Top 10 best electric cars 2022
Here, we run through our favourite new electric cars that you can buy right now in the UK…
It’s hard to imagine that just over a decade ago, the only electric car ‘for the masses’ that you could buy was the Nissan Leaf. But fast-forward to today and you're spoiled for choice, with a plethora of zero-emissions models ranging from city cars to supersaloons now available. And the selection is constantly growing!
Polestar, Subaru, Toyota, Renault, Citroen, Nissan, BMW, Lexus, Lotus, Smart, Volkswagen, Hyundai and Kia – to name but a few – all have new electric cars coming out over the next 12 months, while the network of rapid and ultra-rapid electric-car chargers across the country is constantly expanding, making it easier to live with EVs and cover long distances in them, too.
Electric cars are also more relaxing and easier to drive than their petrol and diesel-powered counterparts thanks to silent powertrains and stunning performance on tap, while zero tailpipe emissions and rock-bottom running costs make EVs extremely appealing to company-car drivers.
If you're in the market for a new electric car, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve put together a round-up of the top 10 best electric cars to buy in 2022, with video reviews on all of them below so you can learn more:
- MG ZS EV
- Hyundai Ioniq 5
- Skoda Enyaq iV
- Fiat 500
- BMW iX
- Kia EV6
- Porsche Taycan
- BMW i4
- Tesla Model 3
- Ford Mustang Mach-E
Make sure to check out the winners of the 2022 DrivingElectric Awards and our list of the best electric SUVs 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. MG ZS EV
Winner of our 2022 Car of the Year and Best Value Electric Car awards, the MG ZS EV is one of the most affordable EVs on the road – starting from just over £29,000 – but can also cover up to 273 miles on a charge and comes with a respectable amount of standard kit. A recent facelift, saw the ZS EV’s styling and infotainment upgraded, with the latter now including a digital driver’s display and 10.1-inch central touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s plenty of space inside, too; coupled with the 470-litre boot, this makes the ZS EV an ideal choice for most families. Read our full review to find out more.
2. Hyundai Ioniq 5
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is part of the next generation of electric cars from the Korean carmaker, and it shows the future is bright. The Ioniq 5 is truly futuristic in terms of design, with styling that’s more attention-grabbing than some supercars. But there’s plenty of substance behind that: the cabin and ride are supremely comfortable, plus it's well priced and offers around 300 miles' range in its most efficient form. Most impressive, though, is the 220kW ultra-rapid charging, meaning that if you find a fast enough point, topping up from 10-80% takes just 18 minutes. Read our full review to find out more, and check out our triple test of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 against the BMW iX3 and Volvo XC40 Recharge.
3. Skoda Enyaq iV
The Enyaq iV is Skoda’s first dedicated electric car, and undeniably one of the best on sale now. The zero-emissions SUV is an ideal family car, offering boatloads of practicality; a spacious, modern and tech-filled cabin; excellent refinement and a solid real-world driving range of between 255 and 335 miles depending on which model you go for. It's also competitively priced and gets the brand’s usual ‘Simply Clever’ features like umbrellas hidden in the doors. Read our full review to find out more.
4. Fiat 500
Fiat ditched the pump for the plug with the latest 500 city car. The winner of our Best Urban Electric Car award for 2022 and our Car of the Year for 2021 has a stylish and tech-filled cabin, which isn't overly complex or excessively minimal. On the road, the Fiat is fun to drive, with a better seating position and smoother ride than its sometimes-uncomfortable predecessor. The icing on this cake is an affordable price: entry-level Action grabs attention and will be ideal for those who can live with its 115-mile range, but the mid-range Passion is the real value buy, adding extra kit, more power and a larger battery for a 199-mile range. Read our full review to find out more, and check out our triple test of the 500, MINI Electric and Honda e.
5. BMW iX
Sitting at the top of BMW’s rapidly expanding range of electric i models is the iX – winner of our Best Luxury Electric Car award in 2022. Like most of the German marque’s cars, the styling of its flagship SUV makes it stand apart from rivals like the Audi e-tron and Tesla Model X, but so does the way it goes down the road. Quiet, comfortable and trimmed in some of the highest-quality materials in this segment, the iX feels suitably luxurious, but it’s also great to drive, and capable of covering up to 381 miles on a charge if you go for the range-topping xDrive50 model with its 105kWh battery. Read our full review to find out more.
6. Kia EV6
Kia has been in the EV game longer than most carmakers with the budget-minded and practical e-Niro and Soul EV SUVs. Now, the EV6 is ushering in the brand’s next generation of zero-emissions models. This sporty coupe-SUV is more than a match for upmarket rivals like the Ford Mustang Mach-E and VW ID.5 when it comes to practicality, technology, comfort and handling. But it’s not only quick and engaging to drive; all models sold in the UK feature a 77kWh battery, so the EV6 can cover up to 328 miles on a charge. And when you need to top up, it can recharge at up to 233kW – faster even than its Hyundai Ioniq 5 sister car. Read our full review for more and check out our twin test of the EV6 against the VW ID.4 GTX here.
