Best Electric Cars

British drivers are switching on to electric cars as the new car changeover date from 2030 approaches. Many are now considering an EV in an attempt to get ahead of the curve.

Car manufacturers are responding with ever-growing numbers of new electric cars. There seems to be a new model launched every week and this is raising standards in this fast-moving and innovative sector.

Already, there are electric cars that would beat a petrol or diesel in a head-to-head fight. And the increasing popularity of EVs means affordability is improving all the time, too – they’re no longer the preserve of the rich.

Here, we reveal 10 of the best electric cars you can buy right now. All of them have a good range, family-friendly interior space and futuristic good looks. Some deliver really outstanding performance; others impress with their affordability.

All of them show why making the switch to electric cars is going to be so exciting.

Kia EV6

The Kia EV6 is a bold car from the Korean firm, which aims to offer a premium car experience at a more family-friendly price point. A striking five-door, coupe-style crossover, it has the same sort of curvaceous profile you see in a Porsche Taycan, but for half the price. It starts from around £41,000 and the longest-range variant has an EV range of up to 328 miles. It’s able to use ultra-fast rapid chargers, for recharges from 10 percent to 80 percent in a mere 18 minutes. With space for five, the entire family will enjoy the thrills from a performance car that does 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds, even in entry-level rear-wheel-drive guise. The all-wheel-drive EV6 needs just 5.2 seconds to reach 62mph - genuinely Porsche-like.

Skoda Enyaq iV

Skoda’s first pure electric SUV, the Enyaq iV takes all the firm’s famous common-sense integrity and enhances it for an EV future. It’s very roomy inside, with compact electric motors allowing Skoda to give over more space to passengers and their luggage. A massive 13-inch touchscreen is the centrepiece of the dashboard, and you can choose various decor ‘themes’ such as Lodge, Loft and Lounge. Skoda offers the Enyaq iV in 60 and 82 guises, referencing the kWh capacity of the battery; quoted range is 253 miles for the 60 and a healthy 330 miles for the 82. Buyers can choose from rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive as well, the latter providing thrilling acceleration thanks to its improved traction.

Vauxhall Corsa-e

The Vauxhall Corsa-e is the all-electric version of Britain’s best-selling car: the Corsa supermini. Aside from the green stripe on the numberplate, it’s hard to tell apart from its petrol-powered siblings. This is intentional; the British brand wants to make choosing an electric car feel as normal as possible. The Corsa-e is just as roomy as other Corsas inside, with five-door practicality and a decent boot, and it shares the same easy-to-use interior. A 50kWh battery and 136hp electric motor make it the fastest new Corsa you can buy, and recent enhancements have improved the EV driving range to just short of 220 miles.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

The radical Hyundai Ioniq 5 is one of the most standout new electric cars you can buy. It takes straight-line boldness to a new level, celebrating the square throughout its head-turning shape. Inside, it feels modern, but the focus is on luxury, with a calming dashboard and plush seats that recline into a bed at the touch of a button, so you can snooze while charging. There’s good room inside for five, although boot space is more average – the price you pay for that radical rear (it doesn’t have a rear wiper either). The top-spec Ioniq 5 has a driving range of almost 300 miles, while even the entry-level model can cover nearly 240 miles between charges.

Volkswagen ID.3

The Volkswagen ID.3 is an all-electric alternative to the well-loved Golf family hatchback. It’s similar in size on the outside, but because electric cars are so much more space-efficient, it’s actually roomier on the inside. The boot is fractionally larger, too. We like the ID.3’s modern appearance, with large alloy wheels and a glassy cabin, which is carried through to the interior, where nearly every button is replaced by a central touchscreen. The ID.3 is currently offered with a 58kWh Pro Performance battery, giving a 259-mile range. A larger 77kWh battery is expected to be offered later.

