SUV Electric cars
Best SUV Electric cars...
1. Mercedes EQC
...The Mercedes EQC is an upmarket electric car that’s very comfortable to drive and comes with a spacious, well-built cabin but alternative SUVs have greater ranges and bigger boots.
- Stylish looks
- Comfortable to drive
- High-tech features
The EQC officially goes 259 miles between full charges. It’ll take you around 75 minutes to get it to 80% charge on a 50kWh fast charger when out and about, or nearly 13 hours using a 7kWh charger at home. To give some context, charging it fully from empty at home will cost you around £12, which is some £18 cheaper than getting the same range from the average petrol car.
2. Audi e-tron
...List price from £71,560
The official range between charges of Audi’s e-tron SUV is 248 miles, which is boosted by electric motors that can be set to recover energy aggressively.
In their most efficient setting, they immediately reverse when you take your foot off the accelerator, slowing the car down so much that you’ll rarely need to use the brake - like the e-pedal on the Nissan Leaf. Audi says that you can charge the battery with an extra mile's-worth of range by travelling a mile downhill with your foot off the accelerator.
As with all electric cars, the e-tron’s real-world range will be lower than official figures suggest, but it’s not known whether the energy recovery system will reduce the difference.
The car is extremely aerodynamic, which improves fuel efficiency. That’s partially thanks to the optional rear-facing small cameras that replace side mirrors and display their view on screens inside the car (not seen in the disguised car, above). A recent change in legislation has made these legal.
It's roughly the same size as the Audi Q5, the e-tron should include plenty of space for five adult occupants.
Audi's e-tron is an electric, luxury SUV with a 200+ mile range and advanced technology
3. BMW iX3
...List price from £60,000 (estimated
BMW’s electric SUV is based on the current X3, whereas its rivals have been designed as purely electric cars.
It remains to be seen whether the iX3 will be compromised in terms of space or performance, but the company does know how to make a decent electric car, having had the i3 and i8 on sale for several years.
The production model has not yet been revealed, but the concept car shown above gives a strong indication of how the final car will look. A larger grille is the only striking difference between the iX3 and the conventionally-powered car. BMW may well decide to keep the interior similar to the standard X3 too.
An official range of 249 miles is promis
ed, which is identical to the Audi e-tron
Advanced high-capacity batteries provide a potential range of nearly 250 miles, with a charging time of less than thirty minutes at a DC fast charging station. That means more time on the road, enjoying the undeniable driving dynamics of the BMW Concept iX3.
4. Tesla Model X
...Price from £82,200
For maximum range, space and performance from your electric SUV, the only car to choose is the Tesla Model X.
You will pay for it, though, as prices start at £78,000, including the government’s plug-in car grant, and can easily top £100,000 as you add a larger 100kWh battery to take the car’s official range to 351 miles (expect around 250 miles in real-world driving), and extra sensors that could allow for a self-driving upgrade at some point in the future.
As with any electric car, maximum power can be delivered to the wheels as soon as you press the accelerator, which gives this big SUV sports car-like acceleration. It’s extremely practical too, with a good-sized boot, an extra luggage compartment underneath the bonnet and a seven-seat option.
Getting in the back might be the highlight of Tesla Model X ownership for some: the so-called falcon wing doors are hinged at the top, and rise dramatically over the car. They require little space on either side of the vehicle, which is useful in tight car parks but they are slow to open.
- stant and powerful acceleration
- Electric range is impressive
- Three-row seating is available
- Access to Tesla's extensive Supercharger network
- No major additions announced yet, but Tesla typically updates its vehicles throughout the calendar year
- Part of the first Model X generation introduced for 2016
"Best car I have ever owned!"
5. Kia e-Niro
...List price from £36,495
Kia is part of the Hyundai motor group, which is why the electric version of the Niro comes with the same battery and motor setup as the Hyundai Kona Electric. This means that you can expect a real-world range of at least 200 miles from the largest 65kWh battery, with the potential to reach almost 300 miles with careful driving.
The Niro is larger than the Kona, which is most noticeable in terms of boot space: the 451 litre loading area is bigger than you'll find in Volkswagen Golf or Vauxhall Astra. Together with the promise of nimble performance and a generous level of equipment, and it has become one of the more affordable options on the electric SUV market.
