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Thinking about switching your family car for an electric car? With the market growing quickly, we've selected the best family electric cars you can buy right now. 

While a lot of electric cars are urban runarounds, there's now an increasing number that are more than up to the job of being your main family car. 

The best large electric cars make great family cars as they're incredibly practical, with huge cabins thanks to the position of the batteries (often hidden under the floor). All the electric cars here have at least two ISOFIX points, making fitting child seats easy, and all of them have room for the typical family detritus such as buggies and luggage, too. Our list also includes the best electric cars capable of carrying three child seats - perfect for a growing family. 

But it's not just about space. An EV that can genuinely be used as your main family car needs to be comfortable and refined, well-equipped and provide a decent range on a charge. It also needs to be capable of rapid charging – no parent wants to wait around at charging stations for too long. 

Our list aims to cover all the bases. From high-end luxury models to the cheapest larger EVs on sale, there should be something for every family to satisfy various budgets and demands. 

Really need a car that can take three kids in comfort but don't necessarily need an EV? You should also read our pick of the best cars for three child seats, the best MPVs, best family SUVs. Once you have a child seat in mind, our Car Seat Chooser will show you which seats will fit your car. Otherwise, read on to find out to which electric family car should be sitting on your driveway. 

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Best family electric cars 2024

  1. Kia EV6
  2. Skoda Enyaq iV
  3. Audi Q8 e-tron
  4. BMW iX3
  5. MG5 EV
  6. Volkswagen ID.4
  7. Volvo XC40 Recharge
  8. Mercedes-Benz EQC
  9. Citroen e-Berlingo
  10. BYD Atto 3

1. Kia EV6

Year launched: 2021

Kia EV6 GT Review 2023: front dynamic
9/10

"End your EV search here" is how we summed up the Kia EV6 in our review – it's one of the finest electric cars on the market today. There's a load of passenger space for familes, with acres of headroom and legroom in the front and back, and USB sockets installed in the rear to keep devices charged up. Storage spaces about, with big door bins (lined with felt to stop stuff rattling around), a big glovebox and assorted cubbyholes.

But this isn't just a practicality wagon – it's sleek and stylish both inside and out, and it drives very well too, striking a wonderful balance between sportiness and comfort. Add in a range of more than 300 miles per battery charge, and an industry-leading seven-year warranty from new, and it's very hard to find much wrong with it. It's an absolute cracker.

2. Skoda Enyaq iV

Year launched: 2021

Skoda Enyaq iV Review 2024: front dynamic
9/10

The Enyaq iV from Skoda is a great electric family car, and if you're coming to an electric car for the first time it requires very little in the way of compromise. 

Not only is there a big boot (585 litres to be precise), but the cabin is nice and large with plenty of space for a growing family. The design inside and out is smart, while you should have no complaints with built quality should your kids decide they want to try and pull it apart. What's more, it's good to drive whether you're mooching about town or on faster roads. 

The Skoda Enyaq will fit three child seats - there's an ISOFIX fastening on the front passenger seat while there's two more ISOFIX fittings at the rear. There's no seven seat option with the Enyaq though, which means you'll have to look at pricier alternatives if you want to take your kids' friends out too. 

The range is also very generous, with the Enyaq iV 60 delivering a range of 256 miles and the iV 80 running for up to 333 miles thanks to its bigger battery. Charging is also pretty quick, with a 50kW charger topping up the batteries in about an hour, while hook the Enyaq up to a 125kW rapid charger and you can get 80% range added in as little as 38 minutes.

3. Audi Q8 e-tron

Year launched: 2023

Audi Q8 e-tron Review 2023: front dynamic
8/10

First introduced in 2023, the Q8 e-tron is a new badge for Audi, but the car itself has actually been around since 2019. Underneath the refreshed looks and some new tech, the Q8 e-tron is actually the original e-tron, Audi's first all-electric car. That's no bad thing though – in rebranding the e-tron, Audi has made the Q8 e-tron one of the mosty desirable large premium electric SUVs on sale. It comes in two forms – the regular Q8 e-tron SUV and the more rakish-looking Sportback variant, which sacrifices a modicum of interior space in favour of extra style.

