Best Electric Cars 2019 (and the ones to avoid) – Top 10s | What Car?

Best Electric Cars 2019 (and the ones to avoid) – Top 10s | What Car?

The electric revolution is here! Yes for many
years electric cars have been too expensive and simply haven’t had long enough ranges
to work for people as everyday cars. Well, this is the year where everything changes
– and in this video we’re going to tell you, if you are looking to go for an electric
car, which ones are the very best (and worst) on sale. If that wasn’t enough – we can reveal exactly
how far they will go in the real-world, thanks to our Real Range testing, which you can read
more about by clicking on this link in the top right corner. And if you do want to buy an electric car,
or any other new car, then head to the New Car Buying section on to find
out how much money you could save – online, straight away, without the need for haggling.
And to see more videos like this – hit the subscribe button & click the bell icon to
never miss another. So let’s start the countdown of our top
10 best electric cars on sale right now with 10th place and the Hyundai Ioniq. The thing to remember about the Toyota Prius-beating
Ioniq is that there are three different versions you can buy. You can get it as a conventional
hybrid model, a plug-in hybrid, and as full EV. The electric version in 10th place on
our list has a real-world range of 117 miles, and feels quick around town, but the ride
is unsettled at low speeds. The interior is good quality, and if you go for Premium trim
– which is the one we recommend – then you get sat-nav and heated front seats as standard.
But, even though there are plenty of great things about it, the reason it’s propping
up the bottom of our list is that all versions of it are a bit pricey and cheaper rivals
have longer ranges. Even though it’s six-years old now, it still
looks incredibly futuristic outside plus its smart interior makes the i3 one of the most
appealing electric cars on sale today. Its groundbreaking use of super-light carbonfibre
and aluminium offset the weight of the heavy battery pack that’s mounted beneath its
floor, and a recent facelift means it’s better to drive than ever. The latest changes to the i3 are so new that
we haven’t yet put it through our Real Range test just yet – but BMW reckons that it’ll
manage around 160 miles on a full charge in real-world conditions. Yes, in eighth place the Tesla Model X. Tesla
is possibly the most talked-about name in the electric car world, and for good reason.
This all-electric SUV is to many the dream combination, offering both luxury and the
green credentials. It has low running costs and a practical interior – which includes
those not-so practical Falcon Wing doors – and no matter which version you choose there’s
an incredible amount of pace on offer AND it’s got one of the most impressive real-world
electric ranges. But, it’s eye-wateringly expensive – much more so than even the i3
and Ioniq – and while it is luxurious in some ways, parts of the interior do feel a little
low-rent. Cars like the i3 and Model X are purpose-built
electric cars. But this e-Golf is based on – you guessed it – the conventional Golf hatchback.
That’s no bad thing, because it means it has all the good points of the regular Golf
– so it’s brilliant to drive and relatively spacious inside – BUT it has much cheaper
running costs. It’s not all good news though. It’s let down a bit by its mediocre real-world
range, which is no better than the Ioniq’s. But in all other areas, the e-Golf is very
impressive. The Renault Zoe was one of the first mass-market
electric cars and set out to prove that zero-emissions motoring could be both practical and cheap.
Well, seven years after its launch, the latest version of the Zoe continues to impress. Its main strength is that it feels like a
conventional, nippy small car, and just happens to cost pennies to run. The electric motor
has enough oomph for the Zoe to lead the charge away from traffic lights, and the interior
has room for four – but not five – to sit in reasonable comfort. Even the boot is pretty
big compared to many regular small cars. And as for it’s range, well it’ll go further
than all its key rivals mentioned so far – apart from the much more expensive Model X. You
can either lease the Zoe’s battery on a monthly basis, or buy the whole car outright
– we’d recommend leasing the battery to keep upfront costs down, and if you do then
it’s one of the most recommendable, and affordable, electric cars around. At number 5 it’s another Tesla. This time,
the Model S saloon. It’s quiet, comfortable, rapid, and massively desirable. Along with
staggering performance you get an impressive real-world range, too. Why is it higher up
the list than the Model X? Well, it’s cheaper for one thing, and has a longer range. The
Model S is still really practical inside, too, with massive amounts of storage on offer
in both of its boots, plus loads of room for you and your passengers. If you’ve got a
big budget and want some serious EV thrills, this is right up there with the best. But
why isn’t it the best? Well, because of these four cars… The first-generation Nissan Leaf became one
of the best-selling electric cars of all time. Now in its second-generation, this car is
even better all-round than the original model. It’s faster, more sophisticated to drive,
bigger inside and – probably most important of all – it’s capable of much longer distances
between charges. It also offers punchy performance, lots of standard safety equipment and a decent-sized
boot. Sure, expensive electric cars like Teslas
can do plenty of miles on a full charge – but what about the more mainstream electric cars?
Surely they can’t manage such big distances? Well this is a car that completely blows that
thinking out of the water. The Hyundai Kona Electric is available in two forms – a 39kWh
version and a 64kWh version. Pick the bigger battery and it’ll manage a whopping 259
miles of range in real-world driving conditions between charging. Even the smaller battery
can do 158 miles. Add in the fact that the Kona is much cheaper than the likes of the
Tesla Model S and still has great acceleration – and it’s no surprise that we rate it as
one of the best electric cars you can buy. At number two, Jaguar’s first all-electric
car – the I-Pace SUV. If your budget stretches up to the high-end of the electric car market
– then there’s nothing better than the Jaguar. What makes it better than a Tesla? Well, it’s
just as entertaining to drive, still very practical, AND, we’ve proved it can go even
further than a Model S or Model X on a full charge in real-world conditions. Plus it’s
a fair bit cheaper than them as well and has a more upmarket interior. As a first effort
in the electric car market, this is a hugely impressive car. So, the Kia e-Niro. But why is it the best electric car?
Well, it offers one of the most impressive electric ranges, matching the much more expensive
I-Pace. And it’s only the Kona Electric that goes a tiny bit further on a full charge,
but the e-Niro is a better all-round car. Indeed, compared to its immediate price rivals,
the e-Niro offers better performance, is more spacious, and more comfortable, plus it has
a decent infotainment system and comes brilliantly well equipped. The e-Niro isn’t just a fantastic
electric car – it’s a great car, full stop. But, although these 10 electric cars are brilliant
examples of how far EVs have come – not every electric car is recommendable. The Smart ForTwo
EQ might seem relatively cheap to buy, but it has a very disappointing electric range
from a full charge. You can get a Zoe for similar money which has far more space and
more than double the range. Then there’s the Volkswagen e-Up. It should
be good – after all it’s based on the excellent petrol-powered Up, but with a high list price
and comparatively tiny electric range it simply isn’t a sensible buy. So there you have it – the best and worst
electric cars you can buy right now. Head to for our extended reviews on
all of the cars mentioned and don’t forget to check out the New Car Buying section when
you’re there to see how much money you could save on your next car purchase. And if you’ve enjoyed this video, give us
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About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. And the tesla model x killer, I meen the etron……no comment, it is not a car, or are you afraid of the reaction of audi….

