In recent years, the range, performance – and to some extent, cost – of electric cars have improved to the point where they can be genuinely attractive substitutes for our combustion engine runabouts. Here are our top 10 EVs for 2021 …
£ 59,845 – £ 73,400
With the e-tron, Audi is not selling something new and futuristic – it is simply a reliable, well-built SUV that happens to be electric. Fans of Audi gasoline cars will recognize and understand the e-tron; making the leap from combustion to the electron much easier. The top-of-the-line model, the e-tron 55, has a range of 252 miles. It also has five seats and a 605-liter trunk.
£ 15,970 – £ 36,420
The British-built Mini Electric offers all the boldness and character of gasoline-based Minis, but is imbued with forward-looking eco-technology. In fact, the electric motor has 182 hp – the same as the Cooper S. 2.0 liters. However, it is 145 kg heavier due to this battery. That said, the battery technology is quite compact, ensuring that drivers and passengers have enough legroom. The range will be a little short for some tastes, averaging 124-144 miles.
Est £ 27,000 – £ 36,000
This family-sized Golf hatchback will form the backbone of the ID line and take on the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3. ID.3 is a statement of intent for VW – which has been slow to accept EV technology, despite the decent e-Up! The ID.3 offers excellent range – 341 miles with the 78 kWh battery model. This is comparable to the range of a gasoline Golf that drives in an urban environment.
Tesla Model S
Model S appeared in 2012 – so it’s starting to show its age on EV-land. That said, it is still a respectable car, with a 75 or 100 kWh battery, driving on all four wheels and coupled to a one-speed gearbox. It is also far from slow – the P100D is capable of going from 0-62 mph in just 2.5 seconds. The range is also good, although it is less than the distances mentioned. The 75D must allow 200 miles of range. A used S 75D 2018 model will cost around £ 40,000, but don’t forget that you will not pay VED or congestion charges.
From £ 39,690
The updated 2018 version of the i3 is practically the same as before, but with some attractive style adjustments. The 94Ah (33kWh) engine produces 170hp, can do 0-62 mph in 7.3 seconds and offers a top speed of 93 mph. While the stated range of 186 miles is somewhat optimistic in real-world conditions, it is nevertheless sufficient for most of us. To get a little more power, you can upgrade to the i3S – but you’ll lose a little bit of reach. The i3 is arguably the best small premium EV you can buy.
Hyundai Kona Electric
£ 17,240 – £ 40,895
The Hyundai Kona Electric, made in South Korea, was successful in 2018 because it matched the range of many premium EVs, such as the Tesla Model S, Model X, Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron – all of them more than 70K. But at just over £ 30,000, Kona Electric has shown that you can enjoy more than 200 miles of range without the hefty price tag. competition in the affordable EV segment has heated up – but you will struggle to find a better value EV with this type of range.
Polestar 2 comes from the Volvo family – but it is built in China, not Sweden. The 78kW EV starts at £ 46,900, with the Tesla Model 3 firmly in its sights. In fact, copying Tesla’s successful approach with its Model 3, Polestar is planning a version with a smaller battery, which is expected to bring the price down to around £ 30,000 – giving it mass market appeal. The range is 292 decent miles, although it is about 60 less than the long-range Model 3.
£ 26,000 – £ 28,000
Honda’s first all-electric car was the EV Plus in 1997, but the Japanese auto giant sold only 350 of them. Go forward 24 years and EV technology will be in a very different place – represented by the remarkable Honda e. Its range is somewhat modest (137 miles), but it is crammed with technology, including rearview and rearview cameras, fast charging of 100kW DC in half an hour and a set of collision avoidance technology. It is a little expensive due to this range, but Honda expects its retro style and abundance of technology to differentiate it from the Peugeot e-208, Mini Electric and Renault Zoe.
£ 83,367 – £ 138,826
This impressive electric sports car has a range of 280 miles (if you are a very careful driver) and can be charged from 5 to 80 percent in 22.5 minutes. Although the acceleration and range do not outperform the S P100D, the Taycan is as similar to a 911 as an electric car – which makes it quite special.
Tesla Model 3
From £ 40,490
That’s what Musk and his Tesla team are building – an affordable VE for the mass market that is a pleasure to drive, leveraging the technology and money of previous high-tech models. Standard Range Plus mode offers up to 278 miles of range, while Long Range valiant offers up to 360 miles. And for those who think EVs have no rhythm, the Performance version can beat the Lamborghini Huracán up to the national speed limit!