As spacious as it is style, the Q8 e-tron is comfortable, enjoyable to drive and pretty swift, while build quality is excellent, too. It also has ISOFIX points on the front passenger seat and two outer seats, while it has top tether points on all rear seats. That means you can just about squeeze three child seats side-by-side in the back.

The original e-tron was criticised for its relatively small battery range, so the Q8 e-tron has upped it. There are several models to choose from, butu go for the Q8 55 e-tron Sportback and you'll get up to 343 miles per charge, which is impressive for such a large car.

4. BMW iX3

Year launched: 2021

BMW iX3 on road
8/10

While some cars here (like the Audi e-tron and Mercedes EQC) are bespoke EV models, BMW decided to keep things simple with the iX3 and just make a fully electric version of the X3 SUV. 

And that's no bad thing. For one, the BMW X3 is already one of our favourite SUVs, and turning it into an electric model doesn't change that appeal. It gets the same brilliant cabin, built from high quality materials and with excellent, easy to use tech. 

It's also really good to drive. Granted, it isn't as fast as some of the dual-motor electric cars in this list, but the single motor, rear-wheel drive iX3 is plenty quick enough for most needs, and handles really well. The ride is a little firm, but it certainly isn't a deal-breaker. The range on a charge, meanwhile, is a strong 279 miles.

In terms of practicality, the iX3 loses a little bit of boot space when compared with the regular X3. But in all other respects its spacious and versatile, with two ISOFIX points in the rear and plenty of room for three child seats across both rows. 

5. MG5 EV

Year launched: 2021

2023 MG5 EV Review: front static
8/10

If you're on a budget but still need an EV with space for the family, the MG5 EV is really worth a look. After all, it costs as much as most electric small cars, but it's a practical estate car.

While it might be pretty bland to look at, and the interior isn't exactly luxurious and the tech isn't top notch, there's no criticising the equipment levels and comfort on offer. It's pretty roomy, too, and with two ISOFIX points in the rear seats you'll have no problem getting three child seats in. The 464-litre boot should swallow most of the gubbins families tend to accumulate, too. 

The MG5 EV is build for comfort, not speed, but it still manages 0-62mph in a reasonable 7.7 seconds. It rolls about in the corners quite a bit, but the trade off is a really smooth ride. 

There's two battery options: a 55kWh and 61kWh version. The former is good for 214 miles between charges, while the latter stretches that to 250 miles - impressive for such an affordable car. 

6. Volkswagen ID.4

Year launched: 2021

Volkswagen ID.4 review 2021 static front
8/10

Based on the same underpinnings as the Skoda Enyaq iV (above), the stylish ID.4 is the second dedicated electric car to come from Volkswagen.  

Just like the Enyaq, the ID.4 has space for three child seats, with one ISOFIX on the front passenger seat and two in the back. Volkswagen's also done a great job with the cabin - it feels light and spacious, while there's plenty of room both up front and in the rear. The quality is typical Volkswagen, while all models get a large 10-inch touchscreen. It makes the dash look very smart and clutter-free, but this does mean that pretty much everything is controlled via the display, which can take some time to get used to.  

There's the choice of two batteries - a 52kWh battery pack provides a claimed range up to 213 miles, while there's a bigger 77kWh battery pack that's capable of 323 miles. VW will also bring along a faster version, badged GTX, if you don't mind making your kids feel a bit queasy. 

If this is your first electric car, the ID.4 will offer a smooth and pain-free introduction, but the Enyaq iV is just as good, but that bit more affordable. 

7. Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric

Year launched: 2021

Volvo XC40 Recharge on charge
8/10

If you're looking for something that's a little bit different and are prepared to pay a premium for the privilege, then the Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric could be the electric family car for you.

Volvo's taken one of our favourite family-sized SUVs and made it into a stylish electric SUV. Instead of the option of diesel or petrol engines, the Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric features a 78kWh battery pack that sits beneath the car's floor and dual electric motors for four-wheel drive. It's basically the same systems that's used on the excellent Polestar 2, but in a more family-friendly body. 

That'll whisk the Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric to 62mph in an impressive 4.9 seconds (it feels even faster than that) and is capable of being charged to 80 per cent in as little as 40 minutes via a fast-charger. Range is also good (though not class-leading) at 249 miles. 

