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Top 10 best electric SUVs 2022

There are now quite a few electric crossovers to choose from; here are our best electric SUVs.

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SUVs and electric cars are currently two of the most popular segments of the car industry, so it comes as no surprise that many manufacturers have now started combining them. Rivals for the Tesla Model X were few and far between just a couple of years ago but now there are plenty of electric SUVs on sale at both the luxury and more affordable ends of the market.

Electric cars are becoming cheaper and easier to run, meaning the range of electric SUVs is also growing. Manufacturers such as Mazda, Vauxhall, BMW and Audi all now have their own electric SUVs in showrooms and many more brands will soon follow suit.

Top 10 best electric cars 2022

The main concern for most drivers looking to go electric is range anxiety but with many electric SUVs now capable of 250 to 300 miles between charges, that’s less of an issue. Plus, with recharging generally costing much less than refuelling with petrol or diesel, you won’t have to deal with the high costs associated with running a conventional SUV.

A few electric SUVs are still eligible for the government’s plug-in car grant, which was reduced again in late 2021; it’s good news if you’re in the market for a cheaper model. 

If these cars are out of your budget, have a look at the best hybrid SUVs, best used electric cars or the cheapest electric cars on sale. Carry on reading to see what our best electric SUVs are:

Skoda Enyaq iV SUV review

Skoda Enyaq iV SUV - front 3/4 dynamic
Carbuyer rating

4.5 out of 5

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Skoda’s first purpose-built electric car shows the Czech brand is going from strength to strength. The Enyaq uses many of the same parts as the Volkswagen ID.4 but has a different feel inside and drives differently too. Not only is it more affordable than the ID.4 but it arguably looks smarter.

The Enyaq is priced on a similar level to cars like the Peugeot e-2008, yet is a much bigger and more spacious SUV. Entry-level cars with the ‘60’ battery manage around 250 miles (expect around 200), while the Enyaq ‘80’ is said to offer a highly impressive 333-mile range. As of 2022, 120kW fast-charging is standard across the range, and a sleeker Enyaq Coupe iV also available.

Kia e-Niro review

Kia e-Niro
Carbuyer rating

4.4 out of 5

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The Kia e-Niro is very impressive. Its range of 282 miles between charges seems realistic, and competes with SUVs twice as expensive in this respect. It doesn’t shout about its zero-emission powertrain either, as it has conventional styling and only a few small changes (like a blanked-out grille) to mark it out as the fully electric model.

Kia has managed to make the e-Niro even more practical than the hybrid models, with a 451-litre boot and a large cubby where the gear selector sits in the hybrids. The interior is also well-equipped with heated leather seats, LED headlights, sat nav and wireless phone charging, and the e-Niro is more exciting to drive than the Niro hybrid. Top top it all off, it comes with a generous seven-year warranty.

Volkswagen ID.4 SUV review

VW ID.4 GTX
Carbuyer rating

4.4 out of 5

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The Volkswagen ID.4 is arguably just as important as the car on which it’s based, the Volkswagen ID.3, because SUVs are so popular at the moment. It’s VW’s answer to the Tesla Model Y, and sits alongside the Volkswagen Tiguan, just as the ID.3 sits alongside the Volkswagen Golf. The interior is mostly shared with the ID.3, so it’s a clean, futuristic design.

It’s better to drive than you might expect because the heavy batteries are all mounted low in the car’s body. The 201bhp motor fitted to Pro Performance cars allows a nippy 0-62mph time, while also offering up to 320 miles of range, depending on wheel-size and trim level. With all the batteries stashed under the floor, the ID.4 is even more spacious than a Tiguan, both for your passengers and your luggage.

Jaguar I-Pace SUV review

Best Large Electric Car: Jaguar I-Pace
Carbuyer rating

4.4 out of 5

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Looking more like a hatchback than an SUV, the I-Pace is Jaguar’s first electric car but it still manages to plug into the brand’s DNA. It’s among the best-driving EVs on sale, and shows that the move to electric power doesn’t mean enthusiasts will be starved of exciting cars. Two electric motors and a 90kWh battery underpin the I-Pace, which produces 396bhp and glides from 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds. What’s more impressive is how the I-Pace drives: it’s poised, agile and responsive, managing to hide the weight of all the batteries well.

The 656-litre boot shows it’s more practical than its low roofline suggests, and there’s a small boot under the bonnet too. Servicing and insurance costs are both expensive and it has a firm ride, but otherwise it’s one of the best electric SUVs.

Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV review

Ford Mustang Mach-E - front 3/4 dynamic
Carbuyer rating

4.4 out of 5

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Ford now sells two very different Mustang-badged products - a conventional V8-powered car and an electric SUV. Considering it’s Ford’s second-ever electric car (after the forgotten Ford Focus Electric, of which there are just a handful left on UK roads), it’s a desirable product with sleek styling and that all-important long range. The Extended Range model is said to manage up to 379 miles between charges, and 0-62mph takes around five seconds. Performance fans will be keen on the GT model, which reduces the 0-62mph time again.

