Is now the time for you to go electric? With climate change almost constantly dominating the news headlines, we are becoming more and more aware of the impact we have on the environment. But we are also realists. In the past, electric cars have not been the most practical choice, despite the economic savings and environmental benefits. You couldn’t always rely on the car to do what you needed it to. But that’s all changed.
Electric cars today are almost indistinguishable from their fossil fuel cousins. With just their range holding them back, you can compare the performance and quality of the top electric cars with any regular engine model. Here are our selection of the top 3 electric cars currently available on the UK market.
No company has done as much for electric cars as Tesla. Almost singlehandedly improving the reputation and desirability of electric vehicles, it has forced almost every major manufacturer to take electric cars seriously.
The Tesla Model 3 is their best car to date. This executive saloon stands up against the BMWs and Audis, perhaps even outdoing hem thanks to their rarity on the road and waiting list to get your hands on one. Packed with in-car tech, the standard model has a huge 267 mile range. The electric motor is also no slouch, with a top speed of 140mph and able to go from 0-60mph in just 5.3 seconds.
For an electric car that has been designed for city living, the Nissan Leaf is the best on the market. Now in its second generation, the Leaf has improved in almost all areas to make it one of the best all-round electric vehicles.
With a range of 160+ miles on a single charge, you’ll have plenty of juice to get you around town before needing to stop for a recharge. It’s not the quickest car on the market, but that’s not why you’re opting for the Leaf. 0-60mph in eight seconds is more than enough for most. It’s a very comfy ride thanks to the soft suspension and lack of engine noise. In fact, the interior cabin is quiet even on the motorway, making for one of the most relaxing drives.
If you want something a bit more affordable than the Tesla but has a bit more style and power than the Nissan, then the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is our top pick. A range of 238 miles is not far off the market leading Tesla, and, if you go for the top spec option, 0-60mph in 5.2 seconds makes it a fraction quicker too.
Inside is as impressive, with its top-of-the-range infotainment system and a huge amount of fancy options fitted as standard. Named car of the year 2021 by Autoexpress magazine, it’s a sign that Tesla may not dominate the market as much in the coming years.
The Renault Zoe and Kia e-Niro are all fine alternatives to the Nissan Leaf, with their focus on city driving making their lack of range more palatable. If you want something similar to the Tesla or Hyundai models, then the Volkswagen ID.3 is a great option. And, if you have more money, the Porsche Taycan and Jaguar I-Pace are excellent electric models that may make you forget you even heard a petrol or diesel engine.