The 7 best electric small cars in the test: BMW i3, Renault Zoe & Co. in comparison

The 7 best electric small cars in the test: BMW i3, Renault Zoe & Co. in comparison

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Electric cars are the perfect small cars. Site tested and compared the most popular electric small cars on the market.

Small cars should be fun on the daily pendulum route, be cheap to maintain, be compact enough for the city and at the same time offer enough space for passengers and luggage. With real areas of up to 300 kilometers, lively start and their particularly efficient use of space, small electric cars are ideal for everyday life.

But electric small car differ greatly in terms of price, range and equipment. The cheap Smart Forfour is 22.600 euros before BAFA funding is quite favorable, but with an everyday range of around 120 kilometers but only for the city and the surrounding area is suitable. The test winner BMW i3 is around 40.000 euros much more expensive, but also drives more than twice as far and is also much better equipped.

Site compares e-cars in different vehicle categories according to the official classification of the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). You can find the site comparison for mini-stromers here. You can read the site comparison for mid-range Stromer here.

To the mini-electricity comparison of site!

For the site comparison of middle fund electric cars!

The best electric small cars

The best electric small cars in the Efahrer comparison test are also on the market with the elders: the BMW i3 and the Renault Zoe. The Renault Zoe impresses with the highest range and a fair price by far. The BMW i3 also goes far, but is much more expensive and better equipped.

You can also read this in this article: Site presents you with the best electrical tags of the ranking based on detailed test results for the best models. Then read which criteria Site uses the e-car tests.

Finally, find out in our purchase advice which properties will make out good e-cars and answer your most important questions about e-car purchase.

1. BMW i3: test winner

The BMW i3 has been on the market since 2013. He will not get a direct successor and continued in the current variant until 2022. The i3 was a success for BMW and was at times even Germany’s best-selling e-car.

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With the large 42 KWH-KHH battery variant, the i3 drives about 235 kilometers at the country road pace. On the 50 kW CCS loader, the empty battery of an i3 strengthens in half an hour to 80 percent capacity.

With his carbon body, it is easier than all other electro-small cars and on top of that the sportiest: with its 170 hp, it drives more sparkling than the competition and accelerates in around seven seconds to 100 km/h.

The design of the i3 polarizes-it is still noticeable over seven years after its market launch in the street scene. The very narrow fund doors that open backwards are extravagant but takes some getting used to. There is no gear tunnel in the interior and so there is airy feeling of space. The high -quality, sustainable materials are excellently processed.

According to the price list, the i3 is not a bargain. Almost 40.000 euros costs the basic version, the sports version i3s is around 42.000 euros in the list. With many options, the i3 cracks the 50 so quickly.000 euro mark.

2. Renault Zoe: Price Performance Tip

Renault has been selling his first pure electric car, the Zoe for more than seven years. For a long time it was Europe’s best -selling electric car. Not wrongly: Especially with its attractive entry price and the high range, the Zoe scores. Renault’s electric compact is designed as a pure electricity. This allows particularly efficient use of space.

On the outside, the car is smaller than a Renault Clio, inside it even offers up to five passengers a little more space. With its 92 electric horsepower, the ZOE drives absolutely everyday 330 kilometers, on the highway there are around 250.

More on the subject: Renault Zoe R90 in the test: A great city of electric car at a fair price

Efahrer test conclusion: The zoe has matured well over the years. Dealers and users report maintenance costs, which are less than half of a small car with an incinerated engine.

The zoe is fun and is very practical as long as you move in the natural habitat (city and the surrounding area). Then the range of the 56 kWh variant is more than lush, the basic model with 22 kWh is practically just as suitable as intensely used small cars daily. Although the Zoe can not keep up with the high quality and driving dynamics of the BMW test winner, it is much cheaper and drives even further.

3. Opel Corsa-e

The Corsa is the most important vehicle in the model range of the traditional German manufacturer Opel. Almost every four of the Opel sold is a Corsa. The electro version Corsa-E will be available from the end of March and shares a technical basis with the French small car Peugeot E-208. The small Opel comes with a large 50 kWh battery, but is too electricity on the highway: instead of the promised 330 kilometers, the Corsa-E drives only around 180 kilometers on the highway at 130 km / h.

