Best electric cars to lease 2020

  • Leasing is the easiest - often the cheapest - way to get behind the wheel of a new electric car
  • Can get you early access to desirable EVs with long waiting lists 
  • Negates complex battery rental schemes 

Time was when electric cars were shunned by most car buyers: too expensive, not practical enough, range anxiety concerns and a lack of desirability were frequently cited.

As mainstream car makers were pushed into producing more EVs thanks to ever-tightening emissions regulations, the electric revolution kicked off. Now electric cars are fast becoming serviceable as fully-fledged family transport with few caveats. Around 300 miles on a single charge is no longer make believe, charging points are growing in number, and you're no longer restricted to small cars, but cars with five, six or seven seats.


Benefits of leasing an electric car

  • Tends to be cheaper than PCP 

At the moment, electric cars tend to be a touch pricier than equivalent petrol models. Basic petrol Volkswagen Golfs start at £22,000, where as the electric e-Golf starts from £25,575. But because electric cars have a relatively low depreciation rate, leasing deals tend to be close to on par with petrol cars.

  • Fuel savings

And that's before you start saving money on fuel. According to our new miles per pound calculator, the electric Kia e-Niro will cover 33.1 miles for a pound. While even the most economical petrol Kia Niro will only do 10.1 miles for a pound.

  • Air quality 

Then there's the most obvious win. Electric cars produce zero tailpipe emissions. Petrol, diesel, and hybrid cars emit carbon dioxide and other harmful pollutants. Driving electric helps improve air quality where you are.

  • Less risk than buying outright

In short, if you want new tech, without any of the financial worry, leasing can be the answer. Leasing compromises of an initial payment, a set of pre-agreed monthly payments, and that's it.

Best electric cars to lease 2020

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Tesla Model 3 

Best electric car to lease for: eco-bling

Red 2019 Tesla Model 3 rear three-quarter

Parkers 2020 Car of the Year. Need we say more? Ok we will. The Model 3 is a true game changer and has a clean-sheet approach from the start. Inside, there are no screens or dials in front of the driver. There is just a huge central infotainment screen.

Its semi-autonomous driving tech is one of the most advanced, and its electric range, ranging from 254 miles to 348 miles, is not only brilliant for the money, but is one of the most accurate judgers of range on sale.

Tesla regularly changes its pricing structure for its own PCP and HP deals. In turn, leasing deals change regularly. Generally, they hover around the £400 per month mark for the cheapest model, so do shop around to ensure you get the best deal.**


Jaguar I-Pace

Best electric car to lease for: looks

Blue 2019 Jaguar I-Pace moving

The I-Pace is Jaguar's first electric production car. And what a first attempt. It's an SUV of sorts, but is lower and sleeker than the usual SUV shape. Twin electric motors provide ample power (around 400hp, comparable to a performance saloon) and its interior is typical nouveau Jaguar, with loads of technology generously wrapped in old-school luxury.

A claimed range of 298 miles is strong, although, in our testing, not as reliably judged as the likes of Tesla.

I-Paces range from £64,495 to £74,995 (excluding plug-in car grant and options) so expect leasing deals to vary depending on spec. Leasing prices usually range from £750-£900 per month depending on spec.**

Porsche Taycan

Best electric car to lease for: speed

Green 2020 Porsche Taycan front threequarters tracking

The electric cars above are fast. But the Porsche Taycan takes it to new levels. Top spec Turbo S models cover the industry standard 0-62mph time in 2.8 seconds.

As well as the performance, inside houses one of the most impressive interiors ever to feature in a Porsche. The Taycan takes a screen-heavy design and simplifies it, creating something awe-inspiring but ergonomic at the same time.

At the time of writing, deliveries for the UK are penned in for early 2020, so don't expect lease deals to arrive on your doorstep anytime soon.**

Tesla Model S

Best electric car to lease for: range

Blue Tesla Model S side on

The older and bigger brother to the Model 3, the S had a change to its lineup in 2019. Now there are two distinct models, long range and performance. The long range has a range of 379 miles and a 0-60mph time of 3.7 seconds. While the performance has a dazzling 0-62mph time of 2.4 seconds and a slightly reduced range of 367 miles.

