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...

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Steve Huntingford
20 April 2019

Hyundai Kona Electric

8. 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.

Read our full Hyundai Kona Electric review

7. BMW i3 120Ah

BMW i3 120Ah front
  • Real Range 165 miles
  • Miles per kWh 3.3
  • Full charge cost £6.94
  • Cost per mile £0.042

While the 120Ah version of the i3 has a bigger capacity than the 94Ah, helping it travel an extra 44 miles between charges, its battery takes up no more space, so doesn't impinge on practicality.

An 80% charge from a 7.4kW BMW i wallbox takes 4.9 hours, while a 50kW motorway fast charger will do the job in 42 minutes.

6. Audi E-tron

Audi E-tron front
  • Real Range 196 miles
  • Miles per kWh 2.0
  • Full charge cost £13.43
  • Cost per mile £0.069

The Audi E-tron doesn’t feel as sporty to drive as its closest rival, the Jaguar I-Pace, and it has a shorter range. However, it’s the classier of the two inside and the quieter cruiser.

In a first for a production car, buyers can improve the aerodynamics by opting to remove the E-tron’s door mirrors and replace them with cameras that feed into small screens inside.

5. Tesla Model S 75D

Tesla Model S
  • Real Range 204 miles
  • Miles per kWh 2.4
  • Full charge cost £10.09
  • Cost per mile £0.049

The Model S transformed the image of electric vehicles when it arrived in 2014. A luxury car with plenty of space for five adults, it’s capable of sports car performance and has a long range.

It can be charged at home in an average of 11 hours, while Tesla’s Superchargers will do you 80% in half an hour.

Read our full Tesla Model S review

4. Tesla Model X 100D

Tesla Model X
  • Real Range 233 miles
  • Miles per kWh 2.0
  • Full charge cost £13.67
  • Cost per mile £0.059

Tesla's sporty yet plush Model X was the first prestige electric SUV. A practical seven-seat rival to the Audi Q7, it gets a four-star overall rating from us.

The 100D variant that we put through our Real Range test represents the mid-point in the Model X line-up.

Read our full Tesla Model X review

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