Looking to buy an electric car but need something larger, more practical and more rugged? You'll want to check out our expert guide to the top 10 best electric SUVs on the market today.
The best electric SUVs have quite a lot in common with the best electric cars - in fact, our list of the best EVs on the market contains a few SUVs. To qualify for this list they must offer minimal compromises for choosing an SUV over a traditional electric car, offering a long range and plenty of performance.
Why buy an electric SUV? Well it's 2023's most on-trend car bodystyle, with the go-anywhere design and raised-up driving position proving hugely popular with new and used car buyers. Many of them are four-wheel drive, too, because although you might not need to climb every mountain in your family car you might need all-weather security and the ability to get down muddy tracks without issue.
There are different electric SUVs available to suit your needs, from small electric SUVs that are agile and easy to park to large electric SUVs that'll carry all the family - some of them even have seven seats. Many are more affordable than you might think, while some of the best electric SUVs also have long ranges of 300 miles or more.
While even the best SUVs can be some of the worst offenders for emissions, the best electric SUVs don't suffer from this, so for many buyers they make a great choice. What's more, electric SUVs and crossovers are rising to prominence as emissions legislation tightens, the range on a charge gets longer and public charging gets faster and more reliable.
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Best electric SUVs 2024
1. Skoda Enyaq iV
Year launched: 2021
For the family car buyer, the Skoda Enyaq iV ticks an awful lot of boxes and offers very little in the way of compromise. Spacious inside, with a decent range on a charge, it's also a lot of car for the money, making this one of the best electric SUVs going.
The Enyaq iV is based on the same platform as the pricier Volkswagen ID.4 and Audi Q4 e-tron, but despite these pricier siblings having a bit more brand appeal, it's the Enyaq iV that we'd recommend. For starters, the interior is every bit as good as the one found in the ID.4 and features a large and detailed 13-inch touchscreen. There's no shortage of space either, with loads of room for front and rear passengers, while the big boot should easily swallow up plenty of luggage. It's a very good electric car for parents with more than one child.
There's two flavours to choose between when it comes to battery power, with the Enyaq iV 60 delivering a range up to 256 miles between charges, and a bigger Enyaq iV 80 that will cover an official range of up to 333 miles.
2. Kia EV9
Year launched: 2023
If we had room on this list, Kia would have at least three cars featured: the Niro EV, the EV6 and this, the flagship EV9. The Korean company, together with its sister firm Hyundai, is developing quite the reputation for excellent value-for-money EVs, and the arrival of the EV9 signals their move into the more upmarket space, too.
This big seven-seat car is the priciest machine that Kia makes, taking on rivals such as the Volvo EX90 Electric and the Mercedes-Benz EQB. And it takes them on with aplomb, with a supremely comfortable and quiet driving experience, loads of tech included as standard and lots of space for seven inside.
OK, it's quite pricey when new, especially when, with the best will in the world, Kia doesn't quite have the brand image of Mercedes. At around £65,000 it's a big chunk of money, but you do get a suitably premium interior and a choice of either a 203PS motor with rear-wheel drive, or a 384PS unit with all-wheel drive in the GT-Line and GT-Line S models. The former will give you up to 348 miles from a single battery charge, according to official figures, while the more powerful model still claims up to 313 miles – impressive for a car of this size.
3. BMW iX
Year launched: 2022
The BMW iX is proving to be a little controversial thanks to its slightly awkward appearance and monstrous front grille. But we promise you two things: you'll soon get used to how it looks, and it's so good in every other area that you won't really care what everyone else thinks. And, hey, it's good to stand out from the crowd, right?
The range-topping BMW iX M60 is the one to go for if you want Tesla-baiting performance but, in all honesty, we reckon the mid-range iX xDrive 50 is the one to go for. Its hefty 111kWh battery pack provides an impressive 380-mile range while performance isn't too shabby, either – it'll accelerate to 62mph in 4.6 seconds.
Just like the similarly-sized BMW X5, the BMW iX is practical enough to use as your main family car. And the interior really is exquisite, thanks to a superb mix of quality materials along with impressive technology – including a 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment display and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
4. Kia EV6
Year launched: 2021
While Kia's current electric flagship is the EV9, that title used to belong to the EV6. Its dramatic styling will certainly turn heads, while its bespoke electric platform means a surprising amount of space inside for passengers and luggage.
What's more, its technology levels are seriously impressive - the EV6 embarrasses more expensive premium models in that respect. Yet it manages to be easy to use even for technophobes, and attractively designed.
Where the Kia EV6's biggest appeal lies is on the road. You get strong performance, particularly with the dual-motor AWD model, plus sharp handling with a real tied-down feel. The ride is firm yet comfortable, too, while refinement is excellent. The icing on the cake is that it manages up to 318 miles on a charge, plus it's one of the fastest charging electric cars money can buy. What's not to like?
5. Volvo EX30
Year launched: 2023
After the smash hit of the also-excellent XC40, Volvo followed up with the even smaller and perhaps even better EX30. With a very solid battery range of up to 296 miles, depending on the model you go for, it's got a compact and clever design and doesn't cost the earth.
Small it might be, but the EX30 is very practical for its size, and a worthy, more premium-feeling alternative to the Kia Niro EV, Jeep Avenger or Nissan Ariya. The interior is textbook Scandinavian minimalism, albeit one that takes inspiration from Tesla by putting the controls for most of its features on a larger, portrait-orientated touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard.
