In recent years, European car manufacturers have come out with more and more electric models. If you’re looking to buy a new car in the near future, you may want to investigate your EV options – especially as gas prices continue to soar.
In this blog, we list our top 5 favorite European electric vehicles as well as the key factors you should consider when buying an EV.
1. Porsche Taycan
The Taycan is Porsche’s first total electric car and a favorite among sports car enthusiasts. It’s hard to find a well-engineered EV that can match the speed and acceleration of its petrol-powered counterparts. In fact, the Taycan Turbo can go 0 to 100 in just over 6 seconds. Bonkers!
What else do we love about the Porsche Taycan?
It charges quickly and boasts a slick interior. The Taycan drives so much like the race-worthy 911 that it almost feels like it’s not electric at all. The keyword – almost. It still has a limited range, like most other electric cars.
2. Audi e-tron GT
Nearly matching the performance and appeal of the Porsche Taycan, Audi’s e-tron GT is another Speedy Gonzalez electric car that surprised us all. Although, it’s not exactly in the “sports car” category. The Audi is a grand tourer (GT) designed to handle high speeds and long distances.
This EV offers a surreal driving experience. With practically instant acceleration, agile steering, and a roomy, stylish interior, you’ll be eager to drive your car every day. And like the Taycan, it charges faster than a lot of other electric vehicles.
3. BMW iX
BMW has come out with several impressive – but controversial – EVs in recent years, from the BMW i3 and i4 to our favorite, the BMW iX. While the car is far from perfect, two features that have earned the iX a place on our top 5 list.
First of all, it is COMFORTABLE – a real family-friendly car. The electric SUV offers a smooth ride, a remarkable range, and all the latest tech to promote driver luxury.
Then, of course, there’s the sustainability factor. Everything from the efficient motor to the recycled ocean plastic carpet to the renewable energy used to build the frame, BMW prioritized sustainability every step of the way.
4. Volkswagen ID.4
Like the BMW iX, the Volkswagen ID.4 is meant for families. In our opinion, the electric crossover is a big improvement from the Volkswagen ID.3. It’s not the most glamorous EV. But when you’re looking for a family car, you don’t exactly prioritize aesthetics and sport.
A reliable electric SUV, the VW offers all a family needs for comfortable travel:
- A quiet ride
- Precise steering and acceleration
- Lots of cabin space
- Abundant storage
- And a long range (at least for electric)
5. Mini Cooper SE
The fun-sized Mini Cooper SE is a delightful addition to the Mini family. It preserves the unique design, powerful acceleration and handling, and driving experience of the standard Mini. Now, drivers can enjoy the endearing little hatchback without gas!
However, if you’re searching for an electric subcompact car with range, you’ll have to look elsewhere. To maintain cabin comfort, the Mini kept the battery small. So you’ll run out of charge relatively quickly.
But the short range isn’t usually an issue. The average Mini owner uses the vehicle primarily for city driving, anyway!
Before You Buy a European Electric Car…
Before you purchase a new European electric car, you’ll want to make sure it accommodates your unique transport needs and preferences.
Your EV should be able to check off 7 boxes:
- Your average daily mileage
- Type of driving (sports, leisure, business, personal, etc.)
- Ability to recharge at home
- Proximity to charging stations
- Long-distance travel needs
- Passenger and cargo space
- Desired driving experience
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