Top five affordable new electric cars
1. Mazda MX-30
Sporty-looking, with a sloping coupe-like rear window, the Mazda MX-30 has rear-hinged doors that open backwards, letting you make a grand entrance wherever you’re going.
Its unremarkable official battery range of 124 miles means that it’s best suited to those that don’t do lots of long motorway trips, but the pay-off for having a smaller battery than many rival cars is that you can charge it from 20-80% in just 36 minutes (using a rapid charger).
It’s comfortable to drive and the boot is nice and big, with plenty of space for bags, hampers, muddy wellies and your pooch. The interior design is a real highlight, with a simple, stylish look, and it uses sustainable materials such as recycled plastic and cork trim. Considering how affordable it is, the MX-30 is jammed full of tech; there’s a touchscreen to operate the climate control as well as a larger screen for infotainment. It also comes with rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone connectivity.