We Brits are slowly but surely embracing electric cars, despite what your petrol-guzzling boy racer mates might say. 

Electric cars have the performance, efficiency, and the range to be practical for the vast majority of drivers.

It’s understandable that electric cars didn’t have a huge initial impact in the UK. For a long time, it felt like you had the option of a £20k Renault Zoe or a £80k Tesla Model S, with nothing in between. 

If you didn’t want a small car and didn’t fancy selling your house for an ultra-luxurious executive car, you were out of luck.

In 2019, this is no longer the case. Virtually every car manufacturer has jumped on the electric bandwagon. Whether you’re a fan of SUVs or sport cars, there’s an electric option for you. 

We're going to run you through why an electric vehicle is a great choice in 2019, before letting you in on our top 10 electric cars of 2019. 

Why you should consider an electric vehicle

Power: Picture a car that can accelerate from 0-60 in 1.9 seconds. What are you thinking of? Petrol-guzzling Ferrari perhaps? Wrong. It’s a fully electric Tesla Roadster. This isn’t a one-off either. In most cases, electric vehicles actually perform better than their petrol/diesel counterparts. 

Environment: Most electric cars produce zero harmful emissions, so they have no carbon footprint. This lets you do your part to protect the environment (so we're not all living underwater in 100 years)!

Fuel economy: One of the biggest benefits of an electric car is the superior fuel economy. It costs around £4 to charge a modern electric car for a 100 mile journey, whereas it would cost a petrol/diesel car around £14. That’s 70% more expensive than the electric option!

Hopefully, these benefits are enough to convince you to leave the petrol pump behind. However, with such a wide range of electric cars now available, it can be hard to find the right car for you!

To speed up the process, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 electric cars that are available in 2019.

Let’s get started with the…

The Nissan LEAF might just have been the first mass-market electric car to not look like an oversized go-kart. While the first iteration was a pretty decent car for the price, the second generation is even better, featuring an updated design and better mile-range. 

With a plethora of electric cars now on the market, the LEAF is still on the cheaper end of the spectrum. There’s two models to choose from -  the standard option and the Nissan LEAF E+.

If you opt for the E+, you’ll have an impressive mile range of 239 miles, whereas the standard will net you around 168 miles. If you're just wanting an electric car for the daily commute, the E+ is probably unnecessary and not worth the extra cost. 

Standout Features:

  • ‘Nissan B Mode’ recovers braking energy, helping you recharge on the go. 
  • ‘Eco Mode’ lets you limit engine output to increase your range. 

Pros:

  • Cheap as chips to run. 
  • Nimble around narrow city streets.

Cons: 

  • Not exactly exciting to drive. 
  • A lot of people won’t like the cars exterior design. 
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Europe’s best selling electric car, the Renault Zoe, looks a bit like a smaller Clio with an electric engine - this isn't a bad thing.

Renault has upped their game with their design recently and this car is a great example of this. The Zoe’s interior sports a huge touchscreen, and it looks like an upmarket affair all round.

In terms of driving, the Zoe is nippy around town and has a fantastic driving range, as well as being full of tech. 

With an affordable price point and a great driving experience, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Zoe remains a best seller for a few more years.

Standout Features: 

  • A driving range of 245 miles. 
  • Driving assistance (lane-keeping, parking). 

Pros: 

  • Nippy 135-bhp engine is fun to drive.
  • 30 minutes on a fast charger nets you 90 miles of driving. 

Cons: 

  • The fast charger isn't standard!
  • Lack of rear space makes carrying 4 adults an uncomfortable experience.
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Renault ZOE Hatchback

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  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: None

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When you hear BMW, you might think about the many times you’ve been violently overtaken by an aggressive driver. 

This is likely the stereotypical boy racer on the motorway, who has one-hand on the wheel as he revs his 3-series up to high heavens (with a few breaks to send a Snapchat of course).  

A subcompact electric car probably doesn’t come to mind when you think BMW.

The i3 is BMW’s first all-electric offering, and has been around since 2013. While the i3 undoubtedly looks like an electric car, it has a fairly posh design. 

Of course, the i3 is still a BMW, so you know it doesn't compromise on performance. With 170-bhp, you'll have no problem overtaking on the motorway. 

Standout Features:

  • Available in the sportier i3S model.
  • 186 mile lab-tested mile range.

