The electric car segment is growing thick and fast with new models being added all the time. In fact, with this rapid rate of expansion, there are more options than eve...
In recent years, the quality of electric cars has rapidly improved, giving fossil-fuelled models a serious run for their money. There’s a brilliant selection of electric vehicles (or EVs) on the market right now, so we’ve collated a selection of the best electric cars to help you get acquainted. First off, though, let’s look at some of their key benefits.
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With all these factors in mind, we’ve brought together some of the best vehicles in the market, starting with the Nissan Leaf.
The second-generation Nissan Leaf builds on everything that was great about the first model, adding improved range, better performance and technological innovations like the e-Pedal – a single pedal for accelerating and braking that extends driving range. The top-level Tekna version also comes with a brilliant self-parking mode that makes use of a 360-degree camera system. On top of that, even the most basic model comes with impressive features, such as intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian recognition.
Jaguar’s first electric car is a 4-wheel drive SUV that can go from 0-60mph in just 4.5 seconds. This vehicle is arguably the most fun to drive EV on the market and handles twisty roads with a sports car-like feel. It’s also stylish and includes a spacious interior and a 656-lite boot. The I-PACE comes with a good range of equipment, too, with the entry-level model kitted out with a 10-inch touchscreen, sat nav, DAB radio and a rear camera.
Along with its hybrid supercar brother (the BMW i8), the BMW i3 is a sleek vehicle with a truly futuristic look. Keeping up with the aesthetics, all models come with high-tech equipment as standard, including parking sensors, sat nav, DAB digital radio and automatic headlights and wipers. All in all, this is a great compact city car with a surprisingly spacious interior. You can also purchase a range-extender model with an auxiliary petrol engine, which boosts the range to roughly 288 miles.
Tesla’s Model S saloon has helped shape the EV market by proving that electric cars can be both luxurious and fast, on top of offering the best driving range in the current market of electric vehicles. Top spec models offer a solid range and can go from 0-60mph in a staggering 2.5 seconds! Less performance-focused models are still impressive, too, managing to do 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds. Adding to the car’s appeal is the spacious and luxurious interior that comes with a massive 17-inch colour touchscreen and a fantastic array of equipment.
The Hyundai IONIQ is offered as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and a full-electric car. The electric model, which is what we’ll focus on, is a neat 5-door hatchback with a modern, conventional exterior and interior. It’s an enjoyable car to drive and comes with a lot of good equipment, such as a touchscreen infotainment system that features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, alongside a helpful reversing camera.
The Renault ZOE supermini is a pleasant and smooth car to drive that’s one of the lowest priced EVs on the market, coming in cheaper than similar electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Hyundai IONIQ. The base model comes with a good range of equipment, but one step up offers even greater luxury with leather upholstery, a reversing camera and heated seats. You can also choose to lease the car battery to lower any upfront costs.
There’s very little that separates the Volkswagen e-Golf from its petrol and diesel relatives. It looks and performs pretty much exactly how you’d expect a Golf to perform, which is a good point in our books. It’s generally cheaper to run than the fossil fuel variants and comes stacked with useful equipment as standard, including front and rear parking sensors, a 9.2-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and sat nav.
With unique Falcon Wing rear doors, the Tesla Model X SUV continues the innovative trends the company is famed for. It can go from a ludicrously quick 0-60mph in 2.9 seconds, it’s incredibly stylish and the interior features a massive control touchscreen. Like the Tesla Model S, there’s an Autopilot system and lots of high-tech equipment like ultrasonic sensors and surround cameras – no wonder it’s one of the best-selling electric cars in the world!
The Kia Soul EV is a quirky crossover/MPV with a stocky cubic design. It’s the company’s first step into the electric car market and comes with satellite navigation, keyless entry and go, heated seats and steering wheel, a DAB radio and a reversing camera as standard. The interior’s comfortable and spacious for a relaxed drive as well.
The Volkswagen e-Up is a 5-door hatchback with seating for 4 people, making it a great small city car. It’s nimble around corners and agile for an enjoyable drive. The car comes with sat nav, rear parking sensors, cruise control and DAB radio as standard.