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Feature - The Critics' Choice Of The Top EVs

March 27th 2018

With the Government investing hundreds of millions of pounds to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs), there has never been a better time to join the growing ranks of EV drivers on the UK’s roads.

But which vehicle should you buy? Obviously that choice is down to many factors on a driver-by-driver basis, but to help that final decision we have provided a round-up of the critics’ leading choices when it comes to some of the best EVs around.

The information listed below has been collected from various motor industry reviews, including those from magazines such as What Car?, Carbuyer and Auto Express.

Kia Soul         

Featuring a smart design, the Kia Soul is a nice drive. Extremely spacious inside, with lots of headroom, this EV can go 132 miles between charges.

Add to that a seven year manufacturer's warranty and you have a great overall EV package.

VW E-up!  

An EV which is perfectly at home in an urban environment, the E-up! has a powerful 81bhp electric motor and battery pack - allowing a range of up to 99 miles.

This EV is pretty quick off the mark for its category too, and also features a good looking interior.

Tesla Model X         

When it comes to buying an EV, those looking for a premium SUV should certainly consider Tesla's Model X. Looking the part on the outside (with its falcon wing doors), its practical interior also includes seating for up to seven people.

Low running costs and 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds. Enough said!         

Jaguar I-Pace

The sporty I-Pace SUV is a five-seater which runs off two Jaguar motors - with a combined 394bhp and 696Nm. It can zip from 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds and comes with a 90kWh battery which possesses a 298-mile range.

Hyundai Ioniq    

With a choice of three different electrified powertrains, the EV version of the Ioniq has a range of 174 miles - putting it ahead of much of the chasing EV pack.

Its 118bhp electric motor means it can make the 0-62mph mark in 9.9 seconds.  

Nissan Leaf

Economical, affordable and updated, the new Nissan Leaf is setting higher standards than ever before as the model just gets better and better.

This easy to drive electric beauty now offers ranges of up to 258 miles with its 40kwh battery and is very well equipped in other areas too - even featuring an 'e-Pedal' to boost the driving experience. 0-62mph in a mere 7.9 seconds.     

BMW i3         

Sophisticated. Adventurous. Unique. (And that is just the design.)

The i3 can boast both a fantastic build and a 195-mile range, in addition to reaching 0-62mph in 7.2 seconds.

Powered by the 168hp electric motor in its boot, the i3 is fun to drive, has a great interior, and is very compact.

VW e-Golf              

When it comes to VW you know you are getting quality – and the stylish e-Golf is no different. With a range of 186 miles, the conventional hatchback appearance of this EV provides the spacious interior you would expect.

Tesla Model S     

Described by some as 'the ultimate EV', Tesla’s Model S is blessed with amazing looks and the capability under the hood to back it up. It can do a 0-62mph run in 2.5 seconds, while offering a top range of over 300 miles.

Both comfortable and practical, this is an EV which has already made a big name for itself in the industry.

Renault Zoe     

The Renault Zoe has regularly placed among the critics’ favourites. This practical small hatchback EV is one of the lowest priced on the market and features a large 338-litre boot, boasts a range of up to 250 miles, and is extremely easy to drive.

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