The price difference between the pair is more than £10,000, so leasing prices will vary depending on the model.

The Tesla Model S is available with free Supercharging at the moment. The usage of these Tesla-only chargers can depend on the leasing provider, so remember to ask.**

Kia e-Niro

Best electric car to lease for: value

Grey 2019 Kia e-Niro rear tracking

In a money saving expert bang for your buck kinda world, the e-Niro is a world champ. A 282-mile digital tank for a list price of just over £32,000? Not a problem for the Kia. It has a 7 year/100,000 mile warranty, too.

The observant among you may know that that the e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric share a battery and motor package. The e-Niro just pips it on this list because it's a larger and more sensible car.

Expect lease deals to fall between £300 and £400. Waiting lists stretch to 12 months at some dealerships, so leasing can be a good way to avoid those waits if a leasing company has one in stock.**

Audi E-Tron

Best electric car to lease for: interior quality

Red 2019 Audi E-Tron rear three quarters

Not quite as game-changing as the Jaguar I-Pace, not as next-generation feeling as a Tesla, the E-Tron is deliberately an Audi first, and an electric car second.

Millions of customers, and millions more potential customers, know Audi for its premium feeling interiors and solid looking build quality. And the e-Tron is simply another well put-together, posh looking Audi SUV that just happens to be electric.

Claimed range of 250 miles too.**

Tesla Model X

Best electric car to lease for: showing off

2017 white Tesla Model X doors open

Capable, roomy, fast, and now it has free Supercharging too. Just a shame about the looks. But they are subjective, and there are plenty out there on the streets.

Its hefty size does mean it has has seven-seat practicality, or six if you'd prefer. While flashy Falcon rear doors (pictured) and an enormous 17-inch central touchscreen make it a unique proposition. Like the Model S above, the free Supercharging can depend on leasing company rules and regulations.**

Nissan Leaf

Best electric car to lease for: not showing off

2017 white Nissan Leaf front threequarters

You've probably seen quite a few of these zooming around urban environments. That's because the Leaf is ultra easy to use, pretty cheap on finance offers, and full of semi-autonomous kit.

Interior quality and feel isn't up there with the Audis of this world, but the Leaf is a few hundred quid less a month. Innovative e-Pedal brings with it one pedal driving too. The regenerative braking is pushed right up to ten, meaning you very rarely have to actually use the brake pedal.

The Leaf e+ is the model you really want, as it has a 239 mile range.**


Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Best electric car to lease for: cut-price Tesla Model S vibes

2019 grey Hyundai Ioniq Electric rear

The Ioniq is also available as a hybrid and as a plug-in hybrid. The main difference between the hybrids and the electric car visually is in the grille design. If this kind of anonymity appeals to you, then we can definitely recommend an Ioniq.

The interior is logical and well laid-out, and the ride is surprisingly pliant for such a heavy car. With a range of 193 miles, it's out classed in this department by every other car on this list. But if you charge from home, we bet it won't bother you that much.

Look out for lease deals hovering around £200 per month.**


BMW i3

Best electric car to lease for: the premium small car market

Grey BMW i3 static sideways

The i3 is more than five years old. And yet, it's still one of the best electric cars around. It's similar in size to the Renaut Zoe, but has a much more premium feeling interior, and more space-age looks.

Buyers can choose between a pure electric model, or one with a small petrol engine range extender that is used as a generator to charge up the battery. There's also a sporty model called the i3s, with bigger wheels, wider arches, and 182hp.

Leasing isn't cheap on these premium city cars. Expect to pay between £250 and £400 per month.**


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** These deals are indicative examples of some packages available as at 7 October 2019, but are subject to change without prior notice. Everyone's financial circumstances are different and the availability of credit is subject to status. Terms, conditions and exclusions apply. Parkers cannot recommend a deal for you specifically.

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