Best new electric cars coming soon

A major transformation is underway as car buyers switch to electric cars in their droves. Here's the best new electric cars arriving in 2022

Andrew Goodwin
May 27, 2022
Citroen Ami front view

As manufacturers race to switch from petrol and diesel models to zero emissions models, this round-up will pull together the best electric cars coming to the UK in 2022.

These aren’t boring eco-boxes with only enough range to get you from Lower Basildon to Upper Basildon either. They range from luxurious executive cars that come with enough battery capacity so motorists can travel from London to Leeds in one go, to hypercars with the kind of performance that should really be reserved for jet planes. For the majority of buyers, it's the hatchbacks and SUVs between these extremes which are most important – and there are lots of those, too.

Electric cars are becoming 'normal' cars. Quirky cars like the original Nissan Leaf that initiated the electric car movement a decade ago got things rolling, and now this new-age technology is beginning to appear in mainstream models such as the Fiat Panda and Cupra Born.

There are a number of all-electric city cars which are expected to transform city streets, and aren't as expensive as you may think after the UK Government’s plug-in car grant is applied. If you are unfamiliar with the grant, take a read of our dedicated explainer article.

Below, each electric car is provided with an estimated price, expected UK due date and if available, an anticipated range figure. As a note, all cars are quoted with prices that don’t include the UK Government’s plug-in car grant unless otherwise stated.

So what does the electric car landscape in 2022 look like? Read on below to find out.

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Citroen Ami

Starting price £7,695
UK due date Reservations open now
Range 46 miles

The Citroen Ami isn't exactly a car - well it is, but it's best thought of as a personal mobility solution. That's because, with just 8hp and a small 5.5kWh battery, this EV is only designed for driving in the middle of busy towns and cities. Here it can hit 28mph and get you 46 miles - more than most city dwellers will need each day.

Oh, and it's seriously cheap. With simple bolt-on bodywork and fewer safety or luxury items than a conventional model, prices are expected to be around £6,000 when it arrives. Monthly leasing costs are anticipated to be comparable with a smartphone, and the Ami is also expected to be popular with car-sharing services.

Dacia Spring Electric

Starting price €19,290 in France (approx. £16,360)
UK due date TBC
Range 140 miles

It's not yet known the Dacia Spring Electric EV will come to the UK, but we hope it does, because in Europe it's incredibly affordable. Sitting comfortably under £20,000 it would drastically undercut the Renault Zoe and Fiat 500 Electric.

Power comes from a 44hp electric motor, supplied by a 26.8kWh battery. This gives it a range of up to 140 miles in mixed driving, or around 180 miles if you stick to city speeds. It can even be charged from 10-80% in just half an hour.

Fiat Panda

Expected starting price £15,000
UK due date Mid 2022
Range 150 miles (expected)

Fiat is getting ready to reinvent its Panda city car, which has traditionally been one of Europe's top-selling cars. It's expected to be based on the 2019 Centoventi concept car, which previewed a distinctive all-electric model.

Affordability will be key, so a fairly short EV range is anticipated, with rapid charging to make occasional longer trips possible too. Simplicity and a funky design will be key selling points.

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BMW i4

Starting price £53,480
UK due date On sale now
Range up to 365 miles

The BMW i4 is the German brand's most direct rival to the Tesla Model 3 yet. Based around the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, the four-door executive model gets an 80kWh battery and electric motors featuring BMW's latest fifth-generation technology.

In range-topping M50 guise, it can rocket off the line and get from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds. Drive more sedately, and it can also travel up to 316 miles. The rear-wheel-drive eDrive40 version will get an even more impressive range of over 360 miles, and both cars feature a high-tech new interior layout for the brand.

Cupra Born

Starting price £34,660
UK due date On sale now
Range up to 340 miles

If you love the specs of the Volkswagen ID.3, but aren't keen on its looks, the Cupra Born could be just the ticket. This is the Volkswagen Group's sporty version of that car, with a slightly lower roof, more aggressive looks and cool bronze details.

There are 58kWh and 77kWh batteries taken straight out of the ID.3, as well as its most powerful 204hp electric motor. The Curpa gets a 230hp motor option, too. If you plan to drive around town, the cheaper version is a good bet, but the faster, longer-range model will offer an impressive 335-mile range.

