Top 5 Large Electric Cars – Summer 2022

Top 5 Large Electric Cars - Summer 2022

Welcome to Electric Road’s ‘Top 5 Large Electric Cars’ Summer 2022.

At Electric Road, our key objective is to be as useful as we possibly can be for those considering their first/next electric car and related products & services. Finding the right electric car is clearly the most important part of the process! In an ever-growing market there are many considerations (budget-aside) such as should you buy new or used and how you are actually going to use the car.

 

Owner Ratings

Based on the 5-bolt rating system from over 1,800 Owner Reviews received up to and including 30th June, Electric Road (ER) has extracted the top 5 highest-rated large electric cars. Within the review forms, all owners have to provide a bolt rating out of 5 on their current car. We’ve then worked out the average rating for each make & model.

 

We hope this summary of EV owners’ opinions will help you make the right decision when the time comes to purchase your first or next electric car. Given how quickly the electric vehicle market is growing, the Top 5 Large Electric Cars will be updated each quarter ensuring you have the latest trends from the ER audience.

 

 

Top 5 Large Electric Cars

 

Top 5 Large Electric Cars - Summer 2022

 

 

1. Kia EV6

Top 5 Large Electric Cars - Summer 2022

The Kia EV6 is our highest-rated large car for Summer 2022 with owners raving about it’s range, space, performance plus Kia’s 7-year warranty.

 

 

Here’s what some of our owners think about their Kia EV6:

 

‘I’d been thinking of changing to an EV since 2020, having driven hybrids from Toyota and Lexus since 2005. The Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2 were on my shortlist until the EV6 was announced in April 2021 and I placed a pre-reservation right away. I wanted a car with close-to-300-miles range (I have a regular 240 mile journey) but it was the aesthetics of the EV6 which immediately enthused me.

 

It’s a beautifully-resolved design, with terrific surfacing and proportions. The 800V architecture for fast charging and the strong performance, especially in AWD dual motor form, were added benefits. Also, I was reassured by Kia’s 7-year warranty and their excellent track record of building reliable and efficient EVs with the e-Niro and Soul EV.’

GT Line AWD 77kWh 2021, Martin J. Read the full Owner Review here

 

‘We needed a family car to replace our fossil-burning Volvo. As soon as I saw the pre-launch pictures and specification of the EV6 I was pretty sure it would fit the bill. Inside there is plenty of space for 5 adults, although the middle rear seat isn’t quite as comfortable as the rest, despite the flat floor.

 

The boot is plenty big enough for daily use and the car looks really good too. Performance is amazing for a 2 tonne car and a real-world 250+ mile range is great, especially as it can charge on a DC rapid charger at over 200kW (if you can find one that fast). The 7 year warranty on all Kia cars is also a big bonus and was a major factor in my decision making process.’

GT Line S AWD 2022, Rick O. Read the full Owner Review here

 

‘I like the look, the driving experience, the range and the features.’

GT Line S 2022, Vrf28. Read the full Owner Review here

 

 

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2. Polestar 2

Top 5 Large Electric Cars - Summer 2022

 

The Polestar’s driving dynamics, style and comfort are key themes from owners .

 

 

 

Here’s what some of our owners think about their Polestar 2:

 

‘Keen on a well-reviewed car, with excellent handling, poise on the road and enough oomph to put a smile on my face when needed. I needed something to match the feel on the wheel of some of my favourite cars of the past (namely some of the older BMWs); the Polestar 2 was the only EV that gave me that connection with the road and the thrill of driving beyond the ‘off the line’ performance, thus steering was key (this notably ruled out the Tesla Model 3).

 

Range needed to be sufficient to do my daily commute (~60 miles) and never have to worry if I couldn’t charge it for a while. Utilisable technology was very important (not interested in ability for full self-driving as not legal currently); so Adaptive Cruise Control & Steering Assist was essential. I’m a Google Home user, so Android Automotive tied in nicely with that.

 

Styling was key – wanted to avoid the ostentatious and have something that stood out, yet was calmly understated. I really liked the ‘cockpit’ enclosed feel.’

Long Range Dual Motor Pilot Plus 2022, Andrew McKendry. Read the full Owner Review here

 

  • ‘There’s nothing on the road that looks quite like the Polestar 2, it turns heads wherever we go as you don’t see many of them around
  • It’s very nice to drive, very comfortable and has plenty space for us, our 2 kids and our dog
  • The Polestar 2 gives us plenty of range for the day to day commute, school runs and we recently did a 750 mile round trip between Glasgow and Bristol which it managed absolutely fine with a few stops to top up the battery.’