Unfortunately, such was the e-Niro's popularity upon release, initial stock has run out and there are now lengthy waiting lists for deliveries expected to begin again in 2020.
6. Hyundai Kona Electric
...List price from £38,600
The vastly more expensive cars on this page might be attracting most of the attention, but it's the Hyundai Kona that could really change the way that drivers look at electric cars.
it's affordable for a start - or at least more affordable than the larger vehicles on this page - but still has a real-world range of around 200 miles, if you opt for the 64kWh version with a bigger battery. This range extends towards 300 miles the more economically that you drive.
For a small SUV, the Kona is reasonably spacious. Tall adults won't need to contort themselves to fit into the back seats, but here isn't a great deal of room to stretch out once you're there. Only the 332-litre boot seems a little meagre, with less space on offer than in a Nissan Leaf or Volkswagen e-Golf
7. Mazda MX-30
...On sale Early 2021 | Price from £30,000
Offering a noticeably different driving experience to other electric cars, the Mazda MX-30 will cost less than its rivals..
Car makers are a cautious bunch – they want to be absolutely sure that something will sell before committing the money and resources needed to make it. That’s why, when it comes to electrification, most will introduce hybrid and plug-in hybrid models before going fully electric. Mazda, however, isn’t most manufacturers, and it has eschewed this toe-dipping approach in favour of jumping straight into the plunge pool. The new Mazda MX-30, then, is a fully electric SUV.
Based on the same underpinnings as the new 3 family hatchback and CX-30 family SUV, the MX-30 has similar general proportions to the CX-30 but is taller in order to accommodate its battery. It’s also significantly stiffer than its siblings, which should make it agile to drive. One of its most obvious styling flourishes is rear-hinged rear doors, which echo those once used by the firm’s RX-8 sports car and should make loading things such as buggies and wheelchairs easier than with conventional doors.
8. Nissan ARIYA
...The Ariya Concept is not a concept car designed from far off ideas, but rather a car that embodies Nissan Intelligent Mobility at its core and highlights a promise of an entirely new driving experience on the horizon.”
In October of 2019 at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan unveiled the Ariya Concept, an AWD electric crossover with award-winning driver assistance technology and striking visuals, this sleek electric SUV represents the dawning of an entirely new design direction for Nissan
The Nissan Ariya is a concept all-electric SUV designed around a single horizon line, with sleek wide front fenders, super-thin LED headlights, as well as a front 'shield' (replacing a traditional grille) emblazoned with an illuminated Nissan emblem. This departure from traditional SUV body design encapsulates Nissan's Intelligent Mobility ideals, and its vision for the future of personal driving: reducing harmful emissions and accidents through electrification and adaptive vehicle intelligence.
9. Volvo XC40
starts at $33,700
...This, Ladies and Gentlemen, is a bit of a milestone moment for Volvo. Not only is the new XC40 Recharge the company’s first ever fully-electric car, but it also signifies the start of a serious EV offensive.
Volvo has ambitions to become a climate-neutral company by 2040, and it has now committed to launching five electric cars in the next five years – all of which will be badged Recharge. The hope is that by 2025, 50 per cent of the cars it sells will run on battery power alone.
So, back to the XC40. What to say about it? Well, it’s a pretty standard XC40, only with a twin motor, AWD electric powertrain. Park it alongside its internal combustion-engined sibling and perhaps the only difference you’ll notice is a slightly deeper floor on the EV. That’s where the 75kWh batteries live.
The headline figures are a promised range of more than 250 miles on the WLTP cycle, and a zero to 80 per cent charge time of 40 minutes when connected to a fast charger. Plus, if that doesn’t get you all hot under the collar, the electric motors put out a fairly hefty 408bhp between them. Lovely. The result of that, and the 487lb ft of instantaneous torque, is a 0-62mph time of 4.9 seconds.
The XC40 Recharge will also signify the debut of Volvo’s new, Android-powered infotainment system, and of course there’ll be specific dials to suit the electric drivetrain.
Oh, and there’s a frunk too. Or should we start referring to them as froots in the UK? It is a boot rather than a ‘trunk’ after all. Anyway, we’re getting off-topic.
