Best electric SUVs 2021

Nick Francis

24 Sep 2021

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You want to drive electric but a small car won’t cut it? Don’t worry, these days there are plenty of great electric SUVs on the market.

1. Kia e-Niro


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For those who don’t want to spend a fortune the Kia e-Niro is an excellent choice, offering more than 280-miles on a full charge - more than most other EVs at this price point. It doesn’t compromise on practicality either, boasting a 451-litre boot. With 201bhp on tap it’s fun to drive, especially around town where it feels nippy and agile.


2. Jaguar I-Pace


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The I-Pace won a raft of awards when it launched, and they were all well-deserved. It looks sleek, as a Jaguar should, but also does 0-62mph in 4.8-seconds thanks to its two electric motors (one on each axle) which produce a combined 396bhp. It handles beautifully too thanks to a low centre of gravity afforded by the battery which stretches the length of the belly of the car.


3. Volkswagen ID.4


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While you wouldn’t say the ID.4 is fun to drive it does a very fine job of being a practical and easy-to-live-with electric SUV, offering a claimed 300-plus mile range from a 77kWh battery and a 201bhp motor. Like the smaller ID.3 pretty soon there will be a variety of batteries and power outputs to choose from. The build quality is reassuringly solid and with 523-litres of boot space it should have a family of four comfortably covered.


4. Hyundai Kona Electric


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The Kona electric shares most of its DNA with the e-Niro which means it can offer a similar range and performance, but it’s got a very slightly smaller boot. It feels a little heavy when optioned with the bigger 64kWh battery but a smaller 39kWh battery is available, which drops the range to just under 200-miles but is arguably more fun to drive.


Skoda Enyaq iV


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The Enyaq iV – Skoda’s first electric car - is seriously impressive and doesn’t cost the earth. You get plenty of kit even in the entry model and it comes Skoda’s trademark practicality and ease-of-use. Customers can choose from two batteries, the bigger 77kW battery officially offering up to 331-miles of range, which in the real world will be around 280-300 miles, which is still very good.


6. Peugeot e-2008


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Not only does the Peugeot e-2008 look great but it is very easy to drive and supremely comfortable. In terms of range and performance it’s pretty typical for the price: around 200-miles range and a 134bhp motor. It can be charged to 80% in around half an hour on a 100kW charger and comes with a generous amount of standard kit.


7. Audi Q4 e-tron


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Audi's electric SUV options until recently were on the pricy side, but the Q4 e-ton starts around the £40K mark which means it's now fairly affordable to get a battery powered people mover from the German brand. It's roomy inside and the infotainment system is excellent, plus it handles itself nicely on the road. There is a wide range of batteries and power outputs to choose from, with the biggest battery offering over 300-miles in range.


8. Mercedes-Benz EQC


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Anything Audi can do Mercedes can do just as well, and the EQC is another quality premium electric SUV. The EQC is arguably the most refined and comfortable EV money can buy, and while it doesn’t offer I-Pace levels of fun it’s still quick for such a big vehicle. Like the e-tron, the interior is superb, but it costs around £5K more than the Audi.


9. MG ZS EV


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The MG ZS EV offers superb value for money, costing just £26,095. That’s around £1,500 less than the much smaller Renault Zoe. As you would expect the interior feels a bit cheap and cheerful but it does the job, and the ZS EV will cover around 160-miles on a full charge and can be topped up to 80% of range in just 40 minutes on a fast charger.


10. Tesla Model X


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If it’s eye-watering performance that you want then the Tesla Model X is one for you. The Plaid model isn’t just quick for a SUV, it’s one of the quickest cars full stop, offering a 0-62mph sprint of just 2.7-seconds. Opting for the Long Range model will give you a range of 360-miles, by far the biggest on this list. The only problem is the price: starting at £89,990 only a lucky few can afford one.


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Nick Francis

24 Sep 2021