The Corsa-e holds well during loading times. The 50-kilowatt hour battery is 80 percent filled at a 100 kW speed charging station after 30 minutes. However, the onboard loader creates a maximum of eleven kW when changing the alternating current and so five and five quarters pass before the same level of filling is reached in the batteries. Only one single -phase onboard loader is standard; The much faster three -phase costs in the "Edition" and "First Edition" equipment lines.190 euros extra.

More on the subject: Opel Corsa-E in the test: Well-equipped electric car with a reasonable range

Opel specifies 16.8 kWh/100 km as electricity consumption. In our test drives through Berlin, 19.7 kWh flowed through the power lines. The driving performance also fits: After 2.8 seconds, the Corsa-e is 50 km/h fast, up to 100 km/h 8.1 seconds and at 150 km/h is the end.

There is almost as much space in the E-Corsa as in his brother with an internal combustion engine. The space available for four passengers and luggage is sufficient. Only in the rear seats it gets a little tight for adults.

The Corsa-e costs 29 without funding and discounts.000 euros. This is not a special offer. If you are looking for a pure city car, you will find it more cheaply elsewhere, but the Corsa-E offers more comfort, more equipment and, last but not least.

Alternative: Peugeot E-208

The Peugeot E-208 is identical to the electro-corsa from Opel. He captivates with his solid processing and chic interior as well as good infotainment and assistance systems. Technically, he is convincing like the Corsa-e with its high range as well as strong driving and charging capacity.

With its 260 Newton meters of torque, the 136-hp electric engine has a slight game with the little Frenchman. From a standing start, the E-208 accelerates to 50 km / h in 2.8 seconds.

More on the subject: Peugeot E-208 in the test: this small e-car Renault Zoe and VW ID hangs.3 from?

The time spectrum is known for reloading, which should be between 16 hours at a household socket and half an hour on a 100 kW charging station (for 80 percent). As the in-house PSA guarantee promises, the battery in the underbody after eight years or 160.000 km still have a capacity of more than 70 percent.

In terms of price, the basic 208 E-208 is 30.000 euros at the level of an average equipped VW Golf – without government funding of 6000 euros. The tested GT equipment line is around 4000 euros more expensive than the basic version.

4. Fiat 500e

Fiat’s small car bestseller 500 now only gives as an electric car. Visually, the 500E is clearly based on the retro car Cinquecento, but is significantly larger – also in the interior. Nevertheless, it is rather tight in the trunk and on the rear seats. A unloaded battery should be 80 percent loaded again in around half an hour. That is enough for the everyday trips in the city and the surrounding area and even for the occasional long distance.

The electric motor with 95 hp and 220 Newton meters of torque enables lively driving performance. In less than ten seconds, the small 500 sprints from zero to 100 km / h. At 135 km/h the 500e is sealed off and can even swim on the highway.

Also read: Fiat 500e in the test: This is good for the retro classic electrical heir

The driving assistants of the 500e also work solidly and are geared towards the city. A fatigue assistant monitors the concentration of the driver, an autonomous emergency brake assistant, recognizes cyclists and pedestrians and a lane departure assistant warns driver if he agrees.

The limited range of around 130 kilometers on the motorway cost the Fiat 500e important points in the comparison rating. Its good equipment and the fast CCS shop with up to 85 kW cannot compensate for this shortcoming.

The high price gives the Fiat 500e the rest: just under 30.The small electric fiat costs 000 euros before funding. If you look more at the style and less of the money.

5. Mini Cooper SE

The first fully electric mini is a complete success. With mini-mother BMW, more than 45 went directly after the market launch.000 reservations for the fully electric mini Cooper SE. The technical basis of the electric mini is the same as that of the petrol and diesel mini.

The mini shares its electric drive with the BMW i3. Battery capacities, ranges and engine power are similar. But the mini is a little cheaper than the BMW and sends its performance to the front axle.

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The electric mini costs 32.500 euro. Minus the environmental bonus and corresponding discounts, the price falls on average to around 20.000 euros. While the Mini brand normally breathes when it comes to equipment, you don’t dare to do this with the e-version: LED headlights, navigation system, two-zone automatic climate automatic and the heat pump, which is so important for electric cars, are on board as standard.

