What are the best 5 Electric SUVs?
What are the Best 5 Electric SUVs available in the UK right now?
If you recently saw our article looking at the best 5 small electric cars – we have run the same criteria to work out the best 5 Electric SUVs currently on the road.
The popular family cars are one of the most sought-after vehicles on the road. The good news is that with the transition to elecric there is plenty of choice out there – so which one do you choose? Well, there’s also lots of reviews out there, which means doing your research could be time-consuming.
To save you time we have Googled “best electric SUV’s” and looked at the first 7 review sites to appear.
We have then worked out an average score from the vehicles featured in these reviews and based it on;
- How many times the car appeared in the reviews
- An average score based on the scores available
- The comments in the review articles
- Our own scores
So with the leg work done, sit back, grab a brew and a notepad – because here are the best 5 Electric SUVs available in the UK right now……
No. 5 – Audi Q4 e-Tron (Averaged 4.17 / 5)
In the first of our top 5 spaces is the Audi Q4 e-Tron. Slightly smaller than the Audi e-tron SUV, the Q4 still manages to score higher – featuring prominantly in 4 of the 7 reviews we looked at.
The Plus Points
The Q4 e-tron has consistent themes – notably it’s interior design and user-friendliness – running through all the plus points noted in it’s reviews;
|Car Magazine||Superb interior | Extremely easy to use | Suits a broad range of driving needs|
|DrivingElectric.com||Impressive technology | Comfortable ride | Spacious interior|
|Autoexpress||Great practicality | Good real-world range | Slick infotainment system|
|Car Buyer||Attractive design | Strong performance | Fairly practical|
The Q4 e-tron gives a nice rounded balance by being comfortable, easy to use and with a decent range, making it a good solid choice for most drivers.
What Stops It Being The Best?
In a word – Price. There are similar quality electric SUVs that aren’t as pricey as the Q4 e-tron. Still, in choosing to pay more for the Audi Q4 e-tron, you would be getting an excellent electric SUV.
Ultimately, the Audi Q4 e-tron is a classy electric SUV. It’s rapid-charging, it’s interior space and it’s ease of use makes it a real stand-out SUV and well worth it’s place in the top 5.
Find out more about the Audi Q4 e-tron models on our vehicle guide.
No. 4 – VW Id.4 (Averaged 4.31 / 5)
The VW Id.4 has earned it’s place in the top 5 Electric SUVs after scoring well in 4 of the 7 review articles we looked at. So what did the reviewers find so appealing?
The Plus Points
For the reviews that we looked at – the main plus points were;
|Car Magazine||Spacious rear interior | Affordable entry-level spec models | Ideal for families|
|Car Buyer||Good to drive | Competitive range | Great practicality|
|AutoExpress||Comfortable | Decent boot space | Good standard kit|
|What Car||Lots of space in the back and a big boot | Excellent Euro NCAP safety score | Well equipped|
The reviews for the ID.4 offer a similar outlook to the Audi Q4 e-tron above. Practical, spacious, ideal for families and pretty user-friendly to drive. It probably nudges the Audi out of 4th spot on slightly more palatable pricing. The Safety Ratings as well garner favour in the reviews.
What Stops it Being The Best?
The main factor picked out is that some of the trim materials feel tacky and cheap, whilst the top-end models are still picked out as being pricey. There are also comments about the infotainment system being frustrating – but when all said and done – it all depends on what you need it for and how tech-minded you are.
The VW Id.4 claims it’s rightful place as one of the top electric SUVs available in the UK. It ticks all the main boxes you would need from an SUV – and it ticks them emphatically.
With decent range, rapid-charge options for longer trips, plenty of space, easy to drive – and a great-handling, assured drive at that, there aren’t many electric SUV’s offering anywhere near this much car for this price – just don’t go too crazy on the extras!
Find out more about the VW Id.4 in our vehicle guide.
No. 3 – Skoda Enyaq (Averaged 4.71 / 5)
Over the last 30 years, the Skoda brand has come a remarkably long way. Since it was taken under the VW wing, it has become a serious player in the automotive market, bringing forward some of the most underrated vehicles of the last decade or so.
The Skoda Enyaq is their electric SUV and in our opinion is one of the best on the market. As we found, it also scored incredibly well in 5 out of the 7 review sites we looked at too.
The Plus Points
|What Car||Well priced | Extremely practical | Comfortable and easy to drive|
|Car Buyer||Versatile Interior | Good value | Spacious|
|Carwow||Spacious cabin and huge boot | Decent to drive with good range | Very good all-rounder|
|Driving Electric||Very spacious | Two battery options | Excellent refinement|
|Parkers||Clever Design makes for a roomy interior | The claimed battery range | Good value for money|
As with the Audi and the VW Id.4 – the spacious interior, comfort and drive make it an excellent electric SUV to choose from.
