Best electric cars for 2020
If you want to make the switch to an electric car and don't know where to start, look no further.
There's no doubt that electric cars have hit the mainstream. Practically every manufacturer on the planet is investing time and money into developing their own contenders.
The good news is they’re gradually overcoming nagging issues about range. The best electric cars can cover an impressive 200+ miles between charges.
But it can still be confusing to know which ones are best to look out for. Here we take a look at some of the best electric cars to suit just about everyone’s needs – whether you want a little city car or a larger beast to transport the family.
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The best electric cars at a glance
Tesla Model 3
SEAT Mii Electric
The latest version has just won the What Car? inaugural small electric car of the year award for improving in pretty much every area.
The judges appreciated how the French manufacturer has upgraded the interior, driving experience and range of this neat machine that costs around £30,000.
Renault claims the car’s 52 kWh capacity Z.E. 50 battery allows you to drive up to 245 miles. This'll depend on factors like your speed, driving style and the weather conditions.
There are three versions of the Zoe. The top of the range R135 GT Line comes with front and rear parking sensors, a reverse parking camera and electrically adjustable folding door mirrors.
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This impressive car is part of the new breed of SUVs that are expected to dominate their market segment over the next few years.
It’s stylish, well-equipped and has plenty of room for passengers. It'll also take you to 60mph in 6.9s, on the way to a top speed of 104 mph.
The 64 kWh battery is designed for long-range journeys of up to 282 miles on a single charge. If you use the 100kW fast charger it can be recharged from 20% to 80% in just 42 minutes.
There are plenty of gadgets, including a wireless phone charger and electronic parking brake. You also get Smart Cruise Control, which uses the car’s radar to regulate speed and distance from other vehicles.
Tesla Model 3
Everyone has heard of Tesla and its outspoken founder, Elon Musk. The company is a leading name in electric vehicles and the Tesla Model 3 is another winner.
It’s the marque’s smallest model and comes in a choice of three versions: Standard Plus, Long Range AWD and Performance.
However, they’re all pretty quick. Even the Standard Plus can get you to 60mph in 5.3s, while Performance covers the same ground in just 3.2s!
The Model 3 has also just scooped the What Car? best large electric award. The judges said it delivered outstanding range, performance, practicality and tech.
This tough looking beast is very much positioned towards the luxury end of the car market, with the likes of Jaguar’s I-PACE being a natural rival.
Audi’s first all-electric car is an impressive five-door SUV. It combines sharp good looks with a 95 kWh battery that enables you to cover around 240 miles between charges.
It’s available in different versions with standard equipment including two-zone electronic climate control and a rear view camera.
The top-end Launch Edition, meanwhile, comes with virtual exterior mirrors that have small cameras feeding images onto displays in the doors.
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This car, with its minimalistic styling and simplicity, is already being touted as a winner ahead of its early 2020 launch in the UK.
It’s easy to see why. This little car screams cuteness, is incredibly well-designed, and will appeal to anyone who does plenty of town driving.
There is also plenty of tech built in, such as side camera mirror system, smart entry and start, and neat pop out door handles.
The top end e Advance, meanwhile, comes with a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and the Honda Parking Pilot system.
Instantly recognisable as a Porsche. The Taycan is the marque’s first all-electric car and the fastest version will get you from 0-62mph in 2.8s.
It also has an impressive range. The Taycan Turbo can cover up to 280 miles between charges, although this depends on how it’s driven.
Its sleek styling, low centre of gravity and general performance are a world away from the earliest electric cars.
But the Taycan doesn’t come cheap. Depending on which version you want, expect to pay between £80,000 and almost £140,000 to get behind the wheel.
This year the electric version of the ever-popular MINI will make its entrance and chances are it'll gain a loyal feeling.
It shares the same sleek good looks as its engine-powered siblings. It's available to pre-order with a price tag upwards from around £25,000.
There are three levels available. Even the most basic comes with MINI Navigation, which includes Apple Car Play and cruise control.
The top of the range version, comes with park assist, a full leather interior and panoramic sunroof.
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This is a serious contender in the electric car market and shouldn’t be overlooked – particularly if you’re after luxury, comfort and plenty of style.
There are three versions. Prices range from £65,000 for the S, which includes keyless entry and dual-zone climate control, to £75,000 for the top end HSE.
The 90 kWh battery provides a range of up to 292 miles between charges. This'll vary depending on how it’s driven but is better than most other electric vehicles.
If you’re not convinced then Jaguar even offers a useful mobile app to track your daily journeys. This shows you the potential cost-saving benefits of switching to an I-PACE.
SEAT Mii Electric
The fact is a lot of electric cars come with hefty price tags. This means there's everything to play for at the cheaper end of the market – and that’s clearly been recognised by SEAT.
This neat little car will cost you around £23,000 and has an official range of 160 miles – based on combined city and motorway driving.
Features of note include a smart dashboard with a 5” colour display, 6-speaker DAB radio with Bluetooth, mobile phone holder and ambient lighting controls.
Other on-board tech includes rear parking sensors, rain sensors to regulate the speed of your windscreen wipers, and Lane Assist to ensure you don’t drift on the motorway.