5 Best small and practical electric cars

5 Best small and practical electric cars

A small electric car can be a much more well-rounded package than you might think…

The car as we know it is undergoing a revolution. Petrol and diesel is fast losing favour for electrified and full EV models — and that means we’re seeing a more diverse market of zero-emissions vehicles.

Some are huge, some are just a little on the big side and others are smaller and more city-friendly — though that doesn’t mean they compromise on practicality. We’ve picked out some of the most practical small EVs out there…

BMW i3

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The i3 is a quirky little EV that upholds all the premium standards you’d expect from a BMW. It’s interior – high-quality, tech-filled and spacious. And just to sweeten the deal, there’s a lot of great standard kit on offer, such as heated front seats and LED headlights.

Honda e

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The Honda e has caused quite the stir in the motoring world. With its small yet roomy proportions, claimed 50:50 weight distribution and entirely electric powertrain, it might just be the car to entice enthusiasts to take the step into EV ownership.

Nissan Leaf e+

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As a long-standing class leader, the Nissan Leaf e+ only goes to further the model’s already praised breadth of ability. The e+ adds increased range and performance over the standard Leaf – 215bhp and a range of 239 miles.

Volkswagen e-Golf

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If you just want a conventional hatchback, just one with an electric powertrain, it doesn’t come much better than the e-Golf. With everything you’d expect from a regular Volkswagen Golf, like a practical boxy shape and a no-nonsense interior layout, the only thing you’ve got to remember is to plug it in and not attempt to fill it up with petrol or diesel.  

Peugeot e-208

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Another car that should feel familiar to people who’ve owned hatchbacks in the past is the Peugeot e-208. It has all the usability of the small French hatchback – which means a spacious cabin and generous boot ­ – just with the added benefits of an electric powertrain.