  2. Datas are outdated!! Keep in mind that EXISTING Teslas have improved range, pricing and features.

    Actually a very fair Top 10 except for the Jaguar; I drove it and I really liked it but it is definitely behind Kona

    Furthermore, I-Pace is no way cheaper than a model X (comparing same equipment, I-Pace price builds up quickly) and it is not going to take you further.

    E-niro is a fair first place considering Model 3 WAS not available.

  3. The commenters appear to be very lazy. Try reading the About section for this channel. What Car is a UK company assisting UK buyers. When the video was made the Tesla 3 was not available to the UK market. The list is correct at time of publication.

  4. just got me a groove ring, my wedding band about ripped my finger off so as soon as I got it off it is in my. jewelry box, so I just ordered me a cool groove ring.

  5. It's youtubers like you who give youtubers a bad name someone who don't much on the subject mint believe and even they found out your is false they are not going to take youtubers serious.

  6. i have a folding electric bike and it is awesome. @t 10,000 miles for $20 and it is SWEET!!! I also get 20 miles to per charge.

  7. What is this? Where is Model 3, best EV you can buy right now? or is it missing because it wasn't yet avaliable in UK, when making this video?

  8. Not seeing prius surprise me.
    Hyundai hybrid is fair.
    This list is sponsered by Jaguar.
    Toyota make the most reliable hybrid thankyou. Choice of NY texi driver.

