Britain’s everyman car brand is out to reinvent itself with the Vauxhall Mokka Electric. This fashionable, good-looking compact crossover shares its platform and running gear with the Peugeot e-2008 and DS 3 E-Tense, and although it’s slightly less practical than the aforementioned Peugeot, its broad-bonnet styling is even more impactful.
The Vauxhall’s 50kWh battery grants a real-world range of about 160 miles, and recharging it while out and about can be done at rates of up to 100kW for an 80% charge in around half an hour.
The Mokka’s cabin is less spacious than some in the top 10, but it will still accommodate adults in the second row. Boot space is reduced to a little over 300 litres in the EV – another practicality showing that leaves the car with plenty to prove elsewhere.
Its performance is fairly strong, and its ride and handling disguise its raised ride height pretty well. The driving experience isn’t likely to be the reason you buy this car, though. If you like the way it looks, it’s probably just about practical, usable and credible enough to drive to reward your interest.
9. Hyundai Kona Electric
It’s been around for a while now, but while the Kona lacks the cutting edge appeal of some of its rivals it still has plenty to offer as a stress-free and reasonable value runabout. Its mix of rugged SUV design cues and compact supermini dimensions helps keep it bang on trend, while a facelift last year helped boost its kerb appeal. It also benefitted from the brand’s latest infotainment, which features in an interior that’s robustly built and has just enough space for four adults but is plenty roomy enough in the back for kids.
Under the refreshed exterior, the Kona features the same mechanicals as before, which means a choice of battery sizes and motor outputs. The entry-level versions get a 39kWh lithium ion heart and 134bhp through the front wheels, while there’s also a 64kWh model with 201bhp. Go for the former and you’ll get a respectable claimed range of 189 miles, while the bigger battery promises an impressive 300 miles – a figure few rivals can match. However, a maximum charging rate of 50kW means that even on a rapid charger you’ll need just over an hour to achieve 80% capactity in the 64kWh car.