There is currently a massive push towards buying electric cars and ditching your petrol or diesel-powered car. This is due to the alarming rate at whi
There is currently a massive push towards buying electric cars and ditching your petrol or diesel-powered car. This is due to the alarming rate at which carbon dioxide is affecting the planet and the diesel ban which comes into play in 2040 in the UK. The diesel ban has been introduced to stop the production of new cars that are fuelled by petrol or diesel. This encourages drivers to adopt an all-electric lifestyle.
There are still many concerns around electric cars and UK drivers have been slow to join the electric revolution so far. However, there are so many benefits of switching to electric, including both environmental and health benefits. As mentioned, diesel engines in particular release harmful gases that accelerate the rate of global warming. They also contribute to many health conditions such as strokes, heart attacks, respiratory diseases and many more. If you’re thinking of switching to electric but are unsure of the best cars on the market, UK Car Finance has compiled a list of the highest rated electric cars to buy in the UK! In no particular order, let’s take a look at the best electric cars in 2019 so far.
Since the Kia e-Niro has hit the electric car market, it has been highly rated. Its biggest selling point is probably the massive 282-mile range! That sort of mileage is usually only expected from much more expensive electric cars, so the e-Niro brings together practicality and affordability. Whilst it’s not the most attractive car on our list, it’s a great family car that’s spacious, provides a smooth driving experience and comes with a range of features as standard.
Can you believe the original Nissan Leaf was released all the way back in 2010? Since then it’s had a modern makeover and the 2018 version was even named WhatCar?’s Electric Car of the Year! The battery range has been improved to an impressive 168 miles on average and has significantly more power than the first generation. The Leaf is well loved as one of the best EV’s in the UK and it’s easy to see why. The battery can charge from 0-80% in just 40 minutes. Its new look brings a much more modern feel and improved cabin space.
For drivers who are looking for a small but mighty electric car, look no further than the Renault Zoe! It also happens to be the cheapest EV on sale today. It was revised in 2017 and now has a longer battery range of up to 186 miles, which is really impressive for a car of this size. It does particularly well when dotting about town and provides a smooth and quiet experience.
If you’re looking for something that’s a bit more stylish but still relatively small, the BMW i3 combines a sleek design with a compact concept. It has a sportier feel than most electric cars and has a range of around 160 miles. Both inside and out, it has BMW’s build quality reputation and upmarket feel. For a small car, it accelerates well, is surprisingly nippy and can reach 62mph in just 7.3 seconds! It’s about the size of a Ford Fiesta but feels much more spacious in the front and rear, making a comfortable experience for both driver and passengers.
Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 was introduced in the UK in early 2019 and although it hasn’t been around long, it has certainly made an impression amongst EV enthusiasts. It really does look like a premium car with a futuristic edge! Model 3 is fully electric and is the smallest in the Tesla range. It has an incredible range of 329 miles and can accelerate to 60mph in just 3.2 seconds! Model 3 is truly beautiful inside and out and has a whole load of top of the range technology such as autopilot self-steering and adaptive cruise control.
The standard petrol and diesel versions of the Volkswagen Golf has been well loved in Britain for many years and it was even the 2nd best-selling car of 2018! In both variations, the Golf is solid, dependable and fun to drive but e-Golf brings a quieter and smoother drive. It has a limited mile range of 115 miles, which can be limiting on longer journeys. If you’re a fan of the Golf and want to go electric, then the e-Golf is perfect for you!
Hyundai Kona Electric
As mentioned, the Kia e-Niro is a strong and dependable electric car, the Kona uses the same batteries and motor as the e-Niro which got it off to a great start before it even hit the showroom. This means you get the same range of up to 250 and strong accelerative performance. The Kona combines an impressive range with an affordable cost and is one of the best electric cars on the market.
The i-Pace is the first electric car from Jaguar and they’ve got it pretty spot on for a first attempt! it’s one of the most stylish models on our list and also comes with an impressive 298 mile range. In the premium EV category, the Jaguar is leading the way with a luxurious feel, futuristic features and spacious interior. The i-Pace has impressive top speed and does not lack when it comes to acceleration and power.
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
If you’re a fan of the Nissan Leaf, the Ioniq is a strong rival. It makes a great family car for those who are environmentally conscious. It comes with a good amount of space in the front and back and also comes with plenty of equipment as standard. On the biggest version, it has a massive range of up to 300 miles on a single charge and creates a very pleasant driving experience.
The e-Tron has adopted the strong and reliable reputation of other Audi models and combined it with a powerful and quiet ride. Inside it’s futuristic and sleek with a triple screen dashboard and cameras instead of side mirrors. It looks similar to the Audi Q3 but boasts a 248-mile range and charging time of fewer than 30 minutes! It also has twin charging ports, one on each side, which means you can charge your e-Tron on either side!
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