Thanks to its practical external dimensions, the Mini is a real city vehicle, a parking lot king with a high driving pleasure factor. Not 75 kilograms of people move two tons of SUV here, as the opponents of this vehicle class like to etch, but here you really focus on the essentials. But with a chic look, the mini cult factor and a mixture between high-tech and retro charm.

For this, the mini is missing autonomous driving functions as you know from Tesla or the German premium manufacturers. There is also a deduction for the infotainment system: The round central monitor offers a navigation screen that can only be described as tiny after today’s scales – despite the navigation and menu navigation, which are well built in principle. The moderate range at a fairly high price and the narrow spatial offer cost further points in the electric car comparison.

6. Smart Forfour EQ

The Smartfour EQ is the four-seater variant of the City Zweishitzer Smart Fortwo. In order to maintain the compactness for city traffic, the Smart Forfour is only 80 centimeters longer than the two -seater. The rear seats are more suitable for short routes in the city. With its small battery, the smart man creates around 170 kilometers in the city with a battery charge. It is around half on the highway.

More on the subject: Smart Forfour EQ in the test: The Smart is suitable as an electric four-seater

For this, the Smart Fourfour is the cheapest car in the small car comparison test and exhausts the full 22 kW output that provide public charging stations and fast wall boxes. An empty battery runs full again in less than an hour. Nevertheless, it is enough for the cheap four-seater in the e-car comparison only for one of the last places.

7. Honde e

The bottom of the small car rating is a winner of the heart: the Honda E is neither particularly cheap nor particularly spacious. Even with assistance, charging and reach, the electric honda is rather mediocre. For this, the Honda E is a driving fun grenade thanks to the rear-wheel drive and good handling and impresses with high-quality workmanship, a noble interior, its chic styling and rich equipment with special extras such as HDMI input and Schuko sockets.

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Honda E in the test: price, range, equipment, driving experience, rear -wheel drive

Honda E is not a car for the Ottonormal consumer who wants a good price -performance ratio. Rather, it is the ideal city car for everyone who wants to notice that also demand nonplusultra equipment in their small car and also insist on lively driving fun. In the electro-small car comparison, it is only enough for the last place.

DRIVER.COM compares e-cars in different vehicle categories according to the official classification of the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). You can find the site comparison for mini-stromers here. You can read the site comparison for mid-range Stromer here.

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For the site comparison of middle fund electric cars!

How we test

Site tests hydrogen cars, plug-in hybrids and electric cars yourself. The test procedures are based on what really interests the driver: how far does an electric car drive? How long does the charging take? How well the car drives? What equipment is up to date today? The industry really solves its advertising promises?

In every vehicle class there are various electric car models, various versions, performance levels, sizes and usage scenarios. Since the overview is not so easy. In order not to have to shear all cars over a comb, Site e-cars divided into different categories: cheap small cars such as the VW e-up!, Small cars such as the Renault Zoe, compact electricity such as the Tesla Model 3, compact SUV such as the Tesla Model Y, larger electric SUV such as the Audi E-Tron, family cars such as the Nissan Evalia E-NV200 and expensive electrical sports cars such as the Porsche Taycan.

While cheap electric small cars like the VW e-up! Are particularly cheap everyday cars for the city and the surrounding area, you want to be used for frequent long -distance trips with large batteries with lots of electricity for high ranges and with fast charging power – which are then correspondingly expensive.

The efahrer measurements are based where possible on recognized test methods or ISO standards-and are as accurate as you have to be in order to be able to make a really practical statement. For example, the Efahrer testers not only read the consumption of electric cars and hybrids on the on-board display, but also measure the real consumption on the calibrated 22 kW wall box or the petrol pump.

For new car categories, engineers and experts in weeks of work design tailor-made tests and vote closely with the Efahrer editors-after all, the test results are the basis for the entire editorial report in the area of test and purchase advice. Efahrers also constantly develops established test procedures and thus ensure that the results always meet the current requirements of the users.

