Best Electric Estate Cars 2022 UK: The Complete Guide

MG5 EV

We encourage global automotive manufactures (OEMs) to increase their efforts in the development and introduction of family-friendly competitively priced pure electric estate cars. It is a win-win for manufacturers and consumers alike!


In general, there are fewer pure electric estate cars, compared to other body types like e-hatchbacks, e-saloons and e-SUVs. We certainly hope that in 2022 we will see the introduction of many new pure electric family estate cars in the UK!

Therefore our list of the best electric estate cars 2022, includes both battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Electric estate cars (station wagons) are key to our future transportation framework in the UK, given the fantastic practicality and versatility of estate cars for families across the UK. We strongly encourage global automotive manufacturers (OEMs) to increase their effort in the development and production of zero-tailpipe emission electric estate cars.

We at e-zoomed encourage individuals and families to choose a pure electric car instead of a plug-in hybrid electric car, given the lower cost of driving a pure electric car and stronger environmental credentials. Of course, a PHEV driving on electric mode achieves the same too, albeit, for a very limited zero-emission electric range (usually below 25 miles).

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You Can Recharge A Pure Electric SUV Between £5 – £10 (Ashvin Suri, Founder e-zoomed)

Apart from the impeccable environmental credentials of electric vehicles, the other fantastic advantage of EVs, is that these eco-friendly vehicles are cheap to run. You can expect to fully recharge an EV battery for between £5 to £15, with a running cost per mile between 3p and 5p. To fill a full tank of a petrol estate car will set you back over £100! The narrative to switch to pure electric cars, and in particular replacing petrol and diesel estate cars by zero-emission pure electric estate cars is compelling and robust:

  • No noise pollution.
  • No tailpipe pollution (better air quality).
  • Cheaper to recharge than fill.
  • Cheaper to run per mile.
  • Instant torque.
  • Smoother ride.
  • Superior infotainment systems.
  • Enhanced exterior design and much more!

The MG5 EV is the only pure electric estate car that qualifies for the UK government £1,500 plug-in car grant. You can lease electric estate cars via e-zoomed at very competitive prices!


Best Electric Estate Cars 2022: Top 10


Electric Estate Cars EV Type
MG5 EV (from £27,595)Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Renault Megane Sport Tourer E-Tech(from £30,995)Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
SEAT Leon E-Hybrid(from £32,950)Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Peugeot 308 SW(from £34,200)Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Volkswagen Passat GTE(from £39,440)Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Peugeot 508 SW(from £37,760)Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
BMW 330e Touring(from £44,045)Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Volvo V60 Recharge(from £46,750)Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Mercedes-Benz E Class(from £49,480)Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Audi A6 Avant TFSIe(from £55,690)Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)


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The All-Electric MG 5 EV


The MG5 electric vehicle (EV) is the second pure electric car from MG, after the all-electric MG ZS EV. The MG5 electric estate car is targeted at families seeking to buy a practical and affordable zero-emission EV. The MG5 EV does not disappoint in terms of affordability, with prices starting at £27,595 (not including the grant). The MG5 EV is priced below £32,000 and therefore eligible for the UK government plug-in car grant (PiCG).

The 5 seater e-estate is practical and family-friendly, without compromising on comfort. The rear seats are comfortable for adults, with a decent boot space (464 L). The electric vehicle (EV) is available in two EV battery options (52.5 kWh/61.1 kWh) with an electric range up to 250 miles (WLTP), for the larger EV battery. The EV is more than appropriate for most family requirements, to include, work trips, school runs, family outings, grocery shopping, weekend trips and a lot more!

PROS CONS
A genuinely affordable family electric estateDC charging limited to 100 kW
Good electric range with two EV battery optionsNot the most inspiring drive
Practical and ample boot spaceInterior quality can be improved

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The All-Electric MG5 EV (credit: MG)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Estate
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 52.5/ 61.1 kWh
Charging:100 kW DC Rapid Charging. On board charger: 7kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:7 years or 80,000 miles

MG5 EV (52.5 kWh)
EV Battery Capacity:52.5 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):214 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):17.5
Charging:100 kW DC Rapid Charging (0-80%: 40 mins). On board charger: 7kW AC
Top Speed:115 mph
0-60 mph: 7.3 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Horsepower (PS):156
Torque (Nm):260
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,532 – 1,550
Colours:5

MG5 EV (61.1 kWh)
EV Battery Capacity:61.1 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):250 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):17.5
Charging:100 kW DC Rapid Charging (0-80%: 40 mins). On board charger: 7kW AC
Top Speed:115 mph
0-60 mph:7.3 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Horsepower (PS):156
Torque (Nm):260
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,550 – 1,565
Colours:5

The Renault Megane Sport Tourer PHEV Estate


The Renault Megane family car has been available since 1996. The concept version was unveiled in 2011. The vehicle is now in its fourth generation, which was unveiled in 2015. The Megane received a facelift in 2020, which also included the introduction of the Megane plug-in hybrid variant. The Megane is available as a petrol/electric plug-in hybrid.

