Best electric SUVs 2022

Published: 19 March 2022

► Our guide to the best electric SUVs in 2022
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Consumer demand, improving technology and looming legislation to ban combustion engines are making EVs more popular than ever – and electric SUVs are leading the charge in 2022. BMWMercedesAudi and Hyundai all have at least one electric SUV on the market, with several more in the pipeline. Simply put, crossovers are one of the most popular types of electric car in 2022.

Why are there so many electric SUVs?

It’s the sweet spot where practicality, packaging and pricing meet, spawning the likes of the Audi e-TronKia EV6 and BMW iX. Take a look at some of the best EVs you can buy right now, and you’ll find that a good percentage of them are SUVs or crossovers. 

Their taller bodystyles allow easier packaging of batteries, higher pricing makes it easier to swallow the cost of the EV hardware and, well, who doesn’t like a more practical, family-oriented flavour of car? Sales data proves these models are selling like hot cakes, hence the increasing choice of electric SUVs in showrooms.  

E-tron suv

Most bespoke electric cars use a ‘skateboard’ construction. Essentially a board of batteries with wheels at either end, they’re all about packing in as much battery capacity as possible – and as low as possible to improve space for passengers above and handling below. SUVs, with their high floors and long wheelbases, provide the most room for battery cells – and therefore offer the highest capacity for the longest range.

The figures tell the story: something like the small, city-focused Honda E can squeeze a claimed 137 miles out of its tiny 35.5kWh battery, whereas the latest BMW iX can get a massive 315 out of its larger 105kWh battery. Bigger cars = bigger batteries.

Don’t forget that EVs tend to have larger interiors than their petrol and diesel counterparts. Heating and ventilation systems can be pushed into the void where an engine would sit and there’s no need for a physical propshaft bisecting the cabin, making them roomier inside. As a rule, EVs tend to offer the interior space from the class above – so electric SUVs can be super-spacious. 

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An SUV or crossover is a great choice for families needing space to carry kids’ clobber and the detritus of family life. They’re higher off the ground, too, for a raised seating position and a great view out. Downsides? They’re lumbering, huge, heavy and space-inefficient, according to their detractors. They’re not cheap, either…

Are there any electric SUVs? Yes there are! Here's a technical cutaway of the Jaguar i-Pace

Here are the best picks on sale today, according to CAR magazine. Either read on down our list, or hop to the cars you’re interested in using our shortcuts below:

  1. Audi e-Tron
  2. Hyundai Kona Electric
  3. Jaguar i-Pace
  4. Kia e-Niro
  5. MG ZS EV
  6. Mercedes-Benz EQC
  7. Tesla Model X
  8. Audi Q4 e-Tron
  9. Volvo XC40 Recharge
  10. Skoda Enyaq
  11. VW ID.4
  12. Ford Mustang Mach-E
  13. Mazda MX-30
  14. BMW iX
  15. All the future and upcoming electric SUVs

Audi e-Tron:

Audi e-Tron: best electric SUVs

  • From £64,725 

The first full series-production electric car from Audi is a triumph: you get the usual Ingolstadt quality and driving manners, all wrapped up in a very practical SUV bodystyle that’s akin to an Audi Q5 crossover. Performance is rapid, range decent and it just all feels so normal. One neat touch we really liked: a charging port on each of the front wings, allowing you to charge this Jaguar i-Pace rival from either side. A range of 248 miles is claimed for Audi’s electric SUV and, despite weighing in at 2490kg, the e-Tron is no slouch: it can accelerate from 0-62mph in as little as 5.7sec. It’s a great all-rounder, albeit pricey.

Read our Audi E-Tron review
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Mercedes-Benz EQC

Mercedes-Benz EQC electric SUV

  • From £70,035

The EQC is the first car in Mercedes’ new EV-only ‘EQ’ range and, while not exactly innovative, it’s an unquestionably capable SUV. It has a range of 259 miles, features twin motors for all-wheel drive, can sprint from 0-62mph in 5.1sec and is loaded with technology; the electric Mercedes SUV also offers seating for five and a large boot – as you’d hope, considering its size and hefty 2425kg kerbweight. The EQC’s a finely polished and thought-through affair, too, which makes it easier and less stressful to live with. Consequently, it might be ideal for buyers who are a little worried about making the switch from a straightforward petrol or diesel SUV.

