Electric vehicles are becoming more and more mainstream, and it is only going to continue as major cities are looking to introduce restrictions for which kind of vehicles are able to enter city centres.
The main drawback that has prevented electric cars from selling in greater numbers, is that they haven’t been able to compete respectively with petrol and diesel in terms of range – consumers don’t want to worry if they have enough charge to get where they are going. However, technology has now advanced and many models are now capable of covering more than 200 miles between charges, decreasing the gap to their combustion competitors.
So, which electric cars are the best? In this list, we count down our favourites.
If you’re looking for a plucky economical city car, the Electric Seat Mii is definitely a car to consider. It may not have the best battery capacity in its class, but this means that the price isn’t at a premium. With a 161-mile range it can still manage plenty for those city-goers.
|Competitive pricing||Limited seat space|
|Comfortable ride||Range could be better|
|Great city car||Old-school interior|
The Mercedes EQC is the perfect car, if you are after the peace and quiet offered by going electric. The EQC has a range of 259 miles, which is plenty between charges. However, it is less efficient than its direct competitors, the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi E-tron. But only by minor margins, costing about a penny a mile more to run.
|Supremely quiet||Range between charges could be better|
|Comfortable motorway ride||The Audi e-tron is more practical|
|Decent infotainment system||Jaguar I-Pace is faster and more fun|
Tesla’s Model S is a great company car option as not only will your benefit-in-kind tax be next to nothing, but it offers staggering performance and impressive range. The Model S is very practical too, all controls are accessed using a 17in touchscreen which you can easily personalise to suit your needs. Updates are also brought out, adding new features with each roll-out.
|Mind-blowing performance||Interior quality could be much better|
|Impressive mile-range and fast charging network||The slightly more expensive Porsche Taycan is much more fun to drive|
|Large boot space||Expensive to buy|
The Audi E-Tron does lack in sport performance compared to its rival the Jaguar I-Pace, and it has a shorter mile-range. However, the interior is much nicer place to be in and it is a quieter cruiser. The E-tron is well-equipped with a list of standard equipment which includes heated front seats, two-zone climate control, an electric tailgate as well as charging points on both sides of the car to avoid having to drag cables over the car.
|Smooth and quiet ride||Difficult infotainment system|
|Spacious and luxurious interior||Disappointing performance|
The Kona Electric blasts any range anxiety you may have out of the water, with a massive 250 mile plus range between charges. Well-equipped and reasonably priced, the Kona is a real contender when thinking of going electric.
|250-mile-plus range in real-world driving||Unlikely to receive a discount|
|Powerful acceleration||Rear seat space is limited|
|Very well-equipped||Ride isn’t as comfortable as the Kia e-Niro or Peugeot e-208|
Jaguar’s first electric car the I-Pace can drive over 250 miles between charges in real-world conditions. It is able to charge up to 80% of capacity in only 90 minutes and, with a futuristic interior featuring two 12-inch screens paired with playful handling, it’s a very appealing option.
|Huge – range between charges||Expensive to buy|
|Playful handling||Poor rear visibility|
|Futuristic looks||Road noise is easily heard|
Closely related to the Hyundai Kona, the Kia e-Niro is another car that crushes range anxiety, managing 253 miles. Offering great practicality, performance, comfort, and equipment all for a reasonable price, it’s no shock that the e-Niro is ranked so highly.
|250-mile-plus range||Pricier than its competitor MG ZS EV|
|Strong acceleration||Fast charging points are difficult to find|
|Well-equipped interior||Smaller boot space than rivals’|
Renault’s stylish, nippy small car costs pennies to run. Although only small, the electric motor still has enough go for the Zoe to charge away from the traffic lights and its interior has room for four to sit in comfort. The boot space is also much larger than you would expect from a small city car; easily big enough to fit your weekly shop in.
|Longer range than alternatives||Rear head room is tight|
|Smart, attractive interior||Driving position is uncomfortable|
|R135 has punchy acceleration||Automatic emergency braking not available on entry-level trim|
The all new Peugeot e-208 is streets ahead of its fellow French competitor, with a high interior quality, spacious rear head room and extra safety kit. No compromise on boot space compared with petrol models and you can expect up to 200 miles between charges.
|Eye-catching, high quality interior finish||Renault Zoe has longer range between charges|
|Nice to drive||Soft braking|
|Well equipped||Not the cheapest option on the market|
There are few cars that have received as much hype and anticipation before its launch than the Model 3. Tesla’s most affordable car yet is a great drive, packed full of tech, ridiculous performance and is surprisingly practical. A competitive price, matched with its sheer pace, the Model 3 is not only a great car but one of the top executive cars on the market.
|Savage speed||Build quality could be improved|
|Long range battery charges||Handling not as exciting compared to petrol rivals|