Best Electric Family Cars
Electric cars are on the rise. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) projects that there will be almost 500,000 new hybrid and fully electric vehicles on UK roads in 2023. In fact, in March of this year alone, there were a total of 76,233 battery electric vehicles, 65,861 hybrid electric vehicles, and 31,765 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles registered in the UK.
So, with the rise in popularity of these vehicles, we thought we’d list some of the best electric family cars you can buy today. By the end of this article you’ll have a list of 8 of the best electric family cars so that you can start your hunt for the perfect electric car for your family.
8 of the Best Electric Family Cars
Hyundai Ioniq 5
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is one of the most exciting electric cars out there right now. Built on a bespoke EV model platform, the Ioniq 5 has a powerful 800V electrical architecture that offers super-fast charging.
Not only this, but the car is supremely sleek and stylish, with a futuristic aesthetic that makes it arguably one of the best looking electric cars on the market. With bold design choices, like the creased sides and the LED lights on the rear, the car has a real gritty sci-fi vibe that we love.
The car is equally alluring inside, with a spacious interior that can even include domestic power sockets and full recliner front seats. Add to this the fact that this vehicle feels smooth to drive and you’ve got yourself one hell of a car.
The Ioniq 5 also comes with some flexible options when it comes to the powertrain, which means you can opt for a cost-saving long range version or a faster, more sporty one. The entry-level model comes in at £43,445 and offers 238 miles of range and a 0-62mph time of 8.5 seconds. Whereas the larger, 77kWh unit offers up to 315 miles of range.
Skoda Enyaq iV
Skoda are one of the best when it comes to family cars. So it’s no surprise that their EV has featured in our list of best electric family cars. The Enyaq iV is Skoda’s first attempt at an EV and it really does hit the mark in a number of ways.
The Enyaq iV comes as a 60, 80, 80x and now vRS. The models without an x in their name are all single motor, rear-wheel drive cars, whereas the 80x has a more powerful dual motor set-up and four-wheel drive. The Enyaq offers between 246 and 339 miles of official range, so you get a lot for your money!
The car itself is also nice to look at and provides a good amount of space both in the cabin and in the boot. The entry level Enyaq iV also won’t break the bank, which is not something you can say about most EVs. The range, the spacious interior, and the price all combine nicely, making this a fantastic option for your next family car.
The Kia EV6 brings true driver appeal to the forefront, which is rare in an EV. This is a good looking vehicle that is fantastic to drive, providing a more interesting feel than almost any other EV we can think of. Keen drivers may think that EV cars won’t be able to live up to their enthusiasm, however, the EV6 can hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has a Drift Mode that they will love.
This car is also pleasing on the eye with bold design choices that don’t veer off too far into wackiness. It’s also spacious inside and quiet on the road, and comes with a choice of three trim levels. The EV6 offers either a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive or dual-motor, four-wheel drive form, so there’s plenty of flexibility on offer.
In terms of public rapid charging, up to 239kW is possible in this car, meaning the 77.4kWh battery can be topped up in a flash whilst offering a range of around 320 miles!
Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ford may have been a little bit late when it comes to full-sized electric cars, but they stepped up to the table with a bang when they released the Mustang Mach-E. Making the most of Ford’s ever popular Mustang sub-brand for its first battery-electric model, Ford provided us with a fantastic five-seater EV with a cool aesthetic and a good range.
It’s not a super-cheap option. The Mustang Mach-E comes in at just over £40,000 and if you want the WLTP-accredited 379-mile Extended Range version, it will cost you around £50,000.
However, this is a very versatile, usable family car that we’re sure you will love. Whilst it’s not super-fun on the road and is not similar to a classic Mustang in any way, it is still pleasing to drive and is relatively fast in a straight line.
The Mach-E also offers a spacious and airy cabin that is nice and comfortable and it features a 15.5-inch portrait touchscreen which offers bluetooth connectivity, phone mirroring, apps, and self-driving options.
