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Best new electric cars

Looking for a new electric car? Here’s our pick of the 10 best new electric cars you can buy.

Electric cars are more popular than ever, with their lower running costs and zero-emissions status adding to their appeal. With a constant stream of new electric cars arriving during the past couple of years you have a lot of options, whether you’re after a city-friendly hatchback, a family car or a large and luxurious SUV. 

With so many new models to choose from, where do you start? Here, in no particular order, are our top 10 new electric cars. 

1. Renault Zoe

The Renault Zoe is one of the most popular – and recognisable – electric cars around. It’s a stylish small hatchback that’s about the same size as a Ford Fiesta and it has a battery range that’s longer than most rivals’, with a maximum of up to 247 miles on a full charge. That’s more than many larger electric cars, including some versions of the Nissan Leaf. 

While it’s small on the outside, the Zoe is surprisingly practical on the inside. There’s enough legroom and headroom for four tall adults, as well as high-set seats that make access easy and give younger children a good view out. The boot is almost as large as that of a Ford Focus.

The latest version of the Zoe, launched in 2019, looks much the same as earlier models but it’s even better to drive, with an even smoother, more responsive feel. It’s perfect for dashing around in the city but thanks to its long range and comfortable interior the Zoe is just as well suited to longer trips.  

Read our Renault Zoe review

2. Vauxhall Corsa-e

Sharp looks and excellent value for money make the latest Vauxhall Corsa one of the most appealing small hatchbacks around. The all-electric Corsa-e gives you everything that’s great about the standard car, along with zero emissions and very low running costs. 

Every Corsa-e has the same electric motor and battery, which gives a maximum range of 209 miles on a full charge. Charging the battery to 80% capacity (for a range of nearly 170 miles) takes as little as 30 minutes using a rapid charger, or just over six hours using most home charging points. 

Depending on where and when you charge it, the Corsa-e is likely to give you the lowest running costs of any Corsa. It’s certainly the fastest, with the electric motor giving it swift, smooth acceleration. Every version is well equipped, with features such as LED headlights, rear parking sensors and sat nav as standard, along with Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity. 

3. Hyundai Kona Electric

As one of the few pure-electric compact SUVs around, the Hyundai Kona Electric is both an enticing proposition and a car with few direct rivals. It’s no surprise that it has been such a big hit. 

It doesn’t hurt that the Kona is a very stylish car, with a futuristic, youthful look – especially in some of the bolder paint colours available. It also has a battery range that’s a match for many more-expensive electric cars. There are two versions – one with a 39.2kWh battery that gives a maximum range of 189 miles and one with a 64kWh battery that gives a range of up to 300 miles. Both are quick and enjoyable to drive and, thanks to a high driving position and the Kona’s compact size, easy to park. They all come with reversing sensors and a rear-view camera, too.

4. Jaguar I-Pace

The sleek I-Pace is a Jaguar for a new era. It’s about the same size as the BMW X3, with styling that blends SUV and coupe elements to create something truly striking.

As sporty to drive as it is to look at, it feels remarkably agile and responsive for such a big car. It’s very quick but it also gives you and your passengers the comfort and luxury you’d expect of a Jaguar, as well as the reassurance of four-wheel drive and near-silent travel thanks to the whisper-quiet electric motor. The maximum official battery range is 292 miles, so the I-Pace makes a great long-distance cruiser, too. 

The interior gives you an appealing mix of luxury and high-tech features, along with more space than many mid-size SUVs. This is a very practical car, with more than enough space for a family of four plus luggage.

5. Tesla Model 3

Tesla has done more than any other brand to lift the appeal of electric cars and the Model 3 – its most cost-effective car – gives you all the innovation you associate with the brand. Let’s start with maximum battery range, which varies between 254 miles and 348 miles, depending on the model. Only five cars on sale (as of mid-2021) have a longer range and five of those are Teslas.

Few electric cars can match the Model 3 for performance, either, and many sports cars would struggle to keep up with it. It’s exceptionally quick, with some versions capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds. It’s an enjoyable car to drive at any speed, with a smooth ride and great balance on a bendy road. 

The interior is simplicity itself, with a large, easy-to-use touchscreen at the centre of the dashboard. There’s ample space for tall adults in the front and back. The boot is huge and there’s extra storage space under the bonnet, making the Model 3 a very practical family saloon.

