Best Electric SUVs 2022: The Complete Guide

Best Electric SUVs 2022

Though a marked improvement in the availability and zero-emission range of electric SUVs in 2022, automotive manufactures (OEMs) need to work harder at delivering more affordable pure electric SUVs!


For those keen to migrate to zero-tailpipe emission electric driving, in particular, keen on acquiring a pure electric SUV, 2022 will not disappoint. In 2021, we witnessed the launch and introduction of a number of battery-electric vehicle (BEV) SUVs catering for all budgets and needs.

A number of factors have led to the increase in the availability of a diverse mix of pure electric SUV models. Firstly, EV battery technology has evolved considerably in the recent past, and the size and performance of EV batteries has made possible the introduction electric SUVs capable of achieving a zero-tailpipe emission range of between 200 and 300 miles (WLTP). Moreover, as automotive manufactures (OEMs) achieve greater economies of scale for sourcing and manufacturing, the retail price (RRP) continues to become more affordable for a larger demographic pool of households in the UK.

Of course, do keep in mind that to truly understand the cost of ownership of an electric vehicle (EV), consumers should understand the life cycle cost of ownership of an EV. In fact, an EV is far cheaper than an internal combustion engine (ICE) petrol or diesel vehicle in regards to life cycle cost of ownership. You can learn all about ownership costs of an EV on the e-zoomed Electric Living blog.

2021 has also witnessed a continued increase in public EV charging infrastructure, in particular, Rapid Charging. Most new SUV’s (if not all) are capable of DC rapid charging with many achieving 0%-80% charge in less than 35 minutes. We expect the deployment of DC rapid charging to continue to increase in 2022, making charging an electric SUV, both fast and convenient. According to ZAPMAP, as of 3rd January 2022, there are 48,309 connectors, 28,588 devices across 18,004 locations in the UK. Of course, do keep in mind, that the majority of EV charging is done overnight at home using a dedicated EV charge point.

With an increase in the availability of more affordable electric SUVs in 2021, the UK government has continued to reduce the amount of plug-in car grant (PiCG) and the qualifying criteria. There are currently only a few pure electric SUVs eligible for the plug-in car incentive, to include the Hyundai Kona Electric, Mazda MX-30, MG ZS and the Vauxhall Mokka-e. We at e-zoomed do not expect the grant to last for long, therefore we encourage consumers to take advantage, while still available!

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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, even the luxurious e-SUVs. You can expect to fully recharge an EV battery for between £5 and £15, with a running cost per mile between 3p and 5p. To fill a full tank of a petrol SUV will set you back over £100! The narrative to switch to pure electric cars, and in particular replacing petrol and diesel SUVs by zero-emission pure electric SUVs 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!

Best Electric SUVs 2022: Top 10


It certainly has not been easy to conclude on the list of best pure electric SUVs currently available for UK consumers. The electric SUVs listed below are not in any specific ranking order. Consumers have varied needs, aspirations and budgets, such that, a perfect EV for one consumer may not be for another. We encourage individuals and families to evaluate their needs carefully and not to be tempted to buy the most expensive or the longest range electric SUV.The list below aims to encompass the best for as large a subset of consumer needs and choices.

We have assessed a number of factors to include:

  • Affordability.
  • Practicality.
  • EV range.
  • EV performance.
  • Residual values.
  • Insurance costs.
  • Design & style.
  • Build quality.
  • And more!
Pure Electric SUV Range (WLTP)
Hyundai Kona Electric (from £30,450)189 – 300 miles
Kia e-Niro (from£30,345)180 – 282 miles
Skoda Enyaq iV(from £31,995)256 – 333 miles
Volkswagen ID.4(from £40,800)310 – 322 miles
Hyundai IONIQ 5(from £36,995)238 – 298 miles
Volkswagen ID.5 (N/A)282 – 325 miles
Audi Q4 e-tron(from £41,325)208 – 316 miles
Tesla Model Y(from £54,990)298 – 315 miles
Volvo XC40 Recharge(from £49,950)259 miles
Mercedes Benz EQA(from £44,495)250 – 263 miles


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The Hyundai New Kona Electric SUV


The pure electric Hyundai Kona Electric EV was launched in South Korea in 2018. The Kona has also been available as an internal combustion engine (ICE) variant since 2017. The vehicle is named after the western district of the island of Hawaii.

