It’s journey time and you’ve got to load the kids, maybe the dog, and one day – pandemic permitting – perhaps a grandparent or two as well… If that sounds in any way like you and your family then you’re going to be on the look-out for a car that can swallow multiple generations whole and still leave room for a bike or a buggy.
Thankfully, the electric car market is now blessed with some stellar family cars, ranging from perfectly packaged hatchbacks that can whisk you and your loved ones along effortlessly, cleanly and quietly right through to some super-sized SUVs that bring premium electric motoring right to you – and your family’s – door.
Included in our list are cars for all budgets and we’ve factored in some of the most important considerations for leasing a family-sized EV: namely value for money, range, practicality, looks and driving dynamics.
It’s true that most EVs still carry a high list price compared to conventional petrol and diesel-engined cars because the cost of batteries and all that new technology is yet to reach parity with combustion engines. When you lease, though, you can cancel out many of the cost concerns that people have when they hear about electric vehicles. Many of our lease deals show similar monthly payments for comparable combustion and electric models and don’t forget that going electric means appreciably lower running costs thanks to the fact that charging can be up to 10 times less expensive than filling up with petrol…
1. Kia e-Niro
Kia’s e-Niro can rightly lay claim to being one of the finest all-rounders in the family-friendly EV class. At a price that is barely above other EVs that come with less range and room, the e-Niro delivers on so many fronts that it is not surprising that this is one of the most regularly sighted EVs on roads across the country.
Add to that the fact that the e-Niro is as good to drive as it is practical to run and the case for leasing a Kia makes more and more sense. Right now we’ve got deals on Kia’s e-Niro starting from little more than £300 a month.
2. Hyundai Kona Electric
Some clever electrical engineers at Hyundai have waved their magic wand over the Kona Electric and performed a trick that has left other car makers feeling like they’ve been sawn in half. In a car that you can lease right now for less than £300 a month, you can enjoy 300-mile range meaning the Kona is one of the best value machines in terms of range-per-charge on the market.
The Kona can use all that battery capacity to good use too when you need to pick up the speed. It’s fast – surprisingly so compared to others in its class – and while it doesn’t handle like a sportscar it is still one of the liveliest electric family cars around.
3. Volkswagen ID.4
If you’re looking for something with a bit more space and some German engineering class behind it then Volkswagen’s brand-new ID.4 might well be the car for you. Following hot on the heels of the Golf-sized ID.3, the ID.4 gets pumped up looks – it’s closer in size to a VW Tiguan – but claims to have even more space thanks to the fact that in an electric car all the bits that make it go can be tucked away at floor level, leaving lots of room for storage and load-carrying.
The figures bear that out with more than 500 litres of boot space and acres of room in the cabin. Decent battery sizes promise proper range, so we’re looking forward to some exciting lease deals on the ID.4 later this year. Don’t forget, too, to take a look at Skoda’s Enyak: built on the same platform as the ID.4, it promises to be a lower-cost alternative to the VW.
4. MG 5 Electric Estate
Until the SUV came along, families up and down the land parked their estates proudly on the driveways of Britain. Even now it’s hard to discount how practical and useable a good estate car can still be and in the guise of the MG 5 SW, you can get one that does it in all-electric form.
If you’re looking for a car that really does do what it says on the tin – and it’s a pretty low-cost tin at that – then look no further than the MG 5. Not only is it remarkably well specced, it’s also remarkably good value. With deals starting at under £250 plus VAT per month, this is a really very hard-to-ignore entry vehicle for those looking to go electric without compromising on the need for a practical family vehicle.
5. Peugeot e-2008
If you want an awful lot of car for the money then it’s worth considering leasing Peugeot’s e-2008 crossover.
Like all good French cars the e-2008 is at its natural best when wafting along, comfortable, spacious, refined and just relaxing to be in. Because it’s French, it’s naturally stylish too. Peugeot has arguably two of the best looking EVs in the world right now in the e-208 hatchback and this e-2008 crossover. It is strikingly handsome from all angles and leaves some of the more conventionally designed EVs left gawping in its presence.