10 Most Popular Electric Cars 2022 Available To Lease< Back to blog
With the government announcing that they’re axing the £1,500 electric car plug-in grant with immediate effect, it might seem like EVs are some way off being affordable for your average driver.
But did you know that car leasing makes it possible to get your hands on a brand-new electric car for a price that suits your monthly budget? We’ve looked at historic website data to find 10 of the most popular electric cars that our customers have leased through our website.
Find out how much you can get one of these amazing EVs for here.
1. Tesla Model 3
Step inside the Model 3 and this theme continues, with the only radical difference being a 15-inch iPad-like touchscreen central infotainment system. This is the hub of all your vehicle controls, including air con, the media system and even accessing vital car information, such as range, battery and system health, etc.
Most versions of the Model 3 come with incredible range and performance, but there are two trims that are particularly well versed in these areas. Namely, the Tesla Model 3 Long Range has an official WLTP range between charges of 360 miles, in addition to more advanced features than the Standard spec, such as front and rear heated seats, premium audio, wireless phone charging and keyless entry. This spec also gets better performance through four-wheel drive and dual motors that deliver a more powerful 351bhp, translating to a rapid 0-60mph time of 4.2 seconds.
A Standard Range Model 3 is by no means stingy when it comes to range either, with an official WLTP range of 272 miles between charges. Along with this, you’ll get rear-wheel drive and a sizeable 245bhp motor that is no pup when accelerating – 0-60mph takes just 5.8 seconds.
At the top of the food chain, the Tesla Model 3 Performance has a massive 456bhp under its hood that translates to searing acceleration of 0-60 in 3.1 seconds. There are also chunkier 20-inch alloy wheels and a sports suspension for more engaging handling.
2. Volkswagen ID.3
The Volkswagen ID.3 is a significant model in Volkswagen’s lineup, not least because it’s one of the brand’s best-selling EVs. But the ‘3’ actually represents its third major launch, after the Volkswagen Beetle and Volkswagen Golf.
It’s not the third most popular EV that our customers chose to lease, however. In this arena it finds itself firmly in second position, which is no doubt down to its funky futuristic looks, but it’s more than just a looker.
Battery sizes start from the entry-level 43kWh pack (217 miles WLTP range), a mid-range 58kWh (265 miles WLTP range), then a range-topping 77kWh unit (336 miles WLTP range). A range of power outputs are available for the electric motors too, including 143bhp, 148bhp and a 201bhp which, when specified with the sporty Performance Pro spec, will go from 0-60mph in just 6.6 seconds.
If range is your priority, however, you’ll still get a fruity 0-60mph time of 7.9 seconds if you opt for the chunky 77kWh battery pack.
All specs of the ID.3 are very well-equipped, so you won’t need to worry about needing optional extras for your brand-new EV.
3. Kia E-Niro / Kia Niro EV
A ‘budget Tesla‘ is a common way of depictinig the Kia E-Niro – Kia’s best-selling electric car. And with good reason too, as its high-mileage options can be had for a fraction of the cost of a Tesla.
You have the choice of a 282-mile (WLTP) or longer range 382-mile (WLTP) version of the E-Niro, plus there’s the choice of a 134bhp or 201bhp electric motor that will power you along with a decent level of shove, regardless of which option you go for.
Importantly, E-Niro range is being updated for the second half of 2022, and it will no longer be called the E-Niro, but instead it will take the name ‘Niro EV’ as part of the brand’s effort to keep the range uniform. A completely revised design on the outside, plus a bunch of sustainable materials used inside for a more eco-friendly, polished and modern look.
Check out the new look of the Niro EV below, which is available to order now!
4. Nissan Leaf
One of the original mass-market modern electric cars, the Nissan Leaf has been around for more than a decade.
First generation Nissan Leaf models are awkward-looking cars – living proof that manufacturers were still in an exploratory phase where they were deciding how best to style these new vehicles.
The truth is that the Leaf is now a very competent and popular EV that has shed its awkward skin. Now it has sporty, angular body lines, slick LED headlights, chrome styling and the option of a 168-mile (WLTP) or 239-mile (WLTP) longer distance ‘e+’ version.
This and the car’s plethora of well-equipped trims from the off are what make it one of the top five EVs our customers love to lease.
5. Hyundai Ioniq
In this instance, we’re focusing solely on the all-electric version. Not only is it faster than all of the other hybrid Ioniq cars (0-60mph in 9.6 seconds), but it’s the cleanest and cheapest Ioniq to run.
