With the recent expansion of the ULEZ in London, more and more people are looking to find cars that are ULEZ compliant. But you don’t have to spend tens of thousands of pounds on a brand new electric vehicle. Although if you would prefer an electric vehicle, here are five great EVs that cost under £15,000. Here are some great cars that you can buy for less than £10,000, which are all ULEZ compliant.
Although the Nissan Leaf is an electric vehicle, you can get one less than ten years old for under £6,500. The great thing about the Leaf is the fact that it is not only ULEZ compliant but it’s also exempt from the congestion charge until 25th December, 2025. The first generation Nissan Leaf is an entry-level electric car that will average between 124 and 155 miles on a single charge.
With car manufacturers struggling to make a profit on smaller cars these days, the Volkswagen Up is one of the few small-engined hatchbacks around. It’s unique box-shape makes it surprisingly roomy inside, and as it’s a small-engined car it’s punchy and fun to drive. It’s cute looks and unbeatable build quality coupled with low running costs make it an excellent car for driving around the capital.
No list featuring the best cars under £10,000 will be complete without mentioning the Ford Fiesta. As one of the best-selling cars in the UK it’s long run came to an end in summer this year. However there’s plenty of time to snap one up before they start to become less common on the UK’s roads. If you’ve ever driven a Fiesta you’ll know why they are so popular. They have great responsive steering coupled with revvy engines which makes them an easy and enjoyable car to live with. The majority of Ford Fiestas are petrol-powered and so the newer ones are all ULEZ-compliant. When it comes to affordable motoring it doesn’t get much more affordable than with a Fiesta.
Alfa Romeo Mito
For those who prefer something a bit more ‘premium’ there is a ULEZ-complaint car made by Alfa Romeo that comes in at under £10,000. For just inside this budget you can get a Mito Quadrifoglio Verde. It’s not the most sensible of cars to buy for the money, but it’ll get you where you’re going with a bit more comfort and unlike most Alfa Romeos features pretty good build quality.
If you like the Ford Focus then you’ll love the Volvo V40. The two are very similar cars, with the latter offering a more premium and quirky interior as well as a few Scandinavian design favourites. Some notable advantages of the ULEZ-compliant V40 are spacious cabin, comfortable seats and good motorway refinement – all for under ten grand.
So there you have it, five great cars for under £10,000 that will save you on paying the daily ULEZ charge. It’s important to run the numbers properly though to make sure that it makes financial sense to upgrade your current car. The current ULEZ charge is £12.50 per day, which is almost £400 per month for someone who lives within the zone. However if you only visit it once or twice a month it makes far more sense to take the hit for the daily charge than it does to spend thousands upgrading to a compliant vehicle.
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