The Renault PHEV has a 9.8 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of up to 30 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 25 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

PROS CONS
Family friendly and a practical low emission estate carSmall EV battery (9.8 kWh) and limited range
Attractive exterior stylingCabin interior not the most exciting
Good fuel efficiency and cheap to drive on electric modeSome alternatives have a larger boot space

The Renault Megane Sport Tourer PHEV (credit: Renault)


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:Estate
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engines:Petrol-Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 9.8 kWh
Charging:On board charger: 3.6 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:30g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

E-TECH Plug-In Hybrid 160 Auto
EV Battery Capacity:9.8 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):30 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):N/A
Fuel Consumption (MPG):217.3
Charging:On board charger: 3.6 kW AC
Top Speed:111 mph
0-62 mph:9.8 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (HP):160
Torque (Nm):205
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,669
Colours:7

The Peugeot 308 SW PHEV


The Peugeot 308 SW (estate) concept was unveiled in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The production version was shown a year later at the Geneva Motor Show. The latest generation (3rd) was unveiled in 2021, to include the plug-in hybrid variant.

The 308 plug-in electric compact estate has a 12.4 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 37 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 32 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

The Peugeot plug-in electric estate is practical and family-friendly, with amply space for short and long commutes. The electric vehicle (EV) is cheap to run on the zero-emission electric mode. Deliveries of this EV commence in 2022.

PROS CONS
Good level of standard optionsStandard on board charger 3.7 kW
Practical and environment friendlyNot applicable for the PiCG grant
Cheap to drive on electric modeDeliveries only commence in 2022

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The Peugeot 308 SW PHEV (credit: Peugeot)


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:Estate
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol-Electric: HYBRID 225 e-EAT8/ 180 e-EAT8
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 12.4 kWh
Charging:On-board charger: 3.7 kW standard. 7.4 kW AC optional
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:25g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

New Peugeot 308 SW (HYBRID 225 e-EAT8)
EV Battery Capacity:12.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):37 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):N/A
Charging:On-board charger: 3.7 kW standard. 7.4 kW AC optional
Top Speed:N/A
0-62 mph:N/A
Drive:N/A
Electric Motor (kW):81
Max Power (hp):180
Torque (Nm):N/A
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):N/A
Colours:7

The SEAT Leon E-Hybrid PHEV Estate


The SEAT Leon, has been available since 1998. The plug-in hybrid variant has been available since 2009. In 2011, a revised hybrid variant was introduced. The fourth generation Leon was unveiled in 2020.

The SEAT plug-in electric estate has a 12.8 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 36 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the e-estate, expect a real world range closer to 30 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

The SEAT plug-in electric car is practical and family-friendly, with amply space for short and long commutes. The electric vehicle (EV) is cheap to run on the zero-emission electric mode.

PROS CONS
A practical and familiar family car (value for money)Limited electric range
Cheap to drive on electric rangeOn board charger limited to 3.6 kW
Comfortable drive and performanceNot as refined as the Volvo PHEV estate

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The SEAT Leon E-Hybrid PHEV Estate Available To Lease Via e-zoomed (credit: SEAT)


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:Estate
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol-Electric (1.4 e-HYBRID DSG)
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 12.8 kWh
Charging:Rapid Charging not available. On board charger: 3.6 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:27g (CO2/km)
EV Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

1.4 e-HYBRID DSG
EV Battery Capacity:12.8 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):36 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):19.4
Fuel Consumption (mpg):235.4
Charging:Rapid Charging not available. On board charger: 3.6kW AC
Top Speed:137 mph
0-62 mph:7.7 seconds
Drive:N/A
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (PS):204
Torque (Nm):350
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,373
Colours:8

The Volkswagen Passat GTE PHEV Estate


The Volkswagen Passat (B8) was introduced in 2014. The B8 is the eight-generation in the VW Passat series, and it was the first VW passenger car to be based on the stretched version of the MQB platform. The GTE plug-in hybrid variant was unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and was on sale in 2015.

