The best electric cars for 2019
The future of motoring in the UK is electric. That future is underlined by various government policies, including an aim to end the sale of all new diesel and petrol vans and cars by 2040, and proposals – made on the 15th of July 2019 – that charging points for electric vehicles are installed in all new homes that are built.
To help you stay ahead of what looks like an inexorable trend, therefore, here is our pick of what are considered to be the best electric cars currently on the market.
Tesla Model S and the Model X
For a time, when the future meant electric, it probably also meant Tesla – the company that has been at the forefront of building high-quality electric cars. Their first ever electric car – the Tesla Model S and starting from £80,000 - was a game changer in this market.
Also worth mentioning is the Tesla Model X – a luxury SUV first launched in December 2015. Its gull-wing doors continue to turn eyes, and smooth yet powerful punch leaves much of the competition standing.
Like the Model S, the Model X doesn’t come cheap. Starting prices are £79,000, according to the website Motorway.
Tesla Model 3
In its bid to win its place in a more modest mass market, the Tesla Model 3 – a saloon car – is roughly half the price of the Model X, yet still returns a powerful performance.
The Model 3 won the hearts and minds of large sections of the motoring press, including Which? magazine when it reviewed the £38,000 vehicle in June 2019.
Manufacturers of electric cars clearly need to keep an eye on the mass market for family motoring – and that is exactly what Nissan has done with the Leaf.
This family hatchback costs around £28,000, according to reviewers Car Magazine, and a full charge gives a range of up to 239 miles.
MG ZS EV
Even SUV-style electric cars are beginning to tumble in price – exemplified by MG’s ZS EV, which is currently available at an introductory discount price of £21,495 (from the standard cost of around £25,000).
A spacious cabin and huge boot are no obstacles to its performance of 0 to 60mph in 8.5 seconds and a range of more than 160 miles on a single charge.
Mercedes Benz EQC
You don’t have to comprise on luxury, quality, performance and eye-catching design by going electric – as the Mercedes Benz EQC helps go to show.
This SUV is as solidly built as any of its petrol or diesel cousins, matches their luxury and finish and still surges ahead from 0 to 62mph in just 5.1 seconds, with a claimed range of 259 miles.
Prices start at £65,640 – according to the Express newspaper on the 8th of May, 2019.
Described as a game-changer in the electric car market by some reviewers, the Kia e-Niro shares many of the characteristics – and parts – of the Hyundai Kona Electric, with both starting at around £35,000.
Both the Kia and the Hyundai also claim a total range of an impressive 300 miles.
Although it was launched in the UK more than four years ago, BMW’s i3 is seen by many as the closest competitor to Tesla’s lead in the market for luxury, performance and technological innovation.
When it laid its hands on one, BBC’s Top Gear programme called the i3 the best small premium electric car money can buy (for between around £31,000 and £46,500).
Finally, no list of the best electric cars would be complete without the Jaguar i-pace, the company’s first all-electric SUV and winner of the 2019 World Car of the Year Award. Starting from £64,495, this beauty goes from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds with a range up to 292 miles.
All prices and data mentioned in this article are accurate at the time of writing.