One of the reviews also comments that this isn’t just a VW with a different badge. It feels like a car in it’s own right, with it’s own personality. In some ways, it uses the basis of the VW and offers a slightly better version of it with a more luxurious interior.
WHAT STOPS IT GETTING 5/5?
The top models can be a little pricey, whilst some reviews point out that if you are wanting a more sportier drive, this probably isn’t the one you’d go for.
In all honesty, I thought the Enyaq might come out on top. It’s a great all-rounder and offers excellent value for money.
When I realised what came above it though in the top 5, it was hard to argue with those choices.
All of which means, in the Enyaq, you would be switching into a great, spacious, easy to drive, value for money electric SUV. Also, if I was offered either this, the Audi or the VW Id.4 – the enyaq is also the one I’d choose.
To find out more about the Skoda Enyaq visit our vehicle guide.
No. 2 – Jaguar i-Pace (Averaged 4.76 / 5)
When you think “electric” and “SUV”, Jaguar might not be the first manufacturer that springs to mind. But, the Jaguar i-Pace featured in all 7 review articles, scoring incredibly well in each one.
The Plus Points
Here are the main plus points of the Jaguar i-Pace from the reviews we looked at;
|What Car||Big range between charges | Entertaining handling | Comfortable ride|
|Car Magazine||Excellent interior | Excellent range | Cutting-edge engineering|
|CarBuyer||Impressive real-world range | Great to drive | Smart interior|
|Carwow||Fun to drive | Good sized boot | Plush, high-tech cabin|
|Driving Electric||Good standard equipment | Great handling | Striking looks and performance|
|AutoExpress||Brilliant performance | Surprisingly practical | Impressive range|
|Parkers||Claimed range of up to 292 miles | Rapid charge times, roomy interior | Impressive handling and performance|
The Jaguar i-Pace ticks so many boxes it is almost perfection. Jaguar’s electric SUV is exciting to drive and capable of decent range for it’s performance, and yet offers incredible practicality and is a really luxurious place to be for driver and passengers alike.
In some ways, it’s the surprise package of the top 5 electric SUVs – simply because Jaguar has spent so long at the top of the saloon car tree. But the reviews simply love this car.
WHAT STOPS IT BEING THE BEST?
Quite simply, it’s the pricing. The price of the i-Pace means this amazing car won’t be an option for everyone.
If money was no object, the Jaguar i-Pace would probably be the one I’d go for out of the 5. It literally has it all – but that comes at a premium. A truly phenomenal car, but it’s pricing also means it isn’t the “best” electric SUVs…
Find out more about the Jaguar i-Pace in our vehicle guide.
No. 1 – Kia e-Niro (Averaged 4.83 / 5)
Surprised? Well you shouldn’t be.
For a while now Kia have been serious car manufacturers, producing high-quality cars. The Kia e-Niro is not only one of the best electric SUVs, but arguably one of the best EVs full-stop. And to back it up, the Kia e-Niro featured in all 7 reviews we looked at and scored remarkably well across the board, sneaking just ahead of the Jaguar.
The Plus Points
|What Car||Winner of WhatCar of the Year Award | Excellent range | Extremely affordable|
|Car Magazine||Excellent range | Reasonably priced | Well equipped and well built|
|CarBuyer||Long battery range | Very Practical | Well equipped|
|Carwow||Impressive driving range | Roomy for a family | Kia’s 7 year/100,000 mile warranty|
|Driving Electric||Long real-world range | Comfortable and practical | Bells-and-whistles equipment list|
|AutoExpress||Great real-world range | Excellent value for money | Impressive performance|
|Parkers||High standard spec | Brilliant infotainment | Long range|
All of the reviews agree that this isn’t just a great electric SUV, it’s one of the best cars out there.
It ticks all the boxes for range, charge times, equipment, drive quality, interior space for a family, ease of use and price.
When all those boxes are ticked, then it’s hard to look past it – but when you factor in Kia’s 7 year warranty, then it starts to become a complete no-brainer.
What stops it getting 5/5?
One of the reviews admitted that if you were looking for a vehicle that comfortably fits 5 adults in, then e-Niro wouldn’t be for you – and whilst fair enough, let’s be honest, how often is that needed?
The other argument would be that there are better looking cars out there – but ultimately, it’s not an “ugly” car, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
The Kia e-Niro is a worthy winner. It is all the things the reviews say – and more. It might not be an obvious choice (most people would have said a Tesla would be the winner – particularly after our teasing lead picture at the top of the article!) but when you sit and think about which car is very good at everything AND reasonably priced – the Kia e-Niro really is the best electric SUV.
Find out more about the Kia e-Niro in our Vehicle Guide.