Top 5 Electric Car Lease Deals Of 2020
Stable Vehicle Contracts takes a look at the best and most reliable top 5 electric car lease deals of 2020. Make the move to electric car leasing today!
As the year draws to a close, there has been a significant investment into hybrid and all-electric car technology in 2020. With brands such as Tesla, Volkswagen and Polestar leading the change to e-mobility, there has been plenty of well-priced electric car lease deals hitting the market. With charging infrastructure constantly being improved as well there are now over 35,000 charging points available (data courtesy of Zap-Map Statistics) in the UK. And with fast charging technology such as Tesla's Supercharger charging a Tesla up to 50% battery in just 30 minutes, the idea of electric car leasing is getting more real.
Why Lease an Electric Car?
As it currently stands, electric cars might seem expensive compared to their combustion engine counterparts, especially if you choose to buy outright. But with electric car leasing, you are offered an affordable gateway into the electric world and the following benefits:
- Zero fuel bills with 100% electric cars
- Leasing means no fear of depreciation
- Leasing means low monthly costs
- Drive a brand new electric car for less
- Reduced car ownership costs overall
- Tax incentives such as Benefit in Kind (BiK)
We've created a list of the top 5 electric car lease deals of 2020 based on what we think is the best bang for your buck. Check it out below!
Top 5 Electric Car Lease Deals of 2020
1. Tesla Model 3
There is no doubt the Tesla Model 3 is one of the best electric cars to lease. It's an affordable luxury right now and perfect for the mass EV market. Sure, it isn't as cheap as a Nissan Leaf or Volkswagen e-Golf, but they just don't hold a candle to the Model 3s performance and technology.
The entry-level single motor model offers a great 260-mile range and a 0-60mph time of 5.6 seconds, which we think is more than enough. The dual-motor version offers a 310-mile range but is a bit more pricey. And finally, you have the Performance model which goes from 0-60 in just 3.3 seconds, has an enhanced set of brakes and has a top speed of 155mph.
The interior is roomy, has lots of storage options and feels premium thanks to the upmarket materials adorning the dashboard. Tesla's 15-inch touchscreen infotainment system is a technical marvel with a huge amount of technology such as Netflix, YouTube and web browsing baked in. Although you'll need access to some form of WiFi in order to use these features. Build quality is high as expected from Tesla with glossy black finishes and a solid feel to the cabin.
Thanks to Tesla's Supercharger network, you'll never be far from a quick charge. The Supercharger technology will get your Model 3 up to 80% from 0% in just 30 minutes. You can still use any public charging point but obviously, they won't charge as fast. A 50kW charger will get your Model 3 to 80% in just over an hour, whereas a 7kW home charger will take around 12 hours for a full charge. Charging on the go isn't exactly a problem thanks to the Model 3's infotainment system, just sit back and turn the Netflix on.
2. Volkswagen e-Golf Hatchback
The Volkswagen e-Golf is an all-electric version of the popular Golf Hatchback range. It's well kitted out with dual-zone climate control, heated windscreen tech, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers and fancy 16-inch alloy wheels. It has a rapid charger onboard meaning you can charge the e-Golf from 0 to 80% in just 45 minutes. The range isn't half bad either, with Volkswagen claiming the e-Golf battery has a range of around 186 miles, although real-world miles when you factor in weather and road conditions means you'll be looking realistically at around 130 miles.
If you've driven a regular Golf before you'll know the ride quality is great, especially on the pothole-laden UK roads. As with all electric cars, the acceleration of the e-Golf is brisk from a standstill and it'll happily cruise at motorway speeds without issue. Overtaking power is there when you need it thanks to the e-Golfs 135bhp motor.
Hooking the e-Golf up to a rapid 50kW charger lets you charge it up to 80% in just 40 minutes. A standard home charger will set you back around 6 hours to get the e-Golf up to 100% juice. The slowest home chargers such as a 3kW will take around 12 hours to charge it to full.
3. MG Motor UK ZS EV
The ZS EV is a mid-size all-electric SUV that is well equipped to tackle daily life. It has a large boot, a spacious interior with a lot of storage and MG Motor UK says the ZS EV will do around 163 miles on a full battery. The ride quality is firm and the ZS EV can handle everything you throw at it and more. 0-60 times are still impressive for a car of this size but don't expect it to win any races with a whole family of people sitting inside.
