Top 10 best electric family cars 2021
From hatchbacks to SUVs, here are our top picks for the best zero-emissions family haulers on the market right now
In recent years, the availability of electric cars has exploded, with almost all mainstream carmakers now featuring at least one in their line-up, and several having quite a few. In 2021, there's a plethora of practical, affordable, efficient and even stylish electric cars out there – ideal for families looking to cut down on their emissions, as well as their running costs.
To help narrow your search, here's our list of the top zero-emissions family cars on the market. They're the more practical but still affordable options you can buy, with bodystyles to suit all tastes, from hatchbacks to SUVs.
With the majority of the entries offering over 200 miles of range, and some up able to cover 300 on a charge, you needn’t worry about completing the school run before the battery goes flat, as long as you top up regularly. Read on for our picks of the best electric family cars in 2021...
Citroen’s half-hatchback, half-SUV electric crossover is an ideal family car thanks to its roomy cabin, comfortable ride and 217-mile range for a starting price of £30,000 after the government plug-in car grant (PiCG) is deducted.
It uses a 50kWh battery and 134bhp electric motor, for a 0-62mph time of 9.7 seconds. So it’s not particularly fast, but the e-C4 is really punchy from low speed, as well as relaxed and quiet on the move. It can also charge from 0-80% in 30 minutes at a rapid charging point. Read our in-depth Citroen e-C4 review here.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
The latest electric car from Hyundai has garnered plenty of attention for its retro-inspired styling, but its ultra-rapid charging capability and luxury-car-like ride quality and interior comfort are what won it a place on this list. The Ioniq 5 is also reasonably priced for an electric car that offers so much, starting from around £37,000.
At that price, you get enough battery capacity to cover 240 miles on a charge, and the car can be topped up from 10-80% in just 18 minutes if you find a fast enough charging point. Taking all that together with a whopping 527-litre boot capacity and the Ioniq 5 is an ideal electric family car. Read our full review of the Ioniq 5 here.
Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai has been producing some of the best-value electric cars on the market for several years now, and the Kona Electric is a perfect example, being an affordable SUV with a long range to boot. Examples fitted with the 64kWh battery can cover up to 300 miles on a charge and come in at just over £32,000. The entry-level version gets a smaller 39kWh battery that still provides a range of 189 miles, as well as a price tag closer to £28,000.
Both are good to drive, with punchy performance, reasonable charging speeds and quiet running around town. Some other entries on this list offer more boot space, and the Kona's interior is a little bland, but it should still be an ideal choice for many family motorists. Read our Hyundai Kona Electric review here to find out more.
Based on the same underpinnings as the Kona Electric above, the e-Niro offers great value, decent range and plenty of family-friendly space. The official range is 282 miles for the 64kWh model, which is excellent for an affordable family car. There's also a smaller 39kWh battery – like the Kona Electric – for a 180-mile range. Both take around an hour to charge from 0-80% from a 50kW public charger.
On the road, the e-Niro is comfortable, practical and efficient, so the claimed range is accurate in our experience. Prices are on the high side compared to the equivalent Kona Electric, but it does come with loads of standard kit. As a result, it's one of the best value EVs around. Read our Kia e-Niro review here.
MG 5 SW EV
The MG 5 is not just one of only two electric estate cars currently on the market, it’s also one of the cheapest electric cars on sale today, starting from just over £26,000 for the long-range version, which boasts a 250-mile range. Plus, it can recharge from 10-80% in just 40 minutes from a rapid charging point capable of 100kW.
Admittedly, the MG isn’t the most exciting electric car you can buy, and the plasticky interior leaves a lot to be desired. However, the 5 is remarkable value for money nonetheless, with plenty of standard kit, plus bundles of practicality, so it’s worth taking a closer look. Watch our full review of the MG 5 SW EV here to learn more.
MG ZS EV
The MG 5 isn’t the Chinese brand’s only affordable route into zero-emissions motoring for families. The ZS EV is a small electric SUV that rivals other entries on this list like the Kia e-Niro and Peugeot e-2008. Its 44.5kWh battery means range is limited to 163 miles but, with 50kW charging, you can add 100 miles of range in just 30 minutes. Acceleration also isn’t breathtaking, but 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds is good enough. The interior is drab and it's not all that comfortable, but the MG is all about value for money. Read our full ZS EV review here.
The e-2008 uses the same electric powertrain as the e-208 hatchback and even the Citroen e-C4 above, but it's a conventional SUV, so it's bigger and more practical for families. It's also larger than the old petrol and diesel 2008, with a bigger boot, more interior space and loads of technology.
The 50kWh battery under the handsome bodywork feeds a 134bhp motor and provides enough juice to cover 206 miles on a charge, which is a bit less than rivals like the e-Niro and Kona Electric. But, the e-2008 gets a thoroughly modern-looking cabin and 100kW rapid-charging capability for a 20-80% top-up in just 20 minutes. Read our Peugeot e-2008 review here.
Skoda Enyaq iV
The Enyaq iV isn't Skoda’s first electric car, but it’s the first to offer families an affordable path into zero-emissions motoring. Prices start from just over £32,000 for the spacious, refined electric SUV, with the entry-level model capable of covering over 250 miles on a charge.
It’s also extremely practical, with a huge 585 litres of boot space on offer. Visibility is excellent all round thanks to large windows and it’s easy to fit a child seat if needed. Plus, there’s a variety of interior 'themes' to choose from, some featuring eco-friendly materials to give the Enyaq’s cabin a unique feel. Read our full review of the Skoda Enyaq iV here.
The Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback is intended to be as big a deal for VW as the Beetle and Golf. It's certainly a great all-rounder like the Golf, offering style, decent range, comfort and practicality at an affordable price.
There are several versions available, with models capable of 215 to 336 miles on a charge depending on the battery size. Rapid charging speeds of up to 125kW mean you can top them up in about half an hour (10-80%), so you don’t have to stress about taking the ID.3 on longer journeys. While we're not convinced that the interior is as high quality as it should be, the ID.3 is still worth taking a closer look at thanks to its value for money and practicality. Read our full ID.3 review here.
A sister car to the Skoda Enyaq iV, the ID.4 is Volkswagen’s entry into the electric SUV market. It seems to tick all the right boxes, with a comfortable ride, plenty of space inside, 100kW rapid charging as standard. The entry-level version is even eligible for the government’s plug-in car grant (PiCG), which is a bonus.
However, it can only cover around 200 miles on a charge, and the ID.4 sadly inherits its hatchback sibling’s confusing infotainment system. But it remains an appealing package if you're looking for a more practical electric family-hauler. Read our full review of the Volkswagen ID.4 here.
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