The Mach-E rivals the Tesla Model Y, and inside it’s clear where Ford has got its inspiration. A 15.5-inch portrait touchscreen is the hub to control most of the car’s features, although there are also a number of buttons on the wheel and a digital instrument cluster. Equipment is generous, and the Mach-E is reasonably practical too.

Hyundai Kona Electric review

Hyundai Kona Electric SUV
Carbuyer rating

4.3 out of 5

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The Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro share a lot of parts, so they’re very similar. Both are based on models that aren’t class-leaders but the switch to electric power means they become much more desirable and easy to recommend - provided the higher price isn’t an issue. Using the same 64kWh battery as the e-Niro, the Kona Electric will also manage almost 300 miles of range but the Hyundai offers a smaller, cheaper 39kWh battery that’ll achieve around 200 miles and currently qualifies for the £1,500 government PiCG.

Having all the power available instantly means acceleration from 0-62mph is much faster than the petrol and hybrid versions, at a brisk 7.6 seconds. Charging to full takes around 10 hours with a 7.4kW wallbox or 75 minutes to 80% on a motorway service station’s 50kWh charging point. Hyundai’s five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty and customer service also help the Kona’s cause.

Tesla Model Y SUV review

2022 Tesla Model Y
Carbuyer rating

4.2 out of 5

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Tesla has become synonymous with electric cars, and the Model 3 revolutionised the EV market thanks to its affordable price and decent range. Essentially a jacked-up, SUV version of the best-selling saloon, the Model Y boasts all the same benefits as its smaller sibling such as its giant 15-inch touchscreen and minimalist interior design. The rear hatchback offers 854 litres of space when you load up to the roofline, and a 117-litre front boot or ‘frunk’ is a handy addition for smaller items.

There are only two versions of the Tesla Model Y: Long Range and Performance. The Long Range model sits as the entry point into the lineup and offers an impressive 331 miles on a single charge. The more expensive Performance model drops this figure to 319 miles, but can achieve 0-62mph in a sports car-rivalling 3.5 seconds. Of course, heavy acceleration will deplete the battery quickly, but with Tesla’s extensive Supercharger network, that shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

BMW iX SUV review

2022 BMW iX SUV
Carbuyer rating

4.1 out of 5

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Have you ever heard the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover”? Although the iX’s design may certainly be controversial, once you scratch beneath the surface, BMW’s first attempt at a made-for-purpose EV is one of the most convincing models available. The iX’s interior is suitably avant-garde and luxurious; particular highlights include the sweeping iDrive infotainment displays and optional crystal buttons and controls. However, this does all come at a cost - entry-level versions start from around £70,000

As soon as you step behind the wheel, the iX is quickly able to shed its two-and-a-half-tonne weight and is just as good to drive as any other BMW SUV. Entry-level cars get a 71kWh battery paired with dual-electric motors that produce a combined 322bhp - these have a range of around 255 miles. The range-topping xDrive50 model gets an increased 516bhp and can manage an impressive 380 miles from its 105kWh battery.

Peugeot e-2008 SUV review

Peugeot e-2008
Carbuyer rating

4 out of 5

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The Peugeot 2008 has grown some fangs as part of much bolder styling than that of its crossover predecessor. As well as petrol and diesel versions, it now also comes as an electric car. You’ll think it’s expensive compared to models that use conventional fuel, but it offers the lowest running costs of the range. It is a little disappointing that the e-2008 currently doesn’t qualify for the plug-in car grant.

The range is decent at just under 215 miles, and many buyers will only need to charge the car once a week. Fast-charging from a 100kW point to 80% takes half an hour or so, and a smartphone app lets you preset the climate control and schedule when the car starts charging.

MG ZS EV SUV review

2021 MG ZS EV - front 3/4 dynamic
Carbuyer rating

4 out of 5

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The petrol MG ZS is a flawed car but swapping out the petrol engine for an electric motor really improves things. With the entry-level model coming in at under £28,000 (after the government grant deduction), it’s the cheapest electric SUV currently on sale, and the Long Range version officially manages over 270 miles between charges - or more if you only drive around town. It’ll fast-charge on 50kW chargers, which need an hour to top the battery up to 80%.

Interestingly, the ZS EV is a whole four seconds faster from 0-62mph than the petrol model. The interior looks ok but cheap materials highlight MG’s cost-cutting to get the car down to its low price. You get plenty of essential equipment though, with DAB radio, sat nav and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity.

Top 10 best electric SUVs 2022

  1. Skoda Enyaq iV
  2. Kia e-Niro
  3. Volkswagen ID.4
  4. Jaguar I-Pace
  5. Ford Mustang Mach-E
  6. Hyundai Kona Electric
  7. Tesla Model Y
  8. BMW iX
  9. Peugeot e-2008
  10. MG ZS EV

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