The Kona e-SUV is the second pure electric car from the South Korean manufacturer. The first was the all-electric IONIQ EV. The upgraded New Kona Electric SUV EV is a practical and affordable electric vehicle (EV), appropriate for families keen to migrate to zero-emission electric driving, but at prices that are affordable. The SE Connect and Premium trims are priced below £32,000 and therefore eligible for the UK government plug-in car grant (PiCG). The Ultimate trim is not eligible for the PiCG.

The e-SUV is practical and versatile with an excellent zero-emission range. The KONA SUV EV is available in two EV battery sizes (39.2 kWh and 64 kWh), with a WLTP range up to 300 miles for the larger lithium-ion EV battery. The compact crossover electric SUV is more than appropriate for most family requirements, to include, school runs, family outings, weekend trips, grocery shopping and a lot more! The electric vehicle (EV) also has a 10.5 kW AC on-board charger and is capable of DC charging up to 100 kW (0-80%: 47 mins). A perfect step into affordable and fun electric driving.

PROS CONS
An affordable compact family electric SUVNot all variants qualify for PiCG
Good EV range (up to 300 miles)Boot is smaller than rivals
Infotainment system has Apple CarPlay/ android autoInterior quality can be improved

Gallery


The Hyundai New Kona Electric SUV (credit: Hyundai)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV (Compact Crossover)
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available for SE Connect/ Premium trims
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 39.2 kWh/ 64 kWh
Charging:100 kW DC Rapid Charging (0-80%: 47 mins). On board charger: 10.5 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

New KONA Electric (39.2 kWh)
EV Battery Capacity:39.2 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):189 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):14.3
Charging:100 kW DC Rapid Charging (0-80%: 47 mins). On board charger: 10.5 kW AC
Top Speed:96 mph
0-62 mph:9.9 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):136
Max Power (PS):100
Torque (Nm):395
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,535 – 1593
Colours:10

New KONA Electric (64 kWh)
EV Battery Capacity:64 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):300 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):14.7
Charging:100 kW DC Rapid Charging (0-80%: 47 mins). On board charger: 10.5 kW AC
Top Speed:104 mph
0-62 mph:7.9 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):204
Max Power (PS):150
Torque (Nm):395
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,658 – 1,743
Colours:10

The All-Electric Kia e-Niro SUV


Like the all-new Kia Soul EV SUV, the Kia e-Niro pure electric SUV has been positioned for ‘affordability’ and ‘value’. Of course, as one would expect, there is much in common between the two pure electric compact crossovers SUVs from Kia.

Kia Corporation, launched the all-electric Kia e-Niro in 2018 at the International Electric Vehicle Expo in Korea. The Kia Niro concept was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. The emission-free e-Niro order book opened in the UK in January 2019, with the initial allocation sold out within three weeks. The EV has also won the prestigious 2019 What Car? Car of the Year award. It is the first ever all-electric SUV to win this accolade. The e-SUV has also won the prestigious WhatCar? Car of the Year 2021 award.

The EV is practical and versatile without compromising on quality and comfort. The rear seats are comfortable for adults, with ample legroom and headroom. The electric vehicle (EV) is available in two battery sizes (39 kWh and 64 kWh) with a zero-emission electric range of up to 282 miles (WLTP). More than appropriate for most family requirements, to include, school runs, family outings, day trips, weekend getaways, grocery shopping and a lot more!

PROS CONS
Affordable electric compact SUV for families and good all-rounderThe exterior stying is not for everyone
Good EV range39 kWh battery option has limited range
Winner of WhatCar? Car of the Year awardThere is room for improvement for the interior

The All-Electric Kia e-Niro SUV (credit: Kia)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available only for Niro ‘2’ and Niro ‘2’ 64 kWh
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 39 kWh/ 64 kWh
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging. On board charger: 7.2 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:7 years or 100,000 miles

e-Niro 39 kWh
EV Battery Capacity:39 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):180 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):153
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 7.2 kW AC)
Top Speed:96 mph
0-60 mph:9.5 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):100
Max Power (bhp):134
Torque (Nm):395
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,667
Colours:5

e-Niro 64 kWh
EV Battery Capacity:64 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):282 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):159
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 7.2 kW AC)
Top Speed:104 mph
0-60 mph:7.5 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):150
Max Power (bhp):201
Torque (Nm):395
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,812
Colours:5

The All-Electric Skoda ENYAQ iV SUV


The Skoda ENYAQ iV is Skoda’s first pure electric SUV and second battery-electric vehicle (BEV). The EV uses the Volkswagen Group’s MEB EV platform (the Volkswagen all-electric ID.3 uses the same platform). The nameplate has been derived from the Irish name ‘Enya’, which means ‘source of life’. The ‘E’ refers to electromobility and the ‘Q’ characterising the final letters of SKODA’s SUV family.

