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Best electric cars to lease

If you’re looking to drive an electric car, leasing offers you more convenience and is more affordable than buying. If you know you want to take advantage of the many benefits of driving an EV, but aren’t sure which make or model is right for you, then leasing or subscribing offers you much more flexibility.

Below, we’re going to take a look at the best electric cars to lease, whether you’re focused on budget, luxury, environmental impact, or even how great the sound system is.

Man with backpack opening the door of a Polestar 2 on street in West London

Fan favourites: the most popular electric cars of 2023

As the UK pushes toward 2030 when new petrol/diesel cars will no longer be sold, EVs are quickly growing in popularity. From industry-leading brands like Tesla, to affordable and reliable city cars from the likes of Fiat and Renault, here are some of the most popular electric cars of this year.

Renault ZOE

Renault ZOE in blue
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The Renault ZOE is the most popular EV in Europe thanks to its affordability and functionality. It has a lush interior, is intuitive, and provides a smooth, fast drive. It’s also loaded with tech, with an ‘easy link’ 9.3” infotainment system and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. If you’re looking for reliability, you can’t go wrong with the Renault ZOE.

Fiat 500e

Fiat 500e La Prima parked on road in London

If you spend a lot of time navigating the city, then the Fiat 500e is for you. Its compact, retro design makes it just as nice to look at as it is to drive. It has a clever one-pedal driving model they call ‘Range’, which makes start-stop city driving a doddle.

MG5

An MG5 parked on the road in a park

If you’re likely to spend a lot of time on motorways, the MG5 has great range, which means you won’t have to worry about finding the nearest charging station. And even when you do, you’ll charge from 10 to 80% in around half an hour.

The MG5 also has adaptive cruise control and traffic-jam assist as standard, making driving fun and exciting.

Peugeot e-2008

Peugeot e-2008 parked on street side view

As reliable as it is affordable, the Peugeot e-2008 is a fantastic choice for drivers looking to switch to electric. It’s a no-nonsense, highly functional and easy-to-drive car that still has plenty of tech to make your journey more convenient. It also has a max charging speed of up to 101kW, so you should be able to fill your battery in less than 30 minutes.

Polestar 2

Polestar 2 parked on road in West London

Thanks to a fantastic level of quality and just about every feature possible, the Polestar 2 is a great all-rounder. It’s refined, modern, and sleek, plus Pilot pack and Plus pack offer even more creature comforts.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 parked on road

The Model 3 may be Tesla’s most affordable model, but that doesn’t mean it scrimps on performance and power. You’ll have access to the Supercharger network, meaning charging is fast and convenient. There’s also plenty of tech, including keyless entry and even a heated steering wheel.

Cheapest electric car to lease

When you lease an EV, you’ll know exactly what you’ll be paying every month, which means you can budget and plan accordingly. However, while some of the biggest names in electric cars have prices that reflect their notoriety, there’s still plenty of choice for drivers with a smaller budget.

Let’s take a look at the best EVs to lease if affordability is at the top of your list of considerations.

Nissan Leaf

White Nissan Leaf parked on road
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With a range as high as 168 miles, the Nissan Leaf is a safe and reliable EV that still comes laden with tech. While charging isn’t as fast as other cars, it’ll still charge from 10 to 80% in around 45 minutes.

MG4 EV

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Like its bigger brother the MG5, the MG4 is just as deserving to be included in our list, and is a fantastic little hatchback. It’s affordable, and it also has impressive range and fast charging.

Smart EQ ForTwo Coupe

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As part of Mercedes-Benz’s venture to produce small, reliable and affordable cars, the Smart EQ ForTwo Coupe is a compact and nippy city car with a range of up to 81 miles. 

Most environmentally friendly models to lease

One of the major advantages of an electric car is its much smaller impact on the environment. Because they don’t burn fuel like ICE vehicles, they produce far less carbon emissions – or none if you charge using completely green energy. So, if you’re looking for the most environmentally friendly EVs, here are a few models to consider.

According to data from GreenerCars, the most environmentally friendly electric cars are:

  • Mini Cooper SE Hardtop 2 Door
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Mazda Mx-30
  • Tesla Model Y RWD

Each ranges from a green score of between 67 and 63, meaning they’re among the greenest vehicles available today.

The top luxury electric car to lease

Many electric cars are known for their luxury, from state-of-the-art technology to incredible interiors – no expense has been spared to ensure functionality, performance and comfort. There are plenty of luxury electric cars available, but below are just a few of our favourites.

Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace driving on road
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A combination of style and substance, the Jaguar I-Pace is comfortable, spacious and powerful. With rapid charge, in just 15 minutes you’ll have 80 miles of range, and twin 197bho motors mean it has a top speed of 124 mph and accelerates 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

BMW iX

BMW iX parked on road
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The BMW iX has a striking appearance, and thanks to 373 miles of range it’s also great for drivers who spend a lot of time on the road. It also has glass-smooth handling and enough tech to keep you entertained for aeons.

Audi e-tron

Audi e-tron driving on road
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With a stylish interior, great handling, a top speed of 125 mph, 248 miles of range, and a complete infotainment package, the Audi e-tron is the perfect balance of luxury and functionality.

The best electric car to lease for music lovers

So you know which EVs are the best bang for your buck and have the smallest impact on the environment, but what if you’re looking for the best electric car to lease with an amazing sound system?

The Polestar 2 has a fantastic Harmon Kardon sound system, which includes 13 speakers and as much as 600 watts of power.

Thanks to 16 speakers and 705 watts of power, the Audi e-tron has a stunning sound system from Bang and Olufsen.

Polestar 2 parked on road in West London

The electric car we’re most excited to see released in 2023

Looking to lease an EV but want one of the newest, most exciting models to come out over the coming months? There are some incredible new electric cars coming in 2023, but among the current highlights is the Hyundai IONIQ 6. The IONIQ 6 has two 12” infotainment screens, up to 338 miles of range, and is designed to be optimally streamlined. If you want to look like you’ve driven to your destination from the future, the IONIQ 6 is one for you.

There’s also the Polestar 3, which is fast, cool, and the long-range model will drive up to 379 miles on a single charge.

Want to learn more about our alternative to leasing electric cars?

Leasing is an affordable and convenient alternative to buying an electric car, but an EV subscription has all the benefits of leasing with even more flexibility. A subscription includes everything you need to drive the car, including insurance, MOT, tax, breakdown cover and more. That means everything’s taken care of so you can concentrate on enjoying your very own electric car.

Why not see how affordable and simple subscribing to an EV through elmo really is? Browse our range of electric cars and see how easy it is to make the switch to electric.

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Car leasing explained

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