NGC's EV price-vs-range comparison

The sign of an established market is plenty of choice for buyers. It’s safe to say that the electric vehicle market is maturing nicely, and we have come a long way from the days where there were only a handful of models to pick from.

There is now considerable choice for the prospective EV buyer, covering a large range of styles and budgets. In fact, since the last time we ran this comparison, there have been more than 20 new badges launched - plus all the model variants.

As such, we've updated our price-per-mile guide, which looks at one aspect of an EV's affordability - how much it costs to buy a mile of range in a new EV.

We've highlighted the best value model in the manufacturer's line-up as the champion for each particular badge. Note that the table shows base models only - other trim, OTRs and ranges may be available.

All figures shown are compiled by Next Green Car based on OTR of base models including the UK Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG) at £2,500 where available and applicable, and official WLTP range supplied by manufacturers.

Which EVs offer best value for money?

Model WLTP range
(miles)
OTR price
(inc. PiCG)
Price per mile
(OTR / Range)
Renault Zoe Z.E.50 245 £26,670 £109
Skoda CITIGOe iV 162 £17,955 £111
Volkswagen ID.3 263 £29,170 £111
MG5 EV 214 £24,995 £117
Skoda Enyaq iV 77 kWh 333 £38,950 £117
Fiat 500 42 kWh 199 £23,995 £121
Peugeot e-208 211 £26,215 £124
Seat Mii Electric 161 £20,300 £126
Hyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh 300 £38,225 £127
Vauxhall Corsa-e 205 £26,390 £129
Volkswagen e-up! 159 £20,695 £130
Volkswagen ID.4 77 kWh 319 £41,570 £130
Kia e-Niro 282 £36,850 £131
Polestar 2 328 £42,900 £131
Kia Soul EV 280 £37,295 £133
Fiat 500 Cabrio 199 £26,645 £134
Ford Mustang Mach-E ER RWD 370 £50,190 £136
Citroen e-C4 217 £29,680 £137
Audi Q4 e-tron 40 323 £44,990 £139
Peugeot e-2008 206 £29,165 £142
Tesla Model 3 LR 348 £49,900 £143
Nissan Leaf e+ 239 £35,695 £149
Hyundai Ioniq 5 73 kWh 277 £41,945 £151
Mercedes Benz EQA 263 £40,495 £154
Vauxhall Mokka-e 201 £31,340 £156
DS 3 Crossback E-Tense 200 £31,490 £157
MG ZS EV 163 £25,995 £159
Hyundai Ioniq Electric 194 £31,450 £162
Mini Electric 145 £26,000 £179
BMW i3 188 £36,025 £192
Volvo XC40 Recharge 260 £49,950 £192
Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 35 217 £42,250 £195
Honda e 136 £27,160 £200
Tesla Model S LR 412 £83,980 £204
Mazda MX-30 124 £26,045 £210
Smart EQ fortwo 84 £17,850 £213
Jaguar I-Pace 292 £64,495 £221
BMW iX3 279 £61,900 £222
Smart EQ forfour 81 £18,285 £226
Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life 143 £32,495 £227
Lexus UX 300e 196 £44,700 £228
Nissan e-NV200 Combi 124 £30,255 £244
Porsche Taycan + 301 £74,794 £249
Tesla Model X LR 360 £90,980 £253
Mercedes Benz EQC 259 £65,720 £254
Smart EQ fortwo cabrio 82 £21,420 £261
Audi e-tron GT 295 £79,900 £271
Audi e-tron Sportback 55 270 £73,875 £274
Audi e-tron 55 254 £71,500 £282
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 4 262 £79,395 £303
Citroen e-SpaceTourer Business 148 £48,600 £328
Peugeot e-Traveller 148 £49,065 £332
Mercedes Benz EQV 213 £70,665 £332

Renault has reclaimed top spot in the best-pound-per-mile table, having held the position a number of times in the past. This time, it’s been up against greater opposition, and new names have come along making a significant impact.

Changes to the Plug-in Car grant since the last running of this comparison mean that the Zoe is now £2 per mile more expensive than before, but the changes are slight and it remains excellent value for money for those looking at long-range EVs.

Our notes

All models listed use the official WLTP range figure, which we have found to be a reasonable and achievable distance on the whole during day-to-day driving. Clearly various driving styles, environments, and weather conditions will have an effect on the range available from a single charge, but we are yet to find a WLTP figure that seems unattainable.

To be included in the list, all models must have a UK price confirmed - with or without PiCG. If a model is missing from this list, chances are that full UK pricing had not been revealed at the time of analysis.

As mentioned above, all model pricing is inclusive of the £2,500 UK Plug-in Car Grant where applicable. Where models aren't yet approved by OLEV for the grant because they are too new, as long as they meet Category 1 regulations and are expected to come in beneath the price cap, we have applied the grant ourselves to make for a fairer comparison.

Model OTR is that quoted by the manufacturer, and does not include any deals or offers that may be available.

While we hope that this simple but useful metric will help if you are looking to buy an EV, it is worth remembering that price-vs-range is only one aspect of choosing which EV is right for you. As new models become available, we will attempt to update the table to reflect the changes they bring, so keep checking back for more information.

Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:2nd Sep 2021

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