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 
  • One of the simplest ways to run a car

Time was when electric cars were shunned by most car buyers: price, practicality, 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.

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Benefits of leasing an electric car

  • Cheapest monthly cost 

At the moment, electric cars tend to be a touch pricier than equivalent petrol models. Basic petrol Volkswagen Golfs start at around £24,000, whereas the electric Volkswagen ID.3 will set you back more like £29,000. 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 miles per pound calculator, the electric Kia e-Niro will cover 33.1 miles for a pound, while even the most economical hybrid 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.

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Best electric cars to lease 2020

Tesla Model 3
Renault Zoe
Jaguar I-Pace
Kia e-Niro
Nissan Leaf
Hyundai Ioniq
BMW i3
DS 3 E-Tense
Tesla Model S
Audi E-Tron

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 indications 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.**

Leasing price: from £453 per month
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Renault Zoe 

Best electric car to lease for: price

2020 Renault Zoe

The Zoe is by far and away the cheapest car on this list. And while it is slightly more expensive than other superminis, it's only another £30-£50 a month when compared with a Renault Clio on similar leasing deals.

Considering a full tank of electricity on the Zoe will set you back about a fiver, there are some serious savings to be made.

Mileage between the plugs is rated at 250 miles, which is hugely impressive for this price range.*

Leasing price: from £179 per month
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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.**

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Kia e-Niro

Best electric car to lease for: value

2020 Kia e-Niro

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 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.**

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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.**

Leasing price: from £271 per month
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Hyundai Ioniq Electric

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

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

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.**

Leasing price: from £309 per month
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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.**

Leasing price: from £251 per month
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DS 3 E-Tense Crossback

Best electric car to lease for: the premium and small SUV vibes

2020 DS 3 E-Tense Crossback

The DS3 E-Tense Crossback is a perfectly executed niche-filling exercise. Small SUV? Check. Premium interior? Check. Electrically powered? Double check.

It's powered by a 100kw electric motor and a 50kWh battery, making 136hp. 0-62mph is a respectable 9.0-seconds, while its 200-mile range is more than enough for most people's commutes.

Inside is really where you're getting your value for money. It's really striking - and definitely more noteworthy than other cars of this price range. The seats are plush-feeling nappa leather, while the touchscreen infotainment system works well too.**

Leasing (DS 3 Crossback model range) price: from £222 per month
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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.**

Leasing price: from £843 per month
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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.**

Leasing price: from £630 per month
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