Given the monthly lease price of the ZS EV, you are getting a lot of car for your money, with the interior having a solid and impressive finish and lots of gadgets available. An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system holds all of the car's features and sat nav as standard. You get DAB radio, phone connectivity with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and rear parking sensors.
The ZS EV can charge up to 80% in 40 minutes using a 50kW rapid charging point. Lower down the ladder the common 7.2kW home charging wall box will take around 6 and a half hours to charge the car to 100%. Just plug it in and leave it overnight.
4. BMW i3
The BMW i3 was one of the first electric cars available on the electric market. It's an interestingly designed car which makes it unique and attractive to many buyers. Crucially, it's a BMW through and through which means you'll be getting the usual BMW refinement and high quality we've come to expect from the German manufacturer. The i3 is a nimble little all-electric car and the standard model can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 7.3 seconds, with the more powerful motor doing it in just 6.9 seconds.
The i3 has plenty of range to keep most commuters happy, with a claimed range of 175 miles (WLTP). BMW says 160 miles is more realistic, which is still more than enough unless you're doing more than 80 miles one way commuting to work. It's a comfortable car with firm suspension for tackling the uneven British roads. On the inside, the i3 has a well laid out dashboard with controls easy to reach and tall windows providing a good view outside. The cars small size makes parking easy for those that get nervous about it. A 10.25-inch screen sits atop the dashboard which contains all your cars information and loads different menus quickly and effortlessly.
You get the usual host of features such as full satellite navigation, DAB radio, Bluetooth and some USB sockets. As with all BMWs, the interior quality is above par with upmarket materials adorning the dashboard and doors. The switches and buttons have great feedback when pressed and everything feels solidly built.
5. Audi e-tron
The Audi e-tron is a luxury based all-electric SUV that is priced to rival the Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes-Benz EQC. Don't let its size and 2.5 tonnes of weight give you the wrong idea though, as the e-tron is actually a very nippy SUV. With a 0-60mph time of 6.8 seconds, it's faster to 60 than the far smaller BMW i3 we just mentioned above and has an insane 300bhp output. Although not as affordable as the other cars mentioned, the e-tron still represents a significant investment in e-mobility.
The e-tron has a decent range, with Audi claiming 196 miles from a full battery. Whilst the Tesla Model 3 does have better range, it doesn't have the interior space the e-tron offers. Interestingly enough, the e-tron is well planted when it comes to brisk acceleration down your favourite country roads. Switch the suspension to Dynamic mode and it helps to curb body roll you feel when taking corners at speed. The e-tron is a seriously fun SUV.
There are numerous model spec to choose from which all offer different amounts of optional extras. Technik, Sport, S Line and Edition One and Vorsprung are all the trim available. The standard Technik comes with heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, electric tailgate and x2 charging ports on both sides of the car. The step up to the Sport version offers sportier styling and larger 21-inch alloy wheels. The Vorsprung offers some more flashy interior tech as well as massive 22-inch alloys that make light work of potholes.
A full battery charge from a standard 7kW home wall box will take around 10 and a half hours. Find a 50kW public charge point and you can reduce this figure down to 30 minutes for 50% charge.
Jaguar I-Pace - A roomy SUV with Jaguar's typical premium finish and exciting acceleration
Mercedes EQC - A refined and comfortable electric SUV with Mercedes famous finishing touches
Volkswagen ID.3 - A uniquely styled all-electric hatchback set to replace the VW Golf range. Offering a minimum of 205-miles range from the smallest battery
** Prices are correct as of the date this article was published 05/11/2020. Prices may differ in the future from what is written here.
Established in 2009, Stable Vehicle Contracts are a UK based premium vehicle leasing company. We are part of a large, privately owned, Volkswagen and Audi dealership group with over 25 sites. Stable Vehicle Contracts has the ability to offer the very best car and commercial vehicle lease deals and thanks to our partners in the trade, we've become leaders in the supply of cars and commercial vehicles through leasing. Give us a call today on 0151 728 4711 or visit our Special Offers page to see what deals we have on.