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Best electric cars for families

Thinking of buying an electric vehicle but not sure whether you can combine practical family transport with emissions-free driving? Worry no more, the cars below are spacious, practical and easy to drive, making them the best electric cars for families.

Tesla Model 3
Outstanding EV Award

1. Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 review
Battery range up to 390 miles
Kia EV6

2. Kia EV6

Kia EV6 review
Battery range up to 328 miles

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Peugeot e-208

3. Peugeot e-208

Peugeot e-208 review
Battery range up to 254 miles
Urban Living Award
Highly Commended

4. MG4

MG MG4 EV review
Battery range up to 323 miles
Hyundai Ioniq 5

5. Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5 review
Battery range up to 315 miles
Volkswagen ID3

6. Volkswagen ID3

Volkswagen ID3 review
Battery range up to 357 miles
Hyundai Kona Electric (2018-2023)

7. Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric (2018-2023) review
Battery range up to 301 miles
Kia e-Niro

8. Kia e-Niro

Kia e-Niro review
Battery range up to 282 miles
Skoda Enyaq
Smart Spender Award
Highly Commended

9. Skoda Enyaq

Skoda Enyaq review
Battery range up to 358 miles
Volvo XC40 Recharge

10. Volvo XC40 Electric

Volvo XC40 Recharge review
Battery range up to 333 miles

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Electric family cars FAQs

The Government removed the £1,500 plug-in car grant for EVs in June 2022, though an extension was put in place until March 2023 for orders that had already been placed due to delays in supplying new cars.

Other than that, company car drivers will be able to make use of super-low Benefit-in-Kind tax rates for electric cars, while EVs are exempt from road tax until 2025.

This depends entirely on how much the electricity you're filling it up with is. Some smart home energy tariffs offer discounted electricity overnight, charging around 12 pence per kiloWatt hour, while public charging can cost around 75 pence per kWh. Once you know the price of electricity, working out how much it costs to charge an EV comes down to knowing how large its battery pack is. A car with a 100kWh battery will cost £75 to charge from full to empty at 75p per kWh, or £12 at 12 pence per kWh.

Again, this entirely depends on the speed of the charger you are using, and the speed at which an EV can take a charge. A home 'wallbox' charger will typically deliver electricity at seven kiloWatts, taking 14.2 hours to charge a 100kWh battery pack. Find a 100kW rapid public charger and it will theoretically take just an hour to charge the same battery - though note that EVs tend to slow down their rate of charge as they near full, while charging can also be slower when the ambient temperature is very high or low.

Any car can be a family car depending on the size and needs of your family, but the MG4, which starts at around £27,000, is a strong contender for this honour.

Given it can officially manage up to 281 miles, as good to drive and has decent space, we'd say the MG4 makes another good case for itself here.

Unless you want to go for a vast and expensive seven-seater like the Tesla Model X, the Skoda Enyaq's spacious cabin and boot make it easy to recommend for a family of five. The Mercedes EQB, meanwhile, offers seven seats and is more affordable than the Model X.

You should apply the same principles for making this decision as you would for a new or used petrol or diesel car, considering issues like depreciation, service history and specification - although if you're buying an older second-hand EV, it is worth asking whether the battery has suffered any degradation - even if this has proven to be far less serious a problem than was once feared.