There are three models to choose from with with rear- or all-wheel drive. All feel very good from behind the wheel, although we'd go for the Single Motor Extended Range model, which gets the most miles from a charge, and blends agile inner-city performance with composed confidence on the motorway. Overall, the EX30 is a great way into Volvo ownership.
6. Nissan Ariya
Year launched: 2022
The Nissan Ariya is a late arrival from the brand that pioneered the affordable electric car with the Leaf. Happily, while it's hardly the first electric SUV to market, biding its time has allowed Nissan to create a very competitive and likeable car.
The Ariya is a bit bigger than a Qashqai but a whole lot more distinctive to look at, while the interior is cool, high-tech and full off lovely details including haptic buttons buried in the wood dash panel and a centre console that electrically moves back and forth.
The Nissan Ariya isn't just about gimmicks, though - there's plenty of space inside, although the boot isn't as large as the Skoda Enyaq's. It's a little pricier to buy than the Skoda, but you do get a higher quality interior with loads of standard kit.
The Ariya is also good to drive, with a nice balance between a comfortable ride and composed, predictable handling. We've only driven the entry-level single motor car but even that has enough performance, while a range of up to 329 mile is competitive. It's not the fastest-charging electric car around, however.
7. Jeep Avenger
Year launched: 2023
The Jeep Avenger is a really impressive little car, with excellent driving manners, perky electric performance and a competitive driving range. It isn’t perfect, with a cheap-feeling interior and limited practicality counting against it, but in pretty much every other respect it makes a very compelling case for itself.
It might not have the poshest-feeling cabin in the class, and not the roomiest or most practical. However, the Averger’s interior still manages to feel irrepressibly cheery, and the ergonomics, infotainment and visibility are all areas of strength. There's a much improved infotainment system over other Jeep models, and to drive it mixes a zippy feel with a comfortable ride. It's particularly great around town, where Jeep says it'll do some 340 miles on a single battery charge.
For those that do a mix of driving in town, country and motorway, the official battery range is 244 miles, although we reckon 200 per charge would be doing well in the real world. That's not bad at all, especially considering the price, which is very competitive against rivals from the likes of Hyundai, Peugeot and Vauxhall.
8. Audi Q4 e-tron
Year launched: 2021
You can think of the Audi Q4 e-tron as a Skoda Enyaq iV wearing designer clothing. It shares many key components under the skin, including the electric motors and battery, but all dressed up in a more desirable and upmarket package.
As well as an exterior design more likely to get you noticed you get a typical Audi interior, with granite-hewn quality finishes and more standard equipment. Yet you don't lose too many of the practical touches of the Skoda, with a large boot and plenty of room for a couple of adults in the rear.
The Audi Q4 e-tron offers a refined and comfortable driving experience, particularly if you opt for the optional adaptive suspension. With the electric motor mounted at the rear on lesser variants you also get an excellent turning circle, making it a cinch to drive around town. But it's also suitably capable of long journeys, with a decent 100kW rapid charging speed if you need it.
The entry-level Audi Q4 35 e-tron isn't underpowered but we'd recommend stepping up to the Q4 40 e-tron, which gets the larger 82kWh battery and more power. It's also got the longest range: an impressive 316 miles on a charge. You can sacrifice a bit of this range by going for the 50 e-tron Quattro which brings four-wheel drive and punchier still performance with 299PS.
9. MG ZS EV
Year launched: 2017
When the MG ZS EV first went on sale in 2019, it was one of the best electric SUVs you could buy for the money. In fact, it was the only electric SUV you could buy for the money.
But, while it's unashamedly a budget option, recent updates mean it's hard to justify spending anything more on an electric car. You get a useful 273-mile range, a generous amount of standard equipment and even a seven-year warranty. What's not to like?
It's practical, too. While similarly-priced competitors (including electric cars like the Renault Zoe) are only really suited to running around town, you could actually use the MG ZS EV as your main family car. It's got a 470-litre boot, while the rear seats are fitted with Isofix mounting points for the easy fitting of child seats.
10. BMW iX1
Year launched: 2022
We were impressed with the iX1's spacious and upmarket cabin, borrowing some of the design and quality from the BMW iX flagship but at a more attainable price. You also get the latest version of BMW's iDrive infotainment, which remains just about the best system out there.
From launch the iX1 comes with a dual-motor drive system giving out 313PS - it's not quite Tesla rapid, then, but it's plenty fast enough for the vast majority of people's needs. There's even a 'boost' button to give you ten seconds of extra overtaking potency. It's also supremely refined and easy to drive, and although the ride is on the firm side with the largest wheel options you can choose smaller wheels to benefit comfort.
With a range of up to 272 miles it might not be the longest-range electric car in this list, but it certainly isn't disgraced either. You also get a decent 130kW rapid charging rate, adding 75 miles of range in as little as 10 minutes.
Best Electric SUV FAQs
For now, the cheapest electric SUV you can buy is the MG ZS EV. Don't think for a moment that because it's cheap it's not very good. The refreshed car now has a 273-mile range, while there's plenty of standard kit, a good amount of space and a 7-year warranty for peace of mind.
If you need to tow a caravan or trailer with an electric SUV, then take a look at the Tesla Model X, Audi e-tron and Mercedes EQC. All three of these electric SUVs are all capable of towing - but not as much as a diesel SUV.
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