For the more budget-conscious, Skoda offers a 60 model with a 58kWh battery pack that yields a 250-mile range. An even smaller 50 exists but isn’t available over here at the moment. The 80X Sportline adds a front motor for extra power and four-wheel drive. And a 302bhp vRS model, complete with bespoke sporty styling cues, will be in a showroom near you soon.
Only the added character of the Ioniq 5 and a handful of awkward design decisions, some slightly annoying active safety features and a slightly mean standard equipment tally keep the Enyaq from finishing at the very top of this list.
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Kia has come closer than anyone so far to bringing real driver appeal to the market for usable, affordably priced, ‘normal’ electric cars. With the EV6, sister car to our class champion the Ioniq 5, it has taken a state-of-the-art EV-specific platform, clothed it in a handsome body, thrown in a good-size cabin and finished the package with keen-feeling ride and handling delivered by a natively rear-wheel-drive chassis that’s significantly more interesting and involving to drive than so many EVs’ thus far.
The car comes with a choice of three trim levels and in either single-motor, rear-wheel-drive or dual-motor, four-wheel drive form. Power outputs range from 226bhp to 321bhp, and there’s a range-topping GT version coming soon with 577bhp to call upon (imagine that!).
Public rapid charging at up to 239kW is possible in the car (where available), at which rate the car’s 77.4kWh battery can be topped up roughly the time it takes to order a cup of tea and consume an iced bun; while range extends up to 328 miles on the WLTP lab test standard.
The EV6’s package has a few limitations, one of which is price (this isn’t the most affordable electric option among its peers). Because it’s a bit sporty, it’s also not the smoothest-riding, refined EV of the current bunch. Cabin quality isn’t nearly as rich or inviting as that of the car’s Hyundai relation. And lifeless, numb steering takes the edge of the car’s dynamic appeal a little.
Nevertheless, the EV6 is remarkably agile-handling, its performance is spirited (even in the case of single-motor models), and it gives plenty of heart to keen drivers who have assumed that zero-emissions motoring simply won’t nurture their enthusiasm quite like they’re used to. And if you fancy a laugh, few cars at any price can match the GT model in terms of performance per pound. Yes, £60,000 isn’t cheap, but it will blast from 0-62mph in 3.5sec and has a Drift Mode that’s so hyperactive you will probably crash laughing.