Top 10 best luxury electric cars 2022
From Mercedes to MINI, here are our top picks of the most luxurious zero-emissions motoring options on the market right now...
Electric car options for the more discerning drivers out there used to be limited to the Tesla Model S and little else, but now more and more premium and prestigious carmakers have begun to use electric power in their flagship models.
And the plethora of luxurious electric cars will only continue to grow as brands like Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Aston Martin are all working on zero-emission models, meanwhile start-up companies like Rivian and Lucid are tailoring their cars for luxury rather than the mass market.
So, while we await the arrival of the fully electric Range Rover, Lucid Air, and Polestar 5, here's our list of the top 10 best luxury electric cars you can buy in 2022 and one particular luxury EV to watch:
- BMW i7
- BMW iX
- Audi e-tron GT
- Porsche Taycan
- Mercedes EQS SUV
- Mercedes EQS
- Genesis Electrified G80
- Hyundai Ioniq 6
- MINI Electric
- Jaguar I-Pace
One to watch: Rolls-Royce Spectre
Make sure to check out the winners of the 2022 DrivingElectric Awards and our list of the best electric cars on sale in 2022 as well to see what’s impressed us the most over the past year – and don't forget to follow DrivingElectric on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube for the very latest news and reviews.
1. BMW i7
The BMW i7 is the fully electric version of the German brand’s new 7 Series flagship. Instead of making it as aerodynamic as possible to try and top the 450+ mile range of its closest rival, the Mercedes EQS, BMW has refused to cut corners when it comes to comfort and luxury. Both legroom and headroom in the rear of the 4.5-metre long limousine is plentiful, while the optional 31-inch 8K Theatre Screen is something even the EQS’s Hyperscreen infotainment can’t match.
From launch there is just one model available: the i7 xDrive60, boasting 537bhp and 745Nm of torque, plus dual motors for all-wheel drive. It also comes equipped with a 101.7kWh for a range of up to 388 miles and 195kW rapid charging capabilities. The BMW i7 rides beautifully in town and on the motorway, gliding along in near silence, aside from the sounds created by film score composer Hans Zimmer that change depending on which drive mode you’re in. Watch our full review of the BMW i7 here.
2. BMW iX
The BMW iX is the German brand’s range-topping electric SUV and a direct rival to the likes of the Audi e-tron, Tesla Model X, Mercedes EQE SUV and Polestar 3. Like many of BMW’s latest models, its styling is undeniably distinctive. Thankfully, it also stands out due to the way it drives, its rapid-charging capability, its on-board technology, its interior quality and the amount of cabin space it offers.
Three versions of the iX are now available, including the 611bhp M60 with its sub-four-second 0-62mph time. But most people are likely to go for the less potent, but still impressive, xDrive40 or xDrive50 variants. The latter also gets a dual-motor setup, but thanks to a whopping 105.2kWh battery can still cover 380 miles on a single charge. The iX is a worthy flagship for the premium German brand, which explains its starting price of between £70,000 and £112,000 depending on which version you go for. Read our full review of the BMW iX here.
3. Audi e-tron GT
While SUVs are big business for Audi, the German brand is also known for its saloons, and the e-tron GT is its first zero-emissions four-door. The low-slung coupe focuses on performance and driver enjoyment, while also packing typical Audi technology and build quality. It can also cover nearly 300 miles on a charge, and topping up from 10-80% can take as little as 21 minutes thanks to a maximum charging speed of 270kW.
It has a lot in common with the Porsche Taycan, however the Audi is more relaxing than the Porsche. Overall, the e-tron GT is great to drive, has a fantastic interior, boatloads of technology and is really comfortable, making it undeniably one of the most exciting electric cars on the market right now. Read our full review of the Audi e-tron GT here.
4. Porsche Taycan
Porsche has only released one electric car so far, but the Porsche Taycan is one of the very best EVs on sale. Not only is it available in three different body styles – saloon, Sport Turismo estate and more rugged Cross Turismo estate – there are multiple versions to choose from. The line-up now includes the 4S more suited for everyday driving, the driver-focused GTS and the mind-bogglingly quick Turbo and Turbo S. The latter gets 751bhp, with 0-62mph taking an awe-inspiring 2.8 seconds.
As you’d expect from a Porsche, the Taycan’s handling is sublime. As for range, it'll hit between 208 and 313 miles depending on the model. Like its Audi e-tron GT sister car, the Taycan is capable of 270kW rapid charging, although you may struggle to find a public charging point fast enough to take advantage of that. If you do, you can top up the Taycan’s battery from 10-80% in 23 minutes. Read our full review of the Porsche Taycan here, as well as our Taycan Cross Turismo and Taycan Sport Turismo reviews.
5. Mercedes EQS SUV
The Mercedes EQS SUV uses the same platform and running gear as the luxury limousine (profiled below), but it’s taller and more spacious than its sleek sister car, and offers seating for seven. It’s significantly heavier and less aerodynamic than the four-door limo, so naturally efficiency and range takes a hit, however, it still has an official range of 366 miles. Every model sold in the UK also comes with all-wheel drive thanks to a dual-motor setup and 200kW rapid charging capability.
