We know we’ve written a lot about electric vehicles (Evs) but as the industry and drivers shift focus towards them we think it’s important that all of us, on the Xcite Car Leasing team and drivers in general, keep up to date with all of the latest EV news, including the new models that are on the market. That’s why we’ve taken a look at all of the electric cars currently on the market and expected to land later this year to round up our top 10 picks.
Our top pick is the Tesla Model 3. As a brand established on the principle of creating electric vehicles (EVs) that rival the very best petrol and diesel cars in terms of power and performance with minimum environmental impact Tesla is an obvious choice for drivers looking for an EV.
The Model 3 is currently Tesla’s cheapest model which means we’re able to offer great leasing prices for you to choose from. However, the Model 3 doesn’t feel like a cheap car, its still got the same technology and style that the brand is known for.
One of the biggest appeals of Tesla is the large range their able to achieve and the Model 3 Long Range can get up to 374 miles on a single charge which is one of the largest available on the market. If you prefer power over mileage then the Performance model can go from 0-62 mph in just 3.1 seconds.
One of the benefits of driving a Tesla is access to their ultra-rapid chargers and you can go from 20-80% charge in as little as 20 minutes. On a standard 7kW charger, which is the speed of most home charging units, it can be fully charged in five to eight hours depending on the spec you opt for.
We put the Tesla Model 3 in the top spot because it offers you industry leading EV tech in an attractive and functional package that is fun to drive.
The Skoda Enyaq is a fully electric SUV which makes it into our second pick spot thanks to it’s fantastic range, stylish design and the range of features the dependable manufacturer has included as standard.
You can travel up to 339 miles on a single charge in the current Enyaq model and that’s more than enough for most driver’s daily needs, which is how we recommend you consider the range of EVs and whether it is large enough for you. Most drivers will be able to have a charging solution at home, or use one during the day whilst they’re working but if you don’t have either of these options available with a range of over 300 miles which is close to what a traditional fuel tank offers it should still be enough for you.
On a 150 kW charger (one of the fastest on the public network) it can go from 20-80% in just 30 minutes. To take the Enyaq from zero to full charge on a 7 kW charger it will take 9 hours.
If you’re looking for a large family SUV and want an electric option then we think that the Enyaq is a great choice! Check out our dedicated Enyaq leasing page if you want to see our current excellent offers.
Hyundai as a brand has become increasingly popular in recent years as they’ve been producing affordable and reliable electric cars that offer drivers realistic ranges and charging times. We’ve opted for the Ioniq 5 model as it’s an excellent mid-sized SUV that makes it the ideal car for families and adventurers alike.
In terms of appearance, the Ioniq 5 feels like a big hatchback without looking oversized. Hyundai has also managed to blend futuristic and classic styling details that create a unique car that stands out from the crowd.
There’s a few different battery options available on the Ioniq which you’ll be able to choose the best option based on your needs with the largest battery (73 kWh) offering up to 280 miles on a single charge and 20-80% charging in under 20 minutes. On a standard 7 kW charger you’ll be fully charged in nine hours.
Volkswagen is a German brand that has a reputation for creating affordable and reliable vehicles that dates back to their original founding principle – the people’s car. The ID.4 perfectly exemplifies this with its sleek, stylish exterior, host of safety and convenience features to make driving simpler and more enjoyable and an affordable price, especially when you look at our current leasing offers.
You’ll get good mileage from the ID.4 with up to 325 miles on a single charge which will be plenty for most drivers and you can go from 20-80% charge in just 30 minutes on a 150 kW charger to get you back on the road as quickly as possible for longer trips. or from 0-100% on a standard 7 kW charger in 12 hours.
We’ve included this reliable SUV as it makes an excellent choice for drivers who want an electric SUV from a familiar brand for their next family car.
Polestar is a relatively new company that like Tesla was established as a brand that would only manufacturer EVs and are committed to creating cars like the Polestar 2 which are at the forefront of EV advancement.
While Polestar itself might be a new brand it was formed as an offshoot from the established Swedish powerhouse that is Volvo which means it benefits from their decades of experience in production, customer wants and needs and safety which Volvo is particularly renowned for. The Polestar 2 therefore shares a platform with the XC40 and will rival the likes of the Tesla Model 3.
You’ll get a mileage range of up to 335 miles depending on the driving conditions and the model you choose, as there’s one that focuses on performance with duel motors and a 0-62 mph of 4.7 seconds.
Charging speeds are as quick as 20 minutes for 20-80% on a 150 kW charger or to go from zero to fully charged on a standard home charger (7 kW) is 11 hours.
The Polestar 2 is a fantastic mid-sized hatchback for drivers that want a premium SUV without too high of a price tag, has some of the best safety features and ratings on the market and a decent mileage range.
