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Top 10 best electric SUVs 2022

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 2022

Top 10 best electric SUVs

There’s no lack of choice when it comes to the electric SUVs on the UK market in 2022. From the affordable MG ZS EV – winner of our 2022 Car of the Year and Best Value Electric Car awards – to the exciting Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y, 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 enjoy electric SUVs' rock-bottom Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rates, while those who frequently drive into central London will appreciate their exemption from the Congestion Charge (until 2025, at least).

The number of electric SUVs on the market is constantly expanding. Polestar, Smart, Toyota, Subaru and Lotus are all launching new ones during 2022, while Kia’s upcoming flagship 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 in 2022, with video reviews on all of them below so you can learn more:

  1. MG ZS EV
  2. Skoda Enyaq iV
  3. BMW iX
  4. Ford Mustang Mach-E
  5. Audi Q4 e-tron
  6. Tesla Model Y
  7. Mercedes EQB
  8. Genesis GV60
  9. Hyundai Kona Electric
  10. Jaguar I-Pace

Make sure to check out our list of the overall best electric cars to buy in 2022, too – and don't forget to follow DrivingElectric on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube for all the very latest EV news and reviews.

1. MG ZS EV

Since it launched in 2019, the MG ZS EV has offered many a very affordable route into zero-emissions motoring. For 2022, MG gave it a facelift, updated its styling and introduced a new Long Range version, with a range of up to 273 miles.

The starting price still remains well under £30,000 and there’s lots of interior space, too, along with a 470-litre boot that should make the ZS EV ideal for most families. The refresh also brought a new digital driver’s display behind the steering wheel, and a 10.1-inch central touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Read our full review to find out more

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 its first effort to do the same with electric power. And it's a very good one. Using the VW Group's dedicated MEB electric-car architecture means there's an enormous amount of interior space for both passengers and luggage, not to mention great all-round visibility through those big windows.

Technology-wise, you can choose from three different powertrain options: the Enyaq iV 60, the Enyaq iV 80 and the all-wheel-drive Enyaq iV 80x. They deliver between 255 and 336 miles of driving range, with all models getting decent rapid-charging capability so you can top up quickly on a longer journey. There are also a variety of interior 'themes' to choose from, with sustainable materials employed to give a unique feel to the cabin. Read our full review to find out more

3. 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 that have been announced so far, which means you get all-wheel-drive and impressive performance. It’s also great to drive for a car of this size, and can cover up to 380 miles on a full charge.

The centrepiece of the iX’s cabin is the slim instrument panel, which incorporates a 14.9-inch curved display screen and 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, and both displays are crisp and responsive to use. Inside, the iX overall feels light and airy, plus there's room for adults in the back and a 500-litre boot. Read our full review to find out more

4. Ford Mustang Mach-E

The Mustang Mach-E is Ford's first proper effort at a purpose-built electric car: designed to take on Tesla and beat it 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 enough to fulfil the family SUV brief with ease.

A variety of models are offered, with driving ranges from 249 to 379 miles, either rear or four-wheel drive and significant rapid-charging capability. But if you want more, there’s a high-performance GT model available now, too. Read our full review to find out more, and make sure to check out our head-to-head twin test between the Mach-E and the Tesla Model 3 here.

5. Audi Q4 e-tron

The Audi Q4 e-tron uses the same underpinnings as the Skoda Enyaq iV and the Volkswagen ID.4, so it has an impressive range of up to 316 miles and 125kW rapid-charging. This also means it’s Audi’s most affordable electric car at the moment, and it makes a great family car 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, and it’s more user-friendly than the ID.4’s cabin as well, without losing out on the amount of technology available. 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. Read our full review to find out more, and make sure to check out our head-to-head twin test between the Q4 e-tron and the Tesla Model Y here.

6. Tesla Model Y

The Model Y is the small electric SUV many people have been waiting for. Based on the Model 3 saloon, the mid-size SUV boasts a spacious cabin, slick infotainment system and boatloads of practicality thanks to a 117-litre ‘frunk’ under the bonnet and a whopping 854 litres of boot space as well.

Plus, performance is still staggering, thanks to dual-motor setups in both the Long Range and Performance models that are currently available. Prices start from nearly £55,000, but one of the major benefits of Tesla ownership is access to 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. Read our full review to find out more.

7. Mercedes EQB

Before the Mercedes EQB arrived on the scene, the only seven-seater EV options around were some van-derived minibuses and the ultra-premium Tesla Model X. All versions of the EQB sold in the UK will come with three rows of seating as standard, with the rearmost seats providing enough room for children, and get ISOFIX points, too. 

Both the EQB 300 and EQB 350 which are available from launch also 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 to satisfy most people day-to-day and allowing for a smooth and relaxing driving experience. The EQB also gets the same great MBUX infotainment setup as the more expensive EQC. Read our full review to find out more.

8. Genesis GV60

Genesis is a brand-new luxury-car brand from the group that also oversees Kia and Hyundai. It has launched several petrol and diesel models in the UK already, but this GV60 is its first purely electric effort. It gets off to a good start by using many of the same parts as its sister models the Ioniq 5 and EV6, but also has an identity of its own, with sleek, coupe-like styling and a luxurious but not overdone interior ambience.

Genesis is also promising a unique ownership experience for those who buy its cars. There's a five-year warranty, plus five years’ servicing and roadside assistance, along with mapping and software updates for the same period. The company will collect and drop off your car on a covered transporter whenever it’s booked in for work, and you’ll be assigned a Genesis ‘personal assistant’ throughout. Read our full review.

9. Hyundai Kona Electric

The more compact Kona Electric is just as impressive as it’s e-Niro cousin, especially the 64kWh model which boasts an impressive 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 Kona Electric is also practical, has plenty of on-board technology, good refinement and a comfortable ride. Plus, despite it’s title as one of the cheapest electric cars currently on sale, the zero-emissions Kona comes well equipped for the money, and looks pretty sharp, too, thanks to a facelift back in 2021. Read our full review to find out more

10. Jaguar I-Pace

When it arrived in 2018, the I-Pace immediately shot to the top of its class, and it's easy to see why it still features among the best SUVs on-sale four years on. The Jaguar offers a range of nearly 300 miles, with performance to rival some much sportier machinery (395bhp and a 0-62mph time of 4.5 seconds proves as much) and the practicality that any family SUV buyer is looking for.

Key to this package is the clever body that sandwiches the battery in the floor, so while it's heavy, the weight is low down, so the I-Pace handles sweetly and rides smoothly. It also doesn’t hamper practicality, as there’s lots of space inside and the 638-litre boot will swallow almost anything a family can throw at it. Charging is fast, too; hook the I-Pace up to a 100kW rapid charger, and a 10-80% top up takes 44 minutes. Read our full review to find out more.

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