The best and worst electric cars 2019

Electric cars are growing in popularity. No wonder: the best are quiet, cheap to run and smooth to drive. But which are the bright sparks to consider – and which are the loose connections?...

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What Car? team
05 June 2019

Kia e-Niro front

1. Kia e-Niro

The e-Niro banishes range anxiety with a real-world range of  253 miles; not many drivers will want to do more than that in a day. It's also well equipped, plus it has strong acceleration and more room for passengers and luggage than its rivals. All those attributes, combined with very competitive pricing, put it at the top of the pile for anyone considering going electric and helped to make it our overall 2019 Car of the Year.

Read our full Kia e-Niro review

And the electric cars to avoid...

Smart Forfour EQ

Smart ForTwo EQ Cabrio front cornering

Although the Forfour EQ is relatively cheap to buy, you could get a Renault Zoe for similar money – and the latter offers more space and more than double the range between charges.  

Read our full Smart Fortwo EQ review

Volkswagen e-Up

Volkswagen e-Up

In many respects, the e-Up should be an ideal urban runabout. Just like the regular petrol-powered Up, the fully electric e-Up is blessed with tidy driving manners and turn-on-a-dime manoeuvrability. The trouble is it also has a much high price tag and managed just 66 miles in our Real Range test.

Read our full Volkswagen e-Up review

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