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Top 7 Compact EVs for 2024

 Published 2nd January 2024

Top 7 Compact EVs for 2024

Christmas has come and gone, the hangover from New Year has withered and all thoughts turn to spring and the first release of new cars in 2024. Many people will say there is nothing like the feeling of driving off the forecourt in a brand-new motor, but to most, this is just frivolous spending due to the sudden drop in value as a car becomes used.

The shrewd consumer looks at the details of the deal and works out what they are getting for their money and often decides a nearly new vehicle is the much better option. In this blog, we are going to look at some of the best small car lease deals in the UK for 2024, which includes looking at 2023 and 2022 models to discover the best bang for your buck.

Our Gateway2Lease top seven list is all about compact EVs and is simply ordered by average monthly price. Check out all our available EVs here.

Vauxhall Corsa Electric

7. Vauxhall Corsa Electric

When it comes to small car lease deals with a big character, the Vauxhall Corsa combines charm, elegance and poke. It stands out from the crowd with its slick front end effortlessly merging into the headlights, almost inviting you to drive. The front of the car has a crisp, modern finish that is so 2024, but when you look at the car from the back, you would be forgiven for thinking it was the 1990s again. The outside may exhibit a nod to the era of Britpop, but the interior captures the zeitgeist of the electric era. The Vauxhall Corsa cockpit comes with a 10” infotainment screen connected to Apple Airplay and Android Auto, lane departure warning, speed sign recognition and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. It is the small car that cares.

Fiat 500 Electric

6. Fiat 500

Dashing through Milan traffic, nipping past the buses of Rome and whizzing up the narrowest of Neapolitan lanes, the Fiat 500 is a common sight bringing its own brand of Italian flair to the streets of Britain. When seeking small car lease deals, many customers opt for the Fiat 500 as the ideal car for urban driving thanks to its control, light steering, tiny turning cycle and impressive charge range. The one surprising feature of the compact Fiat 500 is the interior driver’s space. There is plenty of headroom for the taller person and the seats offer a good range of movement forwards, backwards, up and down. If you are looking for small car lease deals in the UK, where fun and comfort are the name of the game, you won’t go far wrong with the Fiat 500.

Renault Zoe

5. Renault Zoe

The first thing to mention about the Renault Zoe is the range. At a reported 239 miles per charge, the Zoe stands out above all others in its class. If there were no other reasons to choose a Zoe, this should still be enough to make it one of the best small car lease deals for the UK. But there’s more. With superb handling, great forward visibility and effortless, smooth acceleration, the Renault isn’t just crafted for urban driving, it is also a lot of fun too. The popularity of the Zoe comes from its relatively economical price tag and cheap running costs combined with a five-year warranty and servicing only required every 18,000 miles, it almost pays for itself.

GWM Ora 03

4. GWM Ora 03

When you think of the word ‘Funky’, what comes to mind? If it is tons of driver assistance tech, a massive equipment list and a spacious quality cabin, then we are on the same page, and the GWM Ora 03 has it in abundance. It adds additional ‘funk’ with an LED headlamp light show that displays on unlock and cool fish that swim across the screens on entry. It can complete an impressive range of just under 200 miles per single charge, and for an EV, the interior feels as spacious as an SUV. It also has soft and comfortable materials throughout, all in all giving it the feel of a much more costly car.

Peugeot e-208

3. Peugeot e-208

If your prime importance in a car is its capabilities in the city landscape, then you can’t go wrong with the Peugeot E-208. The robust little car can sneak between other traffic, squeeze past obstructions and, if you do take a wrong turn down a no-through road, the superb tight turning circle of the E-208 allows you to escape with minimum effort. Another great benefit of a car of such small dimensions is how easy it is to find a parking space. What would be considered just a gap between cars to many, is a perfect spot for easy parallel parking to the Peugeot E-208. Easy parking, easy day.

MINI Electric

2. Mini Electric

With a 0-62mph of only 7.3 seconds, the Mini Electric is the racer of our group. Not only can the compact and nippy Mini dart in and out of city traffic but it is just as happy whizzing down country roads and keeping pace on the motorways. The Mini still brings the 1960s feel that it has always done but with enhanced technology. The centrepiece of the dash is the standard circular infotainment system that screams Mini, and a recent update has increased the screen to 8.8 inches and includes sat nav, DAB and Apple Car Play/Android Auto as standard. Check out the best small car lease deals in the UK, grab yourself a Mini, tune into your favourite Herman’s Hermits album and cruise down Carnaby Street as the epitome of ‘Cool Britannia’.

BYD Dolphin

1. BYD Dolphin

The mighty Tesla, the name synonymous with electric cars found themselves shaken by the rise of one hell of a competitor. A competitor whose model took the title of Electric Car of the Year at the 2023 Motor Awards. A competitor whose upcoming releases stole the Best Stand award at the 2023 Autoshow. A competitor who outsold Tesla for the last three months of 2023. BYD has arrived with a great fanfare and the BYD Dolphin has made a splash as one of the best small car lease deals around. Boasting an impressive 0-62mph in 7s and a range of 265 miles, the Dolphin’s performance is unquestionable, and inside you will find ample space, oodles of tech a Euro NCAP safety rating of five stars.

Citroen Ami

Honorary Mention: Citroen Ami

With a top speed of only 28 mph, we couldn’t include the Citroen Ami in this list as it isn’t really a fully grown car, but it isn’t a toy either. It’s a quadricycle, which is ideal for city nipping and the perfect set of training wheels for young drivers. It is a two-seater, which is no wider the 1.5 metres and less than 2.5 long, making it a great parking practice aid and easy to manoeuvre the streets and get used to being behind the wheel in the city.

Come Here, There’s More!

This list is just a selection of the impressive range of compact EVs currently on the market and the wonderful thing about the industry is the products just keep improving. As science and engineering come together with huge budgets, each brand strives to improve and dominate the market, resulting in a superb selection of EV models from compact city cars to powerful luxury supercars – and at Gateway2Lease, we supply them all.

Fancy a chat about all these fantastic models? So do we. Discover our knowledge and passion of all cars or check out our top deals to get yourself a bargain.

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