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Best Electric Cars for a UK Family 2020

While many electric cars tend to be on the small side, there are a number of all-electric plug-in cars in the UK market that are big enough to accommodate a family and the accompanying school and kit bags. We've had a look at the cars available as of April 2020 and ranked them according to factors like boot space, number of seats, range and price. Here's what we found.

Top 10 Best Affordable Electric Family Cars

RankTop 10 Best Affordable Electric Family CarsSummer range (miles)Winter range (miles)Cargo volume (litres)Rapid charge time for 100 miles (hh:mm)Starting price (£)
1Kia e-Niro 64 kWh27019545100:27£34,995
2 (tie)Peugeot e-2008 SUV19014043400:24£28,650
2 (tie)Nissan Leaf e+ 62 kWh23517042000:24£33,295
4 (tie)Renault Zoe Z.E. 50 R11023016533800:40£26,170
4 (tie)Vauxhall Corsa-e20515030900:22£26,990
4 (tie)Hyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh29021036100:25£35,600
7DS 3 Crossback E-Tense19514535000:23£32,850
8Nissan Leaf 40 kWh15511043500:43£26,845
9Renault Zoe Z.E. 50 R13522516533800:41£28,120
10Kia Soul EV 64 kWh26519531500:27£34,295

To make the top 10 cheap family EV list, cars had to meet certain requirements: affordable with enough seats and boot space to carry a few kids and the school bags, sport equipment and shopping that goes along with a household with children. Plus cars need to have at least 100 miles of range (we took the combined city/motorway range in the winter for this metric).

  • Minimum boot space: 300 litres
  • Minimum Range: 100 miles (winter)
  • Maximum Price: £40,000
  • Minimum Seats: 5

Here's what you need to know about each car to help decide if it's right for you and your family.

1. Kia e-Niro 64 kWh

The best affordable, all-electric car for families in the UK market is the Kia e-Niro 64 kWh. With a starting price of £34,995, it delivers the second longest range in the group, averaging 233 miles for combined city and motorway driving (195 miles in winter and 270 miles in summer). The e-Niro has the largest boot space of all the cars in the top ten, providing 451 litres to store shopping, bags, sports equipment, dogs or whatever else you carry around. It's also relatively quick, with a 0-60 mph time of 7.8 seconds.

  • 0-60 mph: 7.8 seconds
  • Starting price: £34,995
  • Cost per charge: £10.45
  • Average range: 233 miles

2. (tie) Peugeot e-2008 SUV

The Peugeot e-2008 SUV has the 3rd largest boot space in the list, standing out for those looking for more cargo room (434 litres). The range is less impressive, however, achieving around 165 miles on the average full charge (140 miles in winter and 190 in summer).

  • 0-60 mph: 8.5 seconds
  • Starting price: £28,650
  • Cost per charge: £7.66
  • Average range: 165 miles

2. (tie) Nissan Leaf e+ 62 kWh

The Nissan Leaf e+ 62 kWh ranked as the third best cheap all-electric car for a family in the UK. The e+ stood out for acceleration with the quickest time here—7.3 seconds to get from 0-60 mph. The Leaf is a good all rounder with decent boot space (430 litres) and range (203 miles for combined city and motorway driving)—170 miles in winter and 235 in summer).

  • 0-60 mph: 7.3 seconds
  • Starting price: £33,295
  • Cost per charge: £9.13
  • Average range: 203 miles

4. (tie) Renault Zoe Z.E. 50 R110

The Renault Zoe Z.E. 50 R110 stands out for being the most affordable car in the top 10 with a starting price of just £26,170. The range is also decent, delivering around 200 miles on average across the seasons (230 in summer and 165 in winter) assuming a mix of city and motorway driving. However the Zoe has the slowest acceleration, taking 11.4 seconds to reach 60 mph.

  • 0-60 mph: 11.4 seconds
  • Starting price: £26,170
  • Cost per charge: £8.48
  • Average range: 198 miles

4. (tie) Vauxhall Corsa-e

The Vauxhall Corsa-e has the fastest rapid charging times in the top ten, which is useful for those driving longer distances and slightly offsets the modest range—in summer, the car delivers around 150 miles and in winter around 205 miles (combined city and motorway driving).

  • 0-60 mph: 8.1 seconds
  • Starting price: £26,990
  • Cost per charge: £7.66
  • Average range: 178 miles

4. (tie) Hyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh

The Hyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh tied for 4th place overall, shining for the longest range here. In winter, the car will get around 210 miles for combined city and motorway driving; in summer drivers can expect to get around 290 miles from a full charge. With a starting price of £35,600, however, it is the most expensive car in the top ten.

  • 0-60 mph: 7.9 seconds
  • Starting price: £35,600
  • Cost per charge: £10.43
  • Average range: 250 miles

7. DS 3 Crossback E-Tense

DS is the luxury arm of Citroen. Their Crossback E-Tense shine for having the 2nd best charging times (around 23 minutes on a rapid 50 kWh charger to get 100 miles of range), which is just a minute slower than the fast-charging Vauxhall Corsa-e. According to the other metrics, the Crossback E-Tense is somewhat average, with a range of around 145 in winter and 195 in summer, a 0-60 time of 8.7 seconds and 350 litres of boot space.

