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Top 10 longest-range electric cars 2021

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

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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.

Top 10 best electric SUVs 2021

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 2021:

Mercedes EQS hatchback review

Mercedes EQS hatchback
Carbuyer rating

4.5 out of 5

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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.

Tesla Model S review

Tesla Model S
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4.1 out of 5

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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.

BMW iX SUV review

BMW iX SUV
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4.1 out of 5

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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.

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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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.

BMW i4 hatchback review

BMW i4 hatchback
Carbuyer rating

4.4 out of 5

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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.

Tesla Model 3 saloon review

Tesla Model 3 saloon fron 3/4 cornering
Carbuyer rating

4.4 out of 5

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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’.

Tesla Model X SUV review

Tesla Model X SUV
Carbuyer rating

3.7 out of 5

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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.

Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback review

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Carbuyer rating

4.4 out of 5

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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 states such as a white steering wheel and dashboard. Plus, thanks to super fast 100kWh fast charging, the ID.3 can be charged all the way to 80% in less than half an hour.

Polestar 2 hatchback review

Polestar 2
Carbuyer rating

4.3 out of 5

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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.

Cupra Born hatchback review

Cupra Born hatchback
Carbuyer rating

4.4 out of 5

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Range: up to 335 miles

If you fancy something sportier and more involving than a Volkswagen ID.3, SEAT’s performance-oriented sub-brand, Cupra, offers this: the Born. Essentially an electric hot hatchback, the Born can manage up to 335 miles of fun and enjoyment out on the road.

The inside of the Cupra doesn’t feel quite as premium as the Volkswagen, however. Despite its exciting design, many parts of the Cupra can feel cheap and the lack of any physical buttons can make it difficult to make changes while driving. Yet, despite a more sloping roofline, rear seat space is still decent in the Born and with its spacious 385-litre boot, there’s plenty of room for any luggage. It’s just a shame there isn’t a ‘frunk’ at the front, too.

Looking to go electric on a budget? Check out our top 3 used electric cars for under £23k.

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