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Cheapest hybrid and electric cars to insure

We’ve provided thousands of insurance quotes for hybrid and electric vehicles so we crunched the numbers to find out which have the most competitive insurance prices

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We’ve provided thousands of insurance quotes for hybrid and electric vehicles, so we crunched the numbers to reveal the eco cars with the most competitive insurance prices.

There’s a mixture of pure electric vehicles (EV), mild hybrids (MHEV), full or self-charging hybrids (HEV), and plug-in hybrids (PHEV).

Take a look at the lowest average annual premiums for Electric Car Insurance based on sales from April to June 2021. 

Please note all figures used are averages based on internal data where there’s a minimum of 50 cars on our system, and they don’t take into account other data relating to demographics and behaviour that can affect insurance prices.             

1) MG ZS EV - average annual premium: £376.17

MG ZS

This all-electric SUV from MG offers remarkable value for money. It may have a modest range of up to 163 miles, but it more than makes up for that when you consider that it's an EV with enough space for five, yet it's in the same price bracket as a petrol-powered family hatchback. 

It's also well equipped and simple to drive, while charging the battery to 80% can take as little as 40 minutes at a 50kW DC public chargepoint. 

Oh, and it comes with a seven-year/80,000-mile warranty!

2) Hyundai Tucson - average annual premium: £377.43

hyundai tucson

Whether you go for the dramatic new fourth generation Tucson (pictured), or the outgoing model, you're getting a good-sized family car that's a great alternative to other SUVs including the Ford Kuga, Peugeot 3008 and Volkswagen Tiguan. 

There's also extra peace of mind thanks to Hyundai's reputation for reliability and the five-year/unlimited mileage warranty offered. 

The latest Tucson is particularly impressive and is available as a mild or (full) self-charging hybrid – and there's a plug-in hybrid option. The Mk 3 Tucson (2015-20) makes a great second-hand SUV buy, starting at less than £10,000.

3) MG 5 EV - average annual premium: £381.46

MG5EV

Despite costing less than a Nissan Leaf, MINI Electric or Renault Zoe, the all-electric MG 5 offers estate car space and up to 214 miles of range on a full charge. 

There's plenty of room inside for five people, its 464-litre boot expands to 1,456 litres with the back seats folded down and it can be charged to 80% in just 50 minutes from a 50kW chargepoint. 

It's not marketed as sporty but it can sprint from 0-62mph sprint in just 7.7 seconds, while MG's generous seven-year/80,000-mile warranty gives it a ring of confidence.

4) Ford Kuga - average annual premium: £387.64

Ford Kuga

Launched in 2020, the latest Ford Kuga SUV is available with a choice of mild, full or plug-in hybrid powertrains, giving eco-conscious private buyers and company car drivers the chance to slash their fuel and tax bills. 

The plug-in hybrid is perhaps the most tempting model in the range, offering up to 35 miles of electric-only motoring on a full battery charge and (in theory) as much as 200mpg, while CO2 emissions are as low as 32g/km. 

Also, if all-wheel drive is essential, that's on offer too.

5) Volkswagen ID.3 - average annual premium: £387.92

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Effectively replacing the outgoing e-Golf (see below), the futuristically styled ID.3 is about the same size, yet offers more space inside and a generous boot capacity. 

Inside it's almost as minimalist as the Tesla Model 3 with a large floating centre touchscreen and a small display ahead of the driver with a dinky twisty gear selector attached to the side. Fast, agile and smooth, it boasts an impressively tight turning circle. 

Available with three different sizes of battery, the most expensive version (77kWh) has a claimed range of 336 miles.

6) Smart EQ - average annual premium: £418.09

smart eq fortwo

The 100% electric version of Smart’s dinky fortwo is ideal for nipping around town and parking in the smallest of spaces. 

The fortwo doesn't have a huge range (officially 90 miles, but 50 is more realistic in town), but it's a nippy little two-seater that's great fun. You can fully charge it at home using any domestic power socket in around six hours and significantly less using a purpose-built wallbox (3.5 hours). 

If you’re looking for a funky city runabout with room for four people, consider the slightly more expensive Smart forfour. First introduced in 2017, it has a claimed range of 96 miles and charges from 20% to full in 2.5 hours using a wallbox, or six hours via a domestic power socket.

7) Renault Zoe - average annual premium: £421.99

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Europe best-selling electric vehicle has had the cute supermini end of the market to itself for years, but now it's facing tough competition from the likes of the Honda e, MINI Electric, Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e. 

The good news is the latest Zoe is better than ever and is hanging in there with its winning combination of space, equipment, driver engagement and personality. 

With a useful range of up to 245 miles, up to 90 miles of driving range can be added in as little as 30 minutes via a 50kW public chargepoint.

8) Peugeot e-208 - average annual premium: £424.31

Peugeot e-208

Named 2020 European Car of the Year, the Peugeot e-208 is one of the best-looking superminis on the market, aiming to provide zero-emissions driving without compromising the style, practicality and feel of its diesel- and petrol-powered siblings. 

And it certainly delivers. It looks just like the combustion-engined Peugeot 208 (so if you want an EV that stands out as an EV, this isn’t the one for you), drives well and boasts a classy interior, although the back isn’t particularly spacious. 

It's nippy, with a 0-62mph time of 8.1 seconds, and an official range of 217 miles on a full charge, although 150-170 miles is more realistic with real-world driving. 

9) BMW i3 - average annual premium: £430.90

BMW i3

One of the coolest electric cars on the market, the i3 is fun to drive with premium badge appeal. 

Launched in 2013 and refreshed in late 2018, it’s available as a pure EV (now with a more powerful 120Ah battery) or a 'Range Extender' version, which uses a two-cylinder 650cc petrol engine to provide additional charge to the drive battery. 

You'll be lucky to get 80 real world miles out of the early pure EV version. The Range Extender can potentially double that, though its primary function is to get you home safely or to the next charge point without worrying about being stranded with a depleted battery. 

Capable of 0-62mph in just 6.9 seconds, the BMW i3 is a quirky, fun drive.

10) Nissan Leaf - average annual premium: £438.38

nissan leaf

The pioneering Nissan Leaf is still one of the world’s most popular electric vehicles. Built in Britain, the second-generation version (launched in 2018) is more conventional looking than its predecessor. 

It's also practical, pleasant to drive and comes with a range of between 168-239 miles, depending on the size of battery pack chosen (40kWh or 62kWh). 

Just like any EV, it can be charged at home overnight or it takes as little as 60 minutes to reach an 80% charge using a 50KW fast charger.

I'm an experienced journalist, digital editor and copywriter, now specialising in motoring. I’m editor of Automotive Blog and have worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online for household names including the BBC, GMTV, ITV and MSN. I’ve produced digital content in the financial sector for Lloyds Bank, Nationwide and the Money Advice Service. I'm married with two children and live near Bath in Somerset.