Top five city cars Take a look at the best five electric-powered vehicles for the most urban of environments. Plug in and play: the best zero-emissions urban runabouts you can buy.
Both literally and metaphorically, the city car has come a long way. Once upon a time, these compact cars were best left in the urban jungle, with only the brave and foolhardy venturing beyond the city limits. Today, we expect these little runabouts to be consummate all-rounders, offering big-car tech, comfort and performance, along with an ability to venture into the outside lane of a motorway.
City cars are well-suited to an electric car makeover, as daily and annual mileages tend to be lower, so you are unlikely to have the need to call upon a public charging point. Just charge your electric city car overnight, then drive to and from work or the railway station without a thought for range anxiety.
That is not to say that the small electric car segment is brimming with options, though, and we would suggest looking at the class above if you are after greater flexibility and more space. For example, the new Nissan Leaf is much improved, and offers an official range of 235 miles. Other options include the Hyundai Ioniq and Volkswagen e-Golf, both of which are entirely suitable for urban duties. Here are our top five small EVs…