(Pocket-lint) - The age of the electric car is on us as more people move to embrace zero emission motoring, and more manufacturers release an increasing number of models to choose from.
While there's still some way to go to establish a nationwide charging network that's going to meet future demand, there's expansion all the time, removing the worry that some might have about charging their car on the move.
These are our favourite electric cars, all fully reviewed by us covering a range of compact, crossovers, SUVs, saloons and sports cars across all price points. These cars are all available to buy now, with many more to come in the future.
- Compact hatch
- 118 mile range, 24kWh battery
- Prices from £20,495
The Fiat 500e is a completely new car, putting electric at the heart of this iconic model. There are two versions, positioning the 500e as one of the most affordable EVs on the road - or with a longer range of 199 miles from the 42kWh battery, for £26,995.
Fun to drive and nicely designed inside and out, there's a lot of appeal to the 500e, with the option for a convertible too. It's best suited for those in the front seats, as it's a little small in the rear and the boot.
- Compact hatch
- 137 mile range, 35.5kWh battery
- Prices from £27,160
The Honda e is all about style. It's totally unique and certainly one of the most interesting cars on the road, especially from the interior. The huge expanse of displays, the lounge style interior and the happy exterior styling give the Honda e plenty of appeal.
But this is also a small electric car, with a smaller battery than many, meaning the range is strictly local - but that's also reflected in the cheaper price.
- Compact hatch
- 238 mile range, 52kWh battery
- Prices from £26,170
The Renault Zoe has seen plenty of changes to bring it into its latest form - and it's better than ever. With a 52kWh battery across all models it offers great range for a compact electric hatch, with the only catch being that you have to pay extra for faster charging. If you're planning on always charging at home, that might not be a problem.
Otherwise it's a fun car, perhaps not as unique as the Honda e in the interior, but what you do get works.
- Compact hatch
- 209 miles range, 50kWh battery
- Prices from £21,715
The Vauxhall Corsa-e is one of the most affordable electric cars on the road, with a reasonable 50kWh battery, giving over 200 miles of range - which is the real appeal at this price.
The Corsa-e is fun to drive and practical and while the back seat and boot are on the small side, the value for money puts it high on the list of small cars you should consider.
- Compact hatch
- 130 mile range, 32.6kWh battery
- Prices from £24,900
The Mini Electric - or Mini Cooper SE as it's technically known - is one of the most recent additions to the UK's roads. It takes the Mini Hatch and packs in a small 32.6kWh battery, good for between 120-140 miles, so again, this is more of a local driver rather than something you'll want to take long range.
For the Mini lover it's everything the Cooper S is - it's sporty, fun to drive and basically looks and feels exactly the same as the petrol Mini. At the same time, not much has changed in bringing this out as an electric car.
Crossovers and family cars
Tesla Model 3
- Compact saloon
- 267 miles (Standard Range Plus), 50kWh battery
- From £41,990
The Tesla Model 3 is pitched as the affordable electric car, it comes in several variations, with the cheapest having the shortest range - but while the step-up (Long Range) offering an impressive 310 miles and all-wheel drive.
There's a minimalist interior but with a customary huge central display, safety features like Autopilot, and regular updates to the car's tech offering. Tesla's advantage also extends to the Supercharger network, which at busy points in the UK's road network often provides many more rapid chargers than are available to other EV drivers.
Nissan Leaf and Leaf e+
- 168 mile range, 40kWh battery
- Prices from £26,845
The Nissan Leaf builds upon one of the best selling electric cars in the UK, firmly lodged in the hatchback segment. A new design, a bigger battery with longer range and a great drive give the Nissan Leaf plenty of appeal. There's options for trim - without getting too expensive - and a drive that's positive and fun.
There's a Leaf e+ for those wanting more power and range, but the new Leaf e+ N-Tec at £33,295 with 240 miles of range is very appealing. It's a little larger than those compact models, so a great family car.
- Compact saloon
- 193 mile range, 38.3kWh battery
- Prices from £30,950
The Hyundai Ioniq is a nod to efficiency. While cars like the Hyundai Kona push SUV styling, the Ioniq is designed to be as efficient as possible. That it can achieve the range it does from the limited battery is a testament to that - and that also helps keep the price in check.
There's a lot of tech on board, a long warranty and pretty much everything comes as standard. Hyundai offers two levels of trim, but when it comes to value for money, you get a lot from the Ioniq.
- 262 mile range, 66.5kWh battery
- Prices from £45,089
The Mercedes EQA electrifies the GLA, giving a premium option for those wanting a crossover. The real lift you get here is in the interior - where Mercedes offers a higher standard than most other cars in this class.