The Skoda ENYAQ is an affordable pure electric SUV, well suited for families keen to migrate to zero-tailpipe emission electric driving, seeking affordability and practicality. The e-SUV has been awarded the maximum five stars by WhatCar? and the reviewer describes the EV as “practical, good to drive, smart inside and well-equipped”.

The electric vehicle (EV) is available in two EV battery sizes: 62 kWh and 82 kWh. The 62 kWh battery pack has a WLTP range up to 256 miles, while the 82 kWh battery has a zero-emission range up to 333 miles. The EV can be charged up to 125 kW at public DC charging stations. However, not all variants include 125 kW as standard.

PROS CONS
Affordable electric SUV for families and good all-rounderElectric performance won’t set the heart racing
Ample interior (rear seats) and boot spaceOn board charger limited to 7.2 kW AC
Good quality interiorNot all variants come with 125 kW DC charging as standard

Gallery


The All-Electric Skoda ENYAQ iV SUV Available To Lease Via e-zoomed (credit: Skoda)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available on only one model (ENYAQ iV 60 Nav)
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 62 kWh/ 82 kWh
Charging:Up to 125 kW Rapid Charging. On board charger: 7.2 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

ENYAQ iV 60 Nav
EV Battery Capacity:62 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):256 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (miles/kWh):4.0
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 7.2kW AC)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-60 mph:8.4 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):132
Max Power (PS):179
Torque (Nm):310
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Total Vehicle Weight (kg):2,509
Colours:8

ENYAQ iV 80
EV Battery Capacity:82 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):333 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (miles/kWh):3.7
Charging:125 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 7.2 kW AC)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-60 mph:8.2 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):150
Max Power (PS):204
Torque (Nm):310
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Total Vehicle Weight (kg):2,612
Colours:8

The All-Electric VW ID.4 SUV


The series production of the all-electric VW ID.4 commenced in August 2020 at the company’s factory in Zwickau (Germany). The ID.3 VW hatchback electric car is also manufactured at the same location. The pure electric ID.4 is a compact crossover, well suited for families, seeking practicality and ample interior space. The ID.4 EV is a good all-rounder and a decent option for those seeking to migrate to zero-emission electric driving.

The all-electric ID.4 SUV will be manufactured in the US in 2022 and is also expected to be manufactured in China. According to Thomas Ulbrich, a Volkswagen board member, “Given the major societal challenges of recent months, the successful start of ID.4 series production is an exception achievement.” The ID.4 is the second electric vehicle (EV) to use the bespoke MEB platform, after the all-electric ID.3.

The pure electric SUV can be charged at home via a dedicated home EV charging station. As most homes in the UK are single phase, maximum charging will be up to 7.4 kW. However, those with 3-phase supply can take advantage of the 11kW on-board charger. The VW ID.4 EV is capable of rapid charging (125 kW) at public electric car charging points (199 electric miles in just 30 minutes).

PROS CONS
Good electric rangeInfotainment system could be improved
Ample interior (rear seats) and boot spaceAvailable only in one battery size
Excellent turning radiusCheaper electric SUV alternatives available

The All-Electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV Available For Lease Via e-zoomed (credit: VW)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 77 kWh
Charging:125 kW rapid charging standard. 11 kW on-board charger
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

ID.4 1st Edition
EV Battery Capacity:77 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):310 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):180.34
Charging:125 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:8.5 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):150
Max Power (PS):204
Torque (Nm):310
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,124
Colours:3

ID.4 Life
EV Battery Capacity:77 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):322 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):172.87
Charging:125 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:8.5 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):150
Max Power (PS):204
Torque (Nm):310
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,124
Colours:9

ID.4 Family
EV Battery Capacity:77 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):318 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):175.63
Charging:125 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:8.5 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):150
Max Power (PS):204
Torque (Nm):310
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,124
Colours:9

