Best electric SUVs 2022

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 2022

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

Tesla Model Y

Tesla's latest model his strong in a number of key areas, including performance, range, practicality and residuals, plus like all Teslas it has access to the firm's excellent Supercharger network. We just wish it had quieter cruising manners and a smoother ride.

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Pros

  • Rapid acceleration
  • Great range between charges
  • Tesla’s charging infrastructure

Cons

  • Unsettled ride, particularly around town
  • Fairly noisy for an EV
  • A Model 3 is cheaper and better to drive
9

Kia Soul EV

The first of three 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
8

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.

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
7

Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar’s 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
6

BMW iX

As you'd expect given its status as BMW's flagship electric car, the iX is beautifully appointed inside. What's more, it’s spacious, quick and extremely quiet on the move. You really need to go for the range-topping xDrive50 version, though, because it offers a much longer range than the entry-level xDrive40, along with a smoother ride and the ability to charge up more quickly.

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Pros

  • One of the quietest cars we’ve ever tested
  • Spacious and luxurious interior
  • Great infotainment system

Cons

  • Air suspension and rear-wheel steering available only on xDrive50
  • xDrive40 has a disappointing real-world range
  • Teslas have a better charging infrastructure
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

Kia e-Niro

The e-Niro banishes range anxiety, with the 253 miles it managed in our Real Range test one of the best figures we've ever recorded. 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
3

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
2

Skoda Enyaq iV

Skoda's first bespoke electric car 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.

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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
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Kia EV6

The EV6 combines a huge real-world range with the ability to charge at speeds that no rival can keep up with, addressing two of the biggest concerns that people still have about electric cars. Add in effortless performance, outstanding refinement, a hugely spacious interior, competitive pricing and one of the best warranties around, and the striking EV6 doesn’t just look like the future – it feels like it too. No wonder it's our 2022 Car of the Year.

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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

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, similarly priced electric rivals can travel farther between charges, are better to drive and provide more space. Read our review