Best electric cars 2022

Sales of electric cars are booming, and no wonder: the best are quiet, cheap to run and smooth to drive. But which are the brightest sparks – and which are the loose connections?...

Best electric cars 2022

Electric cars have now entered the mainstream, accounting for around 15% of new car registrations last month. What's more, their rise is only going to accelerate as rules are introduced to limit the kind of vehicles allowed into major cities and we get closer to the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel models.

The main thing that has traditionally prevented them selling in greater numbers is range anxiety – the fear that you won’t have enough juice to get to where you’re going. However, with plenty of models now capable of covering more than 200 miles between charges, this is becoming less of an issue.

So, which electric cars should you consider? Here, we count down our top 10 and reveal the ones to avoid. If any of the models on the list take your fancy, just click on the relevant link to find out more or see how much of a discount you could get by using our free New Car Buying service.


Audi E-tron GT

Audi e-tron GT 2022 front cornering
Audi e-tron GT 2022 interior dashboard

It may be a slightly softer version of the Porsche Taycan, but be in no doubt that the E-tron GT is an awesome-handling electric car. It’s also fast, comfortable and reasonably practical. The Tesla Model S is quicker and roomier for families, though, and we favour (by a whisker) the Taycan for its extra agility.

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  • Potentially rapid charging
  • Comfortable ride and great handling
  • Very well equipped and strong resale values


  • Ionity rapid chargers are few and far between
  • Not as spacious as a Model S
  • Low-speed motor whine and gearbox shunt


MG4 EV 2022 front right tracking
MG4 2022 interior dashboard

MG's latest electric car is staggering value for money – particularly in entry-level SE trim. It has a competitive range, can charge quickly, provides plenty of space and comes with lots of standard equipment. Some rivals are quieter, more polished to drive and have smarter interiors, but then they cost thousands more to buy.

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  • Incredibly well priced
  • Long Range model has a competitive range
  • Long warranty


  • Some interior materials disappoint
  • Slightly unsettled ride
  • Infotainment system is fiddly

Cupra Born

Cupra Born 2022 front cornering
Cupra Born 2022 interior dashboard

The Born takes all the good bits from the Volkswagen ID 3 and adds a slightly more polished interior and an upgraded infotainment system. If you go for a mid-range V2 58kWh version it’s also very well priced against an ID.3, so the Born is certainly worth a place on your electric car shortlist.

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  • Good electric range
  • Sprightly performance
  • Decent to drive


  • Charging network weaker than Tesla’s
  • Touch-sensitive buttons are awkward to use
  • Slightly firmer ride than ID 3

BMW i4

BMW i4 2022 front cornering
BMW i4 2022 interior dashboard

BMW's i4 is fast, comfortable and extremely hushed at high speeds. Factor in a decent range, a great infotainment system and a plush interior and it's a compelling alternative to a Tesla Model 3. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that the Model 3 comes with a significantly better-charging network – important if you cover a lot of motorway miles.

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  • Brilliant performance
  • Impressive official range
  • Class-leading infotainment


  • Relatively expensive to buy outright
  • M50 not as sharp as Tesla Model 3 Performance
  • BMW lacks Tesla’s world-beating charging infrastructure


BMW iX3 2022 front cornering
BMW iX3 2022 interior dashboard

Aside from some styling details and the fact the combustion engine has been replaced with an electric motor, the iX3 is essentially a BMW X3 – and that's a good thing. It means you're getting a practical and classy SUV with the best infotainment system around. And it means it steers and handles better than rivals, while also providing a comfortable ride. Zero emissions and a long range between charges are merely very welcome bonuses.

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  • Longer range than most direct rivals
  • Great infotainment system
  • Comparatively well priced


  • Not as fast as rivals
  • Audi E-tron is quieter
  • Tesla Model 3 has a longer range and faster charging

Skoda Enyaq iV

Skoda Enyaq iV 2022 front cornering
Skoda Enyaq iV 2022 interior dashboard

The Enyaq is practical, good to drive, smart inside and well equipped. Perhaps most impressive of all, though, is the value it offers – the ‘60’ version is priced in line with smaller alternatives, including the Kia Niro EV.

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  • Well priced
  • Extremely practical
  • Comfortable and easy to drive


  • So-so performance by electric car standards
  • A Volkswagen ID.3 is more fun to drive
  • Infotainment isn’t as responsive as rival systems

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 2022
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 2022 interior dashboard

If you're looking for all the usual electric car benefits but want something that's also absolutely thrilling to drive, the Porsche Taycan is the car for you. It's wonderfully classy inside, too, and surprisingly practical – particularly if you go for the estate-like Cross Turismo version. So, while the Taycan certainly isn't cheap, it's worth every penny.

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  • Incredible point-to-point pace
  • More spacious rear seats than in the coupĂ©
  • Wonderful interior quality


  • You will want to add a fair few options
  • Range isn’t spectacular
  • A Mercedes-AMG E63 has a larger boot

Kia EV6

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Kia EV6 2022 interior dashboard

The Kia EV6 is an even better electric car than the closely related Hyundai Ioniq 5, because it's more enjoyable to drive and slightly classier inside. At the same time, like the Ioniq 5 it offers a long range and the ability to charge up very quickly. Just bear in mind that cheaper rear-wheel drive EV6s make more financial sense than the faster, four-wheel drive models.

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  • Long range
  • Fast-charging capability
  • Long warranty
  • Loads of rear legroom


  • Shallow boot
  • Not exactly cheap
  • Slightly firm ride

Genesis GV60

Genesis GV60 front cornering
Genesis GV60 interior dashboard

Don't let the fact that you might not of heard of the Genesis brand put you off. It's part of the same group as Hyundai as Kia, with the GV60 a sister model to the EV6 and Ioniq 5. Amazingly, though, it manages to be classier than both inside, come with a more intuitive infotainment system and is actually cheaper in like for like form.

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  • Wonderful interior
  • Extremely quiet on the move
  • Great infotainment system


  • Boot isn't huge
  • Rear space is average
  • Optional cameras not as good as traditional door mirrors

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 2022 front right tracking
Tesla Model 3 2022 interior dashboard

Few cars received as much hype before their launch as the Model 3, and even fewer can match what it offers in reality. Tesla's most affordable car is great to drive, packed full of tech, fast (ridiculously so in Performance guise) and surprisingly practical. Factor in a competitive price, especially given its sheer pace, and it’s not only the best all-round electric car on sale today, but one of the best choices full stop.

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  • Savage acceleration – particularly in Performance version
  • Long range between charges
  • Surprisingly practical
  • Fast charging via Tesla's prolific Supercharger network


  • Rivals are quieter on the move
  • Handling not as entertaining as the best petrol-powered rivals
  • Some may find the ride a touch firm

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