The polar ice caps are melting, and global warming is an ever-increasing threat to our daily life. The environment needs to be protected and every person needs to be looking at ways of reducing their carbon footprint. Human beings are, by nature, creatures of habit and if change happens, we want it to be with minimal fuss and no negative repercussions. We all know electric cars are the future. We understand they are kinder to the planet and, with more charging stations popping up each year, no longer have the distance restrictions they once did, but they are expensive. Although, maybe not as costly as you think. We have compiled a list of the top five cheapest electric cars to lease in 2023 and we think you will be surprised at the results.
5. Nissan Leaf 5 Door N-Connecta 110kW 39kWh
The Nissan Leaf is a good all-rounder when it comes to the world of electric cars. It has a range of over 200 miles per single charge, making it more than adequate for daily urban commuting and even longer journeys. The Leaf was one of the first electric cars to be mass-produced and has undergone continuous improvement for over a decade. As Nissan was one of the first companies to develop electric vehicles, all their cars benefit from their team's extensive experience.
The Nissan Leaf is a family car that can comfortably seat five people with ample space for luggage and has multiple safety features to protect your loved ones including anti-lock brakes, advanced driver assistance and stability control. Newer models may have further features including blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warnings and intelligent cruise control. We always advise customers to ask about the current specific features of the exact model they are interested in.
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4. Peugeot e208 5-Door Hatch 50KWH 136 Electric GT
In the number four position on our list of the top 5 cheapest electric cars to lease in 2023 is a car whose origins can be traced back to 1929 when Peugeot first introduced the ‘20’ series. The current incarnation is the Peugeot 208 which includes the all-electric e-208 model, the winner of the 2020 ‘What Car - Electric Small Car of the Year’ award.
A sleek little number with an aerodynamic profile that offers better performance and oozes style. The 208 has a range of about 200 miles on a single charge and offers great acceleration and responsive performance. It is a perfect car for getting around a busy modern city. It comes with AC and DC charging capabilities which means it can be charged from a standard household outlet on AC charging and benefit from the rapid charging of the DC at compatible charging stations. The 208 comes with the expected safety features. However, its distinctive i-Cockpit driver configuration makes it stand out, which includes a centrally positioned touchscreen, a digital instrument cluster and a compact steering wheel. All are designed to enhance driver ergonomics and offer an engaging experience.
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3. Vauxhall Corsa Hatch 50kWh 11kWCh Ultimate Auto
At number three we have the Vauxhall Corsa Hatch. A staple of British roads since making its debut in 1993 and a regular choice for new drivers means it is no surprise to find the electric model on the list of the top 5 cheapest electric cars to lease in 2023. It has a respectable range of around 200 miles per single charge and the expected quick acceleration and responsive driving experience of electric vehicles. It has AC and DC charging capabilities and has various interior and safety features to make it a pleasant and reliable runner.
The Corsa comes into its own in busy built-up city areas and the hands of new drivers. It is known for its nimble handling and superb agility offering excellent manoeuvrability, responsive steering and a balanced ride. Its superb safety record, incorporating various features as standard, makes this a sensible choice for all, and especially for newly qualified drivers. Being such a popular car means demand has always been high, but Vauxhall has built an extensive global dealership network making the Corsa readily available and easy to service. It is the car for peace of mind.
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The new kid on the block sits at number two in our list of the top 5 cheapest electric cars to lease in 2023. Having only launched in the UK in 2022 many people won’t be familiar with the ‘Funky Cat’ as the Hatch First Edition is known but offering 100% electric, sustainable mobility packed with tech and a premium finish will soon change all that. The stylish looks resemble a chic model from a 1960s James Bond film but the tech inside is entirely modern Q’s finest work including voice assistance, fully integrated displays and even facial recognition security systems.
The Funky Cat is all about urban commuting. It has a range of up to 155 miles on a single charge which means it may not suit longer drives but it is not designed to be a tourer. As an all-electric vehicle, it is incredibly eco-friendly and being compact is perfect for shortcuts down inner-city backstreets and weaving through busy traffic. The Funky Cat also offers customisable options where you can really add your personal touch and then take your chic mobile on a jaunt to Carnaby Street where it would fit in perfectly.
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1. Citroen e-C4 Hatch 100kW EV 50kWh Sense
Sitting in the top spot of our list of the top 5 cheapest electric cars to lease in 2023 is the e-C4 Hatch from French giant Citroen. With over 100 years of automotive knowledge and a history of innovation that has developed more than 300 models, Citroen knows what they are doing when it comes to the motor car. The e-C4 is no exception and is a great family car that combines space and performance. It comes with a very useful range of up to 260 miles per single charge and has both AC and DC charging capabilities making it the most efficient car on our list. It also boasts three driving modes, eco, normal and sport, which can be adjusted to perfectly suit your present driving conditions.
When it comes to additional features then the e-C4 has a wide range available. For safety it offers standard features such as multiple airbags, anti-lock brakes, advanced driver-assistance and stability control but also a regen B mode that increases the ‘engine braking’ feel and efficiency. Citroen is known for its comfort-oriented suspension systems which absorb road imperfections, but in an electric vehicle passenger comfort is enhanced for the smoothest of rides. With an onboard 100kW charger the e-C4 can charge 80% in 30 minutes on a rapid charge and even manage 80% in 50 minutes on the more common 50kW charger. With all this on offer and the assurance that the name Citroen brings, it is no surprise to find it topping this list; even more so, as it was the cheapest car to lease at the time of writing.
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So which electric car is for you?
Here at Gateway2Lease, we pride ourselves on making sure every customer is behind the wheel of the perfect car, at the perfect price on the perfect deal. We always recommend customers to ask questions about the particular model they are interested in, as features will vary with model year and different trim levels. We have been operating nationally since 2008 and are experts in sourcing new vehicles for business and individual customers alike. Speak to one of our team about your leasing options and vehicle requirements to find your perfect fit. Get in touch Get in touch and discover the world of electric cars.
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