ID.4 Max
EV Battery Capacity:77 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):314 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):177.96
Charging:125 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:8.5 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):150
Max Power (PS):204
Torque (Nm):310
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,124
Colours:9

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 Electric Compact SUV


The Hyundai IONIQ 5 is a compact SUV, revealed globally in February 2021. It is being marketed and sold under the Hyundai dedicated EV sub brand ‘IONIQ’. It is the first electric vehicle to be built on the dedicated Hyundai electric vehicle platform, the Hyundai- Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). This EV platform allows the, IONIQ 5 to have a wheelbase of 3 metres and a fully flat interior floor, resulting in an increased interior space.

The IONIQ EV exterior is futuristic, coupled with a minimalistic interior. The electric vehicle (EV) is most appropriate for families living in towns and cities. The e-SUV is available in two EV battery size options (58.2 kWh & 72.6 kWh) with an emission-free range of 298 miles, for the larger battery option. The EV is available in both, rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) options. The IONIQ 5 does not qualify for the UK plug-in car grant.

The electric vehicle (EV) has a 10.5 kW AC on-board charger and is capable of DC charging up to 220 kW (10-80%: 18 mins). A perfect step towards fun and environmentally-friendly electric driving.

PROS CONS
Good zero-emission electric rangeCheaper compact electric SUVs available
Spacious interior and rear bootLimited sized front boot
On board charger 10.5 kW. Capable of up to 220 kW DC chargingPlug-in car grant not available

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 Electric SUV (credit: Hyundai)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV (Compact)
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 58.2 kWh/ 72.6 kWh
Charging:220 kW DC Rapid Charging (10-80%: 18 mins). On board charger: 10.5 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

170 PS Electric
EV Battery Capacity:58.2 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):238 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):16.7
Charging:220 kW DC Rapid Charging (10-80%: 18 mins). On board charger: 10.5 kW AC
Top Speed:115 mph
0-62 mph:8.5 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):125
Max Power (PS):170
Torque (Nm):350
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,830 – 1,910
Colours:9

217 PS Electric
EV Battery Capacity:72.6 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):298 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):16.8
Charging:220 kW DC Rapid Charging (10-80%: 18 mins). On board charger: 10.5 kW AC
Top Speed:115 mph
0-62 mph:7.4 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):160
Max Power (PS):217
Torque (Nm):350
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,910 – 1,990
Colours:9

305 PS Electric
EV Battery Capacity:72.6 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):285 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):17.7
Charging:220 kW DC Rapid Charging (10-80%: 18 mins). On board charger: 10.5 kW AC
Top Speed:115 mph
0-62 mph:5.2 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):154.6
Max Power (PS):305
Torque (Nm):350
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):2,020 – 2,100
Colours:9

The All-Electric VW ID.5 Coupé-SUV


The Volkswagen ID.5 is the latest pure electric vehicle from the German automotive manufacturer. The ID.5 combines the design strengths of an SUV along with that of a coupé (aerodynamic). The ID.5 has a 0.26 drag coefficient compared to 0.28 for the ID.4. The VW ID.5 EV shares the same MEB platform as the Volkswagen ID.4 and therefore has much in common, albeit, the ID.5 has a more aggressive roofline styling in the form of a coupé.

The electric vehicle (EV) will be available in one battery size (77 kWh) with an emission-free range up to 325 miles. The EV will be capable of DC rapid charging up to 135 kW DC as standard (62 miles in 7 minutes), along with a 11 kW on-board charger.

The pure electric coupé-SUV will be available in three variants to include the entry level Pro model, followed by the mid-level Pro Performance and the higher specification GTX variant. The Pro and Pro Performance will be available as rear-wheel drive, while the GTX will be an all-wheel drive. The VW ID.5 Pro will have a top speed of 99 mph (0-62 mph in 10.4 seconds). The GTX is expected to have a top speed of 110 mph, achieving 0-62 mph in under 7 seconds. However, VW has yet to confirm this.

According to the manufacturer, the panoramic sunroof will come as standard. The EV is well equipped with technology to include over-the-air update capability, innovative IQ. Light as standard, interior ambient lighting, augmented reality head-up display, voice assistant, travel assist and the Discover Pro navigation system.

