Top 10 best electric SUVs 2023
Electric SUVs combine style and practicality with low running costs, making them a very popular choice in the UK. Here are our top 10 favourites to buy in 2023
If you’re in the market for an electric SUV, there’s no shortage of choice these days. From the affordable MG ZS EV and Kia Niro EV to the exciting Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y: the UK's best-selling electric car last year. These zero-emissions family haulers boast a desirable set of attributes: fashionable styling, useful practicality and low running costs.
In addition, company-car drivers will appreciate electric SUVs' rock-bottom Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rates and zero road tax until 2025, while those who frequently drive into central London will enjoy exemption from the Congestion Charge (also until 2025).
The number of electric SUVs on the market is constantly expanding, too. Polestar, Jeep, Volvo, Mercedes, Ford, Peugeot and Lotus are all launching new ones during 2023, while Kia’s upcoming flagship, the EV9, will be a zero-emissions seven-seater and a pure-electric Range Rover is set to arrive by 2024.
So, to make finding the electric SUV that’s right for you a little easier, we’ve put together our round-up of the top 10 best electric SUVs on sale in 2023, with video reviews on all of them below so you can learn more:
Best electric SUVs to buy now
Make sure to check out the winners of the 2023 DrivingElectric Awards and our list of the best electric cars 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. Kia Niro EV
The Niro EV picks up right where the hugely successful e-Niro left off, adding sharper styling, more boot space and intuitive infotainment to the brand’s popular electric family-car package. Every model comes with a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display and either an eight or 10.25-inch touchscreen, depending on the exact specification. The range is a healthy 285 miles, while the addition of one-pedal driving capability makes it great around town. Ride quality is on the firm side of comfortable, but overall the Niro EV is another example of sensible electric motoring that’ll be easy to live with.
2. Skoda Enyaq iV
Skoda is renowned for producing great-value and well thought-out family cars with petrol and diesel engines, but the Enyaq iV is the first to do the same with electric power. Using the VW Group's MEB electric-car architecture means an enormous amount of interior space for both passengers and luggage, not to mention great all-round visibility. You can choose from three different powertrains: the Enyaq iV 60, Enyaq iV 80 and all-wheel-drive Enyaq iV 80x. They deliver between 246 and 339 miles' range and there are also a variety of interior 'themes' to choose from, with sustainable materials employed.
3. MG ZS EV
Since it launched in 2019, the ZS EV has offered a very affordable route into zero-emissions motoring. For 2022, MG gave it a facelift, updating its styling and introducing a new Long Range version, with a range of up to 273 miles. The starting price is just over £30,000 now and there’s lots of interior space, along with a 470-litre boot that should make the ZS EV ideal for families. The refresh also brought a new digital driver’s display and a 10.1-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
4. BMW iX
The iX is the premium German brand's flagship electric SUV, and the largest model in its rapidly expanding i range of zero-emissions models. Thanks to the dual-motor setups in all three versions announced so far, you get all-wheel-drive and impressive performance. The iX is also great to drive for a car of this size, and can cover up to 380 miles on a charge. The centrepiece of the cabin is the slim instrument panel, which incorporates a 14.9-inch curved screen and 12.3-inch digital driver’s display. Inside, the iX overall feels light and airy, plus there's room for adults in the back and a 500-litre boot.
5. Tesla Model Y
The Model Y is the small electric SUV many people were waiting for. Based on the Model 3 saloon, it boasts a spacious cabin, slick infotainment and boatloads of practicality thanks to a 117-litre ‘frunk’ under the bonnet and a whopping 854 litres of boot space. Performance is still staggering, thanks to dual-motor setups in both the Long Range and Performance models. Prices now start from under £45,000, plus one of the major benefits of Tesla ownership is the brand’s extensive Supercharger network. Use one of its latest V3 Superchargers and you can top up the Model Y's battery from 0-80% in just 36 minutes.
6. Hyundai Kona Electric
The Kona Electric is an impressive compact SUV, especially the 64kWh model which boasts a remarkable 300 miles of range, making it a genuinely usable electric car, not just as a day-to-day, but for longer journeys as well. But that’s not all, the Hyundai is also practical, has plenty of on-board technology, good refinement and a comfortable ride. Plus, the zero-emissions Kona comes well equipped for the money, and looks pretty sharp, too. But it's worth noting there is an all-new model arriving later this year.
7. Ford Mustang Mach-E
The Mustang Mach-E is Ford's first proper effort at a purpose-built electric car: designed to beat Tesla at its own game. It drives well enough to justify the Mustang badge, but at the same time it's no hardcore sports car: it's large and practical to fulfil the family SUV brief. A variety of models is offered, with ranges from 273 to 372 miles, either rear or four-wheel drive and great rapid-charging capability. There’s a high-performance GT model, too.
8. Audi Q4 e-tron
The Q4 e-tron uses the same underpinnings as the Skoda Enyaq iV and VW ID.4, so it has a range of up to 316 miles and 125kW rapid-charging. It's also Audi's most affordable electric car and is great for families, because it’s spacious inside and comfortable to drive. The Q4 e-tron’s interior is as upmarket as you’d expect from an Audi, while there’s lots of rear leg and headroom, even for adults, and a big boot. The Audi isn’t as good value as the Skoda, but if you want something a bit more upmarket, the Q4 e-tron is a great option.
9. Nissan Ariya
It took Nissan more than a decade to launch a follow-up to the pioneering Leaf hatchback, but the Airya was well worth the wait. The Ariya’s striking looks help it stand out in the crowded electric family-car class, as do the comfortable ride, impressive refinement and spacious cabin. With a starting price of a little over £46,000, it’s not the cheapest entry on this list, but the Ariya is a premium-feeling product that comes with loads of kit for the money. To top it all off, it can deliver a range of up to 329 miles and 130kW rapid charging.
10. Mercedes EQB
Before the EQB arrived on the scene, the only seven-seater EVs around were van-derived minibuses and the ultra-premium Tesla Model X. All EQBs sold in the UK come with three rows as standard; the rearmost seats provide enough room for children and get ISOFIX points. Both the EQB 300 and EQB 350 get a 66.5kWh battery for a range of over 250 miles, plus all-wheel drive, with enough power in even the entry-level version for a smooth and relaxing driving experience. The EQB also gets the same great MBUX infotainment setup as the more expensive EQC.
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