Longest-range electric cars

Electric cars are green, fast, and cheap to run; these are the electric cars with the longest range

Simon Ostler
Apr 27, 2021

Electric cars are slowly becoming more popular among the masses. They are the priority of many mainstream manufacturers these days, and the electrified revolution is moving faster than ever. 

But one of the biggest factors for car buyers making the switch from conventional fuel to electric power is the question of range (how far an electric car can travel on a full charge). 

If you're running low on fuel in a petrol or diesel car, it's rarely a big deal, you just need to go to a fuel station and fill up. But it's not always that simple with an electric car, charging locations aren't as common as petrol stations, they aren't always working and, if they're occupied you could be in for a long wait - and that's before you factor in the charging time of your own car.

On a long-distance journey it's common for electric car drivers to worry as they continually check their remaining charge and the distances to nearby charging points, that the syndrome has a name: range anxiety. One cure for this is to get a car that doesn't need to stop very often; the best models can travel more than 300 miles on a single charge, although this depends on factors including driving style, outside temperature and use of air-conditioning or the heater.

We've ranked ten of the longest-range electric cars below, based on official WLTP figures, but it's not unusual for your range in real-world driving to to be significantly lower than these. Once you're finished here, you can head over to our BuyaCar search page and kick-start your electric car journey.

Electric cars with the longest range

1. Tesla Model S

Our pick Tesla Model S Long Range
WLTP range 375 miles
Used deals from £35,058
Monthly finance from £712*

Tesla have been around for a while now and its somewhat hard to believe the Model S initially launched way back in 2012. A perennial class leader in terms of electric range, luggage capacity and speed, it's easy to see why this car has sold as well as it has in spite of that rather hefty price tag.

In the seven years since the Model S first appeared nothing else has got anywhere close to matching its range, and that doesn't look like changing any time soon either, with the Jaguar I-Pace the closest non-Tesla on this list some 83 miles adrift. The Model S Performance spec, which is tailored specifically to go as fast as possible, would place second on this list - that's how good it is.

But it's the Long Range that performs best when it comes to out and out range capability, and the extra 12 miles available could prove to be the most useful if you're desperate for a re-charge. It's also £15,000 cheaper than the Performance, and 0-62mph still only takes 4.1 seconds - not bad in the grand scheme.

2. Tesla Model 3

Our pick Tesla Model 3 Long Range
WLTP range 348 miles
Used deals from £38,965
Monthly finance from £693*

The next Tesla in this list, the Model 3 is the newest and smallest car in the Tesla range. Its compact dimensions and relative lightness (compared with the Model S or Model X - it’s still heavier than internal combustion-engined rivals) mean it can coax serious mileage from its batteries.

The Model 3 Long Range is again the way to go if boosting your mileage is a priority, while charging at one of Tesla’s Supercharger points get you from 0-80% (around 280 miles) charge in around 30 minutes at a cost of £14.

It's still not at all cheap to buy compared to a petrol or diesel car, but this is another option from Tesla that really has no rivals currently.

3. Tesla Model X

Our pick Tesla Model X Long Range
WLTP range 315 miles
Used deals Limited stock

This is the final Tesla entry here, we promise. This time it's the larger Model X that brings over 300 miles of range while also offering seven seats. Along with battery capacity, interior space is something of a theme within the Tesla range, and the Model X makes the most of it.

It's the largest model Tesla currently offers, but it's also the most theatrical thanks to the rear "falcon-wing" rear doors that swing upwards, but if you thought the Model S and Model 3 were expensive, the Model X takes it a step further.

If you have the money to spend, the Model X is the best electric SUV you can buy, but there is relatively close competition from the Jaguar I-Pace, which is some £15,000 less expensive.

TESLA MODEL X BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Jaguar I-Pace

Our pick Jaguar I-Pace SE
WLTP Range 292 miles
Used deals from £42,250
Monthly finance from £751*

Jaguar's first mainstream electric car combines the Tesla-like convenience of long range, with space and sporty performance associated with big Jaguars. If you've got the ability to charge it at home, then it's a realistic alternative to a petrol or diesel family car - as long as you can justify the price tag.

While it is more expensive than many traditionally powered alternatives like the BMW X3 or Audi Q5, the I-Pace is cheaper than the Tesla Model S and Model X with which it's trying to compete, so there is reason to consider one if you're after the longest range available.