Single Motor 2022, Kulraj Burmy. Read the full Owner Review here

 

  • I love the way it drives
  • Polestar customer service is excellent
  • I think it’s the most stylish looking EV out there.’

Polestar 2 2021, David. Read the full Owner Review here

 

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3. Jaguar I-PACE

Top 5 Large Electric Cars - Summer 2022

 

The I-PACE is loved for it’s performance and general high-quality.

 

 

 

Here’s what some of our owners think about their I-PACE:

 

‘Wanted an electric car to replace my Jaguar XF after wife got a Nissan LEAF and realised how good electric traction is. The specs for the I-PACE in advance of the launch looked good. Enough range, 4 wheel drive, space for 4 adults in comfort and 5 if needed. Fantastic looks too.

 

On getting a test drive and also driving around Oulton Park race track the handling and performance were absolutely top draw. Unfortunately, it was a bit out of our price range initially but eventually we were able to afford one. Specced with 18″ rims and all season rubber as we live on the edge of the Peak District. Performance in snow is exemplary. The I-PACE is able to (effortlessly) drive in conditions my XF with winter tyres could not have coped with. The car is able to drive in up to 550mm of water (air suspension) so useful in Lake District for example.’

HSE 2020, John B. Read the full Owner Review here

 

‘Unlike many electric cars, the I-PACE is a car manufactured by a prestigious brand, the quality is superior to most and just so happens to be electric and full of technology. I didn’t want a car built by a technology company with very poor build quality. This is the best of both worlds in my eyes.’

HSE 90kWh 2018, Martyn Winspear. Read the full Owner Review here

 

‘Design and overall form and shape, battery size and range, engine power, interior quality & brand name. At the time of purchase, the only alternatives were the Tesla Model X and S which were 30% more expensive than a better equipped I-PACE and not as well built; or the Nissan LEAF with a much smaller size battery and no 4WD.’

HSE 2019, Nikos. Read the full Owner Review here

 

 

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4. Tesla Model 3

Owners are continually impressed with the range, the charging infrastructure & the level of tech the Model 3 demonstrates.

 

 

 

Here’s what some of our owners think about their Model 3:

 

‘Leased through company scheme and while BIK was low, the monthly cost through our salary sacrifice scheme meant I could afford a Model 3. That aside, I’ve test driven other EVs and already own another EV and the Tesla was the best option in my available range of cars at the time.

 

I am an aircraft design engineer by trade and therefore the minimalist design packed with both useful and fun features attracted me to the Tesla range. I also feel that as Tesla are a young company compared to the other mainstream car OEMs, they have the edge on being able to be innovate and can approach things with a different and more agile attitude. They can react quicker than the process driven other manufacturers. These qualities I know will mean good through-life ownership of the vehicle and this is proving to be true with the over the air software updates that can even adjust such items as suspension set up. Visionary.’

SR+ 2020, Mike. Read the full Owner Review here

 

  • ‘I love how responsive it is – it drives as fast as you can think, basically
  • I love how it is regularly being improved because so much of it is software-based
  • I love that Tesla is thinking afresh about how to deliver the best cars they can – they are not weighed down by brand expectations or car industry dogma.’

Standard Range Plus 2021, Joe R. Read the full Owner Review here

 

‘Range, performance, equipment, quality, superchargers, not an SUV. As a stress free do everything car, I don’t think anything competes with the smaller Teslas. It feels special, has extraordinary acceleration (which doesn’t get boring) and handles really well. My family were sold on the tech, including the entertainment and more frivolous features that make the car fun. For the first time ever I’m likely to replace it like for like.’

Long Range 2021, Oli. Read the full Owner Review here

 

 

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5. Hyundai IONIQ 5

Top 5 Large Electric Cars - Summer 2022

 

Looks, performance & the technical abilities of the IONIQ 5 are putting smiles on owners’ faces.

 

 

 

Here’s what some of our owners think about their IONIQ 5:

 

‘Researching solar + battery installation at home and a great dealer offer to buy back my 3 year old diesel car prompted me to look into EVs. After research, I decided now was the time to go electric and the IONIQ 5 stood head and shoulders above all for me as price, performance, efficiency, tech and looks + very local dealership matched my aspirations.’

IONIQ 5 2022, John Williams. Read the full Owner Review here

 

‘Rapid charging and loads of driver aids. Ability to tow 1600kg as we are caravaners.’

P45 AWD 2021, Bigmedic. Read the full Owner Review here

 

‘Solar roof and automatic door handles, nothing to do with the 5.2 secs 0 to 60!’

Project 45 2021, Robin. Read the full Owner Review here

 

 

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