Electric vehicles (EVs) began their inevitable march to total supremacy of our roads just a few years ago, mainly due to technological development, improved cost savings, increased acceptance, and support by customers and automakers. Because of these advances, owning an EV is not only an environmentally friendly thing to do but also makes sense from the practical point of view as well.
It is not surprising to see sales have massively increased in recent years. Turning to the future, the number of EVs on our roads will increase from 3 million to 125 million by 2030. And a large percentage of those EVs will be SUVs (Sport Utility Vehicles). Therefore, we have curated a list of the best electric SUVs currently available. We also include electric SUVs that will soon be released as well.
While combustion engine SUVs contribute more to environmental degradation and global warming. Electric SUVs on the other hand, significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions when compared to their combustion engine equivalents. This explains why the interest in electrified SUVs has increased considerably in recent years.
There are now many models of EV SUVs available in a range of shapes and sizes. To help you find the right one, here is a list of the best electric SUVs on the market in 2020.
1. Hyundai Kona Electric
$37,190 – $45,400| Range: 258 mi | Seats 5
The original Hyundai Kona Electric was first launched in 2018. This model is capable of a range of 258 miles on a single charge, which is pretty impressive for a car in this price range.
All models come equipped with air conditioning, cruise control, a radio including a Bluetooth hands-free kit and other entertainment systems. The Hyundai Kona Electric’s sleek 5-door design is also an excellent marriage of size and comfort.
It offers quick acceleration and is equipped with numerous driving aids and safety devices as standard. The basic model comes with a 120 horsepower, while the more expensive models feature a 177 horsepower 1.6-liter combustion motor. Four-wheel drive is included in certain models too.
Turning to the drawbacks, many critics point out that the amount of head and legroom is limited in the back of the Hyundai Kona Electric. Also, the interior feels a little too plastic heavy which cheapens the overall feeling a bit. However, for the price, this car represents outstanding value for money.
2. Audi e-tron
$75,795 – $81,000 | Range: 241 mi | Seats 5
Audi recently released its first fully electric production vehicle – the Audi e-tron. This EV offers all the comfort and space of its combustion engine predecessors, but without the pollution. In size, it is similar to the famous Audi Q7.
It is a five-seat, four-wheel-drive luxury crossover SUV that puts out an impressive 355 horsepower and 414 pounds-feet of torque. This model is equipped with two powerful electric motors, one in the front and one in the back, for optimal power delivery through all 4 wheels.
A new generation of their famous Quattro-drive system ensures optimum traction and dynamics. This not only makes the Audi e-tron suitable for everyday use but also makes it very agile and maneuverable off-road.
The Quattro drive can be switched on and off when required. It offers optimum torque distribution for any road conditions making driving easy on any terrain.
Inside, the Audi e-tron is packed with state-of-the-art technological features, including a head-up display, cruise control, front seats with integrated massagers and an elegant leather interior. The handling and driving comfort of this SUV is excellent. However, this all comes at quite a high price.
3. Kia Niro EV
$39,545 | Range: 239 miles | Seats 5
The all-electric version of this compact crossover SUV was released in late 2019. With the e-Niro, KIA has also jumped into the electric SUV market for the first time. It has an impressive amount of internal and storage space. It is about the same as its nearest competitor, the Hyundai Kona Elektro in size as well as battery range.
The car is equipped with a 64-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. This allows the car to cover 239 miles on a single charge. Some owners even report a range of up to 282 miles.
The Kia Niro EV is very reasonably priced, relatively spacious, and has good storage space. The vehicle is equipped with a handy SAE combination charger that allows for very fast recharging.
The 64 kWh electric motor produces a reliable 201 hp at 3800 rpm, which is transmitted to the road via the front-wheel-drive transmission.
As for the drawbacks, this car does not seem to have enough additional features as standard. Apart from that, it is a great versatile electric SUV.
4. Rivian R1S
$72,500 – $85,000| Range: 410 Miles| Seats 7
The Rivian R1S is both large and can produce an incredible 750 horsepower. This allows this vehicle to go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. Added to this, it is also capable of towing up to 7,700 pounds.
