There are more electric cars than ever on British and Irish roads, so there are plenty of choices if you want an EV (electric vehicle) as your next car. One of the most popular types of car is the SUV, and there are many electric SUVs to choose from now.
SUVs are stylish and practical, which is why they’re so popular, and with electric power they’re also cheap to run. They tend to be big and heavy, so they won’t have as much range as an equivalent hatchback, but figures are always improving and many of the models below have a very impressive amount of all-electric driving capability.
Below you’ll find a list of the best electric SUVs according to the valuations experts Parkers. There’s something for everyone here, from cheap and cheerful to premium and luxurious.
Best cheap electric SUV: MG ZS EV
Okay, so there aren’t any cheap electric SUVs – but it’s a relative term, and the MG ZS EV is one of the most affordable electric cars around while also happening to be an SUV. It’s certainly the cheapest model on this list.
It has an official range of about 163 miles, and thanks to the roomy interior and decent amount of standard equipment, it looks like a good buy. Where has the money been saved? It’s clearly the interior, as it seems cheap inside and it’s not all that good to drive either.
Best hi-tech electric SUV: Tesla Model X
At the opposite end of the scale to the MG, you’ve got the Tesla Model X. It’s one of the most expensive cars around, and only the richest will be able to afford one. Thanks to the impressive touchscreen display packed with features, upward-opening rear doors and huge electric range, it’s a great EV overall if you can afford it.
Its range on a single charge is about 314 miles, which is one of the longer ranges available for an electric SUV. Plus, you get access to the rapid Supercharger charging network at service stations for quick top-ups on long trips.
Best premium electric SUV: Mercedes-Benz EQC
The Mercedes EQC might look like any other large SUV but it hides an impressive electric powertrain with a 259-mile range and punchy performance. It also boasts a fantastic, upmarket interior with plush seats and lots of hi-tech kit.
The EQC isn’t mega-expensive, but it’s still one of the more premium options. It’s comfortable to drive, fast and feels high-quality, so is a great choice overall.
Best small electric SUV: DS 3 Crossback E-Tense
The DS 3 Crossback E-Tense has a really bold exterior design that you’ll either love or hate, and the same goes for the interior. It’s a unique offering and is comfortable, easy to drive and gets plenty of it. It has an all-electric range of 206 miles and does the 0-62mph sprint in just 8.7 seconds. Perfect for traffic light getaways and nipping through traffic.
Best all-round electric SUV: Kia e-Niro
The Kia e-Niro’s electric range of 280 miles is really impressive considering it’s one of the more affordable electric SUVs on this list. It’s a fantastic all-rounder, with excellent efficiency, a practical interior and lots of technology.
The e-Niro is a great choice if you’re not sure what you want because it does everything really well. It’s roomy, good quality, easy to drive, comfortable and performance is good too.
Best sporty electric SUV: Jaguar I-Pace
You could argue that the Jaguar I-Pace isn’t quite an SUV, but it does have adjustable suspension that can be raised up if you need extra ground clearance. It’s the best EV SUV to drive, with great steering, comfortable seats and a powerful electric motor.
The motor allows for a 0-60mph time of 4.5 seconds and the battery is big enough for a range of 292 miles. The Jaguar is smart looking, has a great interior and is fun to drive – it’s one of the best Jaguars for decades.
Best compact electric SUV: Hyundai Kona Electric
The Hyundai Kona Electric is closely related to the Kia e-Niro, so if you prefer the looks of the Hyundai, go for this one instead. It’s available in two versions, a lesser model with 180 miles of range and a longer-range one with 278 miles.
It’s good to drive, practical, comes with plenty of technology in the cabin and is affordable to buy, especially using a finance deal. It’s another great choice for those who want a good all-rounder.
Best high-quality electric SUV: Audi E-Tron
The Audi E-Tron comes either in standard or Sportback form, and between the various models there’s between 191 and 234 miles of range. The Sportback model looks sleeker than the normal car, with a sloping roofline at the back, and it’s a little bit less practical but is more stylish.
The Audi E-Tron has a fantastic cabin that’s both practical and stylish, and the quality is very good. It’s full of modern tech and looks every bit as premium as the high price tag might suggest.