The 10 Best Electric SUVs to Buy in 2024
Britain loves its SUVs, and the new car market is rapidly moving towards electrification, so, naturally, carmakers are working hard to produce lots of large, family-friendly electric SUVs. As a result, the level of choice on offer in the electric SUV sector is now greater than ever before, so the best electric SUVs really need to stand out from the growing crowd if they are to succeed.
To help you decide which all-electric SUV to buy, we’ve selected our top 10 models, as chosen by our road test experts. All of these cars are more environmentally friendly than combustion-powered SUVs, but they offer more reasonable running costs, too. There are also some significant benefit-in-kind (BiK) tax savings on offer for company car users, with the result that a high proportion of sales in the electric SUV market go to the fleet sector.
Best electric SUVs to buy
Our road test team has comprehensively tested every electric SUV on sale in the UK. Read on below to find the 10 best electric SUVs you can buy right now.
10. Tesla Model Y
The Tesla Model Y offers pretty much the same wealth of technology, big batteries and amazing performance as the smaller Model 3, but here it’s all wrapped up in a more practical SUV body. This has proven so successful that the Model Y has officially become the best-selling electric car in the UK in 2023.
Even the entry-level model is good for up to 283 miles on the WLTP combined cycle, and will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds. If you’re a bit of a speedster, the range-topping Performance version will cut that time to 3.5 seconds off the supercar – certainly not bad for a family car.
9. BMW IX
Although its appearance is somewhat controversial, the BMW iX is a very impressive electric SUV. It’s extremely comfortable yet great to drive, its interior is class-leading, and much of the brand’s most innovative technology is fitted as standard.
The iX’s interior has a futuristic feel to its design. There are plenty of soft-touch materials throughout and two 14.5-inch curved displays make up most of the dashboard. These displays feature BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional media setup and the latest version of iDrive, so you won’t need gadgets. When the massive iX is on the move, it does an excellent job of hiding its weight, and even handles corners with a surprising level of agility.
8. Genesis GV60
Sharing its underpinnings with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, the Genesis GV60’s appearance on this list shouldn’t come as a surprise. While the EV6 prioritizes sportiness, the GV60 offers a more luxurious experience — fitting, given that Genesis is Hyundai’s luxury sister brand.
Genesis aims to tempt buyers away from the Audi Q4 e-tron and Volvo .
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You won’t need to wait long for the GV60 to charge either, as the super-speed function of the 350kW charger allows it to charge from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes.
7. Nissan Ariya
The 2022 Car of the Year remains a strong choice among a growing sea of competitors. Not only is the Nissan Ariya stylish to look at, the level of quality and refinement on offer isn’t that different from a more expensive model.
Inside the well-appointed cabin there’s a luxurious feel that’s somewhat unusual for Nissan, with wood trim and soft-touch materials throughout. One downside is that the dual displays are quite low resolution compared to a number of competitors but they are responsive and easy to understand.
The Ariya should be easy to live with too, even with the base model claiming a battery range of more than 220 miles. All versions offer plenty of space for passengers and luggage along with a number of clever storage solutions. It rides comfortably too, and is even surprisingly nimble when heading into a corner.
6. Be EV9
Kia’s biggest car ever is also one of its best. Thanks to its large size, the new EV9 offers seven seats, all with plenty of head and legroom. Even with the rear seats in place, there’s still enough boot space at 333 litres, so you’ll be able to carry their luggage too.
This bigger-is-better approach continues with a massive 99.8 kWh battery pack fitted as standard. Because of all this capacity, the heavy-duty EV9 can go more than 300 miles between charges.
It’s big and bold, so the EV9 is far from the most drivable sports car on this list. However, when we first drove Kia’s large SUV in rural Scotland, it did an excellent job of correcting tarmac imperfections, and did very little to compromise the comfort of those inside. If you need to go a step further, opting for the dual-motor powertrain will propel the EV9 from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.3 seconds.
