Top 10 longest-range electric cars 2022
If range anxiety is a major concern, here’s our list of the EVs that will get you to your destination with plenty of miles to spare
The first question many people ask when a new electric car is released is: “how much range does it have?” Range has always been a point of stipulation for EVs as, unlike a petrol vehicle, it is not as quick and easy to top up your range when running low.
However, thanks to huge consumer and governmental interest, the development of electric car batteries has accelerated over the past few years. This has pushed the technology further towards the limit and allowed for cars that have a longer range than even some of their conventionally powered counterparts.
While most of these long-range vehicles are very expensive, there are now a few relatively affordable options available that boast a range of more than 300 miles, enabling higher-mileage drivers to step into the world of EVs.
Here are the electric cars on sale in the UK with the longest range as of 2022:
Range: up to 485 miles
The flagship of the Mercedes electrified line-up, the EQS is a luxury limousine that can chauffeur passengers across the entire country and back on a single charge. The mid-range 450+ rear-wheel-drive model has 485 miles of range, a whole 80 miles more than the runner-up on this list.
Taking a step inside, the EQS stands on the leading edge of in-car technology. The 1.4-metre wide ‘Hyperscreen’ infotainment system is truly groundbreaking and steals the infotainment crown from Tesla. With an opulent interior befitting the car’s hefty price, the EQS sits at the pinnacle of the electric car world.
Range: up to 405 miles
The Tesla name has become synonymous with electric cars and despite being 10 years old, the Model S remains one of the best offerings on the market. Standard Model S cars can manage an impressive 405 miles of range. Perhaps more impressive, however, is that sporty Model S Plaid cars can sacrifice 9 miles of range for a 200+mph top speed and a 0-62mph time of less than 2 seconds - making the Plaid the fastest-accelerating production car ever made.
As can be expected from a Tesla, the level of included technology is very high and the interior is full of quirks such as a jet fighter-style steering wheel and built-in ‘Careoke’. The Model S can even drive itself thanks to Tesla’s class-leading Autopilot system, providing the driver is paying attention to the road.
Range: up to 394 miles
We haven’t put the same car on here twice; the Mercedes EQE may look very similar to the EQS – and it even sits on the same platform – but it’s slightly smaller and much less expensive. You can consider it an electric version of the popular petrol, diesel and hybrid-powered E-Class – though the EQE is not as practical as its stablemate.
The EQE 350+ powertrain offers over 350 miles of range, regardless of the trim level you choose. But it’s important to pay attention to the size of the wheels, as the headline 394-mile figure is only applicable to entry-level cars with 19-inch alloys. The EQE can charge at up to 170kW, and a slightly less powerful charger will top up the battery to 80% in around half an hour.
Range: up to 380 miles
While the BMW iX certainly evokes controversy with its styling, there is no debate over this SUV’s impressive range figures. The range-topping xDrive50 model can manage up to 380 miles on a single charge from its 105.2kWh battery and 516bhp electric motor. Despite being a large SUV, the iX is still a true BMW in that it’s fun to drive; acceleration is brutal and it seems to shed its 2.5-tonne weight in the corners.
The iX is rather expensive, however, with prices starting at around £70,000 and rising to more than £96,000 for the long-range xDrive50 model. But, it is a large vehicle and has plenty of passenger and cargo space for anything you may need to carry, with adjustable air suspension to try and counterbalance the unusually high boot floor.
Range: up to 379 miles
The Ford Mustang Mach-E represents the first appearance of a mainstream manufacturer on this list. Ford gave its first fully electric car the hallowed Mustang name in an effort to take on Tesla and in many respects they succeeded. Its 379-mile range trumps the 315 miles found in Tesla’s offering, the Model Y. Plus, a more engaging drive and presence of a physical instrument cluster grants merit over the Model Y too.
From a glance it is clear that the Mach-E is not the V8 Mustang coupe that we are familiar with. Ford tried to imitate a sloping coupe-style roofline using a two-tone black roof, but the large boot and four opening doors are a dead giveaway. Yet, in its failings to accurately live up to the Mustang name, the Mach-E excels in being a great sporty, electric family SUV.
Range: up to 367 miles
An electrified alternative to the ever-popular BMW 3 Series and BMW 4 Series models, the i4 is one of the best electric cars currently on sale. Buyers can choose from either a long-range eDrive 40 model with the headline 367 miles of range, or the 316-mile M50 version, a high-performance variant that’s the first electric car to be tuned by BMW’s ‘M’ division.
Just like its conventionally powered counterparts, the i4 is suitably plush inside with high-quality materials used without. BMW’s latest version of its infotainment system, called iDrive 8, can be a tad finicky but the huge curved display looks gorgeous and packs great features such as augmented-reality sat-nav. If you can get past the front ‘grille’ design, the i4 is a great choice for the car-loving electric motorist.
Range: up to 360 miles
The Tesla Model 3 was revolutionary in being the first mass-market electric car to boast a substantial amount of range. The Model 3 offers excellent value for money with even base models having a range of over 300 miles. If you’re looking for outright speed, Model 3 Performance variants can offer supercar-rivalling acceleration with 0-62mph taking just 3.1 seconds.
On the inside, the Model 3 is minimalist with very few physical buttons. A giant tablet-style screen dominates the centre of the dashboard and controls most of the car’s functions. Those who prefer a more traditional interior may not be a fan of the Model 3’s lack of a fixed driver’s display; with the car’s speed being shown via the central screen. Plus the Model 3’s material quality does lag behind some rivals’.
Range: up to 348 miles
Just like its saloon sibling, the Model S, the Tesla Model X breaks records by being the fastest accelerating SUV ever - managing the 0-62mph sprint in just 2.5 seconds, despite its 2.5-tonne weight. However, to have access to the stated maximum 348-mile range, buyers must instead opt for the standard dual-motor variant.
Don’t think that any Model X is by any means ‘standard’, however. All cars have rear gull-wing doors which open upwards, video games built into the infotainment system and a ‘yoke’ steering wheel, like that in the Model S. There are also the options for five, six and seven seat layouts - making the Model X one of the most practical electric cars you can buy.
Range: up to 336 miles
The Volkswagen ID.3 is the cheapest car on this list, but by no means inferior to the rest. Entry-level models start around the £30k mark with up to 217 miles of range, while higher-spec models can top out at more than 330 miles.
Acting as the German automaker’s electric alternative to the ever-popular Volkswagen Golf hatchback, the ID.3 has all of the modern technology and solid build quality that you’d expect of a VW. The interior has a variety of customisation options to suit your personal tastes such as a white steering wheel and dashboard. Plus, thanks to fast 125-135kW fast charging, the ID.3 can be charged all the way to 80% in less than half an hour.
We’d also encourage you to check out the Cupra Born, which shares a lot of parts with the ID.3 and boasts a similarly impressive maximum range figure. It’s intended as a sportier version of the Volkswagen and, to some, is considered the first electric hot hatchback.
Range: up to 335 miles
A Scandinavian alternative to the best-selling Tesla Model 3, the Polestar 2 is one of the most compelling rivals to Tesla yet. Performance is strong with a range of up to 335 miles on the long-range model. Add the extra Polestar Performance Pack with Brembo brakes and opt for the sportier 402bhp electric motor and the 2 can even give serious sports cars a run for their money.
Polestar is an all-electric sub-brand of Volvo and when you step into the interior, it is very easy to see. Many parts are shared across the rest of the Volvo range, which is not a bad thing as it easily surpasses Tesla in terms of build quality. It’s practical too, with a hatchback tailgate and the addition of a ‘frunk’ where the engine would be on a typical petrol or diesel car.
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