boost from stand-still and the throttle response is a whole 5 times faster than the petrol engine version. With the braking, it’s pretty much the same story - with a rapid decline in speed once you let up off the throttle meaning you don’t have to go heavy on the brake pedal.

From the driver’s seat, nothing has really changed and is pretty much as you would expect to see in any other Golf. The digital display is easy to use which comes in 8-inch as standard (9.2-inch as an upgrade). The only visible difference is the blue stitching on the interior and power dial that replaces the rev counter.

The e-Golf currently qualifies for the Office of Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) Plug-In Vehicle grant which offers £3,000 off of the purchase price.*

Prices start from £28,075*

  • Drive range: 144 miles
  • Top speed: 87 mph
  • Boot space: 341L

Charge times:

Rapid 50kW

Fast 7kW

Slow 3kW

45 mins

5 hours

11 hours




Low cost car loans from Novuna Personal Finance

If you’re ready to go electric, our offers low-cost car loans can help you make the switch. You can borrow between £1,000 and £35,000 with competitive rates from as low as 3.1% APR Representative.

*All prices and information correct as of 05/03/2021

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