Every 5-star car on What Car?: hybrid and electric cars
From nimble city cars to stylish SUVs, and exciting sports cars to practical family hatchbacks – this is where you'll find every car which has earned our highest road test rating...
The thing that makes the 330e so special is that, aside from a shallower boot, it's much like any other 3 Series, meaning great fun to drive. There's simply nothing in the way it handles to suggest you're carrying around enough batteries for 36 miles of zero-emission motoring.
Just like the 3 Series above, this version of the BMW 5 Series is every bit as good to drive as models powered by conventional engines, but it has the added benefit of being able to drive for up to 37 miles without using a drop of fuel – and for some buyers, that means their entire commute could be completed on electric power alone.
BMW X5 xDrive45e
BMW's plug-in hybrid X5 can't be specified with seven seats, but that's the only significant downside. Indeed, it has a much longer electric range than the rival Volvo XC90 Recharge T8, a far more user-friendly infotainment system and attracts significantly lower company car tax bills so, unless you need those extra seats, it's the better car.
The Audi E-tron doesn’t feel as sporty to drive as the rival Jaguar I-Pace, and it has a shorter range. However, it’s the classier of the two inside and the quieter cruiser.
With a longer range than most direct rivals, a great infotainment system and competitive pricing, there's plenty to like about BMW's first electric SUV.
The Fiat 500 has gone electric, but has kept the cutesy styling which keeps this small car shifting in big numbers. The result is a fantastic small electric car with a decent range between charges and nimble handling which makes it fun to drive around town.
If you like the idea of the electric Fiat 500 above but also want some wind-in-your-hair thrills, then the 500 Cabriolet has been designed with you in mind. It has a great interior and is genuinely fun to drive on urban roads.
The e-Niro is another car that banishes range anxiety, managing 253 miles when we put it to the test. It also offers good practicality, performance, comfort and equipment – and all for a competitive price. In fact, we rate the e-Niro so highly we made it our 2019 Car of the Year.
Porsche's first electric car, the Taycan, sets the benchmark for handling and interior quality. A brilliant piece of engineering, if only for the privileged few who can afford it.
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
Like the look of the Taycan but wish it was a little more rugged? The Cross Turismo looks beefier than the standard car, but keeps its incredible point-to-point pace and wonderful interior quality. It has more spacious rear seats than in the regular Taycan, too.
Well priced, extremely practical and comfortable to drive, there's a lot to like about the Enyaq. It may only have so-so performance by electric SUV standards, but it makes a versatile choice for your family.
Tesla Model 3
Few cars received as much hype before their launch as the Model 3, and even fewer can match what it offers in reality. Tesla's most affordable car yet is great to drive, packed full of tech, fast (ridiculously so in Performance guise) and surprisingly practical. It's our favourite large electric car.
The Volkswagen ID.3 represents one of the most well-rounded electric cars we've ever seen, with a good range, sprightly performance, an engaging driving style and even reasonable space for your family. It's a remarkable package, and our favourite small electric car.
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