What Car? Real Range: which electric car can go farthest in the real world?
With demand for electric models soaring, What Car? has developed a test that shows their Real Range between charges. Here we reveal the best and worst performers...
15. BMW i3 94Ah
- Real Range 121 miles
- Miles per kWh 3.1
- Full charge cost £4.67
- Cost per mile £0.038
The i3 is a prestige electric hatchback whose futuristic styling helped it to stand out from the crowd when it was launched in 2014.
Its relatively high price and impractical rear door arrangement mean it hasn’t been a class leader for some time, but a larger battery version was recently introduced and features higher up this list.
14. Nissan Leaf
- Real Range 128 miles
- Miles per kWh 2.8
- Full charge cost £5.40
- Cost per mile £0.042
In its first iteration, the Leaf became the world’s best-selling electric car, while we crowned the second-generation version as our 2018 Electric Car of the Year for its punchy performance, generous safety kit and big boot.
Its range in official WLTP tests is 168 miles, but our Real Range figure shows that 128 miles is more realistic.
13. Renault Zoe Q90
- Real Range 132 miles
- Miles per kWh 2.7
- Full charge cost £5.80
- Cost per mile £0.044
The Zoe was one of the first mass-market electric cars and set out to prove that zero-emissions motoring could be both practical and cheap.
You can either lease the Zoe’s battery on a monthly basis or buy the whole car outright; do the former and it’s one of the most recommendable electric cars around.
12. Renault Zoe R110
- Real Range 146 miles
- Miles per kWh 2.9
- Full charge cost £6.03
- Cost per mile £0.041
This more powerful version of the Zoe has brisker mid-range acceleration than the Q90 and a slightly longer range, making it a better choice for motorway drivers.
Prices for the R110 start at around £16,500 after the Government's £3500 electric vehicle grant is factored in.
11. Hyundai Kona Electric 39kWh
- Real Range 158 miles
- Miles per kWh 3.6
- Full charge cost £5.27
- Cost per mile £0.033
Hyundai’s small electric SUV is offered with 134 or 201bhp, but even in its less powerful form it outperformed all but one of its mainstream rivals, with a Real Range of 158 miles.
The Kona also has a smart interior, sophisticated infotainment system and fine driving position on its side.
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