Volkswagen ID. Buzz

Expected starting price €64,581 in Germany (approx. £55,000)
UK due date Late 2022
Range 258 miles

After years of waiting, Volkswagen is finally set to reinvent its legendary camper van with its ID.Buzz. The camper gained a reputation for being a favourite with 'eco warriors' so it's only fitting the new model will be all-electric.

Based on the same technology as the Volkswagen ID.4 SUV, it gets a 77kWh battery but doesn't quite manage the 300-mile range that the ID.3, ID.4 and ID.5 manage due to its weight, size and shape.

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BMW iX

Starting price £77,305
Used deals from £68,790
Monthly finance from £1,018*

Range up to 369 miles

Say hello to BMW's second all-electric SUV, the iX. It's a German Tesla Model X rival, and unlike the iX3 released already, the iX has been designed as an electric car only, with no plans for petrol or diesel versions.

This pays off when it comes to increased interior space and driving range, because the car's shape can be precisely designed around its battery pack and electric motors. The flagship xDrive50 can get up to 369 miles between charges.

Tesla Model Y

Starting price £55,990
UK due date On sale now
Range up to 331 miles

It's been on sale in the US for some time, but now the long-awaited Tesla Model Y is finally due to arrive with customers in Britain. It's essentially the SUV version of the Tesla Model 3, but there have also been upgrades under the skin.

A rival to the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV, the Model Y will offer families some extra passenger and luggage space, along with Tesla's famously minimalist interior, all based around a gigantic central display and excellent software. It's fast too, with the Dual Motor version able to get from 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds and travel up to 331 miles.

Nissan Ariya

Starting price £42,845
UK due date Reservations open now
Range up to 310 miles

Wish the Qashqai was all-electric? You could always wait for the Nissan Ariya to arrive, because it's the Japanese brand's SUV with EV power. With the largest 90kWh battery, it's also expected to be capable of around 310 miles on a charge - almost twice as far as the basic Nissan Leaf can manage.

The Ariya looks cutting-edge too, thanks to a sweep of high-gloss black trim across its nose, piercing LED headlights and a swooping roofline. There's a similar look at the back, where a strip of red light stretches across its tail.

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT

Starting price £47,530
Used deals from £51,499
Monthly finance from £891*
Range up to 379 miles

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is already an attention-grabbing and rapid all-electric and all-American SUV, but the GT offers more of just about everything. Typically the badge is given to performance V8 'Stangs, the Mustang Mach-E GT instead gets an entire extra motor.

There's now electric power for both the front and rear axles, with 480hp propelling the GT from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds - a time to shame many sports cars. Ford's MagneRide adaptive suspension and Brembo brakes help harness the extra speed.

Volvo C40 Recharge

Expected starting price £47,100
UK due date On sale now
Range up to 274 miles

The Volvo C40 Recharge is a coupe version of the XC40 P8 Recharge, and despite its £57,400 price tag, this will be Volvo's most affordable EV until cheaper models arrive. If that seems pricey, it's certainly fast and luxurious, getting from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds.

It's also one of the first cars go get Android Automotive - new software from the smartphone giant, that should make using the car, navigating and finding charging points really user friendly.

Mercedes EQB

Starting price £53,610
UK due date On sale now
Range up to 257 miles

We think the boxy seven-seat Mercedes GLB looks great, and it won't be a long wait until the all-electric EQB version is in showrooms. It can be distinguished by its smooth grille and unique alloy wheels, but this is a fairly gentle transformation.

The biggest change is a 66.5kWh battery instead of a fuel tank, and a 222hp electric motor powering all four wheels in the EQB 300 4MATIC. It will also be available with five or seven seats, making it one of just a handful of electric models offered with three rows of seats.

Renault Megane E-Tech Electric

Expected starting price £40,000
UK due date Late 2022
Range up to 280 miles

It's a Renault Megane, but not as we know it. For 2022 the European staple is going to be transformed into a high-riding and all-electric SUV, competing with the Skoda Enyaq iV head-on. It will actually share much of its technology with the Nissan Ariya above.

Customers will be able to choose between 40kWh or 60kWh battery packs, giving them the choice between a big cost saving and 186-miles of range, or an extended 292-mile range.