The Volkswagen plug-in electric estate has a 13 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 34 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the e-estate, expect a real world range closer to 29 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

The VW plug-in electric estate is practical and family-friendly, with amply space for short and long commutes. The electric vehicle (EV) is cheap to run on the zero-emission electric mode.

PROS CONS
A practical family estate car that is environment-friendlyElectric range is limited
Cheap to run on zero-emission electric rangeLacks inspiration
Pleasant to driveBoot space limited due to EV battery

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The Volkswagen Passat Estate PHEV Available For Lease Via e-zoomed (credit: VW)


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:Estate
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol/Electric (1.4 TSI 6-speed DSG)
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 13 kWh
Charging:DC rapid charging not available. On board charger 3.6 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:28g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:3 years or 60,000 miles

Passat Estate GTE
EV Battery Capacity:13 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):34 miles
Fuel Consumption (mpg):249.3 (combined)
EV Operation Efficiency (Wh/km):151.33
Charging:DC rapid charging not available. On board charger 3.6 kW AC
Top Speed:138 mph
0-62 mph:7.6 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (PS):218
Torque (Nm):250
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):1,754
Colours:6

Passat Estate GTE Advance
EV Battery Capacity:13 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):34 miles
Fuel Consumption (mpg):237.5 (combined)
EV Operation Efficiency (Wh/km):153.58
Charging:DC rapid charging not available. On board charger 3.6 kW AC
Top Speed:138 mph
0-62 mph:7.6 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (PS):218
Torque (Nm):250
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):1,754
Colours:6

The Peugeot 508 SW PHEV


The Peugeot 508 family car has been manufactured since 2010. The 508 SW (estate) was launched in 2015. The plug-in hybrid variant was released in 2019. The electric vehicle (EV) is available as a front-wheel drive (FWD).

The 508 plug-in electric vehicle has a 11.8 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 39 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 34 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

The Peugeot PHEV is practical and family-friendly, with ample space for short and long commutes. The electric vehicle (EV) is cheap to run on the zero-emission electric mode.

PROS CONS
An affordable family estate PHEVStandard on board charger only 3.7 kW (option to upgrade to 7.2 kW at an additional cost)
Good electric range (up to 39 miles)Alternatives are more fun to drive
Good looking estate family carTouchscreen can be improved

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The Peugeot 508 SW PHEV (credit: Peugeot)


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:Estate
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol-Electric: HYBRID 225 e-EAT8
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 11.8 kWh
Charging:On-board charger: 3.7 kW standard. 7.4 kW AC optional
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:29g – 38g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Peugeot 508 (HYBRID 225 e-EAT8)
EV Battery Capacity:11.8 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):33 – 39 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):N/A
Fuel Consumption (MPG):235.4 – 166.2
Charging:On-board charger: 3.7 kW standard. 7.4 kW AC optional
Top Speed:155 mph (electric: 84 mph)
0-62 mph:8.3 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel Drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (hp):181
Torque (Nm):250
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,720
Colours:7

The BMW 330e Touring PHEV


The BMW 3 Series is currently on its sixth generation. The BMW 330e Touring PHEV is available as a rear-wheel drive (RWD) and also as an all-wheel drive (AWD).

The BMW PHEV has a 11.15 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 37 miles. Depending on driving style, model variant, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 31 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

The BMW plug-in hybrid is practical and family-friendly, with amply space for short and long commutes. The electric vehicle (EV) is cheap to run on the zero-emission electric mode.

PROS CONS
High quality family estate carSmall EV battery and limited electric range
Ample room for passengers and luggage capacityCheaper alternative estate PHEVs
Cheap to run on electric modeOn-board charger limited to 3.7 kW

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The BMW 330e Touring Plug-In Hybrid (credit: BMW)


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:Estate
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol-Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 11.15 kWh
Charging:On-board charger 3.7 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:42 – 32g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

BMW 330e M Sport Touring
EV Battery Capacity:11.15 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):34 – 37 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (miles/kWh):3.6 – 3.8
Fuel Consumption (MPG):176.6 – 201.8
Charging:On-board charger 3.7 kW AC
Top Speed:142 mph
0-62 mph:5.9 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):83
Max Power (hp):292
Torque (Nm):300
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):1,905
Colours:5

The Volvo V60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid Estate


The Volvo V60 conventional petrol and diesel variants have been available since 2010. The second generation V60 estate was launched in 2016. As with other Volvo models, the company has also introduced the V60 as a lower emission plug-in hybrid electric estate car.

