Going green and purchasing an electric car is a great idea. As electric cars grow in popularity, their technology, driveability and comfort is improving and there are now many high quality electric vehicles to choose from. But which cars do consumers rate, and why?
How to choose an electric car
With up to sixty different makes of electric car available (a number that is growing all the time), it can be tricky to decide which one to choose! There are several important factors which you should take into account, and once you have narrowed down what you want from your electric vehicle, your choice will be easier.
Things to bear in mind include range, cost, practicality and safety.
What are the top rated electric cars?
Electric cars have been rated by many trustworthy sources, including Top Gear, carbuyer.co.uk and What Car. New 2019 electric vehicle releases have been reviewed, and here are the ones which came out on top…
Given an impressive 5/5 by What Car?, 8/10 by carwow and 4.5/5 by Autocar, the Kia e-Niro has had a fantastic reception. The main reason stated for its high ratings is the range – it can travel a superb 253 miles on a single charge in real world tests. Given high scores for its comfort and described as a ‘hoot’ to drive – it’s not a surprise that this car is currently sold out! Reviewers love the car and struggle to find downsides. In fact, among the (very few) negatives given by carwow is the fact that an electric car might not be for everyone.
Telsa Model 3
A hugely hyped car from the mind of Elon Musk, the Telsa Model 3 has lived up to the excitement prior to its release and has scored 5/5 from What Car?, 9/10 from carwow and 4/5 from Autocar. This car had an amazing 500,000 preorders and is now available on the market. The Model 3 is more affordable than other Telsa electric vehicles, but is still more expensive than lots of other electric cars. It has scored highly for the quality of its drive – with Top Gear calling the way it drives ‘genuinely satisfying’.
Jaguar’s first all electric vehicle, the I-Pace, has done well in tests of its range, and scores through the roof for comfort and luxury. So it should, though, with the cheapest model costing over £60,000. It has an impressive range of up to 292 miles, and it scored 4.5/5 from Autocar, 8/10 from carwow and 5/5 from What Car? – with most of the negative comments surrounding the price.
Hyundai Kona Electric
The Hyundai Kona Electric has wowed reviewers with its range. For an affordable price of under £30,000, the Kona has a range of close to 300 miles (in fact, in tests Top Gear drove it for 200+ miles and the car said it still had 125 miles left in it). This means that it is great for those using electric vehicles for longer trips and offers assurance and reliability. This car might not be as flashy as others on the list, but it is its great value that has contributed to the 8/10 rating from carwow, 4/5 from Autocar and 4/5 from What Car?.
The concept for the Audi E-Tron was all about an electric vehicle that doesn’t compromise on speed or quality. And in that, reviewers agree, it has succeeded. Scoring 4.5/5 from Autocar, 4/5 from What Car and 8/10 from carwow, there is no doubt that this is a superior driving experience. Where it falls down, though, is cost – at over £70,000 this definitely falls into the luxury car field.
Where can I go for further information about top rated electric cars?
Electric vehicles certainly seem to be the future. As more and more brands increase their electric vehicle output, finding a top rated car will be even more important. It’s easy to find out how your choice of car is rated:
What Car? reviews all new cars and has been doing so for over 40 years. Its buyer guides (including the one for the best electric cars) are constantly updated, so you can trust the information.
carwow is a highly trusted website and has millions of subscribers who use their reviews to inform their purchases.
Autocar’s Top 10 lists are a really valuable resource when you’re looking for an electric car. They provide a variety of options and it is useful to see the cars compared against each other.
How about customer reviews?
When you’re buying a new electric car, you’ll want to know what others who have purchased the car think about it. Consumer ratings are really useful and give you an insight into how the car performs on a day to day basis. Make sure that the reviews you’re reading are from people who have actually purchased and driven the car (you’ll be surprised by the number of reviews, positive and negative, there are from people who have never driven a car!). Most websites have an option where reviewers can select their familiarity with the car – keep an eye out for this. Honest John has a great section for owner reviews. Remember that if you’re purchasing a new model, there may not be many owner reviews available.
When you’ve purchased your electric vehicle, you’ll want to install a charger at home. You can contact us for help and advice about this.