Electric cars have rapidly become a viable choice for a large number of drivers. However, there has long been an argument that there aren’t enough large, practical EVs for those that prioritise interior space.
Here, we counter that argument with the top 10 practical electric cars, each capable of swallowing kit, passengers, or both with ease. Listed alphabetically, we cover everything from spacious five-seaters to cavernous seven-seat models.
If you’re looking for plenty of space, chances are you’ll have looked at a few SUVs. Audi’s e-tron is one of the best electric SUVs on the market, and has a huge amount of interior and boot space for those needing to seat five.
A range of up to 249 miles on a charge is complemented by one of the fastest charging systems around. The Audi will take up to 150 kW from ultra-rapid DC charge points, allowing for a charge to 80% in around half an hour.
This is a bit of a cheat, as the Citroen is also joined by the Peugeot e-Traveller and Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life for three in one. All share the same platform and powertrain, but prices and options change depending on manufacturer.
Seat options are covered for just anything from five to nine seats, and the range remains pretty consistent at 143 miles on a charge, and the Citroen/Peugeot/Vauxhall can charge at up to 100 kW from ultra-rapid DC charge points.
A popular and practical crossover shape, Kia’s Niro retains all those attributes in e-Niro configuration. It’s one of the best mass-market family cars available, and has plenty of space for a family of four, plus the occasional fifth, and ample boot space too.
Driving range is impressive at 282 miles on a charge, one of the longest around at a price significantly below £40,000. Charging can be carried out at up to 77 kW on ultra-rapid DC charge points.
Mercedes Benz EQC
Like the Audi e-tron above, the Mercedes SUV does everything you would expect a large SUV to do in terms of passenger and occupant space – it’s just electric as well.
The premium SUV has a range of 249 miles on a charge, and ultra-rapid charging at up to 110 kW from compatible units for short top-up times.
Mercedes Benz EQV
Like your three-pointed star electric but the EQC just doesn’t have enough space. Well the EQV could well be the vehicle for you.
A range of 213 miles on a charge and ultra-rapid 110 kW charging look similar to the SUVs stats, but the EQV has seating for up to seven and even more interior space than the EQC.
An electric estate; buyers have been calling for one of these for some time, and now MG has built one. The mid-sized estate is all-electric, and offers a range of 214 miles on a charge, plus all the practicality you would expect from a family load-lugger.
Factor in the sub-£25,000 price, and the MG5 EV looks an attractive proposition for many families needing plenty of boot space. Charging is carried out at up to 50 kW DC from just about every rapid charger around.
MG ZS EV
This is the model that has taken off for MG. Like the Kia e-Niro above, it’s a practical family crossover/compact SUV, which has a good range and even better price point.
Coping with a family’s worth of occupants and luggage easily, the MG ZS EV covers 163 miles on a charge, and can be charged at up to 50 kW DC for rapid top-ups.
The electric Nissan uses the same powertrain as the Leaf, packaged in the NV200 van shape. It’s available as a five- or seven-seater MPV, which comes in handy for both large families and taxi operators.
A range of 124 miles on a charge covers most bases, and the Nissan e-NV200 can be rapid charged using a CHAdeMO DC connector.
Tesla Model S
Large saloons don’t come much more practical than the Tesla Model S – even if it’s technically a hatchback. This makes things more practical however, with a huge boot space, loads of leg-room, and comfortably enough space for four tall adults and their kit for a fortnight away.
Driving range varies on specification but 379 miles on a charge is possible, and buyers get the bonus of the ultra-rapid tesla Supercharger network for long-distance travel.
Tesla Model X
Featuring many of the same benefits of the Tesla Model S, the Model X is larger still and seats up to seven. It’s famous Falcon-wing doors may steal the headlines, but it’s interior is truely huge, and will keep buyers targeting practicality happy.
The driving range is a little less than the Model S because it’s a larger, heavier car, but it’s still an excellent 314 miles on a charge. Likewise, buyers get Tesla Supercharger access.