We have looked at ratings of the 29 most important electric cars. Which last the best, give the best economy, are the best to drive, charge the fastest and give the longest range? Of course, we also see which are the worst – and this also applies to infotainment systems, apps, and we know which owners would redo the purchase – and not!
It is much more difficult to buy the right electric car, because technically there is so much more difference between different manufacturers and models than when it comes to combustion engine cars. Winter range, charging and issues with apps and infotainment systems. differs radically.
You simply shouldn’t buy a new or used electric car without reading a thorough test, and if you are a subscriber you can read hundreds of electric car tests on our website.
But what even the most thorough new car tests cannot reveal is how well cars hold up after a few years – which ones mess up a lot and which ones do little.
The numbers in this one the article comes directly from the owners who have rated their cars in auto motor & sports used survey. Our database Bilguiden has over 60,000 car ratings and is growing every day. We’ve looked at electric cars from model years 2015-2022 and we’ve weeded out any models that have fewer than 30 responses.
If you want, you as a subscriber can look at all ratings for all cars yourself, but here we have focused on a few extra important parameters.
Fast charging – maybe only in theory?
Being able to charge quickly is important when driving long distances, and here the cars differ significantly – when you look at the specifications. South Korean Hyundai and Kia, for example, have 800-volt systems on their fine models, which in theory should provide an 80 percent charge in less than 20 minutes.
Men Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 get surprisingly low marks: 57.7 and 78.9 respectively.
Perhaps it could be because the owners expect fast charging at all fast charging stations, but it is also required that the charging post has 800 volts, like for example Ionity’s, for that to become a reality.
With a 500 volt 150 kW charger, the 800 volt technology gives no advantage. Perhaps it can also play a role that the cars have not had the batteries preheated before charging? With cold batteries, it takes a long time to charge, regardless of technology level. But battery preheating is now available after a software update, even if it is linked to the navigation. The same also applies to the Kia sibling.
Best rating for fast charging get Tesla’s models (94.2–87.4), which partly have fast charging but also a really well-functioning and well-developed charging network.
The Porsche Taycan also scores well (88.5) thanks to pre-heating of the batteries and the fact that the owners probably use the best charging posts extensively? It is also interesting that the Audi e-tron and BMW iX also receive high marks.
Worst at loading quickly are both generations of the Renault Zoe (36.9 and 46.5), VW’s early electric cars as well as the MG ZS.
Interestingly, the first generation Nissan Leaf gets a better rating for fast charging than the latter, which is probably because the requirements have been raised. The first electric cars received okay marks for performance that would absolutely not be accepted today.
Range – big swats at the bottom and top!
Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC, etc The Volvo XC40 gets really bad marks for its range in winter, and high weight paired with high drag is not a winning recipe when it comes to getting far. But if you spice it up with a substantial battery like in the BMW iX xDrive50, it more than makes up for it.
The rating for the Audi e-tron is, for example, a low 51.7, while the BMW iX gets a rating of 82.2 – which puts the model at the top together with the Tesla Model Y – another very aerodynamic SUV.
The smaller city cars such as the Zoe, Leaf, MG ZS and e-Up as well as the e-Golf receive unbelievably low ratings. But the Hyundai Ioniq 5 also gets the thumbs down in this round, perhaps due to its body which is not particularly slippery through the wind?
Infotainment – VAG at the bottom and expected winner
Volkswagen’s software receives a lot of criticism by the owners. 30 percent of ID.4 owners have had problems, 36 percent of Skoda Enyaq owners and 20 percent of those who drive the sibling Audi Q4 e-tron.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge is also in the bottom tier with 28 percent reporting bugs or errors and the MG ZS is even worse, 33 percent have had problems.
In general, you can also say that bad infotainment rubs off on the apps, but we have an exception in the Kia EV6, which has had the most app problems – as many as 36 percent of users have encountered it.
The best is, as usual, Tesla, but BMW also gets really high marks when it comes to the i3 and i4.
Operational reliability – cheaper electric cars are the best!
Are you looking for a reliable electric car? Then it may be smart to choose a cheaper model such as Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf or Hyundai Ioniq Electric.
High tech monsters such as the Kia EV6, Porsche Taycan and the Volkswagen Group’s newer models receive remarkably low trouble-free ratings.
Polestar 2 is also in the bottom tier. At the top, with few errors, we find the Nissan Leaf, VW’s first electric cars and BMW’s models. Even Tesla and the latest Renault Zoe get good reviews when it comes to freedom from problems.
BMW and Tesla have the most satisfied electric car buyers
Which of the owners would then like to redo their purchase, and who regrets the most? Here, too, BMW and Tesla are at the top, along with the Renault Zoe, Jaguar I-Pace and, perhaps a little surprisingly, the Kia EV6, which received low marks for its app and for the freedom from errors. The high level of technology probably compensates here.
Generation two of the Nissan Leaf, on the other hand, is a bit of a mistake purchase, only 63.9 percent would make the purchase again. Mercedes EQC and VW ID.3 are also among the models with the most “feelings of regret”.
Cheap Chinese is the worst electric car
Best overall score, when we add up all the features, the luxurious and comfortable BMW iX has 90.2, followed by Tesla’s models.
The MG ZS gets the lowest overall rating, with 70.7 – so you can say that you generally get what you pay for. Expensive BMW is great, cheap MG not so much. However, after the update of the MG ZS in autumn 2021, the ratings have improved significantly, by over 10 points.
Rate your own car in our used survey! If you are interested in a particular car model, you can also search for the owners’ ratings for the various models here.
Most driving pleasure
|Tesla Model 3||95,1|
|Tesla Modle Y||94,2|
Least driving pleasure
|Renault Zoe, gen 2||75|
|Nissan Leaf, gen 2||76,1|
|audi q4 e-tron||78,3|
|Nissan Leaf, gen 2||93,4|
|Tesla Model Y||91,9|
At least problem-free
|audi q4 e-tron||76,3|
|Tesla Model x||77,6|
Best overall economy
|Hyundai Ioniq Electric||90,1|
|Renault Zoe, gen 1||89|
|Renault Zoe, gen 2||88,3|
|Tesla Model 3||88,3|
Worst overall economy
|Volvo XC 40||67,9|
|Tesla Model X||72,4|
Best fast charging
|Tesla Model 3||94,2|
|Tesla Model Y||94,2|
|Tesla Model S||90,6|
Worst fast charging
|Renault Zoe, gen 1||36|
|Renault Zoe, gen 2||46,5|
|Nissan Leaf, gen 2||49,5|
Best winter range
|Tesla Model Y||82,3|
|Tesla Model 3||79,2|
|Tesla Model X||79|
|Tesla Model S||77,1|
Worst winter range
|Nissan Leaf, gen 1||38,6|
|Renault Zoe, gen 1||49,6|
Full list – best overall rating
|Tesla Model Y||87,6|
|Tesla Model S||86,6|
|Tesla Model X||85,5|
|Tesla Model 3||83,4|
|Hyundai Ioniq 5||83,3|
|Ford Mustang M-E||82,9|
|Hyundai Ioniq Electric||79,2|
|Volvo XC 40||78,8|
|audi q4 e-tron||78,3|
|MG ZS, gen 2||77,2|
|Renault Zoe, gen 1||75,7|
|Nissan Leaf, gen 1||75|
|Renault Zoe, gen 2||74,7|
|Nissan Leaf, gen 2||72,1|
|MG ZS, gen 1||70,7|
The numbers indicate percentages. The models must have at least 30 responses in the used database and apply to model years 2015-2022.
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