As exciting as it might be to know that a Tesla Model S Long Range can do nearly 400 miles on a charge, that’s not very helpful if you’re in the market for a small urban run around!
So while ultimate range can become a thing for EV obsessives, we want to make choosing the right electric car for you more simple, with the best possible information to hand.
So below we will compare the range of the most popular electric cars from within a class or category, to see who has the legs on who.
Today we will look at four main groups:
- The longest range electric SUVs.
- The longest range electric sportscars / sports saloons.
- The longest range electric hatchbacks.
- The longest range electric superminis.
What Are The Longest Range Electric SUVs?
Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended Range RWD – 379 miles
A newcomer to the EV fight, Ford has invested heavily in the Mustang Mach-E SUV – an iconic name on a futuristic vehicle. The Mach-E will come with a range of battery sizes and drivetrains, but by opting for the 'Extended Range' model which drives only the rear wheels you can aim for an impressive 379 miles on a charge of its 99kWh battery.
Tesla Model X Long Range – 348 miles
Still perhaps the quirkiest model from the Tesla stable, the Model X – with its huge interior and crazy ‘Falcon’ wing rear doors – is like no other SUV on the market.
The Tesla Model X Long Range is estimated to give you a return of 348 miles from its 100kWh battery pack.
Skoda Enyaq iV - 333 miles
The very first electric offering from the Czech brand, the Enyaq shares a lot of its underskin tech with Volkswagen’s EVs, so you know it will be well made and built to last. The ‘80’ spec Enyaq comes with an 82kWh battery, 201bhp and impressive 333-mile range.
Hyundai Kona Electric - 300 miles
Hyundai’s compact family SUV with a really impressive range in 64kwH battery form. It’s also impressively well equipped across all model ranges. Like all electric cars the Hyundai Kona accelerates with real gusto and it’s comfy with great visibility to boot.
Jaguar I-Pace – 292 miles
For years the mainstream automotive world has been threatening to take the fight to Tesla. Few could have expected that one of the biggest punches would be thrown not from Germany but from right here in Britain. Jaguar’s I-Pace won the 2019 World Car of the Year award thanks to its typically brilliant Jaguar handling, blistering performance and 292-mile range from a 90kWh battery.
Kia e-Niro 64kWh – 282 miles
If it wasn’t enough for Kia to slip into our longest-range SUV section, they’re back for another try with their e-Niro hatchback – one of the most popular EVs of the moment.
Practical, affordable, and just an all-round well-engineered machine, the e-Niro’s 282-mile range is one of the best you can get from a mainstream electric car right now.
Kia Soul EV – 280 miles
Definitely one of the cooler looking small electric SUVs on sale today, the Kia Soul packs remarkable figures within its relatively petite frame. A 64kWh battery pack is good for a seriously impressive 280 miles of range.
What Are The Longest Range Electric Sportscars and Sports Saloons?
Tesla Model S Long Range – 398 miles
The car that changed the electric world forever, the Model S is not only Tesla’s longest serving model, it remains its most potent. Incredible technology and performance make it one of the most high-performance cars ever made. That it’s also capable of close to 400 miles on a single charge in Long Range spec, also makes it one of the most convenient…
Tesla Model 3 Long Range – 352 miles
The Model 3 was Tesla’s boldest attempt yet to make a globally appealing, mass market electric car. The cheapest Tesla in the range – by quite some way – the Model 3 is arguably the best, offering that famous Tesla performance and tech package in a car that is perfectly suited to electric life. In long-range guise, the Model 3’s 75kWh battery can stretch to 352 miles of range.
Porsche Taycan 4S 93kWh – 287 miles
A car designed to show Tesla it didn’t have a monopoly on performance, the Porsche Taycan is the first all-electric sports car to be as rewarding to drive as its petrol-engined predecessors. A four-door sports coupe, the Taycan carries a 93kWh battery that offers 287 miles on a single charge, according to WLTP testing.
What Are The Longest Range Electric Hatchbacks?
Volkswagen ID.3 ProS Tour – 340 miles
One of the newest kids on the block, VW’s ID.3 is also one of the most exciting. Everyone knew that when Germany’s biggest carmaker came to play it would be with something special. VW argues that the ID.3 is set to become as iconic as its Beetle and Golf. Whether that is true remains to be seen, but there is no doubting that the ID.3 will be one of the first cars to give Tesla’s Model 3 a real run for its money. Expect a 340-mile top range from its 77kWh battery.
Polestar 2 – 292 miles
Polestar – an all-electric spin-off of the Volvo brand – will offer EVs for the premium market with a strong focus on design and build quality. The all-new Polestar 2 certainly backs up that promise. Head-turning looks are matched by impressive performance and range: in this case 292 miles from its 78kWh battery.
What Are The Longest Range Electric Superminis?
Renault Zoe ZE50 R110 – 239 Miles
Currently boasting the longest range in its class, the Zoe has learned a lot over the nearly 10 years it’s been on the market. Now upgraded to a maximum 50kWh battery, Renault ‘quotes’ a theoretical 239-mile maximum but admits that in the real world you are likely to see somewhere closer to 200 miles on a full charge – still pretty useful for a supermini.
Vauxhall Corsa-e – 211 miles
Vauxhall’s first foray into the electric world, the Corsa-e boasts a 50kWh battery with a 211-mile WLTP range. Based on a brand-new platform, the Corsa is expected to be one of the best-selling five-door electric superminis in Britain.
Peugeot e-208 – 217 miles
Quicker and a bit more sporty than its French counterpart, the Renault Zoe, Peugeot’s e-208 has an official WLTP range of 217 miles. Real-world use will probably bring that down to closer to 170, but that still puts it way ahead of rivals like the Fiat 500e or Honda e.
It’s important to remember that electric car ranges will vary depending on how you drive them and even how cold it is outside. The ranges quoted here are manufacturer figures based on the official WLTP testing process. Real-world usage - harder driving, different kinds of journeys - can result in you achieving lower overall range, just as you would expect fewer miles per gallon from a petrol or diesel car in similar circumstances.
But what is also true - whether you look at WLTP projections or ‘real world’ range – is that the new breed of EVs have moved the game on significantly from the early versions that paved the way. From city cars with a range of 150 miles to long-distance cruisers that can go twice that distance on a single charge, there is now an electric car to suit every taste.
So whatever you’re looking for, head to our Electric Car pages to see the amazing deals that are available right now.