Polestar 2

Polestar is a start-up premium performance brand, born from Volvo. The Polestar 2 is a sporty crossover coupe, derived from the Volvo XC40 Recharge but given a fully bespoke appearance outside and in. The ‘designer cool’ appearance is refreshing and it feels great to sit in, with a hunkered down driving position and cocooning cabin. Polestar recently launched a single motor version, which takes the starting price down to around £41,000, although high-performance dual motor models remain on sale as well. You can even choose racing-style adjustable suspension, should you wish to recreate the Touring Car ethos from which the Polestar brand was born.

MG ZS EV

One of the most affordable electric cars on sale in Britain, the MG ZS EV is an attractive crossover-style small family car. Its appeal has recently been bolstered with a smart facelift that gives it a cleaner, more modern appearance. A big new touchscreen inside improves the onboard experience, and it’s ready to pair with Android and Apple smartphones. MG has launched a Long Range version that can drive for 273 miles between charges, although even the standard battery has been improved to almost 200 miles of range. The seven-year, 80,000-mile warranty is impressive as well – all for prices starting from around £27,500.

Renault Zoe

The Renault Zoe is one of the original affordable electric cars. It’s been on sale for almost a decade, making it a familiar sight in the EV world. This heavily-revised second generation version is a neat, friendly-looking car, with clean lines and a chic-feeling interior. Renault uses textiles cleverly, to give it an upmarket feel, and the touchscreen infotainment system is easy to use. Choose from two motors: a 108hp R110 and 135hp R135. Both have a 52kWh battery and a driving range of up to 239 miles. Both are also available with rapid-charge functionality, for speedy top-ups at public charging points.

 

BMW i4

The BMW i4 is the German firm’s long-awaited rival to the Tesla Model 3. It’s currently offered in two guises: the i4 eDrive40 has a range of up to 365 miles, while the M50 produces a staggering 544hp. It’s a coupe-style four-door, derived from the 4 Series Gran Coupe, but the i4 has more contemporary detailing, such as flush door handles and optional ‘electric blue’ flashes. BMW’s latest infotainment system is impressively slick and good-looking, and the i4 is very refined inside. What really sets it apart is how brilliant it is to drive, with fantastic handling, plenty of engagement and performance by the bucketload.

Cupra Born

Cupra is the sporty sister brand of SEAT, and the Born its first fully electric car. It’s related to the Volkswagen ID.3, but Cupra gives it a unique look, with liberal copper-coloured detailing and, of course, the Cupra ‘Transformers’ logo. Like the ID.3, it’s roomy and accommodating inside, with plenty of space for families, and the materials are as fresh as the outside. It’s initially offered with a 52kWh battery, but a larger 77kWh option arrives later in 2022 – providing a range of up to 335 miles. Cupra has given the Born a sportier feel from behind the wheel, with firmer suspension and a more dynamic attitude. Consider it a hot hatch among SUVs.

Do the best electric cars have a long range?

Every car we’ve listed here can cover at least 200 miles, and many are capable of driving for more than 300 miles between charges. Range anxiety is still an issue for those new to EVs, meaning it’s important for the best electric cars to have a driving range large enough for this not to be a factor in everyday motoring. The reality for many motorists is they’ll be charging up just once a week, so generous are the electric ranges now on offer.

What is range anxiety?

So-called ‘range anxiety’ is where motorists are worried about driving their electric car because they’re not sure it will have enough range to get them to their destination. It’s not helped by a lack of public chargers in many parts of the country; drivers worry they’ll be left stranded and unable to easily recharge their EV. Range anxiety is something often felt by those who don’t drive an EV, as a barrier to making the switch. Many who actually own electric cars report that range anxiety soon disappears.

What is the best electric car on a budget?

Electric cars aren’t as affordable as petrol or diesel cars yet, but the gap is narrowing all the time. Amongst our best electric cars round-up, there are sub-£30,000 standouts that help electric car newbies make the switch into a car with a generous range without spending a fortune. The MG ZS EV is a good crossover for those on a budget, while the Vauxhall Corsa-e supermini is one of the most affordable EVs you can buy. The Corsa still has a useful range of around 220 miles, though – or more, if you mainly drive in the city.