Site evaluates the five most important aspects of electric cars: Range, consumption, charging, performance, assistance systems, space and comfort. In each of these partial ratings, the best e-car receives the grade 1.0-the others correspondingly worse grades. The various test results are then evaluated and weighted arithmetically and form the basis for the site test judgment in school grades and e-car ranking. These are the efahrer test criteria:

  • Range: "And how far does it come?", is probably the most common and for many most important question when buying electric car. The range plays an outstanding role for many people interested in electricity, because for a long time electric cars had the reputation of being pure city cars without long-distance qualities. Rangwits up to almost 300 kilometers and a poor charging network scored many buyers in this country. Today small city cars offer standard range of 260 kilometers. Really high reach need especially those who often cover long distances without time-consuming loading breaks. Efahrer test notices are not based on manufacturer’s information, but the testers measure on consumers how far electric cars drive in the city, the highway and on the country road.

With the electric car, practical consumption and thus the range depend not only on technology, driving style and speed, but also from the outside temperature. The Efahrer range of the range shows how far you can drive with an electric car under everyday conditions.

  • consumption: For petrol or diesel cars, most drivers can assess realistic consumption. With electric cars this is not yet in case. Just like with the otomotor, the consumption of consumption per 100 kilometers is calculated in the electric car – but of course in kilowatt hours of electricity and not in liters. How much an electric car consumes exactly depends on various factors, but above all on the vehicle and the efficiency of the engine. In principle, as with the combustion engineer – the rule: the larger and heavier, the higher the consumption. As with combustion engines, consumption in the electric car also plays an important role in the ecological balance and running costs. Electric cars of the same class also differ significantly in the case of consumption. The manufacturers are often far above the real consumption determined by site. At the "Refuel" All e-cars have loss losses, which means that part of the electrical energy from the charging connection is lost as heat in charging electronics and battery. Although the energy is ultimately lost, the customer still has to pay for it. In order to determine the real consumption of electric cars, Site measures the usable battery capacity on a 22 kW change of change wall box and determines for consumer trips on fixed routes in the city, over the country and on the highway, how efficiently the drive deals with electrical energy, and what range results from this in the end.
  • Load: If you have an electric car, you never need fuel again. But electric cars need electricity. That "Refuel" However, electricity is completely different from fuel tanks: electric cars can be loaded on the domestic sockets, on various alternating current wall boxes and on DC low-speed loaders. Site determines the maximum practical charging capacity of e-cars on 16 and 32-ampere wall boxes (corresponding to a maximum of 11 kW and 22 kW charging capacity). If the electric car has direct current connections, Efahrers determine the maximum charging capacity and checks how long a car can maintain this charging capacity. In the end, two questions are particularly interesting: How long does an electric car need to charge electricity for 100 kilometers on the Wallbox or on the DC quick charging station?
  • performance: Anyone who has already driven a car or slot car knows that electric cars offer a lot of driving fun. A whole series of technical peculiarities make e-cars real driving dynamics guarantees. The experience of electrical driving is a lift torque from the stand and delay -free acceleration when entering the driving pedal. Site checks the manufacturers’ performance information in practice and check whether the often high theoretical performance values bring a real advantage in everyday life: this includes performance, torque, acceleration from 0 to 60 and 100 km/h as well as the top speed. In order to bring the high performance of electric cars onto the street and to get the often relatively heavy electric vehicles out of the curve or through wet road surface, many electric cars have all-wheel drive. There are plus points for good traction. Even sensible driving modes such as a particularly economical ecological mode, particularly intelligent automatic mode or dynamic sports mode have a positive effect on the performance evaluation.

