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Best electric 4x4s of 2024

If you're after a rugged 4x4 off-roader in the mould of the Land Rover Defender or Suzuki Jimny, there's some good news and bad news. On the bad front, there aren't any cars that meet this definition; on the good count, we can add the word 'yet' to that sentence with some confidence, as electric versions are on their way. In the meantime, however, we've highlighted some great four-wheel-drive electric cars and SUVs that are more geared around on-road competencies than off-road ones, and will update this list as EV 4x4s come on sale.

BMW iX

1. BMW iX

9/10
BMW iX review
Battery range up to 382 miles
Hyundai Ioniq 5

2. Hyundai Ioniq 5

9/10
Hyundai Ioniq 5 review
Battery range up to 315 miles
Audi Q4 e-tron
2024
Outstanding EV Award
Highly Commended

3. Audi Q4 e-tron

9/10
Audi Q4 e-tron review
Battery range up to 329 miles

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Skoda Enyaq
2024
Smart Spender Award
Highly Commended

4. Skoda Enyaq 80x

8/10
Skoda Enyaq review
Battery range up to 348 miles
Volvo XC40 Recharge

5. Volvo XC40 Recharge

8/10
Volvo XC40 Recharge review
Battery range up to 333 miles
Tesla Model Y
2024
Family Values Award
Highly Commended

6. Tesla Model Y

8/10
Tesla Model Y review
Battery range up to 331 miles
Polestar 2

7. Polestar 2

8/10
Polestar 2 review
Battery range up to 406 miles
Mercedes-Benz EQB

8. Mercedes EQB

8/10
Mercedes-Benz EQB review
Battery range up to 321 miles
Jaguar I-PACE

9. Jaguar I-Pace

8/10
Jaguar I-PACE review
Battery range up to 298 miles
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

10. Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

8/10
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo review
Battery range up to 321 miles

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Advice about electric 4x4 cars

Electric 4x4s FAQs

There isn't a scientific definition for what a 4x4 car is, but when people talk about these they generally mean off-road vehicles with four-wheel drive (meaning the engine powers all wheels, rather than just the fronts or the rears). Many SUVs have four-wheel drive, but a 4x4 car is one that's generally considered to be off-road focussed as much as it is on-road focussed.

Four-wheel-drive cars are generally able to put their power down more effectively on road than two-wheel-drive cars. This often improves acceleration times and can aid cornering in the wet, while also bringing benefits if you even need to venture onto a wet, grassy field, for example. Do bear in mind that a car's braking performance isn't improved by a 4x4 system, while what tyres a car has (EG all-weather, winter, mud+snow) often has more of an effect on its ability to drive in slippery conditions than whether it has four-wheel driver.

How long is a piece of string? The amount you will pay to charge any electric car, be it two or four-wheel-drive, depends on how much electricity you are putting into it, and how much that electricity costs. Home charging tends to be cheaper than public charging, so taking an electric car with a 100 kiloWatt hour battery pack, charging this from full to empty at a public charger that costs £0.75 per kWh will cost £75, whereas doing it at home if you pay £0.35 per kWh of electricity will cost £35. Do note charging from 0-100% is almost unheard of, as most people keep their batteries between 20-90% to both stop them running out of charge, and to preserve battery health. Also note that four-wheel-drive electric cars tend to have slightly lower ranges than two-wheel-drive models, as the batteries have to power two motors (one on each axle), and this uses more energy than just turning a single motor. Our guide on how much it costs to charge an electric car has more information.

We're coming back to the length of a piece of string here: it depends how fast the charger is, and how quick a charge the car can accept. Electric 4x4s are, all other things being equal, no faster or slower to charge than any other type of EV. If you have a charger that can deliver electricity at 100kW, and the car can accept that rate of charge, it will theoretically take one hour to go from 0-100%. Do note, though, that EVs tend to slow down the rate of charging as their battery packs near full, while 100kW chargers will not always deliver that speed. For more information, check out our guide on how long it takes to charge an electric car.

Electric 4x4s are still a pretty niche class of car, but given the list above, it's hard not to be swayed by the competencies and appeal offered by the Skoda Enyaq, which is more affordable than many electric cars with four-wheel drive.