There's a pretty large battery too, but it's not as easy to get efficiency that will match some models like those from Kia or Hyundai.
But in reality, it's still very pracitcal, with the comfort and sophistication you expect from Mercedes.
- 201 mile range, 50kWh battery
- Prices from £30,540
The Mokka-e is a totally fresh design for Vauxhall and as crossovers go, it really hits the mark. It's loaded with the same powertrain as the Corsa-e (and many other Stellantis group cars) giving you a good return for your money.
But the appeal comes with the crossover stylings: it's large enough to be practical for a family - although it won't challenge SUVs for space - and it's great fun to drive with great road presence.
Hyundai Kona Electric
- 198/300 mile range, 39/64kWh battery
- Prices from £27,950
The Hyundai Kona Electric has long been on of the best electric cars on the road - longside the Kia e-Niro. There are two battery options and what really stands out is how easy it is to get decent range.
Affordability and a simple approach to trim options makes the Hyundai an easy choice. While it's not as plush or modern as the new Ioniq 5, it's more affordable and still practical enough for small families.
It comes highly recommended.
- 282 mile range (Long Range), 64kWh battery
- Prices from £33,855
What the Kia e-Niro does is squeeze a long range out of a modest battery, thanks to its efficient design. It's a crossover so has appeal with a high ride height - great for the school run - but it doesn't go to the luxury extremes that some other models do, and it's lighter as a result, which is beneficial in an EV.
It's a great car, because you get a lot of miles for your money, features to support EV driving and a great spec even at the entry level. As EVs go, it's superb, with the shorter range coming in at under £30k.
- 217 mile range, 50kW battery
- Prices from £33,395
The Citroën basically sits on a very similar platform to the Mokka-e, so there's a lot of crossover in this, ahem, crossover with many of the same advantages - you get respectible range for your money.
The ride height is good, it's really comfortable and there's a decent boot under that sporty sloping rear. It's a bit different and that's a good thing in this market - and if you're looking for an electric family crossover the ë-C4 might just hit the mark.
Kia Soul EV 2020
- 282 mile range, 64kWh battery
- Prices from £34,295
The Kia Soul EV is now in its second generation, sharing a lot with the Kia e-Niro when it comes to the battery, range and overall driving experience. It's a touch cheaper for the First Edition, making this one of the most affordable longer range EVs on the roads right now.
Yes, the design does divide opinion with its boxy looks, and the interior space is geared towards the passengers rather than the boot. But this is a great electric car, lovely to drive and does away with common pain points like range anxiety.
- 190 mile range, 42.2kWh battery
- Prices from £36,575
The BMW i3 certainly turns heads with its somewhat unusual looks. But under that boxy exterior, the i3 is as much a BMW as any of its regular, fuel-powered cars. One of the first pure electric - and designed to be electric first - cars, the BMW i3 is also one of the most popular on the roads.
It's practical, it's comfortable, it's futuristically designed - and it's a reasonable performer. The battery is small compared to some others and BMW has updated the i3 a couple of times, with a feeling that it's slowly reaching the end of its tenure.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
- 240/310 mile range, 58/73kWh battery
- Prices from £36,940
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is built from the ground up as an electric car, meaning it has some advantages over the Kona, which is a little smaller. The Ioniq 5 gets a flat floor and huge space in the second row - far more spatious than other cars in this segment.
There's a retro-modern design that might divide - the forthcoming Kia EV6 might then be the car for you - but underneath you have all Hyundai's electric experience.
That means fast charging, good economy, control over regen - and a feeling that this car is much more expensive than it is. It's just a great car.
SUVs and larger cars
- 211/317 mile range, 52/77kWh battery
- Prices from £34,650
The ID.4 is VW's play to the mass market, presenting an attractive SUV style, with plenty of space for the family and boot to pack for a week's holiday.
There are a number of configurations see a wide price range, but the the real key to the ID.4 is efficiency, returning a sensible range for the battery capacity. It drives well and is easy to live with - one of our top cars in this larger size.
Skoda Enyaq iV
- 256/333 mile range, 58/77kWh battery
- Prices from £31,995
Skoda, as part of the VW Group, has a model closely related to the ID.4. It shares similar configurations, while also returning similar size and comfort.
Much of the decision between these two will come down to design and the badge - because you're again presented with a choice of battery sizes, a full range of trims to let you buy the car you can afford.