The R1S Rivian’s information and entertainment system are great. It includes features such as navigation and media facilities. The car also includes a sophisticated temperature control system.
The 7-seat version has three rows of seats: two in the front, three in the middle, and two in the rear, making it ideal for big families. The interior has a minimalist configuration consisting of 12.3-inch digital instrumentation complemented by a 15.6-inch display positioned horizontally.
In terms of storage, this model has a huge 12-cubic-foot front trunk, as well as plenty of storage space in the back.
Finally, in terms of innovation, Rivian offers a roof that consists of an electrochromic window. This type of glass offers a significant weight reduction while increasing visibility. The driver even has the option of being able to tint the glass when desired.
5. Jaguar I-Pace
$69,850 – $80,900| Range: 234 miles | Seats 5
The I-Pace is Jaguar’s first electric car. Its innovative drive system and streamlined design make it a true luxury car. The electric motor ensures smooth acceleration without noise. As an electric SUV, it competes with the Tesla Model X, Hyundai Kona Electric, Mercedes EQC and Audi e-tron.
In terms of size and class, this is a stylish mid-size SUV. It has all the latest technical features, such as an infotainment system and all the latest driving aids.
Two electric motors deliver an impressive 395 horsepower though its four-wheel drive transmission, allowing the car to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
Its electric motors draw power from the 90 kWh lithium-ion battery which is installed in the floor of the Jaguar I-Pace. This also ensures a low center of gravity and good cornering dynamics and all-round road handling. It has an estimated range of approximately 234 miles.
As for the downside, the regenerative braking system isn’t as powerful as one might wish. Also, the Jaguar I-Pace is quite expensive, but this has always been a hallmark of any Jaguar.
6. Tesla Model X
$86,000 – 106,000 | Range: 325 miles | Seats 7
Tesla has come a long way since the release of its roadster model back in 2006. The first deliveries of the Model X began in September 2015 representing years of technical innovation and advancements.
The Tesla Model X is a car crammed full of the best features to be found in any EV. It is versatile, fast, and received a 5-star safety rating. Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rated it as the safest EV SUV.
This four-wheel-drive SUV is a luxury model. It is suitable for up to seven people, with the 2nd and 3rd rows of seating being accessed through this model’s unique falcon-wing doors. These doors are equipped with sensors that monitor the surroundings and can open safely even in the tightest of parking spaces.
The Tesla Model X offers over 300 miles of all-electric driving and can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds, just like a supercar.
It is an all-electric vehicle with an impressively long-range, powerful acceleration, great handling, and plenty of cargo space. Indeed the Model X offers the largest storage space among the luxury hybrid and electric SUV category. It also has the power to a trailer load of up to 2,250 kg. The only drawback is that the Tesla Model X is one of the most expensive Electric SUVs.
7. Kia e-Soul
$18,610 – $28,610 | Range: 243 miles | Seats 5
KIA e-Soul is the third generation of this model made by this Korean automaker. After two generations, KIA brought it back as an electric vehicle. The electric SUV KIA e-Soul has a sufficient range for everyday use. It also has plenty of space and good overall acceleration.
It is important to note that it is available in two performance levels. The electric motor in the entry-level version has an output of 136 horsepower and uses a 39.2 kWh battery. The more powerful model has a more impressive 204 horsepower and a 64 kWh battery.
The most basic model can go from 0 to 60 mph in 8 seconds, while the top of the range model does it in 6.4 seconds. This makes the Kia e-Soul perfectly suited for those people with smaller budgets and is excellent value for money.
The car is equipped with an infotainment system with a 7 or 10.3-inch touch screen and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions. A disadvantage is the amount of legroom in the front and rear of the car, which may feel a little tight for taller people.
8. Volvo XC40 Recharge
$48,000| Range: 248 mi | Seats 5
Volvo’s first electric SUV is crammed with the latest driver assistance systems, a powerful motor, and all the performance you could possibly need.
