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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Things to consider when buying an electric SUV
Is electric right for you?: As is the case with all electric cars you need to work out if it will suit your driving needs. If you need a car that can cover long distances and be fuelled quickly then a petrol, diesel or hybrid SUV is still the better choice. If you don’t need a long-range car and, most importantly, you have easy access to a charger, ideally at home or work, then battery powered driving could be for you.
How big is big enough?: As you can see from this list electric SUVs vary in size, from supermini-based crossovers to more substantial wagons. Don’t be led first by the fact you want an electric SUV, make sure the car itself is big enough for you and your family. Many electric cars benefit from the lack of transmission tunnel which frees up interior space, but you need to be sure before buying.
Should you buy new or used?: At the moment electric cars tend to carry a premium over conventional, combustion engine cars, which means buying second hand could be the more affordable choice. But as with any used car you should do your research. Go onto owner’s forums, there is one for just about every EV on sale, and ask about any problems others have experienced, and work out whether it’s the right car for you.
Common questions about electric SUVs answered by the YesAuto team
Q: What are the largest electric SUVs?
A: There are several large electric SUVs on sale these days, the best among them includes the Audi e-tron, BMW iX, and Tesla Model X. These are all pricy cars though, so also have a look at the Volkswagen ID.4 and Ford Mustang Mach-E. Also, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is much bigger than it looks in pictures so check that out too.
Q: Is Toyota making an electric SUV?
A: Yes, it is. Toyota recently announced the bZ4x (yes, stupid name) which will be its first fully electric car, and it’s an SUV. Toyota says it will have a range of 280 miles and a 452-litre boot. It will go on sale in early 2022 and we expect prices to start around £35,000.
Q: What electric SUVs are coming out in 2022?
A: As well as the bZ4x we mentioned above there’s a host of electric SUVs arriving in the UK in 2022. The Dacia Bigster will be the first large SUV from the budget brand and could cost as little as £20,000. The Nissan Ariya will also arrive, as well as the Audi Q6 e-tron. Maserati, Alfa Romeo and BMW will also be unveiling new electric SUVs.