The decision to buy an electric vehicle (EV) is an investment in your families’ future in a multitude of ways. Thanks to the development of these more environmentally friendly vehicles, there are now plenty of models that are available in all shapes and sizes.
Buying an electric car can be a challenge especially for first-time buyers. Families, more than any other type of buyer, need to make sure that their specific needs will be met by their new car. Most commonly, they require more doors, larger storage space, and better mileage, etc.
Given the stresses and strains of bringing up children, you want to make sure that your car won’t let you down. So to help you find the best electric car for your family, here is a comprehensive list of the best family-focused EVs on the market.
1. Hyundai Kona Electric
MSRP Range: $37,190 – $45,400 | Range: 258 mi | Seats 5
The original Hyundai Kona Electric was released in 2018. Since its debut, it has become one of the most talked-about EVs on the market. The great news is that this model is the best yet.
The reason? Well, to start with it offers unbelievable range, up to 258 miles on one charge. Which is impressive for the price of this car. This means its range is only outmatched by some of the higher-end luxury EVs.
Next up is its sleek, 5 door design that is a great marriage between size and comfort. The car handles very well and is easy to maneuver. It offers quick acceleration and comes packed with plenty of driving aids and safety features as standard.
The Hyundai Kona Electric comes with a five-year unlimited-mileage warranty, as well as an upgraded touchscreen infotainment system.
Now to the drawbacks. Due to the tight rear legroom, the Hyundai Kona Electric is not best suited to families with older children. Likewise, families that require lots of storage space should check to make sure that this model has what they need.
2. Audi e-tron
MSRP Range: $75,795 – $81,000 | Range: 241 mi | Seats 5
The Audi e-tron is the company’s first big step into the growing EV market. This great SUV offers all the comfort and room of its combustion engine forebearers, but without the pollution.
It is a powerful all-wheel-drive SUV that cranks out an impressive 355 HP and 414 lbs./ft of torque. For families who want to tow a trailer or mobile home, there is an addon tow package that will allow them to tap into the vehicles 4000-pound towing capacity.
This model comes with not one, but two powerful electric motors, one front and one rear, giving optimum power delivery.
To power all this, the Audi e-tron comes with a 95.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which gives the vehicle a range of up to 241 miles on one charge.
Inside, the Audi e-tron is crammed with the latest tech features that includes a head-up display, cruise control, front seats with inbuilt massagers, and a classy leather interior. For those families in colder climes, there is an add-on upgrade package that includes heated seats and washer jets.
The all-round road-handling and drive comfort of this excellent SUV is great.
As for the drawbacks, well, the price will certainly put this EV out of the budget range for many families. Also, the 2020 model upgrade that adds an extra 16 miles to the range is not yet available on U.S models.
3. Kia Niro EV
MSRP Range: $39,545 | Range: 239 miles | Seats 5
This great family car only arrived in stores in late 2019. It is a lightweight 5 door EV that packs plenty of power and range. While the official range is 239 miles, some outlets are reporting a range of up to 282 miles.
Thanks to its more reasonable price, the Kia Niro EV will be in the budget range of many families. It is relatively roomy and has a good amount of storage space. The vehicle comes with a handy SAE combo charger that allows for faster charging, something which busy families will appreciate.
The 64kWh electric motor produces a reliable 201bhp at 3800rpm which is delivered through the car’s front wheels. Handling is light and easy thanks to the car’s lightweight of 1.8-tonnes. It is an all-around nippy car that is ideal for inner-city work.
When it comes to the cons, the real issue is that this car doesn’t seem like it has quite enough extra features crammed in as standard. Other than that, this is a great all-round good electric car for families.
4. Rivian R1S
MSRP Range: $72,500 – $85,000| Range: 410 Miles| Seats 7
This high-end full-sized SUV can produce an incredible 750 horsepower. Not only can this propel this 4 wheel drive vehicle from 0 to 60 in under 3 seconds, but it also means that it is capable of towing up to 7,700 pounds. If someone had said that an EV was capable of such feats just a decade or so ago, well, they would have been laughed out of town.
The Rivian R1S is cram-packed with features. Its infotainment system has all the mod cons, including navigation, media, and climate controls. The interior is spacious and elegantly designed. When it comes to storage, this model has a massive 12-cubic-foot front trunk as well as a large rear storage area.
The vehicle in 3 variations centered around the battery capacity. The cheapest model is the 105.0-kWh, with the 135.0-kWh, and 180.0-kWh stepping up in price respectively.
5. Tesla Model Y
MSRP Range: $48,000 – $60,990| Range: 316 miles | Seats 5
Tesla is a company that needs no introduction. Not only did it launch the electric vehicle market almost single-handedly, but it also continues to produce designs that are miles ahead of the competition.
2020 saw the launch of the company’s brand new Tesla Model Y. It was designed to help the company cash in on the market for smaller SUV style cars. As such it is smaller than the Tesla Model X, and actually has more in common with the Tesla Model 3.
It boasts stunning performance stats. It can drive up to 316 miles on a single charge, far further than any other electric car in its class. The most basic models are rear-wheel drive, though more expensive models come with 4-wheel drive.
Automatic emergency braking, active cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and many other features come as standard.
As a Tesla, it is part of a supercharger network that allows it to be charged at stations out on the road. Keep in mind that the number of these stations is limited, though the numbers are growing all the time.
Unfortunately, there are long waits for people who wish to buy one of these.
6. Jaguar I-Pace
MSRP Range: $69,850 – $80,900| Range: 234-mile| Seats 5
Jaguar is another established car company that has just decided to make the leap into all-electric vehicles.
