Which new electric cars for less than 20,000 euros?

Thanks to the ecological bonus of 7,000 euros valid until June 30, 2021, certain electric models are displayed at the same price as their thermal equivalents.


Basic but premium

8 / 10

Fiat 500

  • Approval and comfort
  • Autonomy (42 kWh)
  • Very successful driver aids and infotainment

Are you considering the purchase of a new electric car, but the budget you have set for this acquisition should not exceed 20,000 euros? There is not yet much choice on the new vehicle market, but there are all the same some models available under this symbolic bar , in particular thanks to the ecological bonus of 7000 euros [19459010 ] (or 27% of the price of the car) set up by the government (the maximum bonus will increase to 6000 euros from 1 st July 2021). Do not expect a family model, let alone an SUV, but rather micro-city cars with more or less decent autonomy for urban use.

The best electric cars for less than 20,000 euros

The cars presented in this file are under 20,000 euros, once the ecological bonus has been deducted . For some, depending on the desired finishes and equipment, the fateful threshold may be exceeded. Customers are increasingly fond of option-to-purchase , a system of renting the car for terms ranging from three to five years, in general, and paying monthly. a predefined sum during this period. An amount that can vary depending on the first contribution, the annual mileage or the residual value of the car.

Fiat 500 3+1

At the end of the rental agreement, you have two options: buy back the car and exercise the option to buy, or return the car. Financing solutions also exist without a purchase option, such as long-term rental for example, where there will be no purchase option at the end of the rental, only return will be possible. We will therefore give you an idea of ​​the monthly payments for the cars shown, knowing that they can vary widely depending on the parameters mentioned above.

The most “opulent”

Volkswagen E-Up!

  • Significant autonomy
  • 250 liters of trunk
  • Smoothness of driving

The Volkswagen e-up! was the first of three 100% electric city cars from the Volkswagen group to emerge. It was launched in 2013 and had a battery capacity of just 18.7 kWh at the time. Since its restyling in 2019, the e-up! has nearly doubled the size of its battery with 36.8 kWh and can travel up to 260 kilometers of range on a single charge. Its engine of 83 horsepower and 212 Nm of torque allows it to operate in the city and on the secondary network with a certain ease.

Of the three models, the Volkswagen e-up! is the most expensive because it is also the most “opulent”. The price difference is not significant, however, since it starts from 23,740 euros. With a bonus of 6,410 euros, its starting price comes to 17,330 euros . In terms of monthly payment, depending on the conditions put in place by Volkswagen, it is possible to arrive at around 270 euros per month for a model with a few options.

  • Dimensions: L x W x H: 3.60 m x 1.65 m x 1.49 m
  • Safe: 250 liters
  • 0 to 100 km / h: 11.9 seconds
  • Consumption: 14.5 to 16.4 kWh / 100 km
  • Battery: 8 year warranty or 160,000 km (if capacity less than 70%)

For pure city dwellers

7 / 10

Smart EQ Fortwo Cabrio

  • An ideal template in the city
  • Pleasant to drive
  • Sufficient autonomy for daily trips

This is arguably the perfect car for pure city dwellers who will never venture outside the city. Even use on the secondary grid can give you a cold sweat aboard the Smart EQ Fortwo and its battery capacity of only 17.5 kWh . With approximately 120 kilometers of range on a WLTP cycle and less than 100 kilometers outside of cities or in freezing temperatures, you better know where you’re going with it.

Strict two-seater, the Smart Fortwo is also available in a convertible version for 3300 euros more. Its engine of 82 horses and 160 Nm of torque , the same as on board the Renault Twingo Electric , and its very small size, make it a pleasant car to drive in an urban environment.

Since its restyling, the abandonment of the purely thermal versions and the integration of a new 8-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto , the Smart EQ Fortwo clearly targets city dwellers. It is necessary to count from 26,750 euros, excluding bonus. The Smart is very expensive in view of its performance, but the maximum bonus of 7,000 euros can alleviate the pain and drop below 20,000 euros to 19,750 euros precisely.

According to Smart’s conditions, count around 250 euros for a model with some interesting equipment, without having a high-end car. Note that the Smart Forfour, with four seats and based on the Twingo Electric, can be available for 20,600 euros once the bonus has been deducted.

  • Dimensions: L x W x H: 2.69 m x 1.66 m x 1.55 m
  • Safe: 260 liters
  • 0 to 100 km / h: 11.5 seconds
  • Consumption: 16.6 kWh / 100 km
  • Battery: 8 year or 100,000 km warranty (if capacity less than 70%)

Basic but premium

8 / 10

Fiat 500

  • Approval and comfort
  • Autonomy (42 kWh)
  • Very successful driver aids and infotainment

The new Fiat 500 is electric and comes to support an aging thermal version which already dates from 2007. With its battery of 42 kWh , it can reach up to 330 kilometers of autonomy under the WLTP cycle. Its electric motor of 118 horsepower and 220 Nm of torque gives it a nice approval with performance above all the models presented here. A 95 hp version, with a 23.7 kWh battery allowing a range of approximately 185 kilometers, will complete the catalog in spring 2021.

