Top 10 best electric cars 2020

Electric cars are becoming a popular choice for today’s modern motorist. With over 90 pure electric models and 50 plug-in hybrids available now or coming soon, the choice is growing all the time.

Environmentally friendly, cheap to run and technologically advanced, more and more people are considering an electric car for their journeys.

Thinking about making the switch and wondering which is the best electric car for you? Buying any new car is a big decision, especially when new technology is concerned, so here at EDF Energy, we've taken a look at the best electric cars on the market available now or coming soon.

Our final list of the best electric cars covers all types of electric vehicles: from luxury, executive cars to SUVs and runarounds. We've considered a combination of price, range, technology as well as how enjoyable they are to drive. Our mileage estimates take into account real-world driving, providing a more realistic estimate to the amount of miles you could drive on a single charge. 

Here’s our round-up of some of the best electric cars on the market now or coming soon.

 

Best all-round electric car

Kia Niro electric car

Kia e-Niro

  • Approximate miles: 235 miles
  • Cost: From £32,995
  • Available now


What Car? named the Kia e-Niro as their Car of the Year 2019 and we happen to agree. A stylish, pure electric SUV at a price comparable to petrol or diesel equivalents, it really is one of the best electric cars around. For us, it's the combination of the range and price that places this at number one of the best electric cars available right now. 

This car combines everything we love about electric cars. It's a powerful drive offering great traction and acceleration. There's bags of features including all the safety elements you could hope for including smart cruise control, forward collision-avoidance assist and lane following assist. Being an SUV, space is also plentiful so it’s also a great electric for a family.

The drawbacks? The only negative we can say about this model is that it lacks a bit of style that some of the later models down our list can offer. 

Kia have also seen unprecedented levels of interest since the e-Niro’s launch and the current production is currently sold out. It is, however, possible to reserve a vehicle for delivery during 2020.

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Best electric car for 2020

Volkswagen ID.3 electric car

VW ID.3

  • Approximate miles: 185 – 340
  • Cost: From £22,000
  • Available from: Summer 2020


We're so excited about the VW ID.3 that it had to come in second on our list. Although it won’t be released until mid-way through next year, the whole VW ID range is tipped to offer us some of the best electric cars of 2020.

VW has invested heavily in four hotly anticipated electric concept vehicles which also includes a saloon, SUV and a seven-seater microbus but it will be the ID.3 which will be off the production line first.

The ID.3 is a five-door hatchback. It promises high-performance, all the latest technology and a choice of three powertrains. This will allow drivers to choose between standard, mid and long-range options depending on their mileage preferences.

What makes it worthy of such a high rating for us is both the range capabilities but also the price tag. This electric car also makes an appearance in our list of the cheapest electric cars. This will be another car in high-demand so reservations are recommended.

 

Best electric car for range

Tesla Model 3 electric car

Tesla Model 3

  • Approximate miles: 190 - 295
  • Cost: From £34,000
  • Available now


A league table of the best electric cars would not be complete without the mention of the Tesla Model 3. Tesla’s more affordable electric car, it still comes with many of the futuristic styling that we’ve come to expect of the manufacturer but without the high price tag.

It's worthy of a number 3 spot on our list due to both its phenomenal range but also its cost. It’s the first of three luxury electric cars on our list but surprisingly the Model 3 comes in cheaper than the Jaguar and Audi models.

All the Tesla models are head-turners and the Model 3 is no exception. A luxury, executive car, it’s also great to drive and comes packed full with the latest technology including autopilot drive assist. 

The car comes with two options: the standard, rear-wheel drive and a dual-motor version which offers an increased mile range. Whichever model you choose, Tesla is known for offering electric cars with the best range. 

Like many of the other cars in this list, there is a long waiting list.

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Most popular electric car

Nissan Leaf electric car

Nissan Leaf

  • Approximate miles: 140 – 215
  • Cost: From £27,995
  • Available now


From the manufacturer that brought us the first mass-produced electric car is the new Nissan LEAF.