Interior quality is exquisite, especially the leather used for the seats, dashboard and doors. Those seats – all seven of them – are plush and super supportive, with pillow-like headrests and adjustable lumbar support. Infotainment is among the best in the business as well, even without the optional Hyperscreen set-up, and on the move the EQS SUV is extremely comfortable and the level of refinement it boasts is extraordinary. We can say with some confidence that there is no quieter car to travel long distances in. Read our full review of the Mercedes EQS SUV here.
6. Mercedes EQS
Mercedes has a long history of producing luxurious automobiles, with its S-Class limousine setting benchmarks in this segment for 50 years at this point. But, rather than stuff a few batteries into its latest S-Class, Mercedes went a few steps further and launched the completely new, designed-from-the-ground-up EQS to usher in the zero-emissions era.
And when it comes to interior quality and on-board technology, the EQS doesn’t disappoint, especially when fitted with the eye-catching 1.41-metre-wide 'Hyperscreen' infotainment setup. Surprisingly, ride comfort isn’t on the same level as the brand’s own S-Class, nor is the rear cabin space, but the EQS does boast a hugely impressive range of up to 453 miles. Prices start from £105,000, and there’s even a high-performance AMG version pumping out over 750bhp. Read our full review of the Mercedes EQS here.
7. Genesis Electrified G80
Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury spin-off brand, launched in the UK in 2021 and brought with it a selection of premium EVs to take on offerings from Mercedes, BMW and Tesla. EVs based on combustion-engine platforms are often compromised compared to ‘clean-sheet’ counterparts, but it seems the Electrified G80 is one of the few exceptions. It can charge at up to 240kW and offers a range of 323 miles, on top of the the quality and technology you’d expect from an executive saloon – German or otherwise.
Up to 60mph or so, it’s pretty much silent, with only one-off noises like a slight wiper squeak or the rumble from driving over cats’ eyes infiltrating the cabin. Wind noise is only noticeable at motorway speeds, while the Electrified G80’s top-notch regenerative braking allows for one-pedal driving with ease in most situations. In terms of quality, refinement and technology, the Electrified G80 ticks every box a modern luxury electric car needs to for over £10,000 less than its Mercedes EQE rival. Read our full review of the Genesis Electrified G80 here.
8. Hyundai Ioniq 6
Hyundai’s electric streamliner is the South Korean brand’s alternative to the BMW i4, Polestar 2 and Tesla Model 3. Not only does it beat the range of all those rivals – capable of up to 382 miles in certain forms – the Ioniq 6 feels serene and relaxing to drive. It’s particularly adept at motorway cruising thanks to a wheelbase on par with that of a BMW 5 series, which has the added benefit of providing plenty of cabin space.
Speaking of which, the cabin of the Ioniq 6 is a step up from the already excellent Ioniq 5 hatchback. Fit and finish is mostly superb, and Hyundai’s intuitive infotainment system is stellar. The dashboard is dominated by two 12-inch screens – one central infotainment screen, and another for the driver – while the displays for the digital door mirrors are housed in wings that sweep up from the dash. Read our first drive of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 here.
9. MINI Electric
The MINI Electric might rival the Fiat 500 and Honda e in most departments, but this two-door electric hatchback has a more luxurious cabin than EVs that cost twice as much. The current MINI Electric will be replaced in 2023, but its cabin design has aged with real grace and its infotainment system is still excellent. Then there’s the build quality, which much pricier electric cars fail to match, as the MINI’s interior is filled with lots of leather and metal. It might not be as generous when it comes to space for passengers or luggage, but that simply leaves less room for MINI to skimp on the details. Read our full review of the MINI Electric here.
10. Jaguar I-Pace
It was launched back in 2018, but the I-Pace's dynamic driving experience remains the benchmark for luxury electric cars to this day. It’s playful and agile, making it one of the most enjoyable electric cars to drive. Its styling, too, is a radical departure for the sporty SUV market, while the interior is every bit as slick as the exterior.
Performance is strong, with 396bhp from an electric motor on each axle. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 4.8 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 124mph. A 90kWh battery gives an official range of 292 miles, but expect closer to 230 miles in the real world and the Jaguar’s rapid charging capability now lags behind less expensive EVs on the market in 2022. Read our full review of the Jaguar I-Pace here.
One to watch: Rolls-Royce Spectre
Rolls-Royce is a brand synonymousness with luxury, and in 2023 it will launch its first-ever electric car: the all-new Spectre. We’ve not driven it yet, but the Rolls-Royce Spectre is likely to be one of the most luxurious EVs ever. The “ultra-luxury electric super coupé”, as Rolls-Royce calls it, produces 577bhp and 900Nm of torque in all and is expected to be capable of around 320 miles on a charge. Opening the Rolls-Royce’s rear-hinged coach doors reveals a four-seat interior and a fully-digital dashboard, as well as all the usual luxuries you’d expect from the British brand. Prices are expected to start from over £300,000. Find out more about the Rolls-Royce Spectre here.
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