The Jaguar I-Pace does not come cheap, but then it’s a Jaguar. This model is aimed at the luxury electric SUV market. As such, it is crammed with all the latest tech features like an infotainment system and all the latest driving aids.
It is capable of producing 394 horsepower through its 4-wheel drive transmission. Most importantly for families, it offers a feather-like ride and lots of room. No matter what the age of your children, there will be plenty of legroom front and rear, as well as enough storage too.
This Jaguar will take you anywhere you want to go in style. The only single drawback is that the regenerative braking isn’t as strong as we might like.
7. Tesla Model X
MSRP Range: $86,000 – 106,000 | Range: 325 miles | Seats 5
Though the Model X certainly doesn’t come cheap, owning one will mean that you can travel the furthest, with the best performance, and in style!
The Tesla Model X is available in either a long-range or performance model. While the performance model is certainly more fun, most families will opt to save the $20,000 and settle for the 20 miles extra battery life.
To put them in comparison, the long-range model can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, while the performance model can do 0 to 60-mph in 2.7 seconds.
As with any Tesla, owners can recharge their cars in any of Tesla’s Superchargers that are located over the U.S.
The interior is delightful and features a unique windshield that runs all the way up into the roof. This offers the front passengers an exceptional view of the road ahead and above them.
It is crammed with safety features including standard automated emergency braking, standard lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. All cars come with a 4-year warranty.
8. Tesla Model S
MSRP Range: $81,190 – $101,190 | Range: 373 miles | Seats 5
When it was first launched back in 2012, the Model S changed the world as we know it. Amazingly, for a while at least, it became the fast 0 to 60 mph car in the world, outclassing even the most expensive Italian sportscars.
The news flashed all over the world that now an electric car was best, and that car was the Model S. The latest version of the Model S has seen a few upgrades, most notably, the drive unit, the motor, and the adaptivity being added to the air suspension.
The current model also benefits from Tesla placing the batteries low in the car’s center of gravity, meaning that it has the same high-performance handling of its predecessors.
It has a large and comfortable interior along with a large 26 cubic foot trunk. While the interior isn’t quite as nice as other cars in its class, if you are happy to wait for your new family electric EV, then this is a great choice.
What is more to say other than it is a Tesla!
9. Porsche Taycan
MSRP Range: $105,150 – $186,350 | Range: 326 miles | Seats 5
Porsche is a legendary brand of sporty vehicles. It was inevitable that they would release an electric vehicle sooner or later. Well, the Porsche Taycan is a great car that is also worthy of legendary status.
The Taycan is the first EV to incorporate a two-speed transmission and an 800-volt electrical system, something which speeds up recharging times while also boosting performance. Available in 3 different models, the most basic of which puts out an incredible 522 horsepower, this is definitely a car for the more sporty family.
Inside, there is plenty of room front and back. Storage-wise, it is no slouch, with a total of 17 cubic feet worth of space divided between the front and back compartments.
The car has all the mod cons including climate control, touchscreen controls, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
10. Kia e-Soul
MSRP Range: $18,610 – $28,610 | Range: 243 miles | Seats 5
Believe it or not but not all families have $100,000 to spend on a top of the range Porsche EV or a Tesla. For those of us on a tighter budget but who still want to do our bit for the environment, there is the Kia e-Soul.
This sporty looking budget EV is the ideal car for any family. Its small size and weight make it an excellent city car as it can zip through any gap. It is light on the controls and gets very good mileage.
More basic models do 0 to 60 in a respectable 8 seconds while the top-end model does in 6.4 seconds.
So far as the interior goes, the Kia e-Soul is respectably roomy. However, for taller individuals, both the front and back can seem a little cramped.
The car comes with a 7.0- or 10.3-inch display touchscreen infotainment system that allows Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.
This is a great value EV.
11. Mercedes-Benz EQC
MSRP Range: $68,895 – $77,615 | Range: 279 miles | Seats 5
Reading the writing on the wall, Mercedes Benz jumped into the EV market with the Mercedes-Benz EQC. Given the high-quality reputation that the company has enjoyed for most of its existence, how does its first EV fare?
The Mercedes-Benz EQC is an all-round respectable EV, and it is by no means the most expensive EV in is class either!
It’s twin electric motors can produce a decent 402 horsepower through its 4 wheel drive transmission. The basic model is capable of 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, while the high-performance model can do it in 2.7 seconds.
Battery life is fairly decent for this sized car, however, it is far from the best in its class. The real pleasure of this car comes from the lavish interior that is in a class of its own. A state of the art infotainment system features two 10.25-inch screens, touchscreen controls, and a whole range of features.
The car has a spacious 19 cubic feet of storage space in the rear, making it ideal for any family. The downsides include lower range, the transmission tunnel, and the apprehension attached to it being the companies first attempt at an EV.
12. MG ZS EV
MSRP Range: $28,300 | Range: 340 miles | Seats 5
This delightful mid-range EV is both affordable and ideal for most families.
Its wall laid out interior makes driving a breeze. Large displays, well thought out control panels, and handy on steering wheel controls make everything as easy as possible for you. There is plenty of legroom both front and back, so taller people will have no issues wherever they are seated.
The MG ZS EV is capable of a fairly decent 0 to 60 MPH in just over 8 seconds. It handles well and offers very good road handling. The best part is the 340-mile range per charge that the car is capable of, making it one of the very best in its class.
Charging takes around 6-8 from any home charger. For out on the road, the car incorporates a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) which allows the battery to recover charge when braking. MG also offers a roadside charging service should you find yourself stranded without enough charge.