We’ve loved this electric car since it first hit the UK market in 2010 and this newly designed version 2.0 is even better. Where the original Nissan LEAF lacked range, the latest model comes with a bigger battery which gives drivers more miles. 

This is an all-round great electric car, perfect for families and commuters. The car also includes Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility features which include emergency braking, cruise control and lane intervention. It's not as sporty of the electric cars on this list but it's a good solid car.

It’s no wonder that the LEAF has sold more than any other electric car and continues to be classed as among the best electric cars in the UK.

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Best electric car for features

Jaguar I-Pace electric car

Jaguar I-Pace

  • Approximate miles: 235
  • Cost: From £60,995
  • Available now


Joining the Tesla Model 3 as one of the luxury cars on our list is the Jaguar I-Pace. It’s Jaguar’s first all-electric car and claims it can deliver up to 298 miles on one charge. With acceleration of 0 – 60mph in 4.5 seconds, this car can really go. It’s futuristic, cutting edge and includes all the interior styling and features you would expect from Jaguar.

It's not just us that considers this one of the best electric cars on the market. The car has earned itself a hat-trick at the 2019 World Car Awards picking up the World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car titles.

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Best small electric car

Mini Cooper Electric car

MINI Electric

  • Approximate miles: 115
  • Cost: From £24,400
  • Available from: 2020


We’re looking forward to seeing this model launched on the market in Spring 2020. Available for pre-order now, the iconic MINI has gone electric. MINI lovers will not be disappointed with its design as it features many of the styling of a MINI including a wonderful high spec digital dashboard and MINI navigation system. It's undoubtedly going to be one of the best small electric cars available. 

It’s getting great reviews already and, even better, the price tag comes in at just under £25,000.

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Best electric car for families

Hyundai Kona 64kwh electric car

Hyundai Kona Electric

  • Approximate miles: 155 - 270
  • Cost: From £27,250
  • Available now


Described as one of the most versatile electric cars on the market, the Hyundai Kona Electric comes in two versions. The only difference being the battery pack. The slightly more affordable standard version comes with a range of up to 180 miles. The second, longer range option is capable of journeys up to 270 miles making it the best electric cars for its range and price. Perfect for those wishing to switch to an affordable electric car whilst still making longer journeys. It’s definitely a practical car with bags of room and a smart black interior so perfect for any family.

Again, demand for this car is high with a waiting list currently in place.

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Best value electric car

Renault Zoe electric car

Renault Zoe

  • Approximate miles: 160
  • Cost: From £24,320
  • Available now


The Renault Zoe continues to be a favourite. It’s one of the smaller electric cars on the market but provides a practical, zero emission alternative for a much lower price. The later models also come with a bigger battery which offers up to an extra 100 miles range on the original models. It also now comes with the option of rapid charging capability which means that longer motorway journeys are now easier. A stylish and nippy car with a decent price means that it makes the list of our Top 10.

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Best luxury electric car

Audi e-tron electric car

Audi e-tron

  • Approximate miles: 170 - 260
  • Cost: From £71,560
  • Available now


Another in the luxury car range, Audi’s offering is a practical, SUV-style vehicle. It’s not dissimilar to the Audi Q5 crossover. Great performance, quick acceleration (0 – 62mph in 5.7 seconds) and a decent mileage range, Audi say it is the most advanced of their vehicles yet. The car comes with all the latest technology such as matrix LED lights and self-parking capability. This will be a top choice for anyone who loves a bit of luxury in their cars.

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Best electric car for efficiency

Hyundai Ioniq electric polar white

Hyundai IONIQ Electric

  • Approximate miles: 165
  • Cost: From £29,450
  • Available from: 2020


The last on our list is the Hyundai IONIQ. A great family electric car suitable for decent distances. Its traditional coupe style is simple but easy on the eye and inside the vehicle is adequate space for a family of four.

It comes with Bluelink Connectivity which connects the car with an app allowing you to remotely set the charging and heating. This also cleverly allows you to plan your route when at home through the app which will then sync with the in-car navigation system.

Hyundai also offer a hybrid or plug-in hybrid version if you’re not quite ready to go pure electric.

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