Best luxury electric crossover and sports utility vehicles (SUVs)

ElectricDrives offers you the lowdown on the best luxury electric crossover and sports utility vehicles (SUVs) on the market right now

By
Ian Osborne
July 30, 2021
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EV Life

These larger style zero-emissions vehicles are ideal for family use whether it’s the daily commute, school run or used for longer family trips out. For this review, we look at the luxury end of the market but have a review of the sub £35,000 SUV crossover models available here. Here we bring you a selection of our favourite zero-emissions crossover and SUVS.

Audi Q4 e-Tron Sportback from £40,750

Audi’s crossover-style Sportback is offered with a choice of 52kWh and 77kWh batteries and three drive configurations. This in turn delivers a range of up to 316 miles (509km) for the Q4 40 e-tron Sport model. With 125kW fast charging, 80 miles (129km) of range can be restored in just 10 minutes.

For those with a need for a little extra speed, Audi also offers their Q4 50 e-tron quattro. It’s equipped with quattro drive via two motors and uses the 77kWh battery. It supplies an electric motor on each axle that contributes to a maximum output of 220kW (299PS) and 460Nm of torque, while delivering the advantages of all-wheel-drive.

BMW iX xDrive 40 from £69,905

The iX xDrive models are powered by BMW’s fifth-generation eDrive technology and a fully electric all-wheel-drive system. The German carmaker refers to this new crossover as a sports activity vehicle (SAV).

The iX xDrive40 Sport and X xDrive40 M Sport both feature a 71kWh battery that delivers 326 horsepower for a top speed of 124mph (200kph). Both variants accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100kph) in 6.1 seconds and have a range of up to 257 miles (414km).

BMW also offer more powerful versions, the X xDrive50 Sport and iX xDrive50 M Sport, which use a larger 105.2kWh battery. This delivers 523 horsepower with a top speed of 124mph (200kph).

Both offer an impressive range of up to 380 miles (612km) and hit 0-62mph (0-100kph) in just 4.6 seconds. Price for these models start from £91,905 and £94,905 respectively.

Ford Mustang Mach-E from £41,330

Ford’s latest Mustang Mach-E crossover is different from its predecessors coming in a modern zero-emissions all-electric package. It delivers on looks, practicality and usability. It features a 68kWh battery that offers up to 273 miles (439km) of range but can be upgraded to a 88kWh battery that ups this to 379 miles (610km).

The 68kWh version will reach 0-62mph (0-100kph) in 6.9 seconds which isn’t shabby for a car that is aimed at family use. It also offers ample rear stash space with 401 litres under the cover, with an extra 81 litres of storage under the bonnet.

Driver and passenger space throughout is good with plenty of headroom front and rear. It will transport five adults in comfort with plenty of legroom thanks to the long wheelbase of the Mach-E.

Jaguar I-Pace from £65,245

Jaguar’s I-Pace EV400 sports utility vehicle (SUV) is all about luxury and features a 90kWh battery. This delivers 400PS and 696Nm of instant torque, enabling acceleration from 0-62mph (0-100kph) in just 4.5 seconds.

It offers a range of up to 290 miles (470km). It can be charged up to 33 miles (53km) per hour using 11kW (AC) wall box and three-phase supply. When charging with a 100kW DC charger it can add up to 78 miles (126km) of range in just 15 minutes.

Jaguar recently announced the more affordable I-Pace EV320 that uses the same battery, although this isn’t available in the UK at present. Prices start at €65,990 and the difference is the electric motors have been recalibrated reducing the power to 235kW (320hp). This all-wheel-drive SUV will still accelerate of 0-60mph in 6.4 seconds.

Lexus UX 300e SUV from £41,745

As Lexus first all-electric model the UX300e SUV it remains in keeping with the brand aiming at high-end luxury. Inside, Lexus have fitted additional sound dampening to help reduce external noise and road vibrations for a smooth and quiet ride.

A 54.3kWh battery pack powers the front-wheel-drive Lexus which delivers 201 brake horsepower and 300Nm of torque. It can hit 0-62mph (0-100kph) in 7.5 seconds and delivers up to 190 miles (306km) of range.

When it comes to charging, this electric crossover supports 50kW DC fast-charging allowing an up to 80 percent charge in just 52 minutes. With a domestic home wallbox charger a full charge takes about eight hours.

Mercedes EQC £65,000

The EQC is a slick-looking four-wheel-drive electric crossover SUV. It doesn’t look massively different from the brand’s combustion engine cars and remains unmistakably Mercedes-Benz.

This luxury electric vehicle comes with both style and performance. It can accelerate 0-62mph (0-100kph) in 5.1 seconds despite weighing 2.5 tonnes.

In terms of practicality, the EQC offers up to 259 miles (417km) of range and can be charged up to 80 percent in just 40 minutes. It has 500 litres of boot space with the seats up so there’s ample storage space.

Polestar 2 from £39,900

Polestar will be offering three versions of their luxury crossover sports utility vehicle (SUV) with prices starting from £39,900. The base model features a 64kWh battery with a 165kW (224-horsepower) motor that offers up to 273 miles (439km) of range.

The brand’s most powerful Polestar 2 comes with 78kWh battery with a long-range dual 300kW (408-horsepower) motor. This offers up to 298 miles (480km) of range and costs £45,900.

All versions feature 19-inch wheels, signature front and rear LED light designs and frameless mirrors. The upholstery is a vegan material and comes with a high-performance audio system with eight speakers, parking sensors and a rear-view camera.

Tesla Model X from £85,580

Tesla’s Model X dual-motor all-wheel-drive is available as a five or seven-seater. The latter offers three rows of seats and thanks to the upward hinged rear doors it makes getting in and out of the Model X easier than you might expect for a car of this size. There’s also ample space for passengers in all seats making it practical in the real world.

On the flip side, the Model X remains a performer hitting 0-60mph (0-97kph) in 3.8 seconds, with a top speed of 155mph (249kph). It also offers an impressive 360 mile (579km) range.

The Plaid sports version will hit the same speed in just 2.5 seconds and tops out at 163mph (262kph), yet the range is still impressive at 340 miles (347km). The battery can be charged up to 80 percent in around 40 minutes.

Volvo XC40 Recharge from £59,985.

Volvo are going electric in a big way and plan to become a fully electric car company by 2030. The XC40 Recharge isn’t crazily different to the XC40 so is in keeping with Volvo’s classic looks.

The zero-emissions Recharge version features a dual-motor 300 kW powertrain, with a 150 kW electric motor on each axle. These are powered by a 78 kWh battery pack that can take the XC40 Recharge from 0-62mph (0-100kph) in an impressive 4.9 seconds, with a top speed of 112mph (180kph).

The XC40 Recharge offers up to 250 miles (400km) of range from a full charge and can be charged to around 80 percent in 40 minutes using a fast charger. It comes with an 11kW onboard charger and has 150kW DC fast-charging capability.

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