Read our full Mercedes-Benz EQC review
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Jaguar i-Pace: 

Jaguar i-Pace: best electric SUVs

  • From £65,620

Jaguar’s first all-electric car, dubbed the i-Pace, is a tremendously slick affair – and one that’s a tempting alternative to established rivals such as the Tesla Model X. This cutting-edge car steers, stops and goes like a Jaguar should – and there’s space aplenty, too, thanks to efficient packaging and that flat floor. Twin motors serve up a mighty 395bhp and 513lb ft, as well as all-wheel drive, and the electric Jaguar SUV is capable of 0-62mph in just 4.8sec. Refrain from deploying that punch, though, and you could eke 298 miles out of the battery, according to Jaguar. In our experience, that’s a bit rich; you’ll struggle to get much more than 200 out of a single charge, but that’s sufficient for many drivers’ daily needs… The i-Pace is one of our favourite cars on sale today and we lived with one in 2020 as a long-term test.

Read our full Jaguar i-Pace review
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Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X: a seven-seater, practical electric car

  • From £90,980

Need space for seven? A swanky Tesla badge? And all the modernity and clever-clogs tech the brand has become famous for? Step this way: the Model X is half crossover, half MPV, but all Tesla electric car. Famous for its cleverly hinged gullwing rear doors that open even in the tightest of car park spaces, the interior is roomy for five in the first two rows and the rearmost third-row pair of seats are fine for kids on short journeys. It is pricey though, costing from £91k in the UK for a Model X Dual Motor (the faster Plaid model retails at a head-spinning £110,980).

Read our full Tesla Model X review
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Audi Q4 Sportback e-Tron

Audi E-tron

  • From £43,115

If the e-Tron SUV is the pioneer and the e-Tron GT is the speed and glamour, then the new Audi Q4 Sportback e-Tron is the EV that’ll pay Ingolstadt’s R&D bills. Based on the VW Group’s meticulously planned MEB platform, this small, electric crossover is destined to become one of the bestselling Audis in the UK line-up, although be warned that production delays from Covid and war in Ukraine are affecting supply.  

Read our Q4 e-Tron review 
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Kia e-Niro

Kia electric SUV: the e-Niro 64kwh First Edition

  • From £32,895

The electric Niro is a great example of the new breed of electric cars: it’s a right-sized package and ticks lots of boxes. It’s an SUV shape, which the market is demanding, while its range is a claimed 282 miles – giving it the legs that motorists want for reassurance. Its UK price is from £32,895 after the government grant – putting it in the sweet spot of accessibility for more motorists. You even get a seven-year warranty, which should allay any concerns about long-term reliability. The only problem? It’s about to replaced by an all-new model, so supply of this model is thin on the ground.

Read our Kia e-Niro review
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Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric SUV

  • From £28,950

The Hyundai Kona Electric is arguably one of the most versatile and accessible EVs on sale in 2022. It’s affordably priced, for starters, and two distinct versions are offered – a 134bhp model with a 39kWh battery, or a 204bhp version with a higher-capacity 64kWh battery. In base form, the Kona can travel up to 180 miles on a single charge and sprint from 0-62mph in a perfectly sensible 9.7sec. Go for the more expensive model, though, and the range leaps to 279 miles while the 0-62mph time drops to 7.6sec. It’s not a fun car to drive but it is very practical, with that crossover bodystyle swallowing bodies and bags with nonchalant ease. The Hyundai electric SUV costs a whisker under £30,000 to buy one in the UK (after the government subsidy).

Read our full Hyundai Kona Electric review
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MG ZS EV

MG ZS EV all-electric SUV

  • From £27,495

If the high cost of the posher electric cars above puts you off, worry not – prices are starting to tumble. Case in point: MG launched its first all-electric car, the ZS EV, and the first 1000 customers benefited from an introductory price of £21,495. Now that offer has expired, the price – inclusive of the government grant – has risen somewhat £27,495. This is no sluggish, short-range affair with limited practicality, either; the ZS EV can accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.5sec, cover 163 miles on a single charge and accommodate the needs of most families thanks to its vast boot and large cabin.

