If you’re willing to shop around on the used market through sites such as AutoTrader, you can get some barely run-in electric cars which are a class above the cheapest electric cars in the UK, which still carry similar price tags to cheap new models. Here are some examples of the best value used EVs we’ve found on AutoTrader, right now, priced very similarly, or lower in some cases, to their petrol and diesel counterparts.
Audi E-tron: £22,000
The Audi E-tron was replaced by the Q8 E-tron back in 2022, but for around £22,000 you can be running around in something that looks nearly identical to the new model, which will set you back at least £70,000. Costing around £62,000 new, this particular E-tron represents serious value for money, with its price dropping to £22,083. As a ‘70’ plate this car is just under four years old, and with only 35,633 miles on the clock, it’s practically brand new.
For that price, you get a full leather interior, room to sit five adults in comfort, and a refined ride makes it perfect for a long distance EV road trip. A range of 194 miles is on offer, which isn’t quite as good as the latest and greatest electric cars, but 120kW rapid charging capabilities cancels out that figure. The 0-62mph run is dispatched in just 6.8 seconds, thanks to a 309bhp electric motor powering all four wheels.
Peugeot e-2008: £12,700
Another used bargain to be found is Peugeot’s electric variant of the 2008 crossover. This particular example, a 2021 50kWh Allure Premium, is on sale for just £12,698 – which cost someone around £35,600 just a few years back. This is a model Peugeot still sells brand new, albeit with a facelift and larger battery for a longer range.
On this model, you’ll still get all the standard equipment you’d expect in a brand new EV: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, climate control, and cruise control.
Mini Electric: £12,200
It feels like just yesterday that Mini announced its first fully-electric model, but an updated model you can now pick up a 2020 Mini Electric for just £12,198 – a significant saving on its original £27,520 retail price, and very similarly matched to used petrol and diesel options of the same age.
This particular Mini has the entry level ‘Level 1’ specification, but this still includes features such as LED headlights, satellite navigation, and a fully digital cockpit.
Porsche Taycan: £49,000
Whilst not the exact definition of cheap, this Taycan on AutoTrader represents a bargain if you compare it to its original price when it was sold four years ago: £86,500. At nearly half its list price, you’re getting one of the best electric sports cars on the market, with this particular 4S model packing a 523bhp electric drivetrain, capable of 0-62mph in four seconds, and a battery range of 254 miles.
Like the other cars in this list, you could be fooled into thinking it was a brand new EV, with just under 37,000 miles on the clock.
Jaguar I-PACE: £18,800
Used Jaguar I–PACEs are another option if you want to get a substantial amount of car for your money. This four year old EV400 model had a list price of around £66,000, and you can now pick this example of a luxury EV up for three times less than that.
Mileage on this specific car is a little higher, at 67,000 miles, but a range of 287 miles is on offer, and like all Jaguars, it comes loaded with equipment: an 11-speaker Meridian sound system, cabin preconditioning, heated front seats and steering wheel, and digital dials, just to name a few.
Volkswagen e-Up!: £10,750
The only car with an exclamation mark in its name, the e-Up!, was recently discontinued by Volkswagen, to make way for a future model. However, it’s still a great used buy. Despite its small footprint, the boxy shape means there’s still room to fit four adults comfortably – and with 161 miles of range, longer journeys are still more than feasible. This example we found is just three years old, and at £10,750, it’s a significant discount on its original price tag of around £24,000.
Top tip: Look out for the SEAT Mii Electric and Skoda Citigo iV, which are essentially the same EVs underneath, with similarly low prices.
Genesis GV60: £34,950
Luxury brand Genesis only recently expanded into the electric era, but you can now find a 72 plate GV60 Premium, just under two years old and with 20,000 miles on the clock, for almost £20k under its original list price of £53,905. This model has the longest battery range of any car on this list, with the ability to travel 321 miles between chargers.
On an ultra-rapid 350kW charger, battery capacity can be topped up from 10-80% in just 18 minutes.