Even before the recent government announcement that the sale of new petrol and diesel cars would be banned from 2030, many drivers were already making the switch to electrified models.
EVs, hybrids and plug-in hybrids are rising in popularity, and this will only continue as we approach 2030.
So if you’re looking at picking your first electrified model, which options should you consider?
BMW has proven a big player in the electrified car world by launching models that don’t have any compromises. One example is the 330e, the plug-in hybrid version of the 3 Series Saloon.
Offering the same engaging driving experience, strong performance and classy cabin as the standard car, it’s a great option if you’re looking at making the switch. We’d recommend opting for the first 330e, which arrived in 2016 and boasted a 25-mile – claiming to return almost 150mpg, with CO2 emissions of 44g/km.
Like sibling brand Toyota, much of Lexus’s current range is now made up of hybrid models. And if you’re looking for some ‘normality’ when making the switch to an electrified model, the brand’s CT hatchback is a solid option.
While not especially spacious or fun to drive, it’s comfortable, high-quality and has a superb reliability record. It’s been around since 2011 and continues to offer brilliant efficiency – with Lexus claiming it’ll return 55.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 115g/km.
The Nissan Leaf was the first mass-market electric car, and the Japanese brand clearly did something right to tempt buyers out of their petrol and diesel cars. Affordable pricing, a practical interior and ease of use were all paramount to the British-built Leaf’s success.
And Nissan took that a step further with the second-generation car, introduced in 2018, which gets our vote here. With its sophisticated-yet-simple-to-use technology, good electric range (up to 236 miles on E+ models), roomy interior and low pricing, it’s a brilliant first EV.
Hyundai Kona Electric
The first question that people ask about EVs is ‘how far can they go on a charge?’. While a growing network of EV charging points means range anxiety isn’t as prevalent as it once was, it remains a barrier for many that currently drive petrol and diesel cars.
But EVs with long ranges do exist – and the Hyundai Kona Electric is a great example. Introduced at the end of 2018, this compact electric crossover boasts a seriously impressive range of up to 300 miles for the 64kWh battery model, easily allowing long journeys on a single charge. Values are remaining firm, but you can still expect to save around £5,000 by going for a nearly-new model.
Volkswagen Golf GTE
If you want to switch to an electrified model that looks and feels the same as a petrol or diesel car, the plug-in hybrid Volkswagen Golf GTE is a great option.
It offers strong performance, a high-quality interior and a comfortable ride (the latter being something many PHEV models struggle with), while the 31-mile electric range means you can complete many short trips without having to use the engine.without having to use the engine. And on longer journeys, the engine will still be there to support you. Just be aware that the boot here is noticeably smaller than a standard Golf’s – the only real compromise by choosing the GTE.
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