Read our full review of the MG ZS electric SUV
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Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo XC40 Recharge

  • From £43,550

The most impressive thing about the first all-electric Volvo is not its lively acceleration, although 4.9 seconds to 62mph can be fun. Nor is it the good real-world range, of more than 200 miles per charge. Nor is it the new Google-based infotainment, effective as that is. And it’s certainly not the clunky, confusing name: Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric. No, the real achievement is just how much like every other XC40 it feels to drive or be passengered in. Considering that the powertrain is completely different, and the weight much greater, it does a very good job of offering the same mix of refinement, comfort and feelgood modernity.

Read our full review of the Volvo XC40 Recharge
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Skoda Enyaq

Skoda Enyaq

  • From £34,850

The Enyaq’s sub-£35k starting price seems fair for the entry-level iV60 model. It’s comfortable, well-sorted, spacious and capable of travelling long distances between charges – our experiences so far prove that the anticipated range display is accurate, which is good news for those with range anxiety. It also looks good on the road, is well-finished with tight panels gaps and offers plenty of road presence. It’s difficult to imagine this not being one of the most sought-after electric SUVs of 2022. It’s friendlier and more luxurious than a Kia e-Niro and looks better inside and out than a Volkswagen ID.4. No wonder it’s the reigning Parkers Car of the Year.

Read our review of the Skoda Enyaq
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VW ID.4

VW id.4

  • From £34,995

Where the VW ID.3 hatchback looks a bit ordinary and unsophisticated, the ID.4 is much sleeker, a little wider and visually better balanced, even though it sits on the same wheelbase. The electric crossover is also roomier inside, has a much bigger boot, and at 0.28 its drag coefficient is only marginally less slippery. Size-wise, the ID.4 slots neatly into the VW SUV range between the T-Roc and Tiguan at 4.6m long, but is closer to the latter in terms of exterior dimensions – and the interior is even roomier thanks to the packaging efficiency of the electrical gubbins. The rear passenger compartment is especially capacious, with that flat floor bereft of any propshaft intrusion. 

Read our review of the VW ID.4
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Ford Mustang Mach-E

Ford Mustang Mach-e

  • From £42,530

Ford’s latest pony car is a near-silent, totally environment-friendly galloper shaped like a crossbreed cocktail of Aintree winner and steeplechase champion. Badged Mustang like millions of great American sports cars launched since the nameplate first popped up in 1964, the Mach-E is heralded as decidedly dynamic EV which puts street cred above cabin acreage and presence before lollipop aerodynamics. Buyers of this car are more likely to be drawn in by the driving range and tech on offer. The fact it’s great fun to drive and has a horsey badge are just attractive extras.

Read our review of the Ford Mustang Mach-E
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Mazda MX-30

Mazda Mx30

  • From £27,650

The MX-30 is a typically oddball Japanese curio – a wilfully different, smaller kind of electric crossover, with fascinating suicide doors, a chunky stance and head-turning looks. It does, however, have a very small battery and this kind of dominates the experience. Its relatively small 35.5 kWh battery is the same size as that in the compact  Honda E, and that means it won’t go very far. Check out our Mazda MX-30 long-term test for more details.

Read our review of the Mazda MX-30
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BMW iX

BMW ix

  • From £69,905

The iX xDrive50 is deeply impressive in nearly every area – as well it should be for an asking price upwards of £91,905 (and that’s for the ‘entry-level’ Sport trim; M Sport is £3k extra). There is now a more modest 322hp xDrive40, too, but that only claims a 257-mile range with its smaller battery and still costs from £69,905. BMW’s first bespoke EV is good to drive, good to sit in and good at making you feel like you’ve just slightly stepped into the near future. Which is surely what a modern high-end electric car should be.

Read our full review of the BMW iX here

Future electric SUVs

As we mentioned, there are more and more electric SUVs coming to showrooms near you in the coming months. Most manufacturers are developing e-SUVs, so look out for these models arriving soon – from mainstream and premium brands alike:

  • Porsche Macan  The next model will be EV only
  • Rivian R1S  A new name for a new type of tough, rough electric outdoors vehicles
  • Tesla Model Y  Like a Model 3, but more crossovery
  • Volvo XC90 The next big SUV from Sweden will have an all-electric option 

We’ll be sure to update this article frequently in the coming weeks, so it stays up to date with the latest information, specs and prices. In the meantime, click on the links below to find out more about electric SUV ownership.

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By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet

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