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3 Apr 20

Top 10 cheapest EVs ranked by euro per km of WLTP range

It’s been 8 months since we published our first top 10 of all-electric cars in Europe based on the quotient of their WLTP range in kilometres and their list price. Back in August 2019, it was the Opel Corsa-e that grabbed the gold, costing just 76 euro per km of range.

In the meantime, VW has launched the revamped e-Up together with its Seat and Skoda derivatives (Mii and Citigo), which boast a significantly increased battery and hence range. Also, Renault has revisited its Zoé and there is a new kid on the block, named MG. On top of that, the Hyundai Kona saw its range increase slightly. Prices of most models have increased, too.

We were curious to find out how this would reshuffle our top 10. Guess what…

Ranking Model WLTP range (km) List price excl. VAT (€) € per km
1 SEAT Mii Electric 260 17.512 67,35
2 Skoda Citigo iV 260 17.852 68,66
3 Renault Zoé R110 395 27.273 69,05
4 VW e-Up 260 18.967 72,95
5 Renault Zoé R135 385 28.595 74,27
6 Kia e-Soul 64kWh  452 34.207 75,68
7 Opel Corsa-E 330 25.202 76,37
8 Kia eNiro 64kWh 455 35.488 78,00
9 Hyundai Kona 64kWh 484 38.429 79,40
10 Peugeot e-208 340 27.066 79,61

 

We based our top 10 on the Belgian list prices excluding VAT (Belgium is a central market with prices close to the European average), which we divided by the WLTP range of the model. For the Renault Zoé, we (obviously) took the price including the battery – Renault still offers the possibility to lease them separately.
 
VW Group nearly scores a home run with its electric triplets. The Seat Mii being the one with the smallest price-tag logically emerges the winner (you can read our review here). Still, the VW e-Up loses the bronze to the Renault Zoé thanks to the latter's vastly improved range. Last year’s winner, the Opel Corsa-e, tumbles down to seventh place. It is sandwiched by the two long-range Kia models.

Remarkably, the Tesla Model 3 is kicked out of the top 10. The Chinese MG ZS misses the mark – it needs some 60 more kilometres to claim a spot in the top 10. At least as surprising is that the world’s best-selling EV, the standard Nissan Leaf, is nowhere to be seen in the top 20. The long-range Leaf e+ finds itself in 13th position.

Ranking Model WLTP range (km) List price excl. VAT (€) € per km
11 Tesla Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor 560 48.182 86,04
12 Opel Ampera-e 380 34.256 90,15
13 Nissan Leaf e+ 385 37.190 96,60
14 MG ZS EV 263 25.607 97,37
15 DS 3 E-Tense 320 31.157 97,37
16 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus 409 40.331 98,61
17 Tesla Model 3 Long Range Performance 530  53.698 101,32
18 Hyundai Kona 39kWh 305 32.231 105,68
19 BMW i3 310 33.678 108,64
20 Kia eNiro 39kWh 289 32.264 111,64

 

A few remarks are in place regarding this top 10 (or top 20, in fact). It does not consider any discounts. Also, prices vary across Europe so on certain markets one model or another might swap places in the ranking. Finally, this top 10 will look a lot different if you consider tax incentives, which are very different across European countries.

Authored by: Dieter Quartier