Best electric cars from 2020

The electric car revolution has continued in earnest into the 2020s, so here are the best EVs that launched on the turn of the decade

BuyaCar team
Jan 21, 2022

Electric cars are everywhere now, and with a huge number of brand new ones arriving soon and beyond, there has never been a better time to consider making the jump towards zero tailpipe emission travel.

The year 2020 was a big year in electric motoring, with small city models such as the new Mini Electric and Fiat 500, to tall SUVs including the Mercedes EQCAudi e-tron Sportback and Jaguar I-Pace. Even Porsche joined in on the act with the Taycan, a high-performance super-family car.

The latest breed of electric cars has a lot going for it. Prices are just about starting to come down to affordable levels, and the range is going up. They skip out on the latest strict emissions charges, too. Better still, while new models still are pricey, more and more used electric cars are available for a far more attainable monthly price, bringing electric cars within reach for a far broader range of drivers.

The government has cut the grant on offer to new electric car buyers but it's still a useful subsidy for those buying new. Used car buyers will also see the benefit, as depreciation values are likely to consider this. The increasing supply of vehicles is also improving the selection of used electric cars. You can find out if battery power is likely to be right for you in our complete electric car guide, or scroll down for details of these great 2020 models.

2020 small electric cars

Fiat 500

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After 12 years on sale, the Fiat 500 has finally been replaced, this time with electric power. It has a similar design to the outgoing model, but gains a sleeker, more high-tech interior.

This version of Fiat's small city car will not be available with petrol or diesel engines (the older model will continue on sale for now as a mild hybrid option) so entry-level prices will be high to cover the cost of expensive batteries and a more luxurious interior.

Mini Electric

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The instant acceleration that you get from an electric motor should mean that the electric Mini is just as energetic as the petrol-powered Cooper models, but the question is whether it will be able to change direction as sharply, given that Mini makes so much of the standard car's 'go-kart handling'.

With an official range of almost 150 miles per charge on the latest economy test format - which is more realistic than the previous verison - and an 80% charge taking 36 minutes with 50kW fast charging, the Mini Electric is an appealing option for those after a fun, small electric car.

Honda E

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The striking styling of the Honda e makes this cute small car stand out from retro rivals like the Fiat 500 and Mini Electric above, combining a quirky design with modern technology. City car buyers will find the car's expected 150-mile range more than enough but expect this to drop at high speeds as with any EV.

As for the interior, the Honda e offers an impressive large split-screen touchscreen, which expands the whole width of the cabin, and importantly, actual buttons to control the volume of the stereo, which should make it safer to control while driving. Certain models replace traditional wing mirrors with cameras, adding another pair of screens to the high-tech dashboard.

Peugeot e-208

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The Peugeot e-208 can drive for more than 200 miles, and charging times of zero to 80% in around 30 minutes from 100kW fast public chargers. That range alone should make the e-208 a realistic prospect to most drivers.

It's powered by a 136hp electric motor, which will provide maximum power the instant that you press the accelerator, so it'll feel quicker than petrol versions. Due to the electric power, it's also pricey, but again, nearly new models should address that issue when they start to filter through.

2020 electric SUVs

Audi e-tron Sportback

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Audi's e-tron SUV offers a range of around 250 miles and rapid performance. Similar in size to the current Audi Q5, it was also the first car to come without side mirrors, taking advantage of a change in legislation that allows them to be replaced by cameras when it launched in 2019.

2020 saw the launch of the Sportback model. As with any Sportback version of an Audi SUV, it features a sloping coupe-like roofline. It has a slightly smaller boot as a result, but is a pinch more aerodynamic which probably only means a mile or two of extra range in the real world.

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BMW iX3

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A wide grille and aerodynamic wheel designs will mark out the iX3, as another contender in this rapidly growing electric car SUV segment. The 280-mile range is impressive, but because it's a large SUV it's not the most efficient electric car.

Unlike the electric SUVs from Jaguar, Mercedes and Audi, the BMW iX3 will be based on the standard X3 SUV. This could limit the practicality and usability advantages of the latest electric cars, as engineers may have to compromise on the location and size of the battery pack to fit them into a car designed to fit a conventional engine.

DS 3 Crossback E-Tense

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With this electric version of the DS 3 Crossback, expect around 200 miles of zero-emission motoring. Swift acceleration and a vast array of paint colours, wheel designs and luxury fittings allow you to personalise the car, if not just to inflate the price.

Fast charging at 100kW will be possible, which should have the ability to add 5.5 miles of range for every minute that the car is plugged in.

Kia e-Niro

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Thanks to its claimed range of 282 miles, a reasonable price tag and a seven-year warranty, Kia's e-Niro might not be as flashy as most of the other new electric SUVs, but it might well be the one that you're most likely to buy. Especially as second-hand models filter through, with that seven-year warranty meaning that used models will be particularly appealing as you can take advantage of a lower price and still have plenty of manufacturer warranty cover left.

It uses the same electrical system that Kia's sister company, Hyundai, has fitted to its Kona Electric, helping to keep the price low and offering a range that will be enough for most families. This is combined with the practical layout of the Niro (also on sale as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid), which provides enough space for four adults and a reasonable 451 litres of boot space.

2020 electric family cars

Polestar 2

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With a range of more than 300 miles and acceleration in as little as 4.5 seconds, Volvo-owned Polestar has the Tesla Model 3 firmly in its sights. Prices are almost on par, too.

The Polestar 2 is a five-door hatchback that appears just as unique as the Tesla, thanks to a minimalist interior design that includes dark wood panels and a seemingly frameless touchscreen. The relatively low price should make it an affordable alternative to a BMW 3 Series or Mercedes C-Class, particularly if used prices are predicted to be high, which reduces monthly payments on some types of finance.

However, not all Polestar 2 models will offer quite such value for money. Luxurious additions are likely to push the price up, and all cars built in 2020 - the first year of production - are all well-equipped Launch Edition models. 

Tesla Model 3

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At one point, it was hoped that the first Model 3 cars would arrive in Britain by the end of 2017. While it did arrive around two years later, it wasn't until 2020 that production really ramped up and they began to appear on our roads. When it launched, it was less than £40,000, but this has since crept up. Fortunately, the road tax surcharge that drivers of £40,000 cars have to pay does not apply to electric cars, at the moment at least.

Just like larger Teslas, the Model 3 replaces the dashboard with a large touchscreen and is compatible with the company's Superchargers, which can add around 200 miles of range in half an hour. With space to carry five adults and luggage space in the boot and under the bonnet, it's a complete package.

Volkswagen ID.3

Volkswagen ID.3 front three quarters view

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Volkswagen previously sold electric versions of the Up and Golf, but the ID.3 was the company's first attempt at a dedicated electric model.

Because the batteries sit low under the floor, Volkswagen was able to package the car slightly differently. The long wheelbase means plenty of legroom for rear-seat passengers, but take note that the 300-mile models can only seat four. For five seats, you'll be looking at a 58kWh version that can do an impressive 260 miles from a full charge.

2020 electric sports cars

Porsche Taycan

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The electric motors that power the performance-orientated sporty saloon are based on those used in the Le Mans-winning 919 racing car.

It's a high-voltage rival to the Tesla Model S, offering similar performance, with acceleration from 0-62mph taking just 2.8 seconds - at least on higher-specification cars. Owners will be able to recharge using super-fast chargers, which are claimed to deliver enough electricity in 15 minutes to take the car 250 miles.

*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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