  • 0-60 mph: 8.7 seconds
  • Starting price: £32,850
  • Cost per charge: £7.66
  • Average range: 170 miles

8. Nissan Leaf 40 kWh

The 40 kWh Nissan Leaf is the city-driving-suited sister car to the e+, which stands out for a longer range. The 40 kWh Leaf delivers around 133 miles of mixed city and motorway range (vs. 203 miles for the e+), but is better for those needing a larger boot (435 litres) and a more affordable price (starting from £26,845).

  • 0-60 mph: 7.9 seconds
  • Starting price: £26,845
  • Cost per charge: £5.87
  • Average range: 133 miles

9. Renault Zoe Z.E. 50 R135

The R135 delivers improved torque, faster acceleration and greater responsiveness compared to the R110, which ranked 4th in our list. While performance may be better, the R135 is slower to charge and costs an extra £2k, which may not be worth the extra cost for a family on a budget.

  • 0-60 mph: 9.5 seconds
  • Starting price: £28,120
  • Cost per charge: £8.48
  • Average range: 195 miles

10. Kia Soul EV 64 kWh

The Kia Soul's sizable 64 kWh battery gives this car the second longest range in the top ten affordable electric family cars. You can expect around 230 miles on average for combined city and motorway driving (195 miles in winter and 265 miles in summer). This is the same as Kia's e-Niro, which ranked at the best cheap electric car in our list. While the Soul is around £700 cheaper and is roughly comparable acceleration and charging times, the Soul has a much smaller boot.

  • 0-60 mph: 7.9 seconds
  • Starting price: £34,295
  • Cost per charge: £10.43
  • Average range: 230 miles

Top 10 Best Luxury Electric Family Cars

Families with a car budget over £40k can move up to a luxury electric car. Tesla dominates the list of best luxury family plug-in EVs, standing out for large boot space and long range. If you're wondering where the popular Jaguar I-Pace is in the list, it fell just shy of the top ten luxury electric cars for a family, ranking 11th. Unfortunately it doesn't offer as appealing a package in terms of price, boot space and range compared to, say the Tesla Model 3.

RankTop 10 Best Luxury Electric Family CarsSummer range (miles)Winter range (miles)Cargo volume (litres)Charge time for 100 miles (hh:mm)Starting price
1Tesla Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor33023554200:12£51,490
2Tesla Model S Long Range37027589400:16£82,190
2Tesla Model 3 Long Range Performance31523054200:13£56,490
4Tesla Model X Long Range3202401,41000:19£87,190
5Tesla Model S Performance36026589400:17£96,790
6Tesla Model X Performance3102351,41000:19£101,390
7Audi e-tron 55 quattro25519566000:16£71,560
7Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro26520561500:16£79,900
9Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus22516054200:19£39,990
10Audi e-tron 50 quattro20015066000:21£59,900

Electric Cars with Big Boot Space

If boot space is your priority, the Tesla Model X has the most room for school bags, shopping, sports equipment, or whatever else you need to transport for your family, with 1,410 litres of cargo space behind the second row of seats.

Chart ranking the electric cars with big boots in the UK market
The Kia e-Niro has the biggest boot for an affordable all-electric car

If you're looking for a more affordable electric car with large boot space, the Tesla Model 3 or Kia e-Niro 64 kWh might be good options to consider. The Tesla starts from around £40k and offers 542 litres of boot space; next best is the Kia e-Niro with 451 litres of cargo space, which will set you back around £35k.

RankElectric Cars with Biggest BootsCargo Volume (litres)Starting price
1Tesla Model X Long Range1410£87,190
2Tesla Model X Performance1410£101,390
3Tesla Model S Long Range894£82,190
4Tesla Model S Performance894£96,790
5Audi e-tron 50 quattro660£59,900
6Audi e-tron 55 quattro660£71,560
7Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro615£79,900
8Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus542£39,990
9Tesla Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor542£51,490
10Tesla Model 3 Long Range Performance542£56,490
11Jaguar I-Pace505£64,495
12Mercedes EQC 400 4MATIC500£65,640
13Kia e-Niro 64 kWh451£34,995
14Nissan Leaf 40 kWh435£26,845
15Peugeot e-2008 SUV434£28,650
16Nissan Leaf e+ 62 kWh420£33,295
17Porsche Taycan 4S407£83,367
18Porsche Taycan 4S Plus407£87,980
19Porsche Taycan Turbo366£115,858
20Porsche Taycan Turbo S366£138,826
21Hyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh361£35,600
22Hyundai IONIQ Electric357£29,950
23DS 3 Crossback E-Tense350£32,850
24VW eGolf341£28,075
25Renault Zoe Z.E. 50 R110338£26,170
26Renault Zoe Z.E. 50 R135338£28,120
27Kia Soul EV 64 kWh315£34,295
28Vauxhall Corsa-e309£26,990
29Peugeot e-208265£25,550
30BMW i3 120Ah260£32,180
31BMW i3s 120Ah260£34,670
32Smart EQ fortwo coupe260£17,350
33SEAT Mii Electric251£19,800
34Skoda CITIGOe iV250£17,455
35VW eUp250£20,195
36Mini Electric211£24,900
37Smart EQ forfour185£17,785
38Citroen C-Zero166£17,520

FAQs

The cheapest electric family car in the UK is the Renault Zoe Z.E. 50 R110, which starts from £26,170 and gets 165 miles in winter and 230 miles in summer (combined city/motorway range). The Zoe has 338 litres of cargo space in the boot making it the 9th best electric family car in the UK by boot size.

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