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Rivals

BMW i3

4.5 out of 5 4.5

The BMW i3 is the ground-breaking small electric car that spearheaded the German brand’s launch of its i sub-brand for electric vehicles. It’s a compact but pricey hatchback to rival Renault’s Zoe and Nissan’s Leaf, but with more premium polish than either. Buyers can choose between the pure electric i3 and Range Extender versions (for which you’ll... read more

PROS

  • Futuristic style
  • Smooth, electric drive
  • Tight turning circle
  • Low running costs
  • Quality build

CONS

  • Expensive to buy
  • Small boot
  • Jittery ride

Hyundai Ioniq Hatchback

4.1 out of 5 4.1

The Hyundai Ioniq takes a unique approach to the dedicated hybrid and electric car market. A standalone model, distinct from the rest of the Hyundai range, the Ioniq is the only car in the world available in Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Electric variants in the same bodystyle. The Ioniq Hybrid combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor... read more

PROS

  • Extremely competitive pricing
  • Hybrid gets dual-clutch gearbox
  • Electric gets impressive range
  • Cheaper and better warranty than Prius

CONS

  • Hybrid still quite noisy, albeit works well
  • Electric inconvenience still not for everyone
  • Some interior plastics are unappealing
  • Prius still more efficient

Volkswagen Golf Hatchback

4.5 out of 5 4.5

The Volkswagen Golf hatchback is one of the best-known name badges of any car on sale. It's been available in the UK since 1974 and we're currently on the seventh generation, with a major facelift carried out in 2017 to keep the design and technology right up-to-date. It’s more expensive to buy than most of its rivals, but given the range of... read more

PROS

  • Spacious yet compact
  • Efficient range of engines
  • GTI and R provide thrills
  • Even better post-2017 facelift

CONS

  • Expensive to buy
  • Options are pricey
  • Evolutionary styling
  • GTD isn’t a diesel GTI