Tesla Model Y
Drivers in the U.S. have had access to the Tesla Model Y since March 2020, however, here in the UK we only really started to see it on the roads around February 2022. But it was worth the wait. The Tesla Model Y is a cracking model that provides clever interiors, great performance, and a fab range.
This is the first time we’ve seen an EV really showcase how much space you can offer if you remove the engine, gearbox, exhaust, and the fuel tank. It’s a supremely spacious vehicle with bucket loads of storage in the boot (both in the front and the back), that makes a pretty perfect family car.
As with all Tesla’s, the Model Y still makes use of the first-class touchscreen and all the fantastic diver-assistance tech, which combine nicely to offer a good driving experience. However, at times the touchscreen can be frustrating, as it houses all of the car’s functionality, meaning numerous touches are required to access certain features.
The Model Y also gives you access to Tesla's top-notch Supercharger network, which can make the price one that is worth paying.
Speaking of the price, the Model Y is available for around £51,000 thanks to the introduction of the entry-level Rear Wheel Drive model. This model does provide you with a 6.6 second 0-62 mph time and a range of around 287 miles. However, there is also a Long Range Model Y that can offer up to 331 miles between charges and a 0-62 mph time of just 5 seconds.
The MG 4 is without doubt one of the best electric family cars on the market today. Whilst it may, on the surface, not appear too thrilling, it is a car that offers a good driving experience, a nice array of standard equipment, and cheap finance options.
The MG 4 is also nice and spacious inside, with lots of room in the rear seats and plenty of boot space too. The Long Range version offers up to 281 miles of range and is only £2,470 more than the standard model, which comes in at £26,995. This is a fabulously affordable car that easily competes with its more expensive contemporaries.
Whilst there may be some minute issues, such as slightly narrow seats and cheap-ish feeling buttons, the MG4 is a very well performing car that has no large, glaring problems. As Top Gear Magazine pointed out in their review of the MG 4, “when you’re worried about the little things, it means the big stuff is covered”.
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is a great all-round EV that Top Gear Magazine stated was better than the regular Taycan. Now that is some statement, but it’s hard to disagree! And whilst the Taycan Cross Turismo is not cheap, it might just be the best electric family car on the market today.
This model proves that EVs can be fun and exciting to drive, whilst also showing that Porsche can design an EV that still feels like a Porsche when you’re behind the wheel. This alone is quite the feat.
The Cross Turismo has many identical features to the standard Taycan, with the same motors being powered by the same 93.4kWh battery. It also features the same power outputs across a similar range that includes the 4, 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S.
Another thing that we had to mention was the speed! Porsche has made an EV that has a 0-62 mph range that, depending on the model type, sits between 2.9 and 5.1 seconds. The 4S offers you a nice middle-ground, reaching 62mph in 4.1 seconds, whilst also offering a top speed of 149mph.
Whilst the Cross Turismo may not be the biggest or most practical car on this list, it does offer comfort and a good dynamic range, whilst also providing a fantastic breadth of ability. This vehicle may not be the cheapest model on the market, but it might just be the best sporting electric car on sale today.
This efficient EV has all the range that most people require, whilst being affordable to buy and relatively cheap to own. When the first Nissan Leaf hit the market a few years ago, it created a loyal and happy fanbase who loved the cheap running costs, the home charging, and the simple practicality that it offered.
Smaller than most of the cars on this list, the latest Nissan Leaf comes in somewhere between £28,440 and £39,340 and offers silent, smooth power and a nice amount of space.
The latest Leaf features a heavy-duty electronic device that ensures it’s more powerful than previous models. And the latest Leaf has a 0-62 mph time of just 7.9 seconds and a range of 168 miles. Whilst lovers of powerful vehicles and unbroken, long journeys will be left wanting in the Leaf, the latest model is able to provide drivers with a decent range and a simple grace.
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