6. Smart EQ

Cars don’t get much more city-friendly than the Smart EQ. Thanks to its compact dimensions, it’ll fit into parking spaces that most cars won’t, while its electric motor gives nippy acceleration that allows you to grab any gap in traffic. And, of course, it produces zero emissions so you’re helping to keep the air cleaner.

The two-door, two-seat EQ fortwo version is the one to go for if you want to squeeze into parking spots that a moped would struggle to fit into. But the longer four-seat, four-door EQ forfour is still shorter than most compact hatchbacks and it allows you to bring a couple of friends along for the ride.

Although it’s very cost-effective, the EQ is well equipped, with standard features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and, not that you’ll probably need it, a rear-view parking camera. Maximum battery range is about 80 miles, so more than enough for most urban adventures, while charging the battery from 10 to 80% capacity takes less than three-and-a-half hours. 

7. MG ZS EV

Forget everything you thought you knew about MG. Nowadays the appeal of the brand focuses on two things – value for money and electric power – and both of those come together in the excellent MG ZS.

On the outside, the ZS is a stylish compact SUV that looks much the same as its petrol-powered equivalents. Cleverly tucked away behind the big MG emblem on the front grille is a charging point which allows you to top the battery up to 80% capacity at a rapid charger in just 40 minutes. Maximum range isn’t as long as some rivals, at 163 miles, but it’s more than enough for many people’s daily needs.

What really sets the ZS apart is what you get for your money. For less than the cost of many versions of compact rivals such as the Renault Zoe you get a family-friendly SUV with a lot of space inside, including a big boot. Standard equipment on ‘Excite’ models includes sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and adaptive cruise control. ‘Exclusive’ models cost a little more and add features such as a panoramic roof, a rear parking camera and the ability to adjust the driver’s seat electrically.

8. Hyundai Ioniq Electric

The Hyundai Ioniq is unusual in that it’s available as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid or a  pure-electric car. All are great value but the Ioniq Electric is the one to go for if you want to drive with zero emissions all of the time. It also has the potential to cost you less to run than its hybrid equivalents. 

The Ioniq’s sleek shape helps it to cut through the air efficiently, eking out as many miles as possible from a charge. Maximum battery range is 193 miles, while charging from 10-80% takes about an hour using a rapid charger or just over six hours using a home charger. It’s a smooth, relaxing car to drive and standard equipment includes features that help to make journeys stress-free, such as powerful LED headlights, a lane-departure warning system and rear parking sensors.  

A large, easy-to-use touchscreen sits at the heart of a simple yet stylish interior that has enough space for four adults and a boot that’s big enough for three large suitcases.

9. BMW i3

The BMW i3 looks nothing like other BMWs, or indeed like any other car on the road. Its uniquely futuristic look continues inside, with a minimalist design with unusual materials such as seat fabric made of 100% recycled polyester and wood dashboard trim sourced from sustainable forests.

Every i3 is great fun to drive, with a sporty feel and responsive steering. It's surprisingly quick, especially if you go for the i3s version, which has a bit more power than the standard model. Maximum battery range is 189 miles for the standard car and 175 miles for the i3s, while a rapid charger can boost the battery from 0-80% capacity in about 40 minutes.

Compact dimensions and a high driving position make the i3 a great choice for city drivers. Although it’s small, it’s usefully practical, with four seats and no central ‘pillar’ between the front and back side doors, which makes it easy to get in and out. 

Read our BMW i3 review

10. Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf was one of the first mass-produced electric cars and one of the biggest-selling around the world. It remains one of the best, too. 

The latest model, launched in 2018, has a premium, high-tech look inside and out and still feels like a car at the cutting edge of technology. Two versions are available – the standard model is capable of up to 168 miles on a full battery charge and the more powerful E+ version has a battery range of up to 239 miles. While the standard car is responsive, the Leaf E+ is genuinely quick. Both versions are very quiet and comfortable to travel in, with a smooth ride and a reassuringly solid feel on the motorway. 

Thanks in part to a slightly longer body than some mid-size hatchbacks – including the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf – the Leaf is a practical family car. There’s a lot of space for people inside, and the boot is larger than average and will easily fit three large suitcases.

Read our Nissan Leaf review

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