  • Assistance systems: Many electric cars are not only progressive in terms of drive. They also want to play at the forefront of assistance systems: some even promise autonomous driving or autopilot. The Efahrer experts put the manufacturer’s promise to test and check how intelligently cruise control behave in different situations, for example how safe the takeover of speed limits works, whether the car is overtaking on the right, how safe track, pedestrian and emergency brake assistants function whether traffic lights are recognized and take a look at the cross traffic warning.
  • Space and comfort: Many electric cars are developed from scratch as an electric car. This enables completely new room and vehicle concepts: the gear tunnel is eliminated and where the engine compartment is in the case of burners, some e-cars have additional storage space. Other manufacturers simply upgrade their combustion models on an electric drive. In the best case, there is as much space in the electrical version as in the combustion engine because the electric technology in the underbody and engine compartment can be accommodated. In the worst case, the space for passengers and luggage suffers. Site checks the space available for passengers and luggage, checks the ISOFIX connections for child seats, takes a look at the size and usability of the trunk and the storage compartment for charging cables. Also pay attention to a good all -round view. There are other plus points for high payload and trailer load. Together with the electronics experts from Chip, the site testers also check the infotainment system. You check the head-up display, the integration Apple-Car-Play and Android Auto, test the integrated navigation system and the connectivity of the car with regard to the shop and climate.

This test for the cheapest, available electric cars is based on data from the Efahrer electric car finder. The electric car is a constantly neat database that lists over a hundred common electric cars and filters according to meaningful categories:

  • Range: From cheap e-city carnings with a small battery to luxurious long-distance vehicles with well over 500 kilometers of range.
  • Seats: Sporty in the two-seater, electric compact with five seats or family SUV with space for seven. For the test at cheap electric cars, we have defined at least four seats as a criterion. The only exception is the Smart EQ, because it is available as a two-seater and four-seater.
  • Budget: From the light electric vehicle for under 10.000 to the luxurious electrical sports car for several 100.000 euros. For our test we have sorted the electric cars in the e-car finder ascending according to their price. The e-up! and his derivatives are the cheapest. They are around 15 after funding.000 euros. The BMW i3 is most expensive. He is at around 30 after funding.000 euros.
  • Vehicle type: From small cars to convertible and station wagon to van and minibus. In our test we only took into account small and compact cars in order to ensure better comparability.
  • Availability: From the first sketch to the automotive hit produced millions of times, it is a long way. Many cars have been announced, pre -ordered, but not yet available. The e-car finder takes this fact into account and allows filters to be available according to availability. For this test of the cheapest electric cars, we have only selected cars that are currently available or within a few days and can be driven sample.

Find your very personal electric dream car with the e-car finder!

Are e-cars cheaper?

Electric cars can already be cheaper than comparable cars with combustion engine. This is suggested by a new study by the Berlin Eco Denkfabrik "Forum ecological-social market economy" (FOs). The price advantage would result from the much cheaper running costs of electric cars. Petrol and diesel are still cheaper in the purchase. The fOs results coincide with the test results of site

The price advantage of the Stromer also comes about through government funding in the form of the environmental bonus of 6000 euros. However, the decisive advantages of the electric vehicles lie in the much lower fixed, operating and workshop costs, according to the FOS study.

Information from the ADAC database was used as the basis for the study. This enabled six vehicle types to be compared, which are similar in size, equipment and performance. The basis was an annual mileage of 15.000 kilometers and a service life of five years. E-cars have turned out to be more cost-effective for each vehicle pairing. Even in the premium segment, in which electric vehicles do not receive an environmental bonus, the Stromer were cheaper.

With the absolute cost advantage over five years, the Tesla Model 3 long distance with AWD is over 24.500 euros cheaper than the comparable combustion vehicle. Even the electrical upper class elimouse Tesla Model S is still 5.760 euros and the e-golf 6.360 euros cheaper than the comparable combustion engineers.

The conclusion of the FOS study: “The analysis shows that electric cars under the current funding conditions in all vehicle classes can already keep up with comparable combustion engineers and are often cheaper if the total costs for acquisition, operation and maintenance are taken into account.

The site cost calculator shows when an electric car pays off financially compared to a comparable burner financially. Values such as annual mileage, electricity and gasoline costs can be individually adjusted.
"With the right car, electromobility means low operating costs, great drive comfort and real driving pleasure, ”says Reitberger.

What are the best electric cars?

In every vehicle class there are various electric car models, various versions, performance levels, sizes and usage scenarios. Citing a winner of all classes is almost impossible.

While cheap electric small cars like the VW e-up! Are particularly cheap everyday cars for the city and the surrounding area, you want to be used for frequent long -distance trips with large batteries with lots of electricity for high ranges and with fast charging power – which are then correspondingly expensive.

