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These are the 10 cheapest electric cars currently on sale today

From Mazda to Mini, Vauxhall to Volkswagen, these are the EVs to buy on a budget

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  1. Smart EQ Fortwo: From £20,725

    Smart EQ Fortwo: From £20,725

    “The Fortwo is like a hypercar. And not just 'cos it's a two-seater. We mean that it's great in its chosen environment, and pretty rubbish elsewhere. In crowded streets it's agile like a little kitten, as parkable as your shoes, fresh-breeze clean and as cheap as the coffee you drink on the way to work. But stray far beyond the ring road and it's slow, wobbly and short on range. Use it as intended and you won't find much wrong with the execution.”

    Read Top Gear’s Smart EQ Fortwo review

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  2. Fiat 500: From £23,835

    Fiat 500

    “The 500 is small, but if you don’t need space it could be your only car. That’s because it’ll go far enough on a charge to make motorway trips tenable. Whereas the Honda e or Mini Electric would have to be second cars to anyone who ever drives beyond conurbations rather than just within them. It’s not as fun to drive as those are, mind. It’s trying harder to feel normal. With a stylish, recognisable design and a quality feel. So the recipe’s been re-cast for health and welfare, but it still looks and tastes like la cucina della nonna.”

    Read Top Gear’s Fiat 500 review

  3. Volkswagen e-Up: From £24,085

    Volkswagen e-Up

    “The e-Up is certainly a frumpier, subtler EV than a Honda e or Mini Electric or even a Renault Zoe, but there’s a huge amount to be said for VW’s ‘just a good car, but electric’ approach – it’s what made the e-Golf such a sleeper hit. It’s also kept the e-Up relevant, recommendable, and ready for a new dawn in the small car world.”

    Read Top Gear’s Volkswagen e-Up review

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  4. Vauxhall Corsa-e: From £25,805

    Vauxhall Corsa-e

    “If you’ve been curious about going electric but are a little risk-averse, the Corsa-e might just be for you. It’s significantly less peacocky than its Honda or Mini rivals, but there’s another 50 per cent of range and tons more room for people to compensate. It’s like choosing the bloke who’s most logistically astute as your best man: you’ll get to your wedding in good time and with little stress, but the room won’t be in raptures when the speech comes. This is a purchase from the head, not the heart.”

    Read Top Gear’s Vauxhall Corsa-e review

  5. Nissan Leaf: From £26,995

    Nissan Leaf

    “Other manufacturers are beginning to agree that the best and most efficient electric cars will be the ones purpose-designed with light, aerodynamic bodies and battery-friendly packaging, not adaptions of petrol cars. Nissan has been doing it for a long time now, and the gen-2 Leaf is the result. It hits a broad sweet spot of usability, likability and affordability.”

    Read Top Gear’s Nissan Leaf review

  6. Mini Electric: From £27,000

    Mini Electric

    “The Mini Electric is a very complete little EV. It preserves pretty much everything we like about a standard Mini Cooper S, but it’s more accelerative where it matters, and has zero local emissions. It proves that the hot hatch will have a future as an EV. And it reinforces something we learned with the VW e-Golf – that an electric car doesn’t have to be wantonly radical to be a success. Stuffing a car we already know and like with batteries can, with the correct execution, be a good tactic.”

    Read Top Gear’s Mini Electric review

  7. Mazda MX-30: From £27,145

    Mazda MX-30

    “The dinky electric crossover is becoming a competitive corner of the car market. The MX-30 doesn’t quite offer the sportiness its name suggests, but there’s a smart interior behind those wacky doors to make up for it, and it still drives as neatly as you could ever hope for from a 1.6-tonne SUV with modest power. Mazda’s been clever in how much regularity it’s built into the process of operating it, too. Analogue readouts and physical gear selection mean it’s a lot less daunting clambering in here than some competitors.”

    Read Top Gear’s Mazda MX-30 review

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  8. Renault Zoe: From £27,595

    Renault Zoe

    “The Renault Zoe is Europe’s best-selling electric car thus far. It’s hugely popular – and with good reason. Whether that’s enough to sway you from newer, more style-led options is up to you. Even Renault itself has a rival (or perhaps replacement) on the horizon in the shape of its retro regen 5. Whatever the future for the Zoe, it’s place in the electric hall of fame is already assured. Mainstream EVs get no more trustworthy.”

    Read Top Gear’s Renault Zoe review

  9. MG 5: From £27,945

    MG 5

    “As a fuss-free entry point into practical EV ownership, there might not be a better option on the market today. We’re serious. The 5 EV feels like the Dacia of the EV world. It was never going to be the greatest thing to drive, but it’s harder to get an EV powertrain wrong. Range, charge times and price have been prioritised over steering feel, and a bunch of tech is thrown in to sweeten the deal. Modern-day MG might just be finding its niche in the market.”

    Read Top Gear’s MG 5 review

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  10. Peugeot e-208: From £28,260

    Peugeot e-208

    “In the old days you chose a car then decided what sort of engine and transmission to get. With the 208, in addition to diesel or petrol, manual or auto, there's also electric. So the e-208 can appeal both to people who primarily want a 208 then opt for that powertrain. And to people who primarily want an electric car and then opt for an e-208.”

    Read Top Gear’s Peugeot e-208 review

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