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

Kia e-Niro front

=2 Kia e-Niro 64kWh

  • Real Range 253 miles
  • Miles per kWh 3.5
  • Full charge cost £8.74
  • Cost per mile £0.035

While the number of electric cars on sale in the UK is growing fast, there are still few that have a range nudging what you would expect from petrol and diesel models. But with a realistic 253 miles, the e-Niro is certainly one of them.

It’s also seriously quick, decent to drive and has plenty of space for five adults inside.

=2. Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace
  • Real Range 253 miles
  • Miles per kWh 2.6
  • Full charge cost £11.87
  • Cost per mile £0.047

The I-Pace took a landslide victory in the 2018 What Car? Reader Award, and has since lived up to the anticipation, mixing show-stopping looks, space for four adults, a Real Range of 253 miles and entertaining handling.

From the latest 150kW public chargers, it can obtain an 80% charge in 46 minutes, although this rises to 85 minutes from the more common 50kW chargers.

Read our full Jaguar I-Pace review

1. Hyundai Kona Electric 64kWh

Hyundai Kona Electric
  • Real Range 259 miles
  • Miles per kWh 3.6
  • Full charge cost £8.65
  • Cost per mile £0.033

A Real Range figure of 259 miles makes the 201bhp (or 64kWh) version of the Kona Electric the best performing car we’ve tested to date.

It’s the first sensibly priced electric car that won’t require the majority of motorists to adjust their lifestyle in order to live with it, especially when you factor in the UK’s rapidly improving charging infrastructure.

*Full charge cost based on a rate of 12p per kWh

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