The plug-in electric Volvo estate (PHEV) is perfect for families already familiar with the advantages of owning and driving a Volvo car i.e. a fantastic reputation for safety and quality. Of course, the electric Recharge PHEV further enhances this enviable reputation, given the environment-friendly nature of lower emission plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

The Volvo plug-in electric estate has a 11.6 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 33.6 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the e-estate, expect a real world range closer to 28 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

The Volvo PHEV is practical and versatile without compromising on quality and comfort. The rear seats are comfortable for adults, with ample legroom and headroom and appropriate for most family requirements, to include, school runs, family outings, grocery shopping and a lot more! The interior quality of the electric estate is high and driving is a pleasure.

PROS CONS
A good low-emission family estate carCheaper PHEV options available
Interior quality and cabin space goodBoot smaller than rivals
Cheap to run when on electric modeLimited EV range

The Volvo V60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid (credit: Volvo)


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:Estate
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric/ Petrol (T6 AWD and T8 AWD Polestar Engineered)
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 11.6 kWh
Charging:On board charger: 3.7 kW AC (charge up to 80% in 3 hours). DC charging not available
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:41g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid (T6 AWD)
EV Battery Capacity:11.6 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):33.6 miles (combined)
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):15.8
Fuel Consumption (mpg):156.9 (combined)
Charging:On board charger: 3.7 kW AC
Top Speed:112 mph
0-62 mph:5.2 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Horsepower (hp):340
Torque (Nm):400
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg):2,480
Colours:4

The Mercedes-Benz E 300 de Estate PHEV


The Mercedes-Benz E Class premium car is currently in its fifth generation. It was first introduced in 2016. The E Class includes both a saloon and estate body type. The E class also includes an estate plug-in hybrid variant.

The Mercedes-Benz PHEV has a 13.5 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of up to 32 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 27 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

PROS CONS
Spacious and practical (good boot size: 480 L)Only available as a diesel plug-in hybrid
High quality interiorPiCG grant not available
Comfortable to driveExterior styling maybe considered outdated by some consumers

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The Mercedes-Benz E 300 de Estate PHEV (credit: Mercedes)


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:Estate
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Diesel-Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 13.5 kWh
Charging:On-board charger 7.4 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:36g (CO2/km)
Warranty:6 years or 62,000 miles

E 300 de AMG Line Edition
EV Battery Capacity:13.5 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):32 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):16.5
Fuel Consumption (MPG):201.8
Charging:On-board charger 7.4 kW AC
Top Speed:146 mph
0-62 mph:6.0 seconds
Drive:N/A
Electric Motor (kW):90 kW
Max Power (hp):306 (system output)
Torque (Nm):700 (system output)
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):2,145
Colours:10

The Audi A6 Avant TFSIe PHEV Estate


The Audi A6 premium car has been on sale since 1994. The A6 is currently in its fifth generation. The A6 is available as a saloon and an estate body type. The A6 is also available as a petrol/electric plug-in hybrid. The A6 Avant estate incorporates Audi’s quattro technology.

The Audi PHEV has a 17.9 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of up to 40 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 34 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

PROS CONS
A practical family PHEVOptions are expensive
Good electric range (40 miles)Not the most exciting drive
Incorporates quattro technology as standardExterior styling not exciting

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The Audi A6 TFSIe Avant PHEV (credit: Audi)


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:Estate
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol-Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 17.9 kWh
Charging:On-board charger 7.2 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:34 – 30g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

50 TFSIe quattro S tronic
EV Battery Capacity:17.9 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):40 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):18.9
Fuel Consumption (MPG):217.3
Charging:On-board charger 7.2 kW AC
Top Speed:155 mph
0-62 mph:6.3 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (PS):299
Torque (Nm):370
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,150
Colours:9

55 TFSIe quattro S tronic
EV Battery Capacity:17.9 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):40 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):19.6
Fuel Consumption (MPG):201.8
Charging:On-board charger 7.2 kW AC
Top Speed:155 mph
0-62 mph:5.7 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (PS):367
Torque (Nm):500
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,150
Colours:9

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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