Best electric SUVs 2021

Thanks to big advancements in battery and charging technology, the best electric SUVs are now as usable as they are desirable. Here we count down the top 10 – and reveal the model to avoid...


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Best electric SUVs

Electric cars and SUVs are two types of car that are currently in huge demand, so electric SUVs are perhaps the most desirable models of all right now.

It's about more than just fashion, too – the best of the breed are as practical as they are classy, and as good to drive as they are cheap to run. But which models are we talking about, exactly?

Well, below we count down our top 10 electric SUVs, and name the one we'd avoid. If anything on the list take your fancy, just hit the 'Read our review' button to find out more about it. Or, alternatively, check out the latest new, nearly new and used deals by clicking on the relevant links.

10

Peugeot e-2008

How often do you really travel more than 180 miles at a time? If the answer is rarely, the e-2008 is definitely worth a place on your shortlist because it's practical, nicely finished and well-priced.

Pros

  • Well made and attarctive interior
  • Comfortable ride
  • Impressively quiet at speed

Cons

  • Not that quick by electric car standards
  • Peugeot's reliability isn't great
  • Rivals have longer range
9

Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge

This fully electric version of the brilliant Volvo XC40 family SUV has an appealing interior, a good range and very impressive safety credentials. Only the fact that premium rivals that cost similar money offer more space – and in some cases superior dynamics – stops it finishing higher.

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Pros

  • High-quality interior
  • Rapid performance with Twin version
  • Decent range

Cons

  • Expensive next to many rivals
  • Fiddly infotainment menus
  • No traditional PCP finance
8

Kia Soul EV

The first of two Kias to make this top 10, the Soul EV gives you a huge amount of equipment for your money, plus its performance is strong and its range long. The ride is quite firm, though, and while the Soul's compact size is a boon in town, it does mean the boot is on the small side.

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Pros

  • Good driving position
  • Impressive driving range
  • Long equipment list

Cons

  • Relatively small boot
  • Fidgety ride
  • Rear seats could be more flexible
7

Volkswagen ID.4

For the money, the Volkswagen ID.4 is a very good car indeed. It’s practical, the 77kWh battery provides a great electric range, you get lots of standard equipment (in 1st Edition trim) and it’s pretty comfortable and quiet on the move. The closely related Skoda Enyaq iV is even more temptingly priced, though.

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Pros

  • Lots of space in the back and a big boot
  • Excellent Euro NCAP safety score
  • Well equipped

Cons

  • Poor infotainment and dashboard usability
  • Not fast by class standards
  • Heavier depreciation than many rivals
6

Audi E-tron

Whether you choose the regular E-tron or its coupé SUV sister the E-tron Sportback, you'll be getting one of the quietest cruisers on sale. What's more, the ride is comfortable and the interior lavish. Just bear in mind that the range between charges is nothing special by modern standards.

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Pros

  • Cosetting ride
  • Very smooth and quiet
  • Spacious and luxurious interior

Cons

  • Disappointing range and acceleration
  • Fiddly infotainment system
  • BMW iX3 or Jaguar I-Pace is more fun to drive
5

Audi Q4 e-tron

The Q4 e-tron is temptingly priced for a premium-badged electric SUV, plus it’s a very comfortable, practical and classy choice. However, if you’re not so worried about the emblem on the nose of your car, we’d urge you to look at the Skoda Enyaq as well, because it’s similar in a lot of respects.

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Pros

  • Comfortable ride at all speeds
  • Classy and spacious interior
  • Well priced

Cons

  • So-so performance
  • Visibility could be better
  • Cheapest versions have a short range
4

Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar’s first ever electric car can travel for more than 250 miles on a charge in real-world conditions. What's more, it's fast, fun to drive and has the brand's classiest interior to date. There are rivals that can be charged at a faster rate, but the I-Pace is still a very appealing choice.

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Pros

  • Big range between charges
  • Entertaining handling
  • Comfortable ride

Cons

  • Poor rear visibility
  • Pricier than some alternatives
  • Rivals can charge at faster speeds
3

Kia e-Niro

Like the I-Pace, the e-Niro banishes range anxiety. In fact, the 253 miles it managed in our Real Range test is 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
2

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. It also 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
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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 e-Niro, and is eligible for a £2500 grant from the Government. In fact, when you take everything into account, we reckon the Enyaq is currently the best electric SUV you can buy.

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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
  • 80 and 80X versions don't qualify for government grant

And the electric SUV to avoid...

DS 3 Crossback E-Tense

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