Step inside and the interior is beautifully finished, with a 9.0-inch portrait-orientated touchscreen display the gateway to the infotainment system and the XC40's other controls. There's good space for four adults, although it isn't the largest SUV in this list, while there are two ISOFIX fittings on the rear seats.

8. Mercedes-Benz EQC

Year launched: 2019

Mercedes-Benz EQC Review 2023 right side exterior
7/10

The Mercedes-Benz EQC is the brand’s answer to the Audi e-tron. It’s not as spacious as the e-tron, with less space for rear-seat passengers and a slightly smaller boot. There are lots of useful stowage areas, though, and the outer rear seats come with ISOFIX child seat mounting points. The cabin itself should wow your family with its elegant design and cool lighting, too. 

While there aren’t any ISOFIX mounting points on the front passenger seat, it will automatically detect a rearward-facing child seat fitted using the seatbelt and disable the front passenger airbag. That means you can fit three child seats in the EQC without too much effort.

With an official range of 259 miles, the Mercedes-Benz EQC can travel a fair distance before needing a top-up. The twin-motor setup means it’s fun to drive and pretty fast, too, while the ride is comfortable and refinement is strong. It's not cheap, but used examples offering a decent saving over new. 

9. Citroen e-Berlingo

Year launched: 2021

Citroen e-Berlingo 2021 on road
7/10

For years the Citroen Berlingo (and its related Peugeot, and more recently Vauxhall siblings) has been the family car of choice for those in the know. Yes, it may look like a van - because underneath it is - but if you can look past that you'll be getting a brilliant people carrier. 

Now, Citroen has launched a fully electric version of the Berlingo - the e-Berlingo - which offers basically the same package as the standard car, with a battery instead of a fuel tank. That means you get tonnes of space and storage in that boxy body, a durable and airy interior and the ability to have three child seats across the rear row, with three ISOFIX points too. 

Yes, it's not as posh inside and out as a purpose-built family car, but the e-Berlingo is surprisingly nice to drive, with a comfortable ride and excellent all-round visibility. It's the slowest EV in this list, but it's peppy enough around town and not totally out of its depth on faster roads. 

The only limitation is its range, which is officially 171 miles but could be a fair bit less than that if you use the e-Berlingo for long journeys or during winter. 

BYD Atto 3

Year launched: 2023

BYD Atto 3
8/10

It's not easy to launch a new car manufacturer when so many of your rivals have decade or even a century of history and brand recognition. So, you'd best make your entry into the market as good one.

Luckily, China's BYD has made its small family SUV, the Atto 3, a very impressive debut for the UK, creating a value-for-money family car that's packed with cool features. The brand isn't actually that new – it's been selling cars abroad for a while – but 2023 saw it introduce several new cars into the UK market. All Atto 3s have a panoramic sunroof that bathes the car in light, and the electric-only underpinnings maximise interior space, giving you a completely flat floor across the back for generous legroom. Boot space is decent, too.

Features in the Atto 3 are plentiful, and admittedly some are on the gimmicky side (a rotating central screen that can be orientated in portrait or lanscape mode, and tunable elastic strings on the door pockets that you can play like a guitar). But there are also lots of things that make family life easier, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an air purification system and keyless entry and start, all of which are included as standard. Oh, and you get a 260-mile range. Not bad at all.

Best Electric Family Car FAQs

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The best family electric car at the moment is the Kia EV6 – it's got a good battery range, ample space for all the family and a stonking seven-year warranty. It looks good and drive well, too.

ISOFIX is a universal system of fitting car seats using attachment points built into the car. This makes fitting child seats easy and safe – you’re less likely to go wrong than using a seatbelt to secure the child seat, for example. The ISOFIX standard covers Group 0+ and Group 1 chairs, for children aged between 0 and 4. Child seats for older children are covered by ISOFIX. Most electric family cars have space for two child seats, but some, like the Skoda Enyaq, have three ISOFIX fittings – two on the rear bench seat and one on the front passenger seat.

A lot of people think of electric cars as urban runarounds, only capable of covering short journeys and not very good at transporting more than one or two passengers. That's an increasingly outdated view as the range of electric cars, and the supporting infrastructure, improves. There are now numerous electric cars – such as those featured here – which are practical enough to replace your main family car. 

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