How to buy an electric car

July 21, 2021 by

Recommending new cars to people is always a risky business. While we try to be as careful, as even-handed, and objective as possible, there’s always the chance that you’ll put someone into a car that they just don’t like, or that just doesn’t suit their needs.

Now try to imagine doing the same for a family member. Not just any family member, but your mum. Your actual mum and not only that but you’re going to buy her the car yourself. The consequences of getting this wrong (all of those ruined Christmases…) don’t bear thinking about.

That’s exactly what Mat’s going to do though. He’s going to put his money right smack where his mouth and opinions are and is going to buy his own mum — the wonderful Sally — a new electric car.

To make this more of a challenge, Mat has put together a six-car EV shortlist. These are a Vauxhall Mokka-e SRi Nav Premium (£32,755 as tested, with a 201-mile range); a Peugeot e-2008 GT (£37,906 as tested, with a 198-mile range); an Audi Q4 e-tron Launch Edition (£51,165 as tested, with a 305-mile range); a Volkswagen ID.3 Life Pro Performance (£29,740 as tested, with a 263-mile range); a Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus (£40,990 and a 278-mile range); and a Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin Pro (£56,700 as tested, with a 256-mile range).

As you might be able to tell, three of them — the Tesla Model 3, the Audi Q4 e-tron, and the Volvo XC40 Recharge — fit into an ‘expensive’ category. The others, meanwhile, are a bit more affordable.

Now, you’ll be assuming that Mat will be desperately steering his mum towards those cheaper options (a £29,740 ID.3 is going to be much easier on his wallet than a £56,700 Volvo, although there may be some carwow discounts to help with those prices…) but we’re not making it that easy on him, oh no.

After a quick introductory walk around all the cars, Sally will have to choose two of her favourites from each category to take for a test drive – the left-over third cars will be dropped from the competition. Then, after she’s driven her four favourites, she’ll pick an ‘affordable’ finalist and an ‘expensive’ finalist.

The final call, however, and the damage to Mat’s bank account, won’t be down to Sally. Instead, that will be decided by the only fair method we could think of: the flip of a coin. Talk about high stakes….

Which would you choose? More importantly, which would you risk not only advising your own mother to buy, but actually buy it for her? Over to you, Mat…

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