Coming soon: electric cars

Don't buy a new car until you've read this – our ultimate guide to the new models coming in 2019 and beyond...

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What Car? team
16 Sep 2019 06:40


On sale Late 2019

Like the Audi E-tron and Jaguar I-Pace, the BMW iX3 has a motor on each axle, giving it four-wheel drive. Aesthetically, it stands out from other X3 models by dint of its closed-off grille and smoother bodywork with blue accents. Its anticipated official range of 249 miles matches exactly that of the E-tron, while prices are predicted to start at £56,000.

Fiat Centoventi

Fiat Centoventi concept

On sale Late 2020

This electric city car, which may use the Panda name when the production version arrives, has a standard range of just 62 miles, but you can order up to four extra batteries to increase that to 310. Highly customisable, it offers body panel wraps, four types of roof, clever seats and myriad interior fittings – including a 20in digital display.

Kia Soul

2019 Kia Soul

On sale Late 2019

The third-generation version of Kia’s boxy small SUV will be sold here only as an electric car, using the same 64kWh battery as the e-Niro, which has an official range of 301 miles and was named the 2019 What Car? Car of the Year. The new Soul also has upgraded suspension in an attempt to give it better ride and handling, while its interior is larger and has been redesigned, gaining a 10.3in touchscreen.

Land Rover Road Rover

Road Rover rendering

On sale 2020

Twinned with the next-generation Jaguar XJ, the Road Rover will be Land Rover's first fully electric car. It's designed to be the brand's most road-focused car yet, and promises a range of around 300 miles in the official WLTP test. Like the XJ, it will be powered by two electric motors – giving the Road Rover four-wheel drive – and prices are expected to start at around £90,000.

Polestar 2

Polestar 2

On sale Late 2019

Think of the Polestar 2 as an all-electric, coupé-like version of the Volvo XC40 and you won’t be far wrong. Previewed by the 40.2 concept car in 2016, the Polestar 2 should be capable of covering up to 350 miles between charges, with up to 400bhp expected from its electric motor. Top-end models will cost around £50,000.

Seat el-Born

Seat el-Born concept front

On sale: 2020

Look just beneath the surface of this el-Born concept car’s funky, futuristic styling and you’ll glimpse Seat’s first bespoke electric car. Based on the same underpinnings as Volkswagen’s ID 3, the el-Born will lead to a production model with about the same footprint as the current Leon family hatchback.

Skoda Vision E

Skoda Vision E

On sale 2020

Skoda wants its electric SUV to be seen as a performance and technology flagship for the brand; that’s why it will come with around 300bhp from its electric motors and be capable of hitting 62mph from rest in six seconds. Longer and lower than the existing Kodiaq, the Vision E has a targeted range of around 310 miles. A planned rear-wheel-drive-only variant could offer more range.

Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster

On sale 2020

This second-generation Roadster is an all-electric four-seat convertible that is claimed to accelerate from 0-60mph in 1.9sec; in other words, it’s blisteringly fast.

With three electric motors, the Roadster is said to have a top speed of more than 250mph, while an advanced 200kWh battery gives a range of more than 600 miles. Prices are expected to start at about £190,000 for the first models.

Volkswagen ID 4

On sale Late 2020

Volkswagen ID Crozz front

Hot on the heels of Volkswagen’s first bespoke electric car, the ID 3 family hatchback, will be a family SUV named the ID 4. This will offer the same three battery options as its sibling, providing impressive ranges of between 200 and 340 miles, plus the 148bhp and 201bhp motors. Also expect a similarly spacious, technology-filled yet minimalist interior.

Volkswagen ID Buzz

Volkswagen ID Buzz

On sale 2022

The ID Buzz MPV features a retro design that draws heavily on the Volkswagen Microbus of the 1950s. It has seating for up to eight people in a configurable interior, with space for luggage at both the front and rear. What’s more, the steering wheel will retract into the centre console when the car is driving itself – although this Pilot mode won’t be available from launch.

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