The ID.5 is also practical and has a larger boot space than the ID.4 (549 L compared to 543 L). The ID.5 zero-emission range also makes the EV practical for short and long journeys for families.

The pure electric compact SUV will go on sale in the UK in early 2022. Prices are yet to be confirmed, but the expected range is between £40,000 – £60,000. The EV does not qualify for the UK government PiCG grant.

PROS CONS
Good zero-emission range (up to 325 miles)Only available in one battery size option
Attractive exterior styling (coupé)Rear view slightly limited and less headroom for rear seats compared to ID.4
DC charging up to 135 kW as standardHeat pump not standard

The All-Electric Volkswagen ID.5 (credit: VW)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV (Coupé)
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 77 kWh
Charging:Up to 135 kW DC rapid charging standard. On-board charger: 11 kW
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

ID.5 Pro
EV Battery Capacity:77 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):282 – 325 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):16.2
Charging:135 kW DC Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:10.4 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive
Max Power (PS):174
Torque (Nm):235
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Weight (kg):2,117
Colours:N/A
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

The All-Electric Audi Q4 e-tron SUV


The Audi e-tron SUV was unveiled as a concept car in 2015, at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The e-tron battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is the first mass-market zero-emission pure electric vehicle from the German automotive manufacturer. The Sportback version of the electric SUV made its debut in LA (USA) in 2019, at the AutoMobility show.

The Audi Q4 e-tron electric compact crossover SUV is also based on the Volkswagen MEB bespoke EV platform (the all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 uses the same platform). Production of the Q4 electric SUV commenced in March 2021 and the production Q4 e-tron version was unveiled in April 2021. However, the Q4 e-tron was first shown as a concept vehicle in 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show. The Q4 e-tron is available in the SUV and Sportback body styles.

The electric Q4 SUV is perfect for families seeking a luxury emission-free electric vehicle (EV) that is both, practical for everyday commutes and also for longer day or weekend trips. The three rear seats have ample headroom and can comfortably fit three adults. The boot is a decent size (520 litre) and perfect for school and weekend gear! The interior quality is high and the driving experience is simply refined!

PROS CONS
A high quality EV and good electric performanceCheaper pure electric SUV are available
Interior quality and space goodOptions increase purchase price significantly
Good looks125 kW DC charging and 11 kW AC charging not standard on all variants

Gallery


The All-Electric Audi Q4 e-tron SUV (credit: Audi)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 55 kWh/ 82 kWh
Charging:Up to 125 kW Rapid Charging. On board charger: 7.2 kW and 11 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Q4 35 e-tron
EV Battery Capacity:55 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):208 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):18.1
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 7.2 kW AC)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:9 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):125
Max Power (PS):170
Torque (Nm):310
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):1,890
Colours:8

Q4 40 e-tron
EV Battery Capacity:82 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):316 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):18.3
Charging:125 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:8.5 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):150
Max Power (PS):204
Torque (Nm):310
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,050
Colours:8

The All-Electric Tesla Model Y


The Model Y is a Tesla Model 3 based crossover with inspiration also taken from the Tesla Model X SUV.  However the Model Y does not have the iconic ‘falcon wing doors’ used in the Model X. The Model Y has been developed to further increase the ‘mass market appeal’ of Tesla pure electric cars.  A strategy very similar to the successful Tesla Model 3.  However, unlike the Model 3, the Model Y has room for up to seven adults with an optional third row.  The extra seats are an additional cost. 

The battery electric vehicle (BEV) is packed with technology, to include, 12 sensors to detect nearby vehicles, a 160 m forward facing radar for a long-range view of distant objects and 360 degrees cameras to provide maximum visibility. The Model Y has ‘Full Self-Driving’ capability (option priced at US$ 10,000 in the US and EUR 7,500 in Italy).  The Model Y will compete head-on with the Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV and also with the award winning Jaguar I-PACE electric SUV

Tesla commenced Model Y deliveries for the US market in early 2020 (6 months ahead of schedule). There are currently two trim options, but a third option is expected in due course.   

