It’s that time of year where we see top 10 lists of absolutely everything, including EVs. One thing that all of these lists have in common is that they have nothing in common. Why? Well, insofar as electric cars are concerned, the choices are largely subjective. What one person likes another with detest with a passion.
So top 10 lists are pointless then? Possibly. Am I going to do one anyway? Absolutely I’m going to do one! Buckle yourself in and get ready to disagree with every choice I make as I give you my entirely subjective (and correct) opinion on what the best cars of 2022 on the EVision Electric Vehicles inventory are in my subjective (but accurate) order.
Here are my choices from 10-6. For my top 5 you will need to tune into the next blog.
Number 10 – Volkswagen ID.3
Lets kick off the riskiest blog of my career with the Volkswagen ID.3. The Volkswagen ID.3 has a lot going for it. For a start the vehicle looks great. It is on the smaller side for an SUV, but this is quite often preferable, with larger SUVs being more saturated on the electric car market.
Performance-wise the ID.3 stacks up really well against most of its competitors. A range of 260 miles (WLTP) can be achieved with this 2-wheel drive vehicle. With a top speed of just under 100mph and a 0-60mph performance of 7.7s the Volkswagen ID.3 will respectably hold its own on the road.
If there was any criticism of the ID.3 it would be the infotainment console (again, this is subjective). The infotainment system has come under a fair bit of criticism from a number of electric car reviewers (you see, it isn’t just me). Too complicated and a bit inconsistent to use. However, overall, this is a pretty minor downside.
Number 9 – Mercedes EQC
Mercedes hit the electric car market with a bang this year and the EQC is one of the very impressive initial electric offerings from the German manufacturers. The EQC is, like the majority of electric cars on the market, an SUV. The car looks just like you would expect a quality Mercedes SUV to look like. This is largely due to the fact that the body of the EQC is based on the conventional model GLC, sharing the same wheelbase dimensions.
Something Mercedes has built a reputation for is developing impressive technology. The EQ range has certainly embraced this philosophy fully, providing us with impressive and useful infotainment technology to delve through. Mercedes took a while coming to the electric car market, but they are spoiling us with tech treats.
Performance-wise the EQC provides a high standard as you would expect from a name like Mercedes. The large 85kWh battery underneath it, the Mercedes EQC can provide 245 miles of range (WLTP). The car can also reach a top speed of 112mph and achieve 0-62mph in just 5.1s. Not too shabby by any standards.
One criticism I have seen mentioned by other reviewers is that the boot space is smaller than the similarly sized Tesla Model X and the Jaguar I-Pace. This is a criticism that I’m not really on board with. The Mercedes EQC comes with 500 litres of boot space. That’s a huge amount, even for an SUV.
Number 8 – Vauxhall Mokka-e
The Mokka-e will not be for everyone, but I think this is a really fun car to look at. The distinctive coloured flashes inside and out really grab your attention and set the car apart from its rivals. It’s just quirky and, well, fun. Well done, Vauxhall, you’ve impressed me.
Not too big and not too small, the Mokka-e is a great car for someone looking to get an electric car for all-round purposes. With a WLTP range of 201 miles, the Mokka-e is the right side of the 200 mark to help keep range anxiety at bay, and it won’t be cumbersome on smaller city roads.
While a performance of 93mph and 8.7s for 0-60mph won’t rock your world, it won’t matter. The Mokka-e isn’t meant to be a major performance car. It’s meant to be useful and practical, and for this it ticks all the boxes. The cabin is comfortable and offers plenty of space, as does the boot.
Number 7 – Kia e-Niro
The first of our Kia entries is a very popular choice and a strong performer. It could quite easily have finished even higher. For a start the Kia e-Niro looks really good. It harks back to a day when the Peugeot 205 and Ford Fiesta were the kings of the road as far as hatchbacks are concerned. There is definitely a comfortable familiarity to the e-Niro.
Performance-wise, the e-Niro certainly holds its own. There is a great range of 250 miles, you can achieve a top speed of 104mph and you can reach 0-60mph in 7.8s. Not bad figures for this 2 wheel drive car with a 64kWh battery.
The only criticism of this car is that it is built on the base of the petrol and diesel model, the Niro. Although the e-Niro obviously doesn’t use petrol or diesel, the shell of the car takes up extra room where you would have previously found the drive shaft. Thankfully this is something Kia have addressed and is something I will get to later.
Number 6 – Porsche Taycan 4S Long Range
The Porsche Taycan is an absolute beauty to behold. A sleek and well designed electric car. It makes the mouth water with desire to take it out on the road. There are no words to describe the Taycan. It has to be seen in the flesh to fully appreciate its loveliness.
Performance is a by-word for any Porsche car, and they weren’t mucking around when they released the Taycan. The long range version of this car will give you a WLTP range of 301 miles depending on how the car is driven. You will be able to reach a top speed of 162mph. This speed has actually been limited, meaning the Taycan could go even faster with this cap lifted. Acceleration is also not an issue for the Porsche Taycan. Unbelievably you can hit 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds. That’s top level Tesla Model S territory. The Taycan really has proven itself to be a proper supercar that you’d expect from Porsche.
Are there any downsides? Only a couple of minor ones. Firstly, the price will make your eyes water. However, it is a Porsche. It’s a premium quality vehicle from a long established premium supercar manufacturer. Also, if you took this car to the track and pushed it to its full potential you will go through battery quicker than Katie Price goes through husbands. Not that this is too much of an issue. On a 350kW charger you can get the Taycan back up to 80% in just 22 minutes. Impressive.
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Well, those are my choices from 10-6. I will be back with my top 5 shortly. What do you think my top 5 will be? What would you like to see in there? Head over to our social media channels and let us know.
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