The latest new vehicle transaction report from KBB indicates that electric vehicle supply is still high, hovering at around 100 days, despite the average transaction price of an EV declining all summer long to a year-to-date low of $53,469. Legacy automakers continue to react by tweaking their incentives, and now we’re finding some of the best EV lease deals we’ve seen in a while.
Volvo C40 Recharge
Missed out on last month’s Costco member-only incentive on Volvo EVs? Don’t fret, because Volvo sweetened their lease offers yet again.
A C40 Recharge can now be had for $483/month with $3,983 due at signing before tax and license. That’s an average monthly cost of $580/month, which is about $30/month better than it was last month with the expired $2,500 Costco incentive included. Not a bad deal for a five-passenger, all-wheel-drive SUV that blasts from zero to 60mph in 4.2 seconds.
Drawbacks? Well, with an 80 MPGe combined rating, a range of 226 miles, and 15-cubic-foot cargo capacity behind the rear seats, it’s less efficient, doesn’t go as far on a charge, and doesn’t haul as much as similarly priced electric SUVs. But recent Volvo lease terms and dealer offers appear to be helping shoppers look past all that, as availability seems to have dropped to half of what it was last May.
Speaking of dealer offers, we found a few Volvo retailers advertising lease terms that beat the factory offer on a C40 Recharge. Volvo Cars Gilbert in Arizona is advertising a 3-year, 7,500 mi/year lease at $399/month with $4,499 to start, for an effective cost of $513/month before tax and license. Volvo Cars North Haven in Connecticut and Galpin Volvo Cars in the Los Angeles area also have their own C40 Recharge lease deals with an average cost that’s close to $550/month. And there are a number of dealers offering significant C40 Recharge discounts from MSRP before incentives, which should translate into even lower lease payments.
If you need a little more room to carry stuff behind the rear seats or prefer a squareback look over the C40’s fastback styling, Volvo’s lease terms on the XC40 Recharge (MSRP $54,645) are also quite compelling, with an average monthly cost of $580/month. Check for Volvo C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge deals in your area.
Another relative bargain in the all-wheel-drive electric SUV/crossover category that’s worth a look is the Subaru Solterra (MSRP $46,220). Subaru’s lease offer of $399/month for 36 months with $3899 to start computes to an effective cost of $496/month plus tax and license, which is a significant savings over factory lease deals on the Model Y and C40 Recharge.
Yeah, you’ll have to do without the thrills and frills of the faster, upmarket Tesla and Volvo offerings, but the Solterra does scoot to 60mph from standstill in a very respectable 6.5 seconds and is as nicely equipped as other EVs at its price point. It also has 29 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats – about the same as the Tesla, which is almost twice that of the Volvo.
Oh, and at $496/month, the Solterra lease is about $19/month cheaper than the factory lease deal on its front-wheel-drive version of its platform twin, the Toyota bZ4x. So Toyota fans that are willing to switch their allegiance to Subaru can get two more driven wheels for free.
As far as dealer deals, McGovern Subaru in New Hampshire is advertising over $6,000 off on a Solterra, while Brattleboro Subaru in Vermont and Hanlees Subaru in California have Solterra discounts at around $2,000. Find Subaru Solterra deals near you.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
Passing the full $7,500 Federal tax incentive to lessees of the Ioniq 5 has resulted in some compelling lease terms on what is arguably one of the best-looking EVs on the market that rivals the Model Y in performance and utility. In all-wheel-drive form, this five-passenger SUV with 27 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats will hurl you from zero to 60mph in 4.4 seconds – all numbers that fall well within the Model Y’s domain.
Curiously, Hyundai’s website only lists lease deals for rear-wheel-drive configurations, but we can deduce that the average monthly cost of an Ioniq 5 SE AWD (MSRP $50,335) lease should be close to that of the Ioniq 5 SEL RWD (MSRP $48,785). Hyundai’s 3-year lease offer for the SEL RWD is $414/month with $5,001 due at signing, which averages to $541/month before tax and license. Since the SE-trimmed AWD configuration is $1,550 more expensive and has a lower residual value than the SEL RWD, I’m figuring that its average monthly cost is slightly more than that, but not by much.
Dealer offers somewhat validate this estimate. Mirak Hyundai in Massachusetts, for example, has a great lease offer with an effective cost of $500/month before tax and license on a discounted Ioniq 5 SE AWD. And Valencia Hyundai in the Los Angeles area has a lease on a discounted SEL AWD that averages to $542/month.
Current Hyundai owners can qualify for an additional $2,500 off on a new Ioniq 5, which should lower lease payments by about $30 to $40 per month.
By the way, for folks that would rather buy than lease, Hyundai now has a $5,000 incentive on a purchase. Look for Hyundai Ioniq 5 deals in your locale.
Audi Q4 e-tron
At $58,895, the all-wheel-drive Q4 e-tron 50 in Premium trim seems a bit overpriced since it costs almost $10K more than the cheapest Model Y. However, it can now be leased at $499/month for 36 months, $5,389 due at signing before tax and license. That works out to an effective cost of $635/month, which is over $60/month less than a Model Y lease. Costco members can take another $20/month or so off of a Q4 e-tron lease by applying a limited-time $1,500 incentive that Costco is running on Audi electrics through October 2.
Audi dealers are starting to advertise discounts rather than markups on this 5-passenger SUV capable of zero to sixty times in the mid-fives, carries just under 25 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and runs for 236 miles on a full charge. Audi Nashville is taking almost $4,000 off on a Q4 e-tron 50, while Audi Appleton in Wisconsin and Audi Bethesda in Maryland have discounts of $3,405 and $2,500 respectively. Discounts of that magnitude should reduce monthly lease payments by $30 to $50.
Still too expensive? Buyers that can get by with rear-wheel-drive can opt for the Q4 e-tron 40, which leases for about $50/month less than a similarly equipped all-wheel-drive Q4 e-tron 50 and goes 29 miles farther on a full charge. Check Audi Q4 e-tron pricing in your area.
Kia noticeably improved its lease offers on the EV6, now with terms that essentially match current factory offers on its platform sibling, the Hyundai Ioniq 5. An all-wheel-drive EV6 in Wind trim (MSRP $53,925) can be leased for $449/month over 36 months with $4,999 plus tax and license due at start, for an effective monthly cost of $575/month.
We found significant dealer discounts on an all-wheel-drive EV6 Wind at Crowley Kia in Connecticut ($4,005), Courage Kia in North Carolina ($3,101), and Car Pros Kia Glendale in Los Angeles ($4,373) that should drive that lease closer to $500/month.
Like Hyundai with its Ioniq 5, Kia is is offering a $5,000 incentive to consumers that prefer to buy an EV6 rather than lease. Look for EV6 deals at a Kia dealer near you.
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