We like the SE trim especially, as it comes with better suited 20-inch alloy wheels, a powered tailgate and the 'Drive Pack' consisting of adaptive cruise control among other safety additions.

JAGUAR I-PACE BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Kia e-Niro

Our pick Kia e-Niro
WLTP range 282 miles
Used deals from £29,995
Monthly finance from £535*

A starting price of under £35,000 for an electric car with an almost Tesla-like battery-range has created quite a bit of interest for the Kia e-Nio - so much so that initial stocks sold out quickly, but with those initial troubles behind it, used versions of the e-Niro are now readily availale on BuyaCar.

The Kia e-Niro is very similar to sister car the Hyundai Kona Electric in terms of range and price, but it's got a more conventional design and is actually more practical with a 451-litre boot compared with the Kona’s 332-litre boot. The e-Niro’s performance is strong but the driving experience in corners isn't quite as nimble as conventionally powered rivals such as the Skoda Kodiaq.

KIA NIRO BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Hyundai Kona Electric

Our pick Hyundai Kona Electric Premium SE
WLTP range 279 miles
Used deals from £28,594
Monthly finance from £396*

The Kona Electric has overcome the two main obstacles to electric car ownership: price and range. With prices starting at under £40,000, it's still not cheap when you compare it to a petrol-powered Kia Sportage or even the petrol Kona, but it does outperform many more expensive alternatives such as the Mercedes EQC or Audi e-Tron in terms of that all-important range per charge.

We like the Kona Electric in Premium SE trim with its array of comfort inducing additions including heated and adjustable seats, a heated steering wheel and a head-up display.

HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Mercedes EQC

Our pick Mercedes-Benz EQC AMG Line Premium
WLTP range 259 miles
Used deals from £58,980
Monthly finance from £1,047*

Upmarket car makers are betting that car buyers will be tempted to go electric by tall and practical battery-powered SUVs with more than 200 miles of range. That's why drivers already have the option of buying the Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron and this Mercedes EQC, while an alternative from BMW called the iX3 is due to hit the roads in 2021 as well.

The EQ brand will be stamped onto all brand-new electric models released by Mercedes, yet the all-new EQC is surprising only in its conventionality. It's spacious, with a 500-litre boot, and it's relatively quick, too, but in terms of electric range it's currently competing against much cheaper opposition.

MERCEDES EQC BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Audi e-tron

Our pick Audi e-tron edition 1 55 quattro
WLTP range 239 miles
Used deals from £44,295
Monthly finance from £788*

The e-tron was Audi’s first electric car, but it still has all of the Audi virtues you’d expect. Chief among them being lots of technology, striking looks, great build quality and a sophisticated driving experience.

The fact it's more expensive than a Jaguar I-Pace is unsurprising, Audi models tend to be at the high end of the pricing spectrum and you do get a great deal for your money. But if additional range is the order of the day, the e-tron has work to do to catch its rivals.

AUDI E-TRON BUYERS' GUIDE

9. Nissan Leaf

Our pick Nissan Leaf e+ Tekna
WLTP range 239 miles
Used deals from £25,489
Monthly finance from £348*

The latest Nissan Leaf launched in 2018, once again making use of the innvative e-Pedal that was initially introduced with the first generation Leaf, which along with acting as an accelerator can be used to slow the car down and charge the battery without the need to press the brake.

A longer-range e+ version went on sale at the beginning of 2019, equipped with a larger battery and boosting the range of the standard Leaf by 71 miles. The e+ is the most the most expensive Leaf by quite a way, but it's the only way to get hold of that additional range.

NISSAN LEAF BUYERS' GUIDE

10. BMW i3

Our pick BMW i3 Automatic 120Ah
WLTP range 188 miles
Used deals from £11,985
Monthly finance from £226*

The BMW i3 brought a new perspective on car design when it arrived in 2013, both inside and out. It was intended to look futuristic and, whether BMW succeeded or not, its wavy window line, rear-opening doors and airy, spacious interior certainly make it stand out.

It was designed to be an electric car from the beginning too, so the effects of installing a heavy battery pack have been reduced by installing them low down in the car, and by building the car's frame using lightweight carbon fibre.

This makes the i3 more agile than you might expect, and reasonably quick too: it will accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds. An update in 2016 introduced a larger battery, which substantially increased the official range from a mediocre 118 miles to the current 188 miles.

BMW i3 BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

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