Pros:

  • More powerful than other similarly sized electrics. 
  • The car feels very upmarket inside and out. 

Cons: 

  • A fair bit pricier than competitors. 
  • Rear/boot space is disappointing.
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BMW I3 Hatchback

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  • Drive: A
  • CO2: None

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When you see a car as popular as the Golf getting an electric-version, you know times are changing. 

There's something so refreshing about the E-Golf. When you see other electric cars, you know they're electric. They just look a bit futuristic and lack the classic design you’re used to in a petrol/diesel. 

This isn’t a problem with this car. With the E-Golf, it's just a Golf. With an electric engine. No gimmicky design features here! 

If you’re eager to try out an electric car, but aren’t a fan of some manufacturers more playful aesthetics, the VW E-Golf is a great option.

Standout Features:

  • Fastest GTI model has an incredible 245-bhp.
  • Fast-charges from 0-80% in 45 minutes.

Pros: 

  • Drives as good as the petrol Golf. 
  • Looks as good as the petrol Golf. 

Cons:

  • 144 mile range (lab-tested, so likely lower in real world driving) isn't as good as rivals.
  • Higher price tag for the electric model might push people to the cheaper petrol options.
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Volkswagen Golf Hatchback

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  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

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Tesla - now we're talking! Undoubtedly the first manufacturer to make electric cars seem cool, Elon Musk’s Tesla is a highly desirable brand.

The Model X is Tesla's SUV offering. As such, even the standard trim comes in at a depressingly high price tag of £86,200. Good luck getting a bank loan for that. 

Of course, you’re getting some seriously fancy features for this price. Tesla's ‘AutoPilot’ mode promises to take the stress out of driving for you.

Imagine sitting in traffic and just leaning back - no hunching over the steering wheel as you  move a mere 1 metre every 5 minutes. Yes please!

Standout Features:

  • Ridiculously fast - 0-60 in 2.7 seconds. 
  • 301 mile range. 

Pros:

  • Can fit 7 people.
  • Looks like something Bruce Wayne would drive.

Cons:

  • You could buy a flat for the same price. 
  • Tesla’s fast charging ports are still rare in the UK.
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Tesla Model X Hatchback

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  • CO2: None

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A lot of car-buyers are put off by the fact that most electric cars look like glorified city cars, but don’t have £80k sitting around for a Tesla! 

Kia recognised this, and has fitted their popular crossover car, the Kia Niro, with an electric engine.

The E-Niro has really impressed car critics, offering a refined driving experience and an upmarket look at an affordable price point. 

Don’t just take our word for it - calling the car a 'stunning achievement', car review site WhatCar awarded the E-Niro its award for the overall best car of 2019, the first ever electric car to win it! 

Standout Features:

  • 250 miles of real-world range. 
  • It comes with Kia's 7-year/100,000 mile warranty.

Pros: 

  • Tech offerings even on cheapest trim is good. 
  • The attractive electric SUV body style will please most people.

Cons:

  • Not very comfortable for the unlucky adults stuck in the rear seats. 
  • Smooth but unexciting driving experience. 
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Terrible name aside, the E-Tron is what you'd expect an electric Audi to look like. With an SUV body style and no gimmicky design choices, this car should please most fans of the German automaker’s fossil-fuel offerings. 

However, the eagle-eyed amongst you will notice something missing...side mirrors. Yep.

Instead, these are replaced with compact cameras and transmitted to a display screen in the 'cockpit'. This bold new feature is a strange one. Many will ask "why?!" and that's understandable.

There's no perceived safety benefit yet. In fact, with the screen reportedly struggling a bit with sun glare it seems like a pointless high-tech solution to something that was never actually a problem! It’s worth noting you can opt for traditional wing mirrors instead. 

Bizzare design choices aside, the E-Tron is the perfect electric option for devout Audi lovers and has the performance and style we’ve come to expect from the German manufacturer. 

Standout Features:

  • First-ever virtual side mirrors on a mass market car. 
  • Panoramic glass sunroof. 

Pros:

  • Great looking car - looks like an Audi! 
  • Tech is up there with the best in class.

Cons:

  • Incredibly expensive and out of reach for most. 
  • Base trim is lacking in tech.
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Audi E-tron Estate

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Similar in style to the Kia E-Niro, the Hyundai Kona Electric is an affordable electric SUV option that will appeal to a lot of people with a modest budget.