PROS CONS
Better priced than a Tesla Model XExpensive. Cheaper pure electric alternatives available
Fast electric performanceadditional 3rd row passengers will have very limited headroom given the sloping roofline
Good EV battery range and Supercharger networkFull Self-Driving option not cheap

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The All-Electric Tesla Model Y (credit:Tesla)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV (crossover)
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 75 kWh
Charging:250 kW rapid charging standard. On-board charger 11 kW AC (3-Phase)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 120,000 miles

Tesla Model Y Long Range
EV Battery Capacity:75 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):315 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):171
Charging:250 kW Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:135 mph
0-60 mph:4.8 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):258
Max Power (PS):351
Torque (Nm):527
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5 (additional row option up to 7)
Doors:5
Driving Modes:N/A
Weight (kg):2,003
Colours:5

Tesla Model Y Performance
EV Battery Capacity:75 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):298 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):177
Charging:250 kW Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:155 mph
0-60 mph:3.5 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):340
Max Power (PS):462
Torque (Nm):639
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5 (additional row option up to 7)
Doors:5
Driving Modes:N/A
Weight (kg):2,003
Colours:5

The All-Electric Volvo XC40 Recharge SUV


The Volvo XC40 conventional petrol and diesel variant has been available since 2017. The original XC40 SUV was awarded the prestigious Car of The Year accolade by WhatCar? in 2018.

However, Volvo has always had an intention to create a fully-electric (battery-electric vehicle) version of this compact SUV. Currently, the automotive manufacturer also offers a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and mild hybrid variant of this SUV. The pure electric Recharge was unveiled in October 2019. Like the internal combustion engine (ICE) variant, the all-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge is also based on the Volvo 40.1 Concept.

The all-electric compact Volvo SUV 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 further enhances this enviable reputation, given the environment-friendly nature of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) i.e. no tailpipe pollution!

The e-SUV is practical and versatile without compromising on quality and comfort. The rear seats are comfortable for adults, with ample legroom and headroom. The electric vehicle (EV) has a decent range (over 250 miles WLTP on a full charge), more than appropriate for most family requirements, to include, school runs, family outings, grocery shopping and a lot more!

PROS CONS
Good looks and decent rangeAn expensive EV. Cheaper options available
Interior quality high and good headroom for rear passengersInfotainment system can be improved
High electric performance (quick acceleration)Heaviest SUV from the XC40 range

The All-Electric Volvo XC40 Recharge (credit: Volvo)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 78 kWh
Charging:150 kW Rapid Charging. On board charger: 11 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Volvo XC40 Recharge
EV Battery Capacity:78 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):259 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):N/A
Charging:150 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed: 112 mph
0-62 mph:4.7 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Horsepower (hp):408
Torque (Nm):660
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,220
Colours:8

The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQA


The all-electric Mercedes EQA compact SUV is part of the Mercedes EQ electric mobility family. The electric EQA is closely related to the conventional Mercedes-Benz GLA vehicle. The luxury compact EV is initially available only in the EQA variant. However, the company is expected to make available two more variants (EQA 300 4MATIC and the EQA 350 4MATIC) for this electric vehicle (EV). The EQA 250, has 190 hp, while the EQA 300 and the EQA 350 have, 228 hp and 292 hp, respectively.

The EV is being built at the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt factory, which has reduced its CO2 output by 58% between 2011-2019. The automotive company is committed to achieving ‘CO2 neutral’ for all its factories globally by 2022.

As you would expect from Mercedes, the EQA is a highly refined pure electric SUV. The compact SUV is appropriate for those individuals and families living in cities and adjoining suburbs. The EV is equipped with the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system.

The EQA 250 is available in only one EV battery size (66.5 kWh) with an emission free electric driving range over 250 miles. The EV has an 11 kW on board charger and can be rapid DC charged up to 100 kW (30 mins). The e-SUV is perfect for day trips, as well as short commutes! The EQA does not qualify for the UK government PiCG grant, and prices start from £44,495.

PROS CONS
Luxurious and comfortable to driveCheaper alternatives available
High quality interior specifications and infotainmentDC charging only up to 100kW
11 kW on board charger as standardCargo volume not as large (340 L)

Gallery


The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQA SUV (credit: Mercedes)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV (Compact)
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 66.5 kWh
Charging:100 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80% SOC: 30 mins). On-board charger 11 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

EQA 250
EV Battery Capacity:66.5 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):250 – 263 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):189 – 179
Charging:100 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80% SOC: 30 mins). On-board charger 11 kW AC
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:8.9 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (hp):190
Torque (Nm):375
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):2,040
Colours:10

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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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