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Best electric SUVs in the UK of 2023
If you’re looking to make the switch to electric for your next new car and also want the benefits of an SUV, you’re spoiled for choice.
There are a couple of reasons why there are so many electric SUVs to choose from. First, SUVs are undeniably popular, with the high riding position giving a great view out and the high seating position they bring making ingress and egress easy. With SUVs in such demand, it makes sense for manufacturers to design and build new cars they are confident will find a market.
On top of this, electric cars lend themselves well to the SUV format because EV battery packs are typically packaged in the floor of the car. This means you need to have the passenger compartment above the battery pack, which in turn means the relatively tall SUV shape is a sensible one for electric cars.
With so many EV SUVs to choose from though, you might find yourself a little stuck. Well, here are the 10 best all electric SUVs to help you out, as chosen by our team of expert car reviewers.
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Just like a car running out of petrol, an EV running out of charge will simply come to a stop. You’ll have to call for a recovery vehicle to tow you to an available charging point — it’s not quite as easy as bringing a jerry can along but roadside rescue services such as the AA and RAC are now carrying emergency fast chargers which can top you up enough to get you a few miles to the nearest charging point.
Keeping your electric car on charge at home overnight may be wise if you’re using it often and for longer journeys, particularly if you’re unsure when the next available charging point may be. It’s also generally the most cost-effective way to charge.
The UK Government has temporarily reinstated the Plug-in Car Grant because of delays in the new car market. Orders placed between June 2022, when the grant was initially discontinued, and March 31st 2023 will still be eligible for a £1,500 discount if the vehicle price is less than £32,000. Unfortunately, this cost cap means you would struggle to get an electric SUV that’s eligible, though the MG ZS EV is priced below the limit.
There are also Benefit-in-Kind incentives for those who have an electric vehicle as a company car, with a rate of just 2% fixed until April 2025, when it will increase 1% per year until 2028. This is much lower than the rate faced by those with petrol, diesel or hybrid cars. Check out our guide on company car tax on electric cars for more information.
The two most common ways of charging an electric vehicle are through a home wallbox or a public charger. The latter will charge the battery more quickly, but the former should cost less.
In each case, a cable will have a connector that can be attached to the car in much the same way as any electrical appliance. You will usually have access to an app from the charger company or car manufacturer to track your state of charge, too.
Our electric car charging guide tells you more.
The cost of charging an electric vehicle depends on the price of electricity and the size of the battery. It’s similar to refuelling a petrol car, where the price of the petrol and size of the tank determines the cost of a refill.
As a guide, though, a typical 60kWh battery pack could cost around £20 to charge at home. The 77kWh pack in a Skoda Enyaq will cost you £26 to charge from flat to full, if you’re paying the standard 34p per kWh rate. That said, many energy providers can put you on a cheaper night rate, which could bring your charging costs down to to as little as 10p per kWh, cutting the average charging costs to as little as £6. Meanwhile, motorway rapid chargers could cost around £40, though it’s worth checking the tariff as the fastest chargers often cost more.
Some locations, such as supermarkets or train stations, have free chargers available to use, while some councils have free chargers dotted around public car parks. In each of these cases they tend to be slower rates of charge, though.
The new Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV takes the trophy here, as long as you’re looking only at length. At 5,125mm long, it’s slightly longer than the Tesla Model X (which isn’t officially on sale in the UK anymore anyway) and beats the surprisingly-large Lotus Eletre’s 5,103mm.
Indeed there are. The Tesla Model X has seven seats, but it’s only available in left-hand drive in the UK, but there are plenty of options. See our list of seven-seat EVs for the rundown. And on top of those, the big, and also expensive, Volvo EX90 electric SUV will arrive in 2024 with seven seats, as will the much-more affordable Kia EV9. Volkswagen is due to launch a long-wheelbase, seven-seat ID.Buzz, but that’s not strictly speaking an SUV.
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