However, you'd be forgiven for not seeing many Kona's on the road. Due to high demand, there's actually a waiting list to buy the Hyundai Kona Electric! At the moment, the waiting list is at around 12 months. 

Despite this, the Kona is a fantastic car if you can find one, and has all of the tech you’d ever need for a reasonable price. It’s sold out for a reason! 

Standout Features:

  • Impressive 250 mile range.
  • Virtual engine sound system, letting pedestrians know you're there! 

Pros:

  • Packed full of great tech at an affordable price.
  • Electric SUV, so has a high driving position. 

Cons:

  • There's a waiting list to get one! 
  • The interior feels a bit cheap.
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Hyundai Kona Hatchback

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It seems that more budget manufacturers have been paving the electric way: Kia, Renault, and Hyundai, for instance. 

Whats on offer for the posher folks, who wouldn't be seen dead in a car that’s worth less than £50k? The Jaguar i-Pace, of course, helping to keep your ego as big as possible!

Jokes aside, the Jaguar i-Pace is a great electric SUV. It's earned the British manufacturer some serious critical acclaim, winning three (!) categories at the 2019 World Car Awards, for World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year, as well as World Green Car. Not too shabby.

If you've got a taste for luxury, and the budget to match, then the Jaguar i-Pace is a great electric SUV. 

Standout Features:

  • 60mph in an incredible (for an SUV!) 4.5 seconds.
  • Powerful engine packs 395-bhp.

Pros:

  • Exterior design is big and bold - but it works!
  • Fun to drive.

Cons:

  • Expensive for what you get.
  • Driving range is lower than competitors.
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The Mercedes EQC is an electric SUV heavily inspired by the Mercedes GLC. This is both a good and a bad thing - as while the EQC is a good looking car, it's particularly heavy compared to competitors. 

For comparison, the Tesla Model X is a much bigger car, yet the Mercedes EQC is heavier! This is due to the EQC sharing the same unibody as the colossal Mercedes GLC.

Why does this matter? Because it reduces the efficiency and range of the vehicle. Mercedes could easily have created a more efficient car had they built one from the ground up.

That being said, the range on the EQC isn't too shabby, with a real-world range of 220 miles. Of course, this range decreases quite a bit when you put the foot down. 

And you’ll definitely end up putting the foot down. This SUV packs some serious power despite its weight, doing 0-60 in 5.1 seconds and packing an incredible 408-bhp.

Standout Features:

  • Mercedes voice control.
  • Wireless charging for your smartphone. 

Pros:

  • Very posh and refined interior.
  • Great fun to drive.

Cons:

  • Could’ve been designed more efficiently.
  • Far too expensive.
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Mercedes-Benz EQC Estate

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  • Drive: A
  • CO2: None

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If you regularly take Ubers, you’ve definitely sat in this car already. 

The Ioniq is a great commuter car. It's ultra-comfortable to drive, cheap to run, and affordable to lease.

With great tech included even on standard trims, the Ioniq is a good option for those of us who budget-wise, are somewhere in the middle of the Renault Zoe and the posher Mercedes/Audi offerings! 

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric has a 194 mile range, so should be fine for the vast majority of commuters. 

Similar to the Toyota Prius, the Ioniq is a super safe and reliable car. With a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, you can rest easy knowing that you’re as safe as can be (when on the road that is!) 

Standout Features:

  • 5 year, unlimited mileage Hyundai warranty. 
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. 

Pros:

  • The interior looks a lot more expensive than it is. 
  • Decent space in backseats. 

Cons:

  • While it's comfortable, the Ioniq is a bit boring to drive.
  • Not changed a whole lot since the first generation.
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Hyundai Ioniq Electric Hatchback

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  • Drive: A
  • CO2: None

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Hopefully we’ve convinced you that an electric car is a serious contender for your next new  car. 

In 2019, there’s truly something for everyone, whether you fancy a cheap and cheerful car to get you around town, or a seriously luxurious electric SUV to lord over the city cars you pass on your commute. 

While electric cars have much cheaper running costs when compared to a diesel or petrol engine, they’re more expensive up front. Thankfully, you can offset this by taking out a lease deal instead, giving you an affordable monthly payment for your environmentally friendly car! 

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