  9. This review is utter nonsense. The entire world knows that Tesla takes all the top positions and other EVs fill in the tail end. No discussion about safety?? No discussion about autonomy ?? No discussion about software ?? No discussion about customer feedback?? etc, etc Come on guys!!!! Poor work here .

  10. In the HEAT the LEAF and KIA SOUL EV wilt and die like rocks. You should never recommend their poor design. Fast Charging also heats the battery and it wilts.

  11. Sorry this is all BS – you cannot get any decent electric car right now – anything with any range at all has at least a 1 to 1.5 year wait – who wants to buy a car that is old when you get it – EV's will not be competitive until they are actually available within a reasonable time

  12. You say Electric cars you can buy right now – THIS IS PURE BULLSHIT – Just about all of these cars have a massive lead time if you want to order one – AT LEAST 12 MONTHS – please report these stories with some factual accuracy!!!!!!!!!

  13. I see you put a referral code for buying a new Tesla…

    After claiming the Tesla Model S and X have a lower range than a Jaguar I pace, haha.
    Not taking any of the other information about the tesla's or juguar into account you rate the jaguar number 2 vs the 'low' places for the Tesla's. If you can place an expensive jaguar at 2, you can't justify placing the the tesla's lower because they are more capable, more spacious, more cargo, more advanced, better charging network, over the air updates,…

    If I had anything to say about Tesla, I would block the referral code, because it's placed under an ad that's spreading lies.
    It would piss me off endlessly someone actively spreading falsehoods about the brand is trying to get advantages by adding their referral code and I would not give up the quest to stop the POS who added his referral code.

  14. I Pace? Pffsst. Less range, performance, slow charging and it looks like every other gasoline SUV. Boring.

  15. i'm interested in an EV but only for the technology inside, not to save money on running costs or reduce emissions. The price is too high for this luxury and I don't do enough miles a year for it to save me any money short term or long term.

    If they made an ICE car with the same technology as a Tesla (minus the batteries) I'd be all over it. By tech, I'm referring to the nice big screen, self driving, all the sensors and cameras and jazz.

    i'm not willing to pay the premium I'd have to pay to get rid of the combustion engine which works more than fine for a short distance driver like myself. The fuel cost savings will not outweigh the greater ticket price for me.

  16. Various inferior European cars made on outdated technology are nonetheless better than Tesla. Despite the fact that every single one of them have less range slower charge times, are slower period and have no independent high speed charging network and no autopilot capabilities. Right.

  17. This video was published in February – but more electric cars have gone on sale in the UK since then. See our updated list here:

  18. This list should probably have been split up in two lists, one for "affordable" cars, and one for more luxurious cars.

  19. Do electric vehicles need oil changes tune ups alternators or starters and do they keep you warm in the winter ?

  20. Why would I buy a $24,000 42 MPG highway real car that can go 500 miles on one tank of ETHANOL or ethanol gas mix, when I can pay $40,000+ and get a tiny car that only goes at the most 200 miles?

  21. Can you imagine when everyone is reliant on electric , houses reliant on the internet .elektra do this , electric cars . Then boom your electric car will cost more to run than any petrol car ever was .. then some do gooder decides to destroy a powerstation .and put half the country on its arse , Naaaa , petrol for me aaaaall the way

  22. Once they improve the looks of EV models they will detroy the ICE vehicle industry but most still look stupid until they are sexy I will wait

  23. Eh, what.. BMW i3 on the list?! What planet are you from? Look around any area with a lot of i3 owners and you will find at LEAST one that is a burned out hulk… since, you know, they have a habit of suddenly igniting themselves for the fun of it! There's one a mile from here on a random parking lot. Took two other cars with it (and no it wasn't charging so it isn't a charger at fault). Shows the whole channel is just made up of internet cowboys who doesn't actually know cars at all.

    Guess what? The i8 also burns down when it feels sad!

  24. But when you use the heater and or cruise control in the winter, you got 40 miles of range tops, on a charge and that is for all of the EV cars.!

