The crossover and SUV market has proven a popular area of the market for manufacturers to launch new electric models in.
With the popularity of this segment, it’s not especially surprising, while the higher ride height allows manufacturers to more cleverly engineer the batteries as to not interfere with interior space.
Many more will be going on sale later in 2020 and into 2021, but for the time being, these are our favourites…
The e-tron is already proving to be a popular model for Audi, with its stylish looks, classy interior and impressive technology offering loads of appeal.
But 2020 is a big year for the model, with Audi introducing a stylish new Sportback version, which adds more dynamic and sleeker looks into the mix. You can also now get a more affordable powertrain with the new ’50 quattro’ option, which still features a large 71kWh battery enabling a 190-mile range. It’s also available from an affordable £59,900, which excludes the £3,500 electric car grant.
Tesla Model X
Tesla was the firm with the original electric SUV, and the Model X continues to be a popular electric car with widespread appeal.
If you’re in need of a large SUV, few models can match the practicality capabilities of the Model X as it’s the only electric SUV on sale today that can seat seven, though buyers can also choose it with five or six seats. Its huge battery means it can travel up to 314 miles on a single charge, while if you opt for the ‘Performance’ model you can sprint from 0-60mph in a hypercar-rivalling 2.7 seconds.
Mercedes-Benz also chose the SUV segment to launch its first electric model with the EQC – a reworked version of the popular GLC.
The stylish SUV features a bold new styling language that will be rolled out across other ‘EQ’ Mercedes models, and can travel for up to 259 miles on electricity.
MG ZS EV
Don’t think that by wanting an electric SUV you’re limited to choosing expensive premium models, as MG is out to prove that EVs can be affordable and offer few compromises.
The ZS EV is also MG’s first electric model, and features a 44kWh battery allowing for a decent 163 miles of electric range, while standard equipment is excellent from this compact crossover. With prices starting from just £22,495 (once grants and discounts have been deducted), it’s exceptionally affordable.
The Jaguar I-Pace has proven to be a very popular introduction to EVs for this British manufacturer – being a stylish, luxurious SUV. It’s JLR’s first electric car, and paves a great path for future EVs from the British firm.
It’s also the best electric SUV on the market today if you value driver enjoyment, while its large battery means you can travel for nearly 300 miles between plugging into a charger.
We haven’t yet got behind the wheel of this all-electric crossover, but if the regular 2008 and e-208 siblings are anything to go by, this is set to be an exceptionally appealing electric SUV.
It features Peugeot’s latest bold design, as well as an innovative and tech-laden interior. Impressively, this electric crossover remains just as spacious as the petrol and diesel versions of the 2008, too. It boasts a 206-mile electric range, with prices starting from an attractive £28,150.
Hyundai Kona Electric
Last but certainly not least is Hyundai’s superb Kona Electric – a model that still boasts one of the more impressive electric ranges of any electric car at any price point.
It can complete a claimed 278 miles on a single charge, while also offering impressive performance and a long list of standard kit for the sub-£40,000 asking price. Slight revisions to the model recently include the model receiving a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen, while Hyundai has promised increased production capacity to make sure that the model no longer attracts such a long waiting list.