7. Porsche Taycan
The Porsche Taycan proved that electric cars have the potential to be just as exciting and engaging to drive as enthusiast-focused petrol-powered models. The Taycan line-up has expanded significantly since the car was first introduced, with the first zero-emissions Porsche now available in two estate body styles (Cross Turismo and Sport Turismo) as well as in regular saloon form. There are also several versions to decide between, from the entry-level rear-drive Taycan right up to the range-topping Turbo S, which packs 751bhp. In 2021, Porsche added a more driver-focused GTS model, which looks to be the sweet spot of the range, offering close to 600bhp from a dual-motor setup, as well as over 300 miles of range. Read our full review to find out more and check out our twin test pitting the Taycan against the closely related Audi e-tron GT here.
8. BMW i4
The BMW i4 is a zero-emissions take of the German brand’s winning four-door saloon formula which has come to define what we expect from the class – and the i4 lives up to those expectations. This is a true driver’s EV; the only electric car that handles as well as the i4 is the much pricier Porsche Taycan. The i4 is also more than a match for the Tesla Model 3 it directly rivals, thanks to superb refinement and build quality, an excellent infotainment setup and rapid-charging capability. The entry-level i4 eDrive40 gets an impressive 365-mile range, too, while the i4 M50 – BMW’s first-ever electric M performance model, no less – packs quite the punch, with all-wheel-drive and 537bhp on tap. Read our full review to find out more.
9. Tesla Model 3
This list wouldn't be complete without Tesla's biggest-selling creation yet: a car that all others are gunning for thanks to its rapid-charging technology, refinement and performance. The Model 3 is available in three guises – Standard Range Plus, Long Range and Performance – all of which feature a minimalist yet classy interior. The entry-level version can cover up to 305 miles on a charge, as well as accelerate from 0-62mph in under six seconds. Then there's the Long Range, which boasts a range of 360 miles and 4.2-second 0-62mph time. The Performance is the most impressive of the lot: its range is reduced to 340 miles, but it makes up for that with searing performance: 0-62mph is achieved in a mind-boggling 3.2 seconds and top speed is 162mph. Read our full review to find out more, and check out our twin test of the Model 3 and Ford Mustang Mach-E here.
10. Ford Mustang Mach-E
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is a family SUV that seems like it couldn’t be further from the muscle car it shares a name with – yet its punchy power delivery and enjoyable handling prove there's a link. It’s one of the best electric cars for driving, short of the BMW i4 and Porsche Taycan. The entry-level, rear-drive model boasts 279 miles' range, but the Extended Range can cover an impressive 380 miles, plus it gets 150kW charging speed for a top up to 80% in about 40 minutes. The Ford is practical, quiet inside and has a really impressive cabin packed with technology and a huge Tesla-style touchscreen – although it’s not as comfortable as some rivals. Read our full review to find out more.
How to choose the best electric car for you: top tips
1. There’s an electric car for everyone now
Electric cars have come a long way since the days when the G-Wiz and Nissan Leaf were the only EVs on the road. In 2022, the choice is immense. At one end of the spectrum, you have budget-minded models like the MG ZS EV and Kia Niro EV, as well as compact city cars like Fiat 500, while at the other end are ultra-premium models like the BMW iX and Mercedes EQS, as well as high-performance flagships that casually boast close to 1,000bhp power outputs.
One thing they all have in common is a near-silent running gear that can provide zippy performance and – more importantly for some – a relaxing driving experience previously reserved only for the most luxurious cars on the road. With instant torque on tap, no gearchanges to deal with and regenerative braking that can allow for ‘one- pedal’ driving, there’s a lot to like about being between the wheel of an EV.
2. Make sure you can reliably top up your electric car
There’s a lot to like about owning an electric car, however you need to think about how you’re going to keep your zero-emissions pride and joy topped up! It’s not a problem if you have private off-street parking, as installing a home wallbox will allow you to recharge overnight, ready for the next day.
Don’t worry if you’re one of the many people who use on-street parking, as cities like London are now well served by public charging points, so you can get away with not having a charger at home or work. If you do less than 200 or so miles a week, a top-up from a public charging point every few days should be sufficient.
You may need to think twice about switching to electric if your average daily mileage exceeds the range of the car you’re considering. But, thanks to rapid-charging points you can find dotted around the UK, particularly at service stations, longer journeys are now a cinch for most electric cars, too.
3. Low running costs make up for higher price tags
One unavoidable downside of switching to electric is the higher starting prices of EVs compared to their combustion-engine counterparts. For example, while the petrol-powered version of the Peugeot 208 hatchback starts from just under £19,000, the zero-emissions e-208 is priced at nearly £30,000.
But the real savings are to be made in running costs. Electric cars attract just 2% company-car tax, are currently zero-rated for VED (road tax), require less frequent servicing and on average cost less to ‘fuel’ than their petrol or diesel equivalents. Plus, if you frequently travel into the London Congestion Charge zone, or any of the other clean-air zones in the UK, you’ll avoid their fees, too.
4. Consider leasing an electric car
Because electric cars generally sport higher price tags than their petrol-powered counterparts, and because their features and technology are evolving fast right now, leasing may be a better option for some. There are downsides, such as there being no option to own the car at the end of the contract, but electric cars are so popular right now that there are plenty of deals out there, allowing you to get behind the wheel of the latest models for a fixed monthly amount.
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