Every 5-star car on What Car?: hybrid and electric cars

From nimble hatchbacks to stylish SUVs, and exciting sports cars to practical estates – this is where you'll find every model that has earned our highest road test rating...

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BMW 3 Series 320d front

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.

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BMW 530e

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BMW 530e front cornering

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.

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BMW X5 xDrive45e

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BMW X5 45e front cornering - 69-plate car

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.

Lexus NX front

Our reigning champion in the plug-in hybrid market, the Lexus NX offers all the comfort and practicality that you'd expect from a premium SUV, but also throws in an impressive electric range, and the promise of bulletproof reliability. If you're looking to go green but still want the reassurance of a petrol engine for long trips, it's a top choice.

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Electric cars

Audi E-tron GT

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Audi E-tron GT 2021 cornering

If you want to go electric and look great doing it, the E-tron GT is a good place to start. It offers a decent range, a comfortable ride and great handling too. Every version comes well equipped, and it should hold onto its value well too. There's even the potential for rapid charging, if you can find a charger that's powerful enough.

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LT BMW iX3 front drive past

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.

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BMW i4

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Grey BMW i4 front cornering

With a range of up to 367 miles and electric motors delivering up to 335bhp, the i4 is impressive both for its pace and its longevity on a charge. We like its plush interior, which features a class-leading infotainment system, and the fact that even the entry level model can sprint to 62mph in 5.7sec.

Cupra Born 2022 RHD front cornering

The Born is our favourite small electric car, because while it's based on the Volkswagen ID.3, it improves upon that model in several key areas. Most notably, it's nicer inside, offering a polished interior and lots of kit. It's alos good to drive, with sprightly performance and handling which is tidy and precise. It's a very compelling case to go electric.

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Fiat 500C

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Fiat 500C Hybrid rear right driving

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.

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Kia EV6

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Kia EV6 2022 front pan

Welcome to the best of the best. Not only is the Kia EV6 our favourite electric SUV, but it's also our overall Car of the Year for 2022. Why does it receive our top honour? Well, it has a long range to entice drivers to go electric, as well as the ability to charge at blistering speeds. It also has loads of legroom for your family, plus the reassurance of a long warranty too. As an all-round electric car package, it's unbeatable.

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Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

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Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 2022 front right cornering

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.

Skoda Enyaq iV 2021 front

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.

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Tesla Model 3

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2021 Tesla Model 3 LR hero

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.

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Volkswagen ID.3

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Volkswagen ID.3 front

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.

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