Three Affordable, Adorable Everyday EVs
Fiat 500e, Renault Zoe & Nissan Leaf
Tiny EVs have become a rather big thing since Nissan first launched its LEAF twelve years ago. Now contemporary contenders crowd the lot, with customised options to suit every lifestyle. If you’re looking for an electric vehicle to love that will practically fit in your pocket, compare these three super adorable and very affordable EVs: the Fiat 500e, Renault Zoe and Nissan LEAF. You won’t need to squeeze your wallet or into your parking spot if you drive one of these penny- and space-saving electric superminis.
Cute! Classic! Electric!
For its third generation, the Italian brand’s ever-popular retro-styled city car has ditched petrol power in favour of a pure-electric powertrain. The result? A super tech-friendly EV that’s cuter than cute! The new fully electric Fiat 500e maintains the old car’s fashion accessory image and adds updated tech with up to 313 km of range. It’s one of the only electric cars you can get as a convertible, an option on all but the entry-level trim. The spacious interior provides a practical 7-inch driver display and controls that are light and responsive. Little and nimble for urban environments, the Fiat’s quiet, creature comforts make it perfect for long journeys, too. One of the most affordable electric cars you can find, plus, did we mention it’s super cute?!
Fiat 500e **Fuel type: **Electric Combined power (Electric + Combustion): 118 PS / 116 bhp / 87 kW **Combined torque (Electric + Combustion): **220 Nm / 162 lb.ft **Total electric power: **118 PS / 116 bhp / 87 kW **Total electric torque: **220 Nm / 162 lb.ft **Drive wheels - Traction - Drivetrain: **FWD Body:Hatchback Doors: 3 **Top speed: **150 km/h / 93 mph Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph):9.0 s Battery capacity:42 kWh **Electric Range WLTP: **313 km / 195 miles **CO2 emissions WLTP: **0 g/km
Practical & pint-sized
Quick off the mark, with added range, Renault's iconic Zoe E-Tech is a perfect, electric all-rounder. This practical, affordable, supermini-sized EV is perfect for zipping around town, dropping the kids at school, and casually carting your shopping home. From behind the wheel, the Zoe E-tech feels like a traditional combustion-engined supermini – albeit a much quieter one. Its modern and dynamic design, bold curves, and sleek lines are as easy on the eyes as its 100% electric platform is on your pocketbook (and the planet). Plus its stylish interior features lots of smooth surfaces and an infotainment touchscreen, standard. Just pennies to run, with an impressive driving range of up to 395 km (conditions permitting), the Renault Zoe E-Tech makes electric sexy.
Renault ZOEFuel type: Electric Combined power (Electric + Combustion): 88 PS / 87 bhp / 65 kW Combined torque (Electric + Combustion): 220 Nm / 162 lb.ft Total electric power: 88 PS / 87 bhp / 65 kW Total electric torque: 220 Nm / 162 lb.ft Drive wheels - Traction - Drivetrain: FWD Body: Turismo Doors: 5 Top speed: 135 km/h / 84 mph Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph): 13.5 s Battery capacity: 22 kWh Electric Range WLTP: 210 km / 131 miles CO2 emissions WLTP: 0 g/km
Electric thrills with frills
The 2022 all-electric Nissan LEAF impresses in every area. With instant acceleration, incredible range, nimble handling and plenty of cargo space, it stands out as a great all-rounder. Easy to drive, comfortable inside, and packed to the nines with technology, the new LEAF is an electric model that you can seriously consider as your family’s only car. It has all the bells and whistles you’d anticipate in any hatchback, including an extensive suite of Nissan Intelligent Mobility features standard. Plus, it’s pretty charming to drive. In fact, you may momentarily forget you’re driving an electric vehicle, since the LEAF goes just as fast and as far as a petrol car. All told, the 2022 LEAF is an affordable and refreshingly straightforward electric car, that’s still a very good value.
Nissan Leaf **Fuel type: **Electric Combined power (Electric + Combustion): 217 PS / 214 bhp / 160 kW **Combined torque (Electric + Combustion): **340 Nm / 250 lb.ft **Total electric power: **218 PS / 215 bhp / 160 kW **Total electric torque: **340 Nm / 250 lb.ft **Drive wheels - Traction - Drivetrain: **FWD Body:Hatchback Doors: 5 **Top speed: **157 km/h / 98 mph Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph):7.1 s Battery capacity:62 kWh **Electric Range WLTP: **385 km / 239 miles **CO2 emissions WLTP: **0 g/km