Audi Q4 e-tron
- 211/295/316 mile range, 52/77kWh battery
- Prices from £40,035
The Audi Q4 e-tron is the most mass market of Audi SUVs. Smaller than the "e-tron" it's going to appeal to those wanting a quality electric SUV. It is, underneath, the same car as the VW ID.4 and the Skoda Enyaq.
But this car is also distinctly Audi. Not only are Audi offering a full range of options, but you get Audi design and an Audi interior.
You pay a little more than you do if you opt for VW or Skoda, but that value comes with the badge - and a very nice car it is too.
- 259 mile range, 78kWh battery
- Prices from £49,950
The Volvo XC40 exists in hybrid and full battery versions, but the electric model is smoother, quieter and better to drive. It's also all-wheel drive, using a twin motor configuration, providing assurance on tricky roads and more power.
The result is a comfortable and quality driving experience with plenty to appeal to someone who wants a little more from their electric car.
- 300 mile range, 90kWh battery
- Prices from £65,195
The Jaguar i-Pace was one of the first big marque, completely electric, cars on the road. The i-Pace pushes into SUV styling, giving you space and practicality inside, but with a sporty drive. It's very much a luxury electric car to excite. There's oodles of tech, but it's the smoothness of the driving that really makes this car feel like the embodiment of an electric future.
There's lots of power, while the realistic driving range comes in somewhere in the 220-250 mile range. Jaguar wants to offer refinement in the premium segment and it manages that with aplomb.
- 193 mile range, 71kWh battery
- Prices from £61,360
The Audi e-tron is the company's first all-electric vehicle - and perhaps the car to normalise electrification. Why? Because this Audi SUV looks, feels and drives, well, just like most other Audi cars. It just happens to be electric.
There are two battery sizes, with a decent saving to be had if you opt for the smaller, accepting the lesser range that it offers. There's also a Sportback version of the e-tron, with sloping roofline for more sporty looks.
Tesla Model X
- 348 mile range (Long Range), 100kWh battery
- Prices from £102,980
The Model X is the fastest SUV on the planet and will catapult you to 60mph in 2.9 seconds. The other talking point of the Model X is the falcon wing doors, that open up and out the way to allow passengers to easily access the second and third rows of seats. It's very much the big daddy of electric cars right now.
You get long range, access to Tesla's Supercharger network and the infamous Autopilot. But the price is high, as is the impression it makes when you cruise silently past.
Executive and sports cars
- 310 mile range, 78kWh battery
- Prices from £49,900
The Polestar 2 is one of the newer models to hit the roads and it's made quite an impact, offering comfort, style and performance with good value for money. It's clearly gunning for some of Tesla's audience.
It also has really sophisticated tech inside, powered by Google, while offering a number of unique design twists to keep this Volvo offshoot interesting.
Tesla Model S
- 405 mile range (Long Range), 100kWh battery
- Prices from £95,980
If you were looking for the father of electric cars, it has to be the Tesla Model S. It marries the economic and environmental benefits of electric power, with a serious helping of luxury and speed.
The Tesla Model S was wowing with its speed and huge interior touchscreen while electric cars were still a twinkle in many other manufacturers' eyes. While most have focused on small car or SUV, the Tesla Model S cuts a swathe through the executive saloon segment. There are two versions to choose from: Long Range Plus and Performance, with Plaid coming in 2021.
- Sports saloon
- 230 miles, 71kWh battery
- Prices from £83,580
The Porsche Taycan is a visionary retelling of what is probably the world's most popular sports car. There are plentiful versions, Taycan 4S, Taycan Turbo and Turbo S, with different batteries and a wide range of prices too.
But all aim to offer that futurisitic drive - and there's no avoiding the fact that from the exterior looks to the interior quality, the Taycan is one of the most impressive electric cars on the road. But you'd expect that - it's a Porsche after all - and that's what you should demand for the price you'll pay.
There's also the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, which gives more space in the rear, roof rails and is designed to take a little more abuse off the perfect roads.
Audi e-tron GT
- Sports saloon
- 280 miles, 93.4kWh battery
- Prices from £82,150
The Audi e-tron GT is essentially the same car as the Taycan, but given the Audi treatment instead. As such, these cars share a lot in the way that they feels, both offering a premium experience with loads of refinement.
The interior is distinctly Audi, lovingly crafted, but with surprising space in those backseats and boot, so it's practical too.
There's the standard GT and RS version, with Porsche a little faster, if that matters to you. But you do get around 280 miles of range from it. At it's heart, it's an Audi though and with lots of options and lots of tech, it's a great car to drive.