In order not to have to shear all cars over a comb, Site e-cars divided into different categories and determines the best car there. Cheap small cars like the VW e-up!, Small cars such as the Renault Zoe, compact electricity such as the Tesla Model 3, compact SUV such as the Tesla Model Y, larger electric SUV such as the Audi E-Tron, family cars such as the Nissan Evalia E-NV200 and expensive electrical sports cars such as the Porsche Taycan.

All efahrer practice tests of individual vehicles can be found here.

Which is the cheapest electric car?

Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular in Germany-and cheaper: The cheapest electric car in the efahrer database is the electric zweisond Renault Twizy with a purchase price of less than 7000 euros.

The number of affordable models under 20.000 euros grows steadily. The current environmental bonus of 6 makes an important contribution.000 euros. Above all, it should promote small and cheap electric models with a smaller range and smaller batteries. However, the Twizy does not receive an environmental bonus because it does not officially drive as a car, but as a quad.

The cheapest full-fledged electric car comes from Germany: The Seat Mii Electric is identical to the German E-Up electro-sound car! From Volkswagen.

What does a new e-car cost?

Most electric cars are still more expensive than comparable combustion engine – at least in the purchase. Through lower running costs, many models are already expecting today. The price range is huge.

The cheapest new electric cars are already under 10.To have 000 euros: for example the mini-zweiitzer Renault Twizy. The cheapest full -fledged electric car is the Seat Mii Electric. According to government funding, it is already available for around 15.000 euros. The most expensive common electric cars such as the Audi e-tron or the Tesla Model X can be over 100.000 euros costs, but offer absolutely long-distance ranges, extreme charging capacity, excellent driving dynamics, luxurious equipment as well as the latest infotainment and assistance systems. Mid-class electrical cars such as Teslas Model 3 are available at similar prices as the combustion classics of the premium competition, such as a BMW 3 Series.

"At first glance, electromobility is expensive and only allows small ranges. Our vehicle comparison shows that there is an offer of affordable electrical or plug-in hybrid models for every need for mobility-and the offer is greater weekly", says Josef Reitberger, editor -in -chief of site.

This article was written by Moritz Diethelm
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4 thoughts on “The 7 best electric small cars in the test: BMW i3, Renault Zoe & Co. in comparison”

  1. I have no Idea
    Wherever these ranges come from. My experience with the Smart EQ: 100 km/h on the BAB … … Range 95 km … at 120 there are still knotte 80 … In the city and the surrounding area 110 … Then it’s getting scarce. ECO (performance reduction) and recuperation brings 2% battery saving on the country road … but then it will also be tough. So you can almost give yourself, eating you go down a mountain longer. Makes approximately 1.5% battery charge as plus in 15% slope on 1 km. With a 17kWh battery you have to load brutally often. In the long run, this really goes to the battery. I’m curious how it will be in winter. Hardly anyone has reached a range of 150 km with a smart with me in the corner and I really know some who drive the car.

  2. Hello Mr. Pikal
    I can confirm what you write. Our EQ convertible never creates 150km. Although that doesn’t matter to us, because my wife uses it every day for about 15km, has to load a maximum of 1x a week. But the little one is perfect, also because you always find a parking space. We do not take it too uncomfortable for the highway, too little performance, too little reach. But perfect for the city.

  3. So it is, everything you say is right.
    The BMW i3 of the vehicles shown is clearly the best overall package. Top processing, great extraordinary materials, economical, clear, a brilliant door concept that stands out from the crowd. The car was and is ahead of all other miles in this vehicle class. Even the range of Real a good 270 km is perfectly fine. There is nothing better in the 4m class.

  4. Headache
    The topic of the car is strongly headache. From a sober point of view, a smart is completely sufficient in everyday life. He is even really fun in the convertible version and is unrivaled because there is no other e-convertible in the price range. That he is not cheap to buy. Because many others are not either. The typical two-person household, according to the singles the most common household form in Germany, usually uses two cars. Often there can be a small car, like a smart. In addition, a larger one for long distances and if more space is needed. Why do two big cars drive. The money can be spent better. But the status in front of the door is more important to many, the cheap furnishings don’t see any outside.


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