The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric’s electric motor delivers a whopping 408 horsepower, which allows it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds. The Volvo XC 40 Recharge is capable of a range of up to 248 miles per charge. The absence of a large combustion engine allowed the car designers to create a large 31-liter trunk.
As usual, this Swedish manufacturer has not skimped on technology, whether in terms of infotainment or security. The XC40 Recharge is the first Volvo to benefit from Google’s new Android Automotive OS multimedia system and to receive automatic updates to its onboard software and its remote operating system.
The new Android multimedia system offers users customization options, ease of use, and new Google services such as Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play Store.
9. Mazda MX-30
$38,000| Range: 130 mi | Seats 5
The Mazda MX-30 made its debut at the 2019 Tokyo auto show. Although it may have less range than some of its closest rivals, Mazda says the MX-30 is aimed at buyers who drive less than 60 miles per day. The smaller battery size also helped Mazda lower the car’s price.
The New Mazda MX-30 has a 35.5 kWh battery. The central position of the battery and its lower weight has the effect of enhancing driving pleasure.
As such, the Mazda MX-30 delivers a feeling of confidence and safety to whoever is at the wheel. Fully charged, the battery of the New Mazda MX-30 offers a range of up to 130 miles, which is more than enough to cover most daily trips.
This model is equipped with Mazda Adaptive Cruise Control. It uses millimeter-wave radar to measure speed and distance, thereby helping the driver to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
10. Mustang Mach-E
$43,895 – $61,000| Range: 300 miles | Seats 5
Ford has finally released an all-electric version of their most popular sports car. The Mustang Mach-E is as elegant as it is powerful. It has an impressive 300-mile range and is able to go from 0 to 60 in under 3 seconds. It is a 4 wheel drive EV that offers the best possible handling through its front and rear electric motors.
It is available in 4 editions – Premium, California Route, First Edition, and the GT model. The GT model comes with twin motors that are capable of producing a whopping 459 horsepower. Inside the car is no less impressive. Its spacious design comes with plenty of legroom and a large 29 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear. This can be enlarged to 60 cubic feet when the rear seats are put down.
Along with a powerful entertainment system that includes a large touchscreen display, the can is crammed full of features including a heated steering wheel, interior lighting, heated front seats, wireless charging, and a panoramic sunroof. This car is the perfect blend of raw racing performance and luxury.
11. Mercedes-Benz EQC
$68,895 – $77,615 | Range: 279 miles | Seats 5
Mercedes has also entered the electric vehicle sector with its own luxury EV. The first of these models is the Mercedes-Benz EQC. It scores highly with reviewers thanks to its successful design and good handling. It competes with Audi e-tron and Tesla Model X.
The EQC comes standard with 19-inch aluminum rims, ambient lighting, an advanced sound system, LED light, black cloth seats, a multifunction sports steering wheel, a 2-zone automatic climate control, and an MBUX infotainment system.
It is equipped with two electric motors that output more than 400 horsepower giving the car a 0-60 mph of fewer than 5 seconds. The high-performance model can do this in less than 3 seconds. Its range is estimated at 279 miles per charge, which is less than most of its competitors. The luxurious interior is unmatched and puts this car in a class of its own.
12. MG ZS EV
$28,300 | Range: 340 miles | Seats 5
The MG ZS is a sporty sedan or station wagon that is produced by MG (a brand of MG Rover). Generally, the ZS is similar to the VW Tiguan. Other design features such s the front grill, on the other hand, clearly came from the shelf of ideas from Mercedes design boss Gorden Wagener, who introduced a similarly designed grill a few years ago for the sporty A-Class.
Pleasant, calm, suitable for the masses: the outer shape of the MG ZS EV fits seamlessly into the range of compact SUVs. Large screens, well-thought-out control panels, and practical steering wheel controls make driving easier. It is very spacious meaning that tall people will have no problem wherever they are seated.
The MG ZS EV is capable of 0 to 60 mph in just over 8 seconds. The range is 340 miles per charge, making it one of the best in its class.
For road trips, the car is equipped with a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) which allows the battery to recover some charge during braking. There is also a road recharge service in case you find yourself stuck without sufficient battery power to make it home.