Best electric SUVs 2024 – best and worst reviewed and rated

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 models to avoid...

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Steve Huntingford
Updated19 January 2024

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, our experienced team of road testers rate each new model in up to 18 different areas, and after applying this rigorous testing to every model on sale, have concluded that the Kia EV6 is the best electric SUV you can buy. To find out why, and which version we recommend, you’ll need to keep reading.

Best electric SUVs 2024

Below you'll find our top 10 electric SUVs, and the ones we'd avoid. If anything on the list take your fancy, simply click on the relevant link to find out more or see browse through our electric SUV deals to see how much you could save.

Our pick: 166kW GT Line 77.4kWh 5dr Auto

0-62mph: 7.3 sec
CO2 emissions: 0g/km
Seats: 5
Boot: 490 litres
Insurance group: 34A
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Performance

Strengths

  • Long range and fast charging
  • Loads of rear legroom
  • Seven-year Kia warranty

Weaknesses

  • Shallow boot
  • Not exactly cheap
  • Slightly firm ride

It should come as no surprise to see the Kia EV6 topping this class – it is, after all, a former What Car? Car of the Year, and two years since its introduction remains the best choice if you’re looking for an electric family SUV.

Key to its appeal is how easily the EV6 can slot into family life. In the RWD form we recommend, it’s officially capable of travelling up to 328 miles on a full charge – which is more than rivals such as the Volkswagen ID 4 can manage, so family days out shouldn’t include a charging stop. However, if they do, then the EV6’s peak charging rate of 238kW means topping up the battery can be completed in the time it takes to grab lunch.

Then there’s the comfort the EV6 offers, because not only does it look suitably upmarket inside, even beating its Hyundai Ioniq 5 sister car for quality, but there’s enough space for everyone to stretch out. Plus we managed to fit seven carry-on suitcases into the EV6’s boot – enough for the holiday luggage of most families. 

Read our in-depth Kia EV6 review

Our pick: 200kW Premium 66kWh 5dr Auto

0-62mph: 6.7 sec
CO2 emissions: 0g/km
Seats: 5
Boot: 313 litres
Insurance group: 32E
Driving
Interior
Practicality
Buying & Owning

Strengths

  • Great to drive
  • Plush, high-quality interior
  • Great safety rating

Weaknesses

  • Small boot
  • Slightly choppy low-speed ride
  • Efficiency could be better

Not so long ago, Smart only made tiny city cars which had poor ranges. Now the brand makes one of the most desirable small electric SUVs, because there's a lot to like about the #1.

For starters, it's fast – in fact, in our tests, the #1 beat its official 0-60mph sprint time, reaching motorway speeds in just 5.8sec. That's faster than the similarly priced BYD Atto 3 can manage, or the pricier Kia Niro EV.

Don't think the #1 is all go and no show, though, because its interior looks and feels premium, and a couple of six-footers won't feel cramped on its rear seats. The boot is on the small side, however – we managed to fit just three carry-on suitcases inside.

Read our in-depth Smart #1 review

Our pick: 168kW Premium 77.4kWh 5dr Auto [Comfort]

0-62mph: 7.8 sec
CO2 emissions: 0g/km
Seats: 5
Boot: 432 litres
Insurance group: 41A
Driving
Interior
Practicality
Buying & Owning

Strengths

  • Wonderful interior
  • Extremely quiet on the move
  • Great infotainment system

Weaknesses

  • Boot isn't huge
  • Rear space is average
  • Optional cameras not as good as traditional door mirrors

With the Genesis GV60, upmarket Korean brand Genesis took the underpinnings of the excellent Kia EV6 and added an extra layer of polish to create something truly special. 

The GV60 not only offers a generous range of up to 321 miles and ultra-fast charging (meaning a 10-80% top up could take as little as 20 minutes), but is also extremely refined and has a wonderful interior. 

You’ll pay more for the GV60 than you would for the EV6, but you get lots of goodies for your money; for example, all GV60s come with wireless phone charging, dual-zone climate control and adaptive cruise control.

Read our in-depth Genesis GV60 review

Driving
Interior
Practicality
Buying & Owning

Strengths

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

Weaknesses

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

Aside from some styling details and the fact the combustion engine has been replaced with an electric motor, you’d be hard pushed to tell the BMW iX3 apart from its combustion-engined sibling, the BMW X3.

That’s no bad thing, because it means you’re getting a classy and practical SUV with, among other things, a decent boot and one of the best infotainment systems you’ll find in any new car.

Combine those attributes with a comfortable ride, assured handling and a long range of up to 285 miles between charges, and the iX3 is easy to recommend. And despite having a premium badge on its bonnet, you’ll pay less for the iX3 than you would for some rivals – just be aware that some are faster and can charge at faster speeds.

