10 best electric car lease deals under £400

Date Posted 28th July 2022
Read Time 12 min read

UK motorists are more curious about EVs than ever before. Most are seriously considering switching to electric whilst others already have. This is in a bid to combat the ill-effects of carbon dioxide air pollution and to avoid high petrol prices. But electric vehicles are also a whole lot of fun to drive. Car manufactures are seeing this shift in demand resulting in more and more brands developing affordable EV options.

At Hippo Leasing, we strive to offer drivers the most convenient and economical electric cars to lease at cost-effective prices. Here are 10 of our very best electric car lease deals under £4000.

You can search our full range of electric car deals here.

Vauxhall Corsa-e

We begin our list with the Vauxhall Corsa-e hatchback. This attractive five-door vehicle has so much to offer with its numerous features, zippy electric engine and modern looks.

Externally, the Vauxhall has been designed with beautiful body-coloured finishes, dark tinted back windows and a full set of LED lights. All windows and door mirrors are electric-operated. The front windscreen is solar heat absorbing and the windscreen wipers are rain sensitive. Add rear roof and tailgate spoilers along with 17-inch alloy wheels and you have one good looking ride.

Performance wise, the Corsa-e’s electric motor produces 134bhp and 260Nm of torque. This allows a 0-62mph time of just 8.0 seconds and a top speed of 93mph. It can run for a maximum of 209 miles between charges. And with a DC rapid charger you can recharge the battery from 0-80% in around 30 minutes. Recharging from a regular wallbox will top up the battery from flat in under eight hours.

The interior has more notable features than we have the space to mention. You’ll get 12V power sockets, sports style adjustable front seats, a cabin particulate filter, loads of storage space and more.

Mini Hatchback Electric

The classic goes electric – and we are here for it. This driver favourite has always been a car for enthusiasts. And now it’s ready to be appreciated by a new generation of climate-conscious consumers.

The exterior of this new three-door Mini is a work of art. Boasting a bonnet scoop, a newly-designed radiator grille, LED lights, Union Jack taillights and white indicator lenses, this vehicle exudes both class and confidence.

Powering this little beast is a front-mounted electric motor that produces 181bhp and 270Nm of torque. This allows the Mini Hatchback to accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 93mph. The 32.6kWh battery gives this Mini a range of up to 145 miles and has a wallbox full charge time of four hours and 45 minutes. Thanks to its 50kW DC rapid charging capability, it can be recharged to 80% capacity in under an hour.

Internally, the new Mini houses more features than you can shake a stick at. These include two-zone climate control, ambient lighting, and a three spoke sports multifunctional leather steering wheel. There’s ample storage space and a great infotainment system operated through an 8.8-inch touchscreen.

Volkswagen ID.3

Next up is the VW ID.3. This all-electric hatchback really needs no introduction and we wouldn’t have a best electric car lease deals list without it. Making waves with its family-friendly design and superior motor capabilities, the upmarket electric car comes with the VW ID.3 Pro Performance. This is designed specifically for electric use.

Adding to the sophisticated look of the exterior are the body-coloured bumpers and door mirrors, the latter sporting integrated indicators. Moving on to separate LED daytime running lights also perform the indicator function and all windows are electrically operated.

The Pro Performance drivetrain produces 210bhp, allowing the ID.3 a 0-62mph time of only 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 99mph. The rear-mounted motor is powered by a 58kWh battery that has a 0-100% wallbox charge time (7.4kW) of 9 hours and 15 minutes. And a rapid charge time (100kW) of 33 minutes (10-80%).

Inside the ID.3, style seats, pause and play pedals, an adjustable steering column and a host of safety features await. These include ABS brakes, traction control, a tyre monitoring system and airbags throughout.

Peugeot e-208

The fourth car on our best electric car lease deals list is the smart looking, practical and performance-orientated Peugeot e-208. As a five-door French export it’s fast-developing a reputation for being both entertaining and dependable.

The body of the e-208 is stylish to say the least. It comes with gloss black finishes, LED lights and a diamond black rear spoiler. Another attractive feature is the 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. These are fitted as standard with the Allure trim package.

Beneath the bonnet of this feisty drive sits a 134bhp electric motor, powered by a 50kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This gives the car a maximum of 217 miles per charge. You’ll gain 100 miles of range in approximately 20 minutes with a 100kW rapid charger, and in around 40 minutes with a 50kW charger. This motor allows the e-208 to reach 62mph in 8.1 seconds and has a top speed of 93mph.

The interior of the e-208 is jam-packed with special features all designed to provide a safer more convenient driving experience. These include 12V sockets, dual zone electronic climate control, and electric power steering. There’s a multifunction trip computer, rear park sensors, an ABS/EBD braking system, airbags and so much more.

Nissan Leaf

The sprightly five-door Nissan Leaf is yet another electric option worth your consideration. The designers at Nissan focused on driver convenience when constructing this car. They’ve made sure to include a wide range of both internal and external features.

Externally, the Leaf exhibits body-coloured trimmings, gloss finishes and chrome accents. Along with LED lighting this hatchback also houses a rain sensor, rear privacy glass and a shark fin antenna.

A 40.0kWh battery pack provides the juice for the 147-horsepower electric motor. This enables the Leaf to surge from 0-60mph in 7.4 seconds with a max speed of 90mph. Plug it into either a 120V outlet or a 240V outlet, with the latter fully charging the battery in seven hours. A full charge provides the Leaf with a range of 149 miles.

Internally, the Leaf is bursting with features all designed to improve your driving experience. These include automatic air conditioning, a leather steering wheel, and a quick charge port. There’s an impressive audio system connected to six speakers, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a host of safety and assistance features.

