Renault Claims First Best Used Electric Car Accolade

Wed 2nd Oct 2019

An influential report into the best used cars in the UK has broken from tradition by adding hybrid and electric motors to its list of winners.

The What Car? Used Car of the Year Awards is seen as one of the leading guides on the very best in the used car market, covering a total of 17 different categories, with the publication’s panel of experts looking at all-round ability, value and the availability of desirable versions.

The Audi A3 won the overall award, as well as the Used Family Car of the Year, but it was the introduction of two new categories for the Used Hybrid of the Year and Used Electric Car of the Year which raised some eyebrows.

As the alternative fuel market matures there are sure to be those that are looking to trade in their electric and PHEV vehicles and they could be the perfect entry point for those wanting to go greener without having to pay brand new prices. Volvo’s XC90 T8 claimed the number one choice for best hybrid, pushed close by the Hyundai Ioniq and the BMW 330e, whilst the Renault Zoe, which has unbelievably been on the market since 2013 claimed the best all electric.

Speaking about the Zoe, Mark Pearson, used cars editor at What Car?, said: “We’re delighted to give the Renault Zoe our Used Electric Car of the Year award this year. It’s a car that’s always impressed us for its practicality and ease of use and, with plenty of used examples available for temptingly low prices, it truly brings zero-emissions motoring within reach of the majority of buyers. Later models have ramped up the real-world range, too, making the Zoe an even better everyday proposition.”