BMW set out to create a rival to the likes of Tesla and Polestar, which can be difficult for an existing manufacturer who has a history of producing internal combustion engines (ICEs) and a reputation because of them. However, we think that in the i4 they’ve managed to achieve this. They’ve essentially taken what their existing drivers love about BMW’s looks and functions and managed to package it in an exciting electric frame. From the very first glance you know the i4 is a BMW, and once you get behind the wheel you’ll be greeted by their high-quality finish, state of the art infotainment system and thrilling driving experience.
There’s a few different models for you to choose from with BMW saying the single motor options can reach up to 300 miles between charges and the dual motor option only reaching around 245 miles. We think that even the lower mileage range is plenty for most drivers’ needs.
If you’re looking to compare charging times then you can take the i4 from 20-80% in just 30 minutes on a 150 kW charger or on the standard 7 kW home charger it will go from zero to fully charged in 12 hours.
Ever since the e-Niro first hit the roads Kia has been considered one of the go to brands for stylish and functional EVs. The EV6 takes this to the next level – its what some have termed the cooler, sportier sibling of the Niro.
The EV6 has a sporty looking exterior with the technology and power under the hood to match it. Kia currently offers a couple of versions of the EV6 including the sportiest GT model due shortly. The dual motor version can do 0-62 mph in 5.2 seconds and the GT is even faster with a 0-60 mph of just 3.2 seconds. For drivers who are prioritising the mileage range over quick acceleration then the longest range available offers drivers up to 328 miles on a single charge.
Charging speeds are as quick as 20 minutes on a 150 kW for a 20-80% charge. If you’re using a standard home charger at 7 kW speed you can fully charge the car in 11 hours.
We’ve currently got some fantastic leasing deals available on the EV6 if you are interested in getting one for your next car.
Porsche is a brand that is renowned internationally for its powerful performance models, so it’s unsurprising that when they looked at creating an electric model there were concerns about what this would mean for the future of performance cars in their catalogue. However, the Taycan put these fears to bed.
Porsche has taken their time coming into the EV sector to make sure that it got it right offering drivers an EV that can cover a long range and charge quickly, which are the two main concerns of EV drivers, and still perform like a Porsche.
The Taycan is a very quick car with a 0-62 mph of just 2.8 seconds when you add the Turbo S pack and has a max speed of 162 mph which puts it up there with petrol and diesel powered supercars in terms of performance.
In terms of charging you’ll get a 20-80% charge on a 150 kW unit in just 20 minutes or if you’re using a 7 kW charger (a typical home charger speed) you can fully charge in 12 hours.
Our penultimate pick is the Nissan Ariya. Ever since they introduced the Leaf in 2011 and it became the first mass-market EV Nissan has been known as a brand at the forefront of EV advances. The market and EV technology has changed a lot over the past 12 years and Nissan has remained a reliable choice for drivers looking to get behind the wheel of an affordable electric car.
The Ariya is an electric SUV that combines their EV knowledge from the Leaf with the design and comfort features of their best-selling SUVs like the Qashqai to give you a stylish and spacious car designed for modern drivers. You’ll get a host of safety and convenience features that makes driving the Ariya fun and easy.
The mileage range is up to 329 miles depending on the model you choose which should be more than enough for your daily needs.
You can get from 20-80% charge in just 20 minutes on a 150 kW charger. Or if you’re using a home charger, which will typically be 7 kW, then you can be fully charged in 10 hours or less depending on your starting level.
It’s not just us who love the Ariya – it won the 2022 Car of the Year at the Auto Express Awards. Take a look at our Ariya leasing page if you want to see what the hype is about.
The last car to make our top 10 Electric picks is the MG4. Ever since their return in the mid-2000s MG has been a brand that’s focused on creating affordable and reliable models and they’ve risen in popularity because of this.
Whilst the brand’s catalogue mainly consists of SUVs the MG4 is a hatchback and we think it’s one of the best electric hatchbacks currently on the market. Not only is it affordable, especially with our low leasing prices, but it’s a decent size if you’re looking for a spacious interior, has a good mileage range, comes with a seven year warranty (which for leasing will cover the entire agreement) and a host of great features as standard.
There’s two range options available on the MG4, the standard which offers up to 218 miles and the long range version which offers up to 281 miles. Depending on your needs and budget you can choose the option that works best for you, and can add any optional extras you want to the vehicle as well.
For a quick return to the road on longer journeys the MG4 can go from 20-80% in around 20 minutes on a 150 kW charger. And if you’re charging at home you’ll be able to fully charge the car in just 8 hours on a 7 kW unit.
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