Mazda MX-30

Mazda has recently waded into the electric car segment, proudly producing the attractive MX-30. This car lands on our best electric car lease deals list for a number of reasons. It carries SUV-territory design with its 4.4-meter length, sloping roofline and rear hinged back doors.

This five-door car is aesthetically pleasing to look at with its black front grille, grey metallic side panels, and LED lights. There’s a power-tilt sunroof, piano black window trim, body-coloured bumpers and brilliant black roof.

With the MX-30 GT Sport Tech option, you’ll get an AC synchronous water-cooled electric motor that delivers 143hp and 271Nm of torque. This means the MX-30 can accelerate from 0-60mph in 9.5 seconds and has a top speed of 87mph. A lithium-ion 35.5kWh battery energises the MX-30 and gives the car a maximum range of 124 miles. The battery charges in just 30 minutes using a 50kWh DC charger.

On the inside, many fabulous features await. These include eight-way power adjustable heated seats, a 7-inch TFT colour driver instrument panel display, and an 8.8-inch colour centre touchscreen. There’s also a multitude of safety and assistance features and much, much more.

Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona range offers options for all fuel types but it’s the all-electric version which impresses. This five-door marvel makes our best electric car lease deals list for its fast-growing reputation for being one of the faster electric vehicles in its segment. It’s also a whole lot of fun to drive.

Notable exterior features of this subcompact SUV include body-coloured bumpers, door mirrors and handles, privacy glass fitted on the rear windows and tailgate as well as LED lights all round. Also included are 17-inch alloy wheels, fitted as standard.

The 64kWh trim houses a 201bhp electric motor that allows the car to surge from 0-60mph in under 7.0 seconds. It reaches a top speed of 104mph. The battery charges in 2.5 days with a 120V power point and in 9 hours 45 minutes with a 240V power point. A DC fast charger will reduce your charge time to 54 minutes for an 80% charge. When fully charged the Kona Electric has a maximum range of 258 miles.

Internally, the Kona Electric boasts automatic climate control, ambient lighting, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. There’s cloth upholstery and a CCS Combo rapid charge port alongside many safety and security features. 

MG ZS

With attractive pricing, this stylish electric SUV offers comfort and convenience thanks to its spacious interior and ample storage options. On the outside, this handsome five-door car comes complete with chrome trimmings, body-coloured accents, LED lighting, 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels and a rear spoiler.  

A 143bhp electric engine coupled with a 44.5kWh battery, propels the ZS EV. This setup gives a 0-60mph time of 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 87mph. At a public CCS point, the ZS EV can take up to 50kW, charging from 0-80% in around 40 minutes. Alternatively, at home with a type 2 connector and a 7.2kW wallbox, it will take around 6 hours and 30 minutes to charge from 0-100%. A full charge provides a range of up to 163 miles.

An abundance of space awaits inside the ZS EV along with an impressive range of features. These include houndstooth fabric upholstery, multi-adjustable front seats and an adjustable leather steering wheel. Safety wise, MG have made sure to include a long list of features to ensure your wellbeing.

BMW i3

The impressive five-door BMW i3 boasts a features list second to none in the electric car segment. Doing the brand name justice, there’s an abundance of amenities both inside and out. Making the car a worthy contender on our best electric car lease deals list.

The endless external highlights of the carbon-fibre constructed i3 include a chrome kidney grille and high-gloss finishes. There’s green-tinted heat protection glazing, LED lighting, rain sensors and a whole lot more.

The i3 hatchback sports a one-speed direct-drive transmission, providing the vehicle with enough power to accelerate from 0-60mph in just 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 93mph. A 42.2kWh battery pack enables the i3 with a 153-mile driving range. It charges in under 20 hours with a standard three-pin socket. You can reduce the charge time to six hours with a 7kW wallbox charger, or to 30 minutes for a 100-mile range when using a 50kW DC rapid charger.

On the inside, the i3 continues to impress with an arm’s length list of focal points. Notable features include cabin pre-conditioning via iDrive or BMW i Remote App, Neutronic Cloth upholstery, and DC rapid charge preparation. You’ll also get an electric drive selector on the steering column, and a raft of assistance, safety, and security features.

Kia Niro EV Estate

Our final entry on this list is the Kia Niro EV Estate. A vehicle that is both a practical and capable EV, featuring one of the strongest battery and engine combinations in the segment.

Kia’s Niro crossover has been completely redesigned from the ground up to meet the complex and diverse needs of today’s environmentally conscious car buyers. The latest car features a trio of state-of-the-art electrified powertrains – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric – and features an interior made from a higher proportion of sustainable and recycled materials.

The EV’s range follows a familiar and logical path when it comes to equipment levels, with a choice of ‘2’, ‘3’ or ‘4’ trim levels across all three variants. Niro EV ‘2’ models additionally pair an 8.0-inch touchscreen display with 10.25-inch instrument cluster, and also feature 17-inch alloy wheels, 11kW on-board charger, and a battery heating system.

Niro EV ‘3’ models benefit from the Vehicle-to-Device (V2D – formerly known as Vehicle-to-Load) functionality with a three-pin plug socket as standard, with the option of a heat pump. Crowning the EV line-up is the ‘4’ grade. This adds a head-up display, twin 10.25-inch touchscreen and instrument cluster display, heated rear seats and ventilated front seats, front passenger premium relaxation seating, a power operated tailgate, electric sunroof, and much more.

The Niro EV is powered by a long-range 64.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack and a 201 bhp (150 kW) electric motor. Torque is rated at 255 Nm, and the car is capable of accelerating from 0-to-62 mph in just 7.8 seconds. Kia engineers are targeting an electric driving range of 285 miles. And, recharging from 10 to 80 per cent takes as little as 45 minutes – up to nine minutes quicker than the outgoing model.