The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is a great choice of family car. With ample boot space, back seats that will comfortably sit two average-sized adults (anyone over six foot will likely struggle for head room given the sloped roof), it does a great job of catering to all the household.
There’s one battery choice – a 38kWh unit that promises a range of 174 miles (WLTP) between charges. It’s not a standout figure, but with the average UK driver travelling no more than 100 miles per week, with access to home charging and the EV charger network expanding, you should still find it easy to live with.
6. Tesla Model Y
Combined with the Tesla Model 3, the Model Y made up a whopping 68% of the overall market share in the US, while in the UK it was the best-selling car in January 2022.
Besides from the obvious fashion statement that comes with owning a Tesla, the Model Y is a very good electric car.
It’s received an SUV body, meaning you’ll get a higher driving position and an extra dose of room inside to carry passengers in serene, premium comfort.
Just like the Model 3, there’s a Long Range and Performance version of the Model Y. There’s no ‘Standard’ trim for now, which is why it’s more expensive than its saloon sibling. However, what this does mean is that you’ll benefit from a whopping 315-mile range (WLTP) in the entry-level Long Range spec, which also comes with four-wheel-drive as standard and a 384bhp electric motor that whizzes it up to 60mph from standstill in just 4.8 seconds.
Alternatively, the top-spec Performance model gets boosted power, taking it to 426bhp and cutting the 0-60mph time to just 3.5 seconds. You’ll also get improved performance brakes, lowered sports suspension, a carbon fibre spoiler, aluminium sports pedals and chunkier 21-inch wheels to really drive home that you’re driving the sportier spec. Range isn’t impacted too much, either, with a healthy 298-mile range (WLTP) on offer between charges.
7. MG ZS EV
Electric SUVs are not known for being affordable, yet the ZS EV has managed to challenge this tradition, while offering great value for money for customers too.
You can choose between a standard range or ‘Long Range’ version. The former uses a 51kWh and has an official WLTP range of around 198 miles. If this isn’t going to be enough to tickle your fancy, stepping up to the Long Range model increases the battery size to 72kWh, resulting in an increased official range of 273 miles.
A fresh new design for 2022 that includes a smarter-looking interior, bigger infotainment system too, which is bound to make it even more popular than it already is with our customers.
8. Hyundai Kona EV
The Hyundai Kona EV is one of those cars that inspires hope that electric cars will soon be able to travel as far as combustion engine models, without costing a ridiculous amount of money.
You can already get your hands on a Kona EV with a 64kWh battery, meaning it can travel around 300 miles (WLTP) between charges. Alternatively, there’s a cheaper 39kWh version that will still take you around 180 miles (WLTP) on a full charge.
Beyond just having a decent range, every Kona EV comes with a bucketload of features onboard, including adaptive cruise control, an impressive 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a rear parking sensor and reversing camera, plus a bunch of safety kit that won the car a five-star Euro NCAP rating.
9. Lexus UX
On paper, its 196-mile official WLTP range between charges doesn’t come near these EVs. However, where it does come in good is with its design. From the outside in there’s a bunch of premium style, feels sturdily made, and there are plush, soft-touch finishes to the dashboard and doors.
There’s also the level of kit onboard which makes it a joy to drive. This includes front and rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, autonomous emergency braking, dual zone climate control and hill start assist.
If you’re not quite ready to make the switch to a fully electric car, there’s an award-winning plug-in hybrid version that has an official range of 36 miles, which allows you to do local journeys without burning any fuel.
10. Mazda MX-30
Rear-hinged back doors and a coupe-like sloping roofline are the defining characteristics of the Mazda MX-30 electric family car. It’s a niche model, but it features a 4.4-metre-long body that means it still has enough everyday practicality. Perhaps not as much as its chief rivals, but you’ll still be able to fit two adults back there.
Storage space is abundant too, with a big glovebox and loads of cupholders and cubby trays dotted about the place.
What about the range then? Well, the beauty of the lineup is that there’s only one battery to choose from. Unfortunately it’s not fantastic on range, with an official 124-mile (WLTP) range between charges. But if you’re not travelling too many miles, it will still come in handy.
Inside the Mazda MX-30 there are many nods to a modern, sustainable design, which includes a mix of materials like recycled bottles for the door trims, cork inlays from wine stoppers for the storage trays on the centre console, plus ‘vegan’ leather and repurposed denim.
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