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Top 10 electric cars for 2021

Top 10 electric cars for 2021

Kia Soul EV

“It’s a very good car, the Soul EV. And now it has a useful 280 miles of range thanks to the impressive drivetrain it shares with the Hyundai Kona and Kia e-Niro, we don’t think Brits will miss the petrol model all that much. Our criticism of the e-Niro has always been that it’s a bit boring – a clever if uninteresting item. The Soul adds a bit of personality, with a funkier interior and controversial styling, but sacrifices practicality. As they’re basically the same price, it’s a straight choice.”

Volkswagen e-Up

“The fact it’s based on the unassailable king of small cars makes it an even more desirable prospect. It’s certainly a frumpier, subtler EV than a Honda e or Mini Electric or even a Renault Zoe, but there’s a huge amount to be said for VW’s ‘just a good car, but electric’ approach – it’s what made the e-Golf such a sleeper hit. It’s also kept the e-Up relevant, recommendable, and ready for a new dawn in the small car world.”

Peugeot e-208

“The 208 is a very sweet supermini but it has flaws. Not that roomy, not quite the best to drive. And the e-208 has those same flaws. But it has all the 208’s many attractions too.”

Jaguar I-Pace

“Jaguar steps bravely into the unknown and nails it. A rapid, desirable, good-looking SUV that happens to be powered by electricity”

Renault Zoe

“Almost one in five electric cars sold in Europe is a Renault Zoe. It’s hugely popular - and with good reason. Renault says its customers didn’t want a massive re-design - but for the company to focus its efforts on key problem areas to keep costs low. Which is how we’ve ended up with an interior that’s leaps ahead of the old car’s, more driver assistance systems, a more powerful motor and even greater range for no more money.”

Audi e-tron

“This is an electric car that doesn’t seek to blur boundaries or act radical, but simply persuade regular SUV buyers to make the jump. Audi refers to this as ‘concept clarity’.”

Volkswagen ID.3

“VW makes no secret of the fact it considers the ID3 its next definitive people’s car, after the Beetle and the Golf. And to please most people most of the time, the ID3 is deliberately not an oddball. Digest its slabby-yet-slippery silhouette, get your head around the chunky drive selector, and the ID3 has few surprises left up its sleeve. ”

Mini Electric

“The Mini Electric is a very complete little EV. It preserves pretty much everything we like about a standard Mini Cooper S, but it’s more accelerative where it matters, and has zero local emissions. It proves that the hot hatch will have a future as an EV.”

Tesla Model S

“There’s no denying the Model S is a mightily impressive achievement - and from a company whose only previous credit was a Lotus Elise-based roadster. A usable amount of range, decent handling and plenty of tech-y appeal, the Model S has made the mainstream manufacturers sit up and take notice.”

BMW i3

“The i3 remains the best premium small EV out there. Hard to argue against. Just be prepared to pay proper money.”

Kia Soul EV

“It’s a very good car, the Soul EV. And now it has a useful 280 miles of range thanks to the impressive drivetrain it shares with the Hyundai Kona and Kia e-Niro, we don’t think Brits will miss the petrol model all that much. Our criticism of the e-Niro has always been that it’s a bit boring – a clever if uninteresting item. The Soul adds a bit of personality, with a funkier interior and controversial styling, but sacrifices practicality. As they’re basically the same price, it’s a straight choice.”

Volkswagen e-Up

“The fact it’s based on the unassailable king of small cars makes it an even more desirable prospect. It’s certainly a frumpier, subtler EV than a Honda e or Mini Electric or even a Renault Zoe, but there’s a huge amount to be said for VW’s ‘just a good car, but electric’ approach – it’s what made the e-Golf such a sleeper hit. It’s also kept the e-Up relevant, recommendable, and ready for a new dawn in the small car world.”

Peugeot e-208

“The 208 is a very sweet supermini but it has flaws. Not that roomy, not quite the best to drive. And the e-208 has those same flaws. But it has all the 208’s many attractions too.”

Jaguar I-Pace

“Jaguar steps bravely into the unknown and nails it. A rapid, desirable, good-looking SUV that happens to be powered by electricity”

Renault Zoe

“Almost one in five electric cars sold in Europe is a Renault Zoe. It’s hugely popular - and with good reason. Renault says its customers didn’t want a massive re-design - but for the company to focus its efforts on key problem areas to keep costs low. Which is how we’ve ended up with an interior that’s leaps ahead of the old car’s, more driver assistance systems, a more powerful motor and even greater range for no more money.”

Audi e-tron

“This is an electric car that doesn’t seek to blur boundaries or act radical, but simply persuade regular SUV buyers to make the jump. Audi refers to this as ‘concept clarity’.”

Volkswagen ID.3

“VW makes no secret of the fact it considers the ID3 its next definitive people’s car, after the Beetle and the Golf. And to please most people most of the time, the ID3 is deliberately not an oddball. Digest its slabby-yet-slippery silhouette, get your head around the chunky drive selector, and the ID3 has few surprises left up its sleeve. ”

Mini Electric

“The Mini Electric is a very complete little EV. It preserves pretty much everything we like about a standard Mini Cooper S, but it’s more accelerative where it matters, and has zero local emissions. It proves that the hot hatch will have a future as an EV.”

Tesla Model S

“There’s no denying the Model S is a mightily impressive achievement - and from a company whose only previous credit was a Lotus Elise-based roadster. A usable amount of range, decent handling and plenty of tech-y appeal, the Model S has made the mainstream manufacturers sit up and take notice.”

BMW i3

“The i3 remains the best premium small EV out there. Hard to argue against. Just be prepared to pay proper money.”