Electric cars with a 200 mile range

Travel from London to Birmingham and back on a single charge: electric cars with a 200 mile range

John Evans
Feb 8, 2019

Electric cars that can travel over 200 miles on a single charge are now a reality. At a stroke, they promise to remove the range anxiety associated with electric cars and the fear of running out of power, while opening up the possibility of travelling from London to Birmingham and back without needing to plug in.

Not all of these cars are expensive premium models, either. The cheapest, the Hyundai Kona Electric, starts at £32,845 after the government’s £3,500 plug-in grant has been taken into account, and it's also available for less as a used car. The first examples of the Kia eNiro, its sister model, start at £32,995, with cheaper versions expected to arrive later. These are around half the price of premium cars.

For electric vehicles like the eNiro, 200 miles is just the start: their battery packs store enough electricity to power them for 250 miles in real-world conditions (although this is only an average and will reduce in extremely cold weather or at high speeds).

We've quoted each car's real-world range, drawn from testing by BuyaCar and its sister publications, as well as the official figure that's quoted in brochures and advertising. This official range is calculated during a standard laboratory test, which has recently been updated to be more accurate, reducing the discrepancy between official and realistic range. All electric cars on this page have undergone the new test, apart from Teslas, which explains the larger gap between the two quoted ranges.

 

Electric cars with a 200-mile range

Figures are based on official rather than real-world tests.
*range calculated using older, less accurate NEDC test

Tesla Model S

Official range 393 miles  Real-world 320 miles

An official range of more than 400 miles suggests that the Tesla Model S 100D could drive between Edinburgh and London without needing to be charged. In reality, you'd need to stop somewhere along the route, as the car's realistic range os more like 320 miles, which is still far in excess of the alternative models on this page.

The large discrepancy is down to the way that the Tesla has been tested - under an older laboratory test that was recently updated to make it more accurate. The other cars on this page were launched after the Model S, and so took the newer, more realistic test, with the exception of Tesla's Model X.

 

Tesla Model X

Official range 351 miles Real-world 233 miles

The Model X is an impressive car: a seriously large vehicle with space for seven and unique ‘Falcon wing’ doors that open upwards. Its extra height over the Model S, above, means that it's marketed as a sport-utility vehicle (SUV), although it has little of the off-road looks and ability that you'd often associate with this type of car.
The car's real-world range is considerably less than its official figure - generated from the older and now defunct standard lab test - but it’s still comfortably above 200 miles. However, in the real world, you'll probably be able to go a little further in the Jaguar I-Pace before needing to recharge.

 

Jaguar I-Pace

Latest Jaguar I-Pace deals from £51,910
Finance from £666 per month
Official range 292 miles Real-world 253 miles

It may be Jaguar’s first electric car but the I-Pace sets the standard for electric SUVs with an impressive range allied to decent space and sporty performance. It’s not cheap but is a credible alternative to other models in Jaguar’s line-up, especially if you can charge it at home and work.
Jaguar I-Pace buying guide

 

Kia eNiro

Official range 282 miles Real-world 253 miles

The eNiro offers a practical real-world range for at least half the price of the premium cars elsewhere in this list. At the moment, the only model on sale is the Launch Edition that's packed with equipment, so it's likely that cheaper versions will follow.

It’s a practical SUV with a well-shaped 451-litre boot, and comfortable and conventionally styled with it.

 

Mercedes EQ C

Official range 280 miles Real-world tbc

The EQ C will take on electric SUV rivals such as the Jaguar I-Pace when it goes on sale in March this year.

It’s the first all-electric car to emerge from Mercedes’ new EQ electric mobility range. Strong performance (it can do 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds) is one of its hallmarks. It also has Mercedes' latest advanced dashboard software that's tailored to electric car drivers. So you can benefit from crisp sat-nav directions that route you past a charging station when required. Thanks to it 500-litre boot and genuine five-seat interior, practicality is another plus point.

 

Hyundai Kona Electric

Latest Hyundai Kona Electric deals from £36,495
Finance from £574 per month
Official range up to 279 miles Real-world 259 miles

Underneath the Hyundai Kona Electric are the same batteries and motor that power the Kia eNiro, so your choice between the two cars is mainly down to design and practicality (the Kona is slightly smaller).

The Kona comes in a choice of Premium and top-spec Premium SE trims and with Hyundai’s usual five-year warranty plus five free annual health checks. Unlike the eNiro, there's also a choice of two battery packs. The most expensive 64kWh version delivers the impressive 279 mile range figure. A cheaper 39kWh model costs from just over £27,000 when new - saving around £4,500 - and offers a reduced range of around 150 miles on a single charge.
Hyundai Kona Electric buying guide

 

Audi e-tron

Official range 249 miles Real-world 220 miles

The e-tron is Audi’s first electric car but it’s an impressive effort if it’s real-world range is anything to go by. Naturally, it’s expensive (it’s a rival to the Jaguar I-Pace) but your money buys all the traditional Audi virtues you would expect, chief among them being lots of technology, striking looks, great build quality and a sophisticated driving experience. For the ultimate in high-tech, order it with the optional side cameras in place of mirrors.
Audi e-tron buying guide

  

Nissan Leaf 3.Zero e+

Official range 239 miles  Real-world Unknown

A limited edition longer-range version of the Nissan Leaf went on sale at the beginning of this year. The car's larger battery is claimed to increase the range of the Leaf by 71 miles, and is likely to mean a real-world range that just creeps over the important 200 mile mark.

The £36,795 price of the car, including the government's plug-in grant, makes this the most expensive Nissan Leaf - versions with the standard battery start at £10,000 less - but this does include a high specification. The so-called 3.Zero trim level comes with a larger-than-usual 8in dashboard screen, plus Nissan's partially autonomous ProPilot driver assistance system, which can accelerate, brake and steer the car on motorways - but still requires the driver to have their hands on the wheel, and to be in a position to take over at any time.

The car is said to be a limited edition, with only 5,000 being made for Europe. If it's successful, it's likely that Nissan will launch other versions with the larger battery.
Nissan Leaf buying guide

 

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