Read our in-depth BMW iX3 review

Our pick: 168kW Premium 77 kWh 5dr Auto [Part Leather]

0-62mph: 7.3 sec
CO2 emissions: 0g/km
Seats: 5
Boot: 527 litres
Insurance group: 35E
Reliability
Safety
Costs
Quality
Performance

Strengths

  • Very quiet on the move – as long as you avoid 20in alloys
  • Super-fast charging speeds
  • Enormously spacious interior

Weaknesses

  • Not as quiet as the Genesis GV60 at a cruise
  • Not as sharp to drive as the EV6
  • Interior quality could be better

Even though the Hyundai Ioniq 5 finishes behind its sibling cars from Genesis and Kia here, don’t discount it – it's a cracking electric SUV.

Combining standout looks with a good official range of up to 298 miles, the Ioniq 5 also has soft suspension that does a good job of smoothing out bumps around town, and its steering that’s accurate enough to let you place the car with confidence.

Those peaceful cruising manners mean long journeys won’t be a chore, and your family won’t grumble in the back, either; they’ll have lots of space to stretch out, even if they’re tall.

Read our in-depth Hyundai Ioniq 5 review

Driving
Interior
Practicality
Buying & Owning

Strengths

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

Weaknesses

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

The BMW iX is beautifully appointed inside, mixing the visual appeal of the rival Mercedes EQC with the build quality of the Audi Q8 e-tron. The result is an interior which you won’t mind spending lots of time in.

In addition, the iX has more space for your luggage than some other electric SUVs, plus it’s extremely quiet on the move.

Go for the xDrive50 version and you’ll have 516bhp to play with, plus an official range of up to 284 miles between charges – more than most rivals can manage.

Read our in-depth BMW iX review

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Safety
Costs
Quality
Performance

Strengths

  • Extremely practical
  • 85 version has an impressive range
  • Comfortable and easy to drive

Weaknesses

  • So-so performance from entry-level 60 version
  • You'll want to add options, such as a heat pump
  • Faster charging capability limited to 4x4 Enyaqs

Skoda's first bespoke electric car is practical and good to drive, with a comfortable ride and relaxed handling.

You get a lot of kit for your money, too. Indeed, the cheapest models come with dual-zone climate control, 19in alloy wheels and cruise control. 

These ‘60’ versions are well priced, and you’ll pay less for one of them than you would for smaller alternatives such as the Kia Niro EV.

Don’t think a bargain price means bargain materials inside, though. On the contrary, for the money, the Enyaq’s interior feels very good, and everything feels built to last the rough and tumble of family life.

Read our in-depth Skoda Enyaq iV review

Our pick: Long Range AWD 5dr Auto

0-62mph: 4.8 sec
CO2 emissions: 0g/km
Seats: 5
Insurance group: 48D
Reliability
Safety
Costs
Quality
Performance

Strengths

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

Weaknesses

  • Unsettled ride
  • Noisy for an EV
  • A Model 3 is cheaper and better to drive

This Model Y isn't as good as the closely related Tesla Model 3 saloon; its ride can be unsettled and it's quite noisy. 

But there are still plenty of upsides to driving one, though – not least that every version comes with a long range. Indeed, even entry-level versions can take you up to 283 miles according to official figures, while Long Range models can cover up to 331 miles. Of course, you’re unlikely to achieve those figures in real-world use.

Every Model Y feels fast, too, and driving one gives you access to the brilliant Tesla Supercharger network, which offers fast and convenient charging when you need to replenish your batteries.

Read our in-depth Tesla Model Y review

Reliability
Safety
Costs
Quality
Performance

Strengths

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

Weaknesses

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

The Audi Q4 e-tron is temptingly priced for a premium-badged electric SUV, plus it’s a very comfortable and classy choice. 

Your family will like it, too, because there’s more head and legroom for taller passengers than you’ll find in some rivals, plus the boot is large enough to carry anything they might wish to bring with them. It managed to swallow seven carry-on suitcases in our tests.

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 iV as well; it’s similar in a lot of respects yet should cost you less to buy – that's one of the reasons it appears above the Q4 e-tron on this list.

Read our in-depth Audi Q4 e-tron review

Driving
Interior
Practicality
Buying & Owning

Strengths

  • Ridiculously fast
  • Quiet and free of vibrations
  • Plush, attractive interior

Weaknesses

  • Misses out on some equipment a BMW iX3 gets as standard
  • Boot is shallow beneath parcel shelf
  • Tesla Model Y goes further on a charge

If you want to make a savvy buying decision, you could do a lot worse than look at this electrified version of the Genesis GV70 SUV. 

You see, with 483bhp available, the GV70 has the kind of performance statistics which could embarrass the rival BMW iX3 and Jaguar I-Pace. And despite that prodigous pace, the GV70 can still travel for a respectable 283 miles before its battery runs out. Plus, thanks to a faster charging rate than rivals, the GV70 can replenish that power in as little as 18 minutes.

Some rivals are more practical, mind, and although the Electrified GV70 comes with all the kit you'll need, such as adaptive cruise control and dual-zone climate control, you'll have to go delving into the options list if you want to add other luxuries.

Read our in-depth Genesis Electrified GV70 review

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DS 3 Crossback E-Tense

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Ford Mustang Mach-E

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