If you’re thinking about an electric or hybrid vehicle as your next car, it’s a good call. Manufacturers the world over are announcing ambitious plans to move to these methods of power in the future. If you need confirmation, just take a look at the next 5 Series with its hybrid drivetrain.
Elsewhere, Ford is busy building an all-electric SUV and will even don its Mustang with hybrid technology, while Volkswagen has confirmed it will be building numerous electric cars over the next decade. So the list goes on…
But what if you’re a trailblazer? What’s on offer if you want one right now? There’s no doubt affordable leasing rates have played a part in making these type of vehicles more affordable, and there’s several that you can now lease for less than £250 per month…
To help you out, we’ve also had a look at five cars you can currently lease for under £250 per month.
So, what exactly could you get?
Ok, it’s not the newest kid on the block, but the Nissan Leaf remains one of the most popular electric vehicles for several reasons. Five years in production means it has been developed to perfection. Nissan is known for outstanding durability regardless, but when it comes to pioneering electric technology, you can be safe in the knowledge it is one of the most dependable EVs on the road.
What’s more, with 155 miles of range it’s a far cry from electric cars of old that would induce their owners full of range anxiety before even getting under way. Its impressive range means it’ll handle even longer commutes without batting an eyelid.
When it comes to power, it’s the same story. The Leaf doesn’t look fast, and with 109bhp you wouldn’t expect it to be. However, thanks to the electric motor’s instantaneous torque this car is actually quicker than diesels and petrols, particularly from a stand still.
Kia has really sorted its act out recently, and the Niro is one of the latest cars to join its growing range. It’s the company’s first all-out hybrid, and quite a good one at that, too. Its conventional 1.6-litre petrol engine produces 104bhp and is coupled to a 43bhp electric motor, both of which use a silky smooth dual-clutch gearbox which means, unlike some hybrids, it’s a pleasure to drive.
The Niro’s aim wasn’t just to take on the hybrid crowd, but also conventionally powered compact crossover rivals such as the Citroen C4 Cactus and Renault Captur. Thanks to attractive styling and its high-driving position, it does this with consummate ease.
Being a conventional hybrid rather than a plug-in or fully electric vehicle means it does lag behind a little when it comes to its eco credentials, but it is still capable of up to 64mpg and won’t see more than 101g/km of CO2 leave the exhaust pipe. If you are after something just as attractively priced but emission-free, you may be better off with the electric Soul.
So you’re looking for an eco-friendly vehicle, but you’re wondering whether to get a hybrid, a plug-in, or perhaps a fully fledged electric car. Well Hyundai has considered your dilemma and made it just that little more difficult. Yes, the Ioniq is available in all of these guises!
This is a one-model-fits all that Hyundai hopes can quash the recently restyled Prius and dethrone it from its decade-long reign as the go-to green car. Judging by its pricing and specification, it just might pull it off too.
Out of the three available guises we’d opt for the 1.6 GDi Hybrid model. It’s the entry-level option, but that doesn’t stop it coming with alloy wheels, cruise control, parking sensors and camera, emergency braking and Lane Keep Assist as standard. What we think you’ll be truly impressed with however, is just how affordable it currently is to lease.
The second all-electric car on our list is the Renault Zoe, which you have to admit looks a whole lot more modern than the Leaf. That’s thanks to a makeover last year, which added a more powerful battery and a host of interior tech including satnav too.
Admittedly, it isn’t as large as the Leaf inside, but it’s still a great proposition as a city car. Producing around 87bhp and 162lb/ft of torque, the little electric motor is fantastic at exploiting gaps in traffic and is good for over 200 miles between charges (if you opt for the most powerful battery, otherwise range is between 100 – 150 miles).
Toyota Yaris Hybrid
If you’re not one that likes to stand out, this could be the hybrid for you. After all, at a glance it looks like any other Yaris; hardly the showiest car on the road. Nonetheless, the car’s high quality interior and built-to-last feel that keeps drawing customers back.
It’s also one of the cheapest fully-fledged hybrids on the market, and with over 300 deals for less than £250, it’s well worth consideration. It gets a 1.5-litre petrol engine that works with an electric motor, resulting in a combined output of 100bhp and fuel consumption as impressive as 85mpg.
Until recently, a hybrid’s Achilles heel has been dragging about those hefty batteries, but in the Yaris’ case, it weights less than 100kg more than the entry-level 1.3-litre petrol engine option, meaning steering, handling and the driving experience is superior to many other hybrids.
All figures correct as of 6 June 2017