In terms of price, the electric Fiat 500 starts from 27,500 euros, excluding the ecological bonus. With a 7,000 euros bonus, the price goes to 20,500 euros , slightly above our established budget, but this small 500 is certainly the most opulent and the most successful of the electric city cars presented in this dossier. .

At this price, you will not be entitled to the 3 +1 version with the small opposing right rear door, optional at 2000 euros, nor to the convertible version asking for 3400 euros more. The small version of 95 horses will be offered from 24,500 euros, excluding the ecological bonus of 6,615 euros. Fiat communicates on financing offers starting at 270 euros for the 500th with the 42 kWh battery and around 220 euros with the 23.7 kWh battery.

  • Dimensions: L x W x H: 3.63 m x 1.68 m x 1.53 m
  • Safe: 185 liters
  • 0 to 100 km / h: 9.0 seconds
  • Consumption: 13.8 kWh / 100 km
  • Battery: 8 year warranty or 160,000 km

Renault Twingo Electric

The technical cousin of the Smart Forfour was slow to be presented, since it was not until 2020 that the most popular of the current Renault cars was available in a 100% electric version. The Twingo Electric has a range of approximately 190 kilometers according to the WLTP combined cycle and can be recharged from 0 to 80% in one hour on a public 22 kW terminal. The electric motor distills 83 horsepower and 160 Nm of torque . It is powered by a battery with a capacity of 22 kWh .

Rather agile, the Renault Twingo Electric is perfectly comfortable in town for daily commuting. Her limited top speed of 135 km / h and her small battery do not make her a good traveler, but that is not necessarily her primary vocation. It is necessary to count from 21,350 euros in starting price, excluding ecological bonus of 5,764 euros, and not 7,000 euros, because it is limited to 27% of the price of the car, which brings us to a price of [19459023 ] 15,586 euros . In terms of rental, Renault communicates on offers starting at 99 euros per month for an entry-level model with a “Life” finish, it will take around 160 euros per month for a mid-range version “Zen” correctly. equipped.

  • Dimensions: L x W x H: 3.62 m x 1.65 m x 1.54 m
  • Safe: 240 liters
  • 0 to 100 km / h: 12.9 seconds
  • Consumption: 16 kWh / 100 km
  • Battery: 8 year warranty or 160,000 km (if capacity less than 70%)

Seat Mii Electric

Seat Mii Electric

This is the first of a triplet of very interesting 100% electric city cars from the Volkswagen group. The Seat Mii Electric shares its platform, battery and engine with the Škoda Citigo e iV and Volkswagen e-up! presented a little further down. The little Spanish girl with a German accent receives a battery of 36.8 kWh , allowing her a range of approximately 260 kilometers in the WLTP mixed cycle. Its field of action is limited to the city with a maximum speed of 130 km / h and a range that melts like snow in the sun on the highway. The engine develops 83 horsepower and 212 Nm of torque .

Regarding prices, the Seat Mii is cheaper than the Volkswagen e-up! and is a little better equipped in terms of standard equipment. The Citigo is less expensive, but less supplied. It takes from 21,920 euros for a Mii Electric, minus a bonus of 5,918 euros, still within the limit of 27% of the price. This gives us a price of around 16,000 euros after deducting the bonus. According to the financing conditions of Seat, it takes around 250 euros per month for this model with some options.

  • Dimensions: L x W x H: 3.60 m x 1.65 m x 1.49 m
  • Safe: 250 liters
  • 0 to 100 km / h: 11.9 seconds
  • Consumption: 14.5 to 16.4 kWh / 100 km
  • Battery: 8 year warranty or 160,000 km (if capacity less than 70%)

Škoda Citigo e iV

As stated above, the Škoda Citigo e iV shares many elements with the Seat Mii and Volkswagen e-up !, except that it is slightly more accessible, because a little less well basic equipped. Overall, she does not have much to envy her Spanish and German cousins, the Czech has the same battery of 36.8 kWh allowing to travel approximately 260 kilometers with a single charge. The engine also develops 83 horsepower and 212 Nm of torque .

The car is no longer available in the manufacturer’s catalog in France, although it was introduced only a little over a year ago. The brand explains that the vehicle quota allocated for Europe was expired last year. Contacted by us, Škoda told us that the Citigo e iV will not return to France in 2021 , or even after elsewhere. The Czech firm will sell the last copies in Germany and Norway, before leaving the field open to Volkswagen e-ups! and Seat Mii.

There are, however, a few new models available in stock at the time of writing. Before its disappearance from the catalog, the car was displayed at 21,600 euros. With a bonus of 5,832 euros, its price came to only 15,768 euros . Not bad for a new electric car.

  • Dimensions: L x W x H: 3.60 m x 1.65 m x 1.49 m
  • Safe: 250 liters
  • 0 to 100 km / h: 11.9 seconds
  • Consumption: 14.5 to 16.4 kWh / 100 km
  • Battery: 8 year warranty or 160,000 km (if capacity less than 70%)

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