Best electric cars 2022

Sales of electric cars are booming, and no wonder: the best are quiet, cheap to run and smooth to drive. But which are the brightest sparks – and which are the loose connections?...


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Best electric cars 2021

Electric cars have now entered the mainstream, accounting for almost 18% of new car registrations last month. What's more, their rise is only going to accelerate as rules are introduced to limit the kind of vehicles allowed into major cities and we get closer to the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel models.

The main thing that has traditionally prevented them selling in greater numbers is range anxiety – the fear that you won’t have enough juice to get to where you’re going. However, with plenty of models now capable of covering more than 200 miles between charges, this is becoming less of an issue.

So, which electric cars should you consider? Here, we count down our top 10 and reveal the ones to avoid. If any of the models on the list take your fancy, just click on the relevant link to find out more or see how much of a discount you could get by using our free New Car Buying service.

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Kia e-Niro

The e-Niro well and truly banishes range anxiety, with the 253 miles that it managed in our Real Range test one of the best figures we've recorded so far. You also get good practicality, performance, comfort and equipment, although prices have risen significantly since 2019, when we named the e-Niro our Car of the Year.

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Pros

  • 64kWh model’s 250-mile-plus real-world range
  • Quick acceleration in 64kWh
  • Tidy handling and comfortable ride

Cons

  • A fair bit pricier than an MG ZS EV
  • Doesn't charge as quickly as a Tesla Model 3
  • No Euro NCAP safety rating
9

Volkswagen ID.3

Thanks to rear-wheel drive, accurate steering and fine body control, the ID.3 is enjoyable to drive. What's more, its practicality is up with the roomiest family hatchbacks, predicted resale values are superb and it’ll be cheap to run for both company car drivers and private buyers. Only the fiddly infotainment system and cheap feeling interior plastics let it down.

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Pros

  • Good electric range
  • Sprightly performance
  • Decent to drive

Cons

  • Iffy interior quality, especially for the pricier versions
  • Charging network weaker than Tesla’s
  • Infotainment system needs some upgrades
8

Audi E-tron GT

It may be a slightly softer version of the Porsche Taycan, but be in no doubt that the E-tron GT is an awesome-handling electric car. It’s also fast, comfortable and reasonably practical. The Tesla Model S is quicker and roomier for families, though, and we favour (by a whisker) the Taycan for its extra agility.

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Pros

  • Potentially rapid charging
  • Comfortable ride and great handling
  • Very well equipped and strong resale values

Cons

  • Ionity rapid chargers are few and far between
  • Not as spacious as a Model S
  • Low-speed motor whine and gearbox shunt
7

Cupra Born

The Born takes all the good bits from the ID.3 and adds a slightly more polished interior and an upgraded infotainment system. If you go for a mid-range V2 58kWh version it’s also very well priced against an ID.3, so the Born is certainly worth a place on your electric car shortlist.

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Pros

  • Good electric range
  • Sprightly performance
  • Decent to drive

Cons

  • Charging network weaker than Tesla’s
  • Touch-sensitive buttons are awkward to use
  • Slightly firmer ride than ID 3
6

BMW i4

The i4 is fast, comfortable and extremely hushed at high speeds. Factor in a decent range, a great infotainment system and a plush interior and it's a compelling alternative to a Tesla Model 3. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that the Model 3 comes with a significantly better-charging network – crucial if you cover a lot of motorway miles.

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Pros

  • Brilliant performance
  • Impressive official range
  • Class-leading infotainment

Cons

  • Relatively expensive to buy outright
  • M50 not as sharp as Tesla Model 3 Performance
  • BMW lacks Tesla’s world-beating charging infrastructure
5

BMW iX3

Aside from some styling details and the fact the combustion engine has been replaced with an electric motor, the iX3 is essentially a BMW X3 – and that's a good thing. It means you're getting a practical and classy SUV with the best infotainment system around. And it means it steers and handles better than rivals, while also providing a comfortable ride. Zero emissions and a long range between charges are merely very welcome bonuses.

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Pros

  • Longer range than most direct rivals
  • Great infotainment system
  • Comparatively well priced

Cons

  • Not as fast as rivals
  • Audi E-tron is quieter
  • Tesla Model 3 has a longer range and faster charging
4

Skoda Enyaq iV

The Skoda Enyaq is practical, good to drive, smart inside and well-equipped. Perhaps most impressive of all, though, is the value it offers – the ‘60’ version is priced in line with smaller alternatives, including the Kia e-Niro.

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Pros

  • Well priced
  • Extremely practical
  • Comfortable and easy to drive

Cons

  • So-so performance by electric car standards
  • A Volkswagen ID.3 is more fun to drive
  • Infotainment isn’t as responsive as rival systems
3

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

If you're looking for all the usual electric car benefits but want something that's also absolutely thrilling to drive, the Porsche Taycan is the car for you. It's wonderfully classy inside, too, and surprisingly practical – particularly if you go for the estate-like Cross Turismo version. So, while the Taycan certainly isn't cheap, it's worth every penny.

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Pros

  • Incredible point-to-point pace
  • More spacious rear seats than in the coupé
  • Wonderful interior quality

Cons

  • You will want to add a fair few options
  • Range isn’t spectacular
  • A Mercedes-AMG E63 has a larger boot
2

Kia EV6

The Kia EV6 is an even better electric car than the closely related Hyundai Ioniq 5, because it's more enjoyable to drive and slightly classier inside. At the same time, like the Ioniq 5 it offers a long range and the ability to charge up very quickly. Just bear in mind that cheaper rear-wheel drive EV6s make more financial sense than the faster four-wheel drive models.

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Pros

  • Long range
  • Fast-charging capability
  • Long warranty
  • Loads of rear legroom

Cons

  • Shallow boot
  • Not exactly cheap
  • Slightly firm ride
1

Tesla Model 3

Few cars received as much hype before their launch as the Model 3, and even fewer can match what it offers in reality. Tesla's most affordable car is great to drive, packed full of tech, fast (ridiculously so in Performance guise) and surprisingly practical. Factor in a competitive price, especially given its sheer pace, and it’s not only the best all-round electric car on sale today, but one of the best choices full stop.

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Pros

  • Savage acceleration – particularly in Performance version
  • Long range between charges
  • Surprisingly practical
  • Fast charging via Tesla's prolific Supercharger network

Cons

  • Rivals are quieter on the move
  • Handling not as entertaining as the best petrol-powered rivals
  • Some may find the ride a touch firm

And the electric car to avoid...

DS 3 Crossback E-Tense

The E-Tense is quieter and more comfortable than conventionally powered DS 3 Crossbacks. However, similarly priced electric rivals can travel farther between charges, are better to drive and provide more space. Read our review

Smart Forfour EQ

Although the Forfour EQ is relatively cheap to buy, you can get a Renault Zoe for similar money, with the latter offering more space and more than double the range between charges. Read our review