Toyota bZ4X

Starting price £41,950
UK due date Summer 2022
Range up to 317 miles

Toyota has dominated the hybrid market for years, but the bZ4x is its first all-electric model. In fact, bZ is set to become Toyota's EV brand, similar to VW's ID range. Not far off the size of a Toyota RAV4, the bZ4x has a 71.4kWh battery, giving it a 280-mile range.

Unlike a Tesla, it isn't designed for YouTube-worthy acceleration, so expect the top version to have around 215hp and get from 0-62mph in 7.7 seconds. Instead, it's pitched as a do-it-all family car that doesn't use fossil fuels.

Polestar 3

Expected starting price £80,000
UK due date October 2022, entering production early 2023
Range over 372 miles

Since it split off from Volvo, Polestar has launched a hybrid '1' sports car, and the Polestar 2, which is an affordable EV family hatchback. Arriving in 2022, the Polestar 3 will be a large SUV, with a similar footprint to the Volvo XC90, but a sportier look.

Expect it to be great for a zero-emissions family ski trip, but the 3 is also likely to have a dark side. Not wanting to be outdone by Tesla, Polestar is likely to ensure its electric SUV also has powerful electric motors and all-wheel drive.

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Audi e-tron GT

Starting price £82,150
Used deals Limited stock
Range up to 298 miles

Beauty may be subjective, but we doubt many would consider the Audi e-tron GT anything less than stunning. Audi's version of the Porsche Taycan is a mouthwatering prospect. Power ranges from 470hp in the standard model to around 590bhp in the high-performance RS e-tron GT.

A temporary power boost can get it from 0-62mph in just 2.5 seconds when launch control is selected. Performance aside, the e-tron GT is also beautifully built, with a luxurious interior and Audi's latest technology.

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Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

Starting price £81,500
Used deals Limited stock
Range up to 304 miles

Porsche brought its crossover-inspired all-electric estate version of its Taycan EV to the market in 2021. Not only that but the German model has a range of 281 miles, along with a power output that exceeds 600hp in the fastest Turbo S version.

Its impressive speed-related attributes go beyond straight-line get up and go, too. With Porsche claiming the Taycan Cross Turismo will be able to charge from 0-80% in as little as 23 minutes – although this will require an ultra-rapid 270kW public charging point, which are still few and far between in the UK.

Mercedes EQS

Starting price £102,160
UK due date On sale now
Range up to 453 miles

The Mercedes EQS is an all-electric sister car to the highly impressive S-Class. It's designed to offer the ultimate EV luxury experience, and cross countries, so its huge 107.8kWh battery can take it up to 478 miles on a single charge.

It also has a seriously futuristic interior, showcasing Mercedes' new 55.5-inch 'Hyperscreen' media system. That's not a typo, it's actually three screens cleverly hidden behind a single curved piece of glass, stretching across the entire dashboard.

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Pininfarina Battista

Expected starting price £1,600,000
UK due date Late 2021
Range 310 miles

Pininfarina is quite a well-known design house in the car world – largely thanks to designing some incredibly beautiful cars (case in point being the 1955 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider). Its latest creation, the Battista isn’t just a pretty face, though, as it is being penned as the most powerful road car in the world. Or rather it will be until the Lotus below hits the streets...

Four electric motors are wired together to give a combined output of around 1,873hp and 2,300Nm of torque. This, the Italian firm says, makes the Battista good for a 0-62mph sprint time under two seconds and a top speed of 217mph, not that you would expect much less for £1.6 million…

Lotus Evija

Expected starting price £1,700,000
UK due date Summer 2022
Range 250 miles

When you start talking about a £1.7 million Lotus which supposedly packs roughly 1,972hp and 1,700Nm of torque things get a little hard to visualise. While outlandish, these figures supposedly enable the Evija to fire itself from 0-62mph in under three seconds or 0-184mph in under nine seconds.

Powering Lotus’ all-electric hypercar are four electric motors wired up to a 70kWh battery pack. The latter is supposedly capable of a full charge in 18 minutes, although this requires an 800kW charging point, and, let’s be frank, you aren’t going to find a supply that potent at a UK charging station for some years to come. Nonetheless, we imagine the super-rich will be queuing up to place an order for one of the 130 Evijas that will be built.

 

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