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The best and worst electric cars 2017

Electric cars are growing in popularity, and no wonder: they're 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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7. Kia Soul EV

The Soul EV is Kia's first attempt at an electric car, and is actually better to drive than the petrol model. For starters, it feels more eager, thanks to the instant torque from its electric motor. What's more, it's quiet and decent to drive. However, problems include a high price and an interior that feels rather cheap.

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6. Tesla Model X

On paper, Tesla's all-electric family SUV seems to be the dream combination, offering the luxury of a Range Rover Sport with the green credentials of an electric car. In practice, its low running costs and practical interior are hard to fault, and even the entry-level 75D versions aren't short on pace, but parts of its interior do look a little low-rent.

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5. Hyundai Ioniq

The Ioniq is really three cars in one - it's available as a conventional hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and as a fully electric car. The EV version we're including here has a range of 174 miles, and enough torque to make acceleration feel brisk around town. The interior is nice, too, and our recommended Premium models get sat-nav and heated front seats as standard.

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