Top 10 longest electric car ranges

Electric cars now suit more drivers than ever, but which models have the longest ranges of all? These are the 10 best, all of which can do more than 300 miles on a charge...


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Charlie Martin

Whether you’re tired of filling up at the fuel pumps or just want to lower your running costs, there's never been a better time to choose an electric car.

Just a few years ago, electric vehicles (EVs) were seen as expensive and had short ranges. These days, though, they come in all shapes and sizes, are more affordable than ever, and many models can comfortably cover long journeys on a single battery charge.

Here we list the top 10 electric cars with the longest official ranges, and they can all cover 300 miles or more on a single charge.

10

Tesla Model Y

The Model Y is effectively a Tesla Model 3 on stilts, and is a great option for family buyers who want a bit more space than you get in a saloon. It gives you up to 316 miles of range between charges, and you’ll get access to Tesla’s superb charging network. Acceleration is breathtaking, but you'll have to live with a harsh ride and excessive road noise.

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Unsettled ride
  • Noisy for an EV
  • A Model 3 is cheaper and better to drive
9

Kia EV6

An electric SUV may not be the obvious choice if you want a car with handling poise, but the EV6 gets close, gripping well and inspiring confidence. It’ll do up to 328 miles on a charge, and if you can find a 250kWh charging point it can get to 80% of battery capacity in 18 minutes. The wealth of interior space makes it a compelling buy, and Kia finished ninth in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey.

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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
8

Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron

The Q4 Sportback e-tron offers luxury appeal and fashionable coupé looks for a reasonable price. The 331-mile range in 40 specification means you can cover huge distances without stopping, and you get a commanding driving position plus a boot that’s almost as big as in the Audi Q5. Just be aware that performance is a bit lax and visibility compares poorly with the Tesla Model 3 and other rivals.

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Pros

  • Comfortable ride
  • Classy and spacious interior
  • Well priced

Cons

  • So-so performance
  • Visibility could be better
  • Cheapest versions have a short range
7

Skoda Enyaq iV

The Enyaq iV is based on the same underpinnings as the Q4 e-tron, so unsurprisingly it's a similarly brilliant car. It’s got masses of interior and boot space, passengers are well cocooned from the outside world, and it’ll do up to 333 miles on a charge in 80 specification. 

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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
6

Polestar 2

With sprightly performance, up to 335 miles of range and a sophisticated, well-constructed interior, the Polestar 2 appears on the surface to be a true rival for the Tesla Model 3. However, when equipped with the 78kWh long-range battery required to deliver that range, it's let down by a crashy ride and suspension noise. You also get less boot space than a Model 3.

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Pros

  • Dual-motor versions are fast
  • Classy interior
  • Good Euro NCAP safety score

Cons

  • Road noise
  • Weight compromises agility and efficiency
  • Limited rear head room
5

Volkswagen ID.3

Entertaining handling, pokey acceleration and practicality that's on a par with the best hatchbacks are great reasons to consider the ID.3. Pro S models will officially do up to 336 miles on a charge, and predicted resale values are reassuringly strong. Just beware of the poor infotainment system and so-so interior quality. If they're dealbreakers, wait for the upcoming Cupra Born.

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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
4

Tesla Model 3

The Model 3 is packed with tech, rides comfortably, and provides up to 360 miles of range between charges in Long Range spec. It’s also priced similarly to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Polestar 2, yet neither of those give you access to Tesla’s world-beating charging infrastructure. Of all the cars on this list, the Model 3 might just be the best fit for first-time electric car buyers.

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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
3

BMW i4

Graceful handling and rapid performance make the i4 a convincing grand tourer, and its 367-mile range in eDrive40 specification only sweetens the deal. It’s impressively practical, and despite the huge batteries under the floor, passengers have more than enough room to stretch out. Add in an infotainment package that's better than all rivals, and it’s a spectacular car.

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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
2

Ford Mustang Mach E

The impressive range is one of the Mach E's main strengths, and the Extended Range RWD model can go as far as 379 miles on a full charge. It’s generously equipped as standard, but a bouncy ride and questionable build quality let the side down. Unless range is your primary concern, you can get more for your money with a Tesla Model 3 or Skoda Enyaq.

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Pros

  • Generous amount of standard equipment
  • Extended Range versions have a very long range
  • Good infotainment system

Cons

  • Very unsettled ride
  • Inconsistent handling flatters to deceive
  • So-so build quality for the class
1

BMW iX

The futuristic-looking iX feels like a big step forward in terms of what's possible with electric car design. Passengers get lots of space to relax and enjoy the beautiful interior, which is laden with high-quality sustainable materials. It's a brilliant cruiser, so you can use all 392 miles of range and still feel fresh at the end of your journey. On the minus side, it's eye-wateringly expensive.

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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

And the electric car to avoid…

Smart Fortwo EQ

It’s cheap and perfectly proportioned for city driving, but the Fortwo EQ can only go as far as 81 miles on a charge. This limits its usefulness to very short trips, such as an inner-city commute or weekly shopping trip, and little else. Read our review