  25. Honking car locking wakes people up and causes stressful noise. It is Torture for people with PTSD Cardiac Disease Hypertension and Migraines. When you park your car on the street right next to our homes we can hear it inside. Please lock your car quietly with light flash only for your neighbors sleep and peace of mind. Thank you. The Auto Industry needs to fix this!

  26. Electric cars will be like healthy food , the price goes through the roof , the government is not going to lose their blood money on fuel, your garage operated recharger will be fitted with a gauge like the gas metre, and you will pay more for electricity than fuel eventually , the government don't want to help they just want to steal as much of your money and possessions as they can get their greedy hands on

  27. Good to see jaguar ipace at number 2 👍. Tata motors is working with bmw for electric vehicle research.

  28. Please, give the range of WLTP driving cycle cars or EPA because these two standards are regulated by governments and can not be manipulated by private individuals (they are reliable).
    I have the impression that not using these standards is intended to manipulate the information and to mislead the public.
    And by the way why You do not specify what is the range of Tesla model S?

  29. Niro and Kona are in top 3? this is ridiculous. both cars have very minimum space which you can't put a standard size stroller in. And, they look ugly from inside out

  30. Terribly uninformed or biased review and list. You don’t review EVs the way you do traditional ICE vehicles. The future of EVs is on a software based platform with a good “shell”; and here, Tesla beats EVERY other car maker hands down! And yes, let’s not forget that massively important thing known as autonomous driving, for which Tesla has a 10-year advantage over everyone else (data baby!)

  31. Seems for every video about electronic cars on Youtube there are angry, presumably American Tesla fans who are dumbfounded that other E-cars exist and get mentioned.

  32. Most sold EV with great range not in your shitty list, FYI!! Lol this guy forgot to talk about way longer ranges of Tesla than other EVs. This video deserves more dislike than likes, anyways you already got paid by shitty EV makers.

  33. Videos like this one never quote chemical engineers who design and build batteries. If they did, it would reveal that the "breakthrough" in battery capacity probably will never happen as the laws of chemistry are as rigid as the laws of physics. Just imagine changing all or most vehicles to all electric power. Recharging stations will require parking lots the size of a Walmart parking lot to accommodate those in line for their 30 minute to one hour re-charge.

  34. You're having a laugh mate, " cheap electric cars are here"? I'll stick with my Jag XF 3 ltr diesel premium, 40/50 mpg and you can now pick them up for around 5-6 grand ( UK £ )

  35. Are charging stations universal so that a person can charge at any station no matter what brand or make of car one drives ??

  36. FEB 2019 10: Hyundai Ionic 9. BMW i3 8. Tesla "X" 7. Volkswagen eGolf 6. Renault Zoe 5. Tesla "S" 4. Nissan Leaf 3. Hyundai Kona Electric 2. Jaguar Ipace 1. Kia e-niro (Not on list Not Good Smart for two)

  37. I have driven 6 of the 10, and the Volkswagen eGolf is by far one of the best (short range city car), The Tesla and Jaguar is much better for longer range.

  38. You have avoided the Chinese cars. Try are the best and worst. BYD is a strong utilitarian car used as a taxi and a plethora of almost junk like cars used a urban runabouts.
    In Australia range requirements are vastly different. A range of 400 to 500 would be a minimum. No one stops at 100km for a break. That's only an hour. 400km and break for tea and recharge, would be about average.
    You don't mention range extenders which would lower car prices and satisfy travelers and holidayers.

  39. There are still thousands & thousands of ordinary people who buy cars that cost less than £5,000. Join the real world!! People who purchase electric cars thinking they are going green are kidding themselves. Far more pollution is caused by producing an electric car than producing an internal combustion car, plus at some point, the (toxic) batteries are going to have to be replaced……..

  40. Lots of predictions that since Tesla is 5-10 years ahead of everyone else and there will be a huge switch to EV's starting in 2020 that they will absolutely dominate the market over the next 20 years and put a good number of car manufacturers out of business. Daimler. GM. VW, BMW, FORD should be doing whatever it takes to make up that ground before it's too late (beg, borrow, steal, do whatever). Nissan, Hyundai & Toyota are predicted to be survivors.

  41. 117 miles from the ioniq what have you been doing driving up a mountain into a head wind, I easily get 140 miles on a full charge at 5.5 miles per kwh over the last 2 years and paid 24,000 new

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