Top 5 electric cars on subscription

Top 5 electric cars on subscription

Here are five excellent electric cars that you can run on subscription.
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✔️  A wide variety of electric cars are available on subscription.

✔️  There’s just one monthly fee – some services even include charging.

✔️  Subscription gives you the flexibility to experience life with an electric car without being tied into ownership or a long term contract.

A subscription service is the easiest way of running an electric car. You don’t have to worry about servicing, maintenance or being tied into a long-term financial commitment. In 2021 overall car sales were down and the only segment seeing record growth was the electric vehicle one. This bodes well for 2022! Check out our in-depth electric car subscription guide!

In fact, some subscription services include free access to a number of charging networks, so you don’t even need to pay for electricity. You literally just get in the car and drive. We cover all the other reasons to subscribe to an EV in this guide.

And there’s now more choice than ever when it comes to electric cars. What was once a niche market has exploded into the mainstream, with everything from affordable urban runarounds to sumptuous saloons and ultra-practical SUVs.

Likewise, it’s now easier than ever to run an electric car, with more than 24,000 charging points in the UK. That number is growing all the time, and there are a variety of apps to help you locate convenient charging points along your route or near your destination. For those who are new to electric vehicles (EVs), a subscription service also provides a simple and flexible opportunity to sample different models.

1. Tesla Model 3

Source: Tesla Press
  • Model: Tesla Model S Standard Range+
  • Range: 278 miles (official figure)
  • Battery capacity: Undisclosed
  • 0-60mph: 5.3 seconds
  • Cost: £750 per month (Wagonex)

The Tesla Model 3 was the electric car that the world had been waiting for when the original version was launched in 2017.

It was spacious inside, fun to drive and capable of tackling even the longest motorway journeys with ease thanks to its impressive range figures. But the most important thing was that it was affordable – at least relatively speaking, with similar monthly costs to a mid-spec BMW 3-Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Tesla is renowned for its continuous programme of development, which has ensured that the latest Model 3 is still every bit as relevant. Despite strong competition from the Polestar 2 and the Volkswagen ID.4, the Model 3 remains the benchmark for compact executive electric cars.

2. Volkswagen ID.3

Source: Volkswagen Press
  • Model: Volkswagen ID.3 Pro Performance
  • Range: 264 miles (official figure); 215 miles (real world estimate)
  • Battery capacity: 58 kWh
  • 0-62mph: 7.3 seconds
  • Cost: £559 per month, inclusive of charging (Onto)

What the Tesla Model 3 has done for electric saloons, the Volkswagen ID.3 is aiming to do for mid-size hatchbacks. The name signifies the fact that it’s supposed to be Volkswagen’s third landmark model after the ubiquitous Golf and the original Beetle that revolutionised mass transport in the 1950s. No pressure then.

Its official range figure of 264 miles sees the ID.3 nipping at the heels of the larger and more expensive Tesla, while also offering generous interior space, agile handling and a suitably futuristic-looking minimalist cabin.

It’s not as plush inside as the more expensive luxury EVs, and neither is it as outrageously fast, but it’s a stylish and capable electric family hatch for Golf money. And that’s exactly what the world needs right now. To improve your chances of getting a car on subscription you may want to check our guide on bad credit. It's worth keeping an eye on your credit history before getting a subscription.

3. Hyundai Kona Electric

Source: Hyundai Press
  • Model: Hyundai Kona Electric Premium SE
  • Range: 279 miles (official figure)
  • Battery capacity: 64 kWh
  • 0-62mph: 7.9 seconds
  • Cost: £479 per month (Cazoo)

The Hyundai Kona Electric might be the most affordable car in our roundup, but you won’t feel like you’re skimping on anything. It follows a traditional compact SUV template, with a similar feel to its petrol counterparts both inside and out. In fact, there’s something reassuringly conventional about it at first glance.

Where this Kona differs is its all-electric powertrain that will whisk you from 0 to 62mph in a brisk 7.9 seconds – all in virtual silence. But the most notable thing about the Kona Electric is just how far it will travel on a single charge. This particular model is officially rated at 279 miles – expect around 240 miles in the real world, which is roughly the same as Cambridge to Newcastle.

As with any electric car, charging times will vary depending on the conditions and the type of charger that you’re using, but Hyundai says that it can go from 0 to 80 per cent charge in just 47 minutes using a 100 kW fast charger.

4. Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric

Source: Volvo Press
  • Model: Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric
  • Range: 259 miles (official figure)
  • Battery capacity: 78 kWh
  • 0-62mph: 4.7 seconds
  • Cost: £769 per month (Care by Volvo)

For a moment, let’s set aside the fact that this sensible family SUV will comfortably out-accelerate a Porsche Boxster. Or that its claimed all-electric range of 259 miles would allow the average UK commuter to drive to work and back every day for a week before needing to plug-in.

Instead, it’s the cabin that really stands out. Whisper quiet, as you’d expect from an EV; it’s an oasis of calm, with great quality materials, wonderfully supportive seats and typically sharp Scandinavian design. It’s the sort of car that you can emerge from, following a long drive, feeling happier and more relaxed than when you got in.

Volvo has found a good balance, with a driving environment that feels futuristic, without seeming needlessly gimmicky. True, the giant touchscreen can be a little distracting, but the infotainment system co-developed with Google comes with an impressive set of inbuilt apps, along with the US tech giant’s class-leading voice control system.

5. Audi e-tron

Source: Audi Press
  • Model: Audi e-tron 55 Quattro Black Edition
  • Range: 251 miles (official figure) 220 miles (real world estimate)
  • Battery capacity: 95 kWh
  • 0-62mph: 5.7 seconds
  • Cost: £1,299 (Onto)

The Audi e-tron, takes everything that drivers (and passengers) love about traditional luxury SUVs and then moves that on a step further with the switch to electricity. It’s gloriously quiet – even by EV standards – and it rides along on a cushion of air-sprung comfort.

It’s not as engaging to drive down a twisty road as the Jaguar I-PACE nor as fast in a straight line as the Tesla Model X, but it does a better job of either of them when it comes to isolating its occupants against the outside world.

Audi is known for the quality of its cabins, and the e-tron is no exception with top-notch materials and a clean, smart design. There’s a large dual-screen infotainment system that gives it high-tech feel, plus a pin-sharp digital instrument cluster with some of the best graphics you’ll find in any vehicle.

The e-tron is practical too. Unlike the larger 7-seat Tesla Model X, the Audi only has room for 5, but there’s plenty of space for them to stretch out. The boot is a good size too at 660 litres – more than enough for a family holiday.

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