Electric family hatchback: Volkswagen e-Golf
The e-Golf combines all the attributes that make Volkswagen’s family hatchback a great all-rounder with an electric drivetrain. It’s good to drive, has a refined cabin and plenty of space inside. It has an official range of 186 miles, though VW admits that will likely drop to 125 in real-world conditions, it’s well kitted out (it has the same level of equipment as a Golf SE Technology – which is a lot) and holds its value better than petrol and diesel equivalents.
PHEV SUV: Mitsubishi Outlander
The car that kick-started plug-in hybrids, the Outlander PHEV is also the best-selling model of its type. It combines a 2.4-litre petrol engine with a battery pack and electric motors, which means it can cover 28 miles on electricity alone and switch to petrol power for longer distances. Regular charging is paramount for the best economy, while its low CO2 figure and SUV practicality have made it a hit with company car drivers.
Small electric hatchback: Nissan Leaf
One of the earliest battery-electric cars in mass production, the Nissan Leaf is now in its second generation and boasts a much longer range than the original, at 168 miles for the entry-level 40kWh version and 239 miles from the range-topping 62kWh model. It’s also nippy, has a good level of standard equipment and a large boot.
Large electric car: Tesla Model 3
It’s the smallest and lowest-priced car in Tesla’s range, although the Model 3 is still the most expensive vehicle on our list. It’s about the same size as a BMW 3 Series and is priced similarly when you take into account specification levels, as it comes with heaps of kit as standard. It’s also seriously quick – especially the Performance version – has a standard range of 250 miles or 322 from the ‘Long’ variant and, if you lease one, you get access to Tesla’s Supercharger network of fast charges.
Hybrid SUV: Kia e-Niro
It’s no surprise that the Kia e-Niro is in such high demand when you consider its astonishing 282-mile range. Factor in the ferocious acceleration, generous standard equipment and practical interior and the appeal broadens even further. It’s more expensive than electric hatchbacks such as VW’s e-Golf and the Nissan Leaf, but it’s a good bit cheaper than premium EVs such as the Jaguar I-Pace and the Tesla Model S.