Best Electric Estate Cars 2023: The Complete Guide For The UK

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Despite the significant increase in the adoption of electric cars in the UK, the availability of estate electric cars, in particular, estate pure electric cars, still remains limited. Though estate cars have much to offer, these spacious vehicles lack the appeal and popularity of SUVs. Possibly, the reason, why automotive manufacturers have been less enthusiastic to introduce new pure electric estate cars.

Having said that, for those families and businesses keen on practicality, in an environmentally-friendly estate electric vehicle (EV), there are options available, as both, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs).

For those new to electric driving, a BEV is also referred to as a ‘pure electric car’. In general, we encourage buying a BEV, instead of a PHEV. The reasons are many! In the earlier stages of the development of modern electric cars, the range was limited. As an example, the first-generation all-electric Nissan Leaf had an e-range up to 70 miles. Range anxiety, in the past, was for a good reason!

The development of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles was a natural progression in our endeavour to find cleaner forms of transportation. Incorporating the benefits of combining an electric motor and an internal combustion engine (ICE), has helped as a ‘stepping stone’ from conventional petrol and diesel vehicles to lower emission electric vehicles. A PHEV, offers both: lower tailpipe emissions and reducing the concerns over limited electric range.

However, the recent pure electric cars are fast making the need for PHEVs redundant, as we migrate to zero-tailpipe emission electric driving. The latest all-electric cars are capable of much longer distances on a full charge. In fact, some of the BEVs introduced in 2022, deliver an electric range over 350 miles, on a single charge. A 400% increase in electric range, compared to the 2010 Nissan Leaf!

A number of factors have contributed to the improvement in electric range. Some of these include: enhanced vehicle aerodynamics, increased EV battery size and improved battery management. A number of current pure electric cars incorporate an EV battery size closer to 100 kWh, and in a few EVs, an even larger onboard EV battery. In comparison, the first-generation Nissan Leaf had a 24 kWh onboard EV battery.

Though ‘electric range’ continues to be central in the narrative of electric driving, it is worth putting in context the distance travelled by cars in the UK. In fact, most trips are short. As an average, a single trip is less than 10 miles, and the average distance travelled a day, is less than 30 miles. Hardly surprising, given that the majority of our trips are to the local grocery store, local gym, local high street etc.

Even for longer distance trips on a regular basis, a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is the better choice, given the improvement in public EV charging infrastructure. Apart from zero-tailpipe emissions, pure electric cars have many other advantages, to include: a smoother ride, less noise pollution, instant torque, cheaper driving cost per mile, lower operating and maintenance costs, and more!

It is indeed a pity, that currently there are only two automotive manufacturers that have introduced pure electric estate cars, MG and Porsche. MG Motor UK Limited (MG Motor), is a UK headquartered British automotive manufacturer, now owned by the Chinese automotive company, SAIC Motor. The all-electric MG5 has a compelling propositions for those seeking an affordable and practical, estate car. At the other end of the spectrum, the all-electric Porsche Taycan Turismo, is a good fit for those that seek a premium and high performance estate EV.

The MG5 EV is available in one EV battery size (61.1 kWh), which is certainly a practical and useful size. The automotive manufacturer claims a pure electric range up to 250 miles on a full charge. Even adjusting for real-world driving conditions, the MG electric car should be able to deliver over 215 miles. More than sufficient for most needs! The MG5 electric estate also offers DC charging capability up to 150 kW DC. It will take up to 35 minutes to achieve an 80% charge at 150 kW DC. Using a 50 kW DC rapid charger, the EV can be charged from 10%-80% in 61 minutes.

For those who remain keen on PHEV estate cars, we would recommend choosing an EV with a larger EV battery size and electric range. This way, the advantages of electric driving can be leveraged more often, to include, financial savings. Driving on the e-mode is significantly cheaper than using the petrol or diesel engine.

The upgraded Volvo V60 PHEV and V90 plug-in hybrid estate cars are good examples. Both EVs incorporate an 18.8 kWh onboard EV battery with a quoted WLTP range over 50 miles. Moreover, both electric cars have lower tailpipe emissions (up to 20g CO2/km), compared to other estate plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. We at e-zoomed strongly encourage choosing a PHEV with lower tailpipe emissions!

Another excellent example, is the all-electric Mercedes-Benz C Class estate. The C Class PHEV has a 25.4 kWh onboard EV battery, with a claimed zero-tailpipe emission range up to 65 miles (WLTP certified). Of course, the real-world electric range will depend on a number of factors, to include: driving profile, speed, passenger load, weather and road condition etc. Assuming a 60 mile electric range is more realistic and establishes the C Class PHEV as class-leading.

You can read a complete guide on each of the electric estate cars on the e-zoomed Electric Living Blog by following the links below.



Best Electric Estate Cars 2023


Audi A6 Avant, BMW 330e Touring, Cupra Leon, Kia Ceed Sportswagon, Mercedes-Benz C Class, Mercedes-Benz CLA 250e, MG5 EV, Peugeot 308 SW, Renault Megane Sport Tourer, SEAT Leon E-Hybrid, Skoda Octavia, Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer, Volkswagen Passat GTE, Volvo V60 and Volvo V90


Best Electric Estate Cars (BEVs & PHEVs)


Brand/ ModelBattery Size (kWh)Electric Range (WLTP)Tailpipe Emissions (CO2/km)Type Of Vehicle
Audi A6 Avant TFSIe17.9 kWh40 miles34 – 30gPHEV
BMW 330e Touring11.15 kWh32 – 37 miles42 – 32gPHEV
Cupra Leon12.8 kWh32 miles29gPHEV
Kia Ceed Sportswagon8.9 kWh29.2 miles33gPHEV
Mercedes-Benz C Class25.4 kWh65 miles13gPHEV
Mercedes-Benz CLA 25015.6 kWh42 miles24gPHEV
MG5 EV61.1 kWh250 miles0gBEV
Peugeot 308 SW12.4 kWh37 miles24 – 30gPHEV
Porsche Taycan Turismo79.2 kWh/ 93.4 kWh222 -305 miles0gBEV
Renault Megane Sport Tourer9.8 kWh30 miles30gPHEV
SEAT Leon E-Hybrid12.8 kWh36 miles27gPHEV
Skoda Octavia13 kWh43 miles23 – 27gPHEV
Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer12.4 kWh37 miles25gPHEV
Volkswagen Passat GTE13 kWh37 miles28gPHEV
Volvo V6018.8 kWh54.7 miles18gPHEV
Volvo V9018.8 kWh52.2 miles20g – 19gPHEV


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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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