5. Skoda Elegant
In typical Skoda fashion, the Enyaq does an excellent job of combining ease of use, practicality and build quality, all within an affordable package.
Even in base 60 form, the Enyaq offers a range of up to 247 miles on the WLTP combined cycle, and can be quickly charged from 10 to 80 percent in less than 35 minutes. Go to 85 and the larger battery pack will boost that range up to 340 miles. Inside each Enyaq model you’ll find plenty of space for up to five passengers and their luggage, making it the best choice for a family car. There’s a generous helping of standard equipment too, including a Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display.
4. BMW iX1
While some electric BMWs are ostentatious when it comes to looks, the iX1 takes a more modest approach. This all-electric midsize SUV shares the same basic design as the combustion-powered
Although an M Sport variant of the iX1 is available, the base xLine version still handles spirited driving surprisingly well for a car in this class, and does an excellent job of hiding its significant weight. When you want things to quiet down a bit, the cabin is very refined with little noise. The trade-off with this BMW’s sporty nature, though, is a fairly firm ride.
3. Be EV6
With a battery range of over 300 miles and 350 kW fast charging capability, the Kia EV6 is a great choice for those looking for a long-distance electric vehicle. The EV6 is the sportiest member of the family of cars built on the e-GMP platform, and as a result it delivers plenty of strong performance. In fact, the 577-hp EV6 GT is the fastest Kia on sale.
However, performance doesn’t come at the expense of practicality, as the EV6 offers a number of smart touches to make life easier for passengers. One of these functions is the “vehicle to load” function; This allows the car to be used as a power outlet via the built-in three-pin socket – ideal for charging devices while on holiday.
We found the EV6 to be predictably stiffer than its Ioniq 5 and GV60 siblings during testing, but it’s certainly not uncomfortable. The ride can be a bit dull on urban streets, but when you hit the open roads, the Kia is a very capable cruiser.
2. Hyundai Ioniq 5
As the flagship of Hyundai’s bold new electric vehicle range, the Ioniq 5 still stands out by a mile compared to almost everything else on the road – even other Hyundais. Its blocky body design, 8-bit lighting and abundance of technology make it look like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it’s far from a gimmicky car.
There are two batteries available, a 58 kWh and 77.4 kWh unit, claiming a range of 238 and 315 miles respectively. The Ioniq 5’s tall stature provides plenty of room for passengers and cargo, too, so it works well as a family car. There are plenty of excellent tech features and soft-touch materials that make things feel impressively upscale for a car at this price. One of the only real downsides we found was the lack of driver engagement – this two-ton SUV is certainly fast enough but it’s not exactly exciting. However, the hotter Ioniq 5 N has now arrived, which should appeal to the more enthusiastic driver.
1. Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai clearly took customer and road tester feedback into account when designing the latest Kona. The original was undoubtedly a good car, but the Korean brand went to great lengths not to transfer its few flaws to the new model. As a result, there is now more space inside the new Kona, and the abundance of new technology makes it more modern and luxurious in appearance. We love this small SUV so much that we’ve crowned it our 2023 Car of the Year.
While there’s also a combustion and hybrid power option, the all-electric Hyundai Kona is our pick of the range. Not only is it the most economical to run, the near-silent powertrain means it’s brilliantly refined, too.
Below, the Kona Electric is now based on the same K3 platform as the Kia Niro EV, and is available with a choice of two battery packs. The smaller 48kWh unit claims up to 234 miles of range, which isn’t class-leading but should be enough for most drivers. If you regularly cover long distances, the larger 65 kWh battery boosts the Kona’s range to 319 miles. Whichever version you choose, a standard-fit heat pump will help Hyundai achieve similar numbers in the real world.
The best electric SUVs you can buy right now
- Hyundai Kona Electric
- Hyundai IONIQ 5
- Let’s EV6
- BMW EX1
- Skoda Elegant
- Let EV9
- Nissan Ariya
- Genesis GV60
- BMW IX
- Tesla Model Y
For an alternative view, see our sister site DrivingElectric’s rating for Top 10 Electric SUVs…