10. Ford Mustang Mach-E
...The 2021 Mustang Mach-E is Ford's first all-electric crossover, and it was designed and named after the company's iconic pony car. The Mach-E also pays homage to the "Mach 1" moniker that has been used on high-performance Mustangs of old. Ford said it went with the name because it needed the electrified crossover to be as desirable as a Teslato usher in its new era of electric vehicles.
When the 2021 Mustang Mach-E finally goes on sale, we'd choose the Premium model. It's expected to provide 300 miles of driving range when paired with the extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive, but we'd still choose the all-wheel-drive version, which knocks its estimated range down to 270 miles. Compared with the base model, the Mach-E Premium has more powerful fast-charging capability, 19-inch wheels, a Band & Olufsen sound system, a panoramic sunroof, and a power liftgate.
The 2021 Mustang Mach-E is available with either a standard-range (75.7 kWh) battery or an extended-range (98.8 kWh) pack. These feed an electric motor mounted on the rear or both axles. That latter combination creates all-wheel drive and on the sporty GT model, the motors combine to make 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque. Ford claims this will send the Mach-E from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds.
11. Peugoet e-208
Enjoy new driving sensations in full electric mode:
- 206 mile range^
- A smooth drive without vibration
- Sharp acceleration thanks to immediate engine torque
- A silent engine* offering a serene driving experience
- 0g CO2 emissions in driving phase
Enjoy greatly reduced motoring costs:
- Energy cost lower than fossil fuels
- Low cost of use thanks to reduced maintenance
- Government subsidy of up to £3,500*
- Use of ECO mode
DISCOVER A NEW WAY TO TRAVEL
Enjoy a simplified driving experience with the all-new PEUGEOT e-2008 SUV. This full electric SUV offers:
- Fast and intuitive charging
- Freedom to drive in the city even those with emission restriction zones
- MyPeugeot application which allows remote management of certain features^ such as pre-programming of charging and heating and checking the battery charge level.
The 100kW engine (136bhp) provides instant acceleration with its immediate engine torque of 260Nm, as well as the pleasure of flexible, dynamic, and silent driving*.
HIGH CAPACITY BATTERY
The all-new PEUGEOT e-2008 full electric SUV contains a high capacity high voltage 50kWh battery, ingeniously installed to maximise space in the passenger compartment and boot. It has a range of up to 206 miles WLTP*, with zero CO2 emissions on the road in driving phase.
The electric car battery has an 8 year warranty or 100,000 miles for 70% of its charge capacity.
12. Renault K-ZE Electric
...Renault has unveiled the production version of its new K-ZE electric crossover, and in China, it starts at just ~$9,000.
We reported on the Renault K-ZE when they unveiled the prototype last year.
At the time, the only spec that they confirmed is the range, which they claim is 250 km (155 miles), but they used the NEDC cycle for some reason:
A pioneer and leader in 100% electric mobility, Groupe Renault unveiled showcar Renault K-ZE, a new global A-segment, SUV-inspired electric vehicle, capable of 250km NEDC — the best autonomy in its segment.
In China, the City K-ZE will be available in a total of three variants, with the mid-spec option costing 66,800 yuan (US$9,389 or RM39,189), while the top-spec offering is 71,800 yuan (US$10,091 or RM42,121). For now, the EV will only be available in China, but the EV will make its way to other global markets in the future, including India
We expect the real-world range to be close to 190 km (118 miles).
That’s not really impressive, but what caught our attention at the time is that they emphasized that the electric vehicle is going to be “affordable,” and they weren’t kidding.
They have now unveiled the production version in China, and it starts at the equivalent of ~$9,000 USD (via Paultan):
13. SEAT Leon e-Hybrid
...A practical start to positive change. The new SEAT Leon e-Hybrid runs on 100% electric power, switching to petrol only when its battery needs recharging.
The new SEAT Leon e-Hybrid is more than a standard hybrid car. Like most hybrids, it recharges the battery automatically. But it’s a plug-in model too.
This means it uses its electric motor first, only resorting to the petrol motor for extra power. To recharge, you simply plug it into a conventional power network.
With this advanced technology, the new SEAT Leon e-Hybrid can achieve even more range than a purely hybrid or electric version. And thanks to its 100% electric engine, you can easily drive emission-free.