The electric hatchback has come on in leaps and bounds over the last five years. Having first appeared around ten years ago, the market’s first EVs were cars with around 80 miles of usable range, priced at a 50 per cent premium over their petrol-fuelled counterparts. Today, in some cases, real-world range has doubled and that price premium has almost disappeared.
This is a list of our top ten electric hatchbacks compiled considering factors such as range and usability, driving dynamics and affordability. Some are still subject to relatively high prices compared to normal cars, but they can be offset by lower relative running costs.
Best electric hatchbacks 2018
Perhaps the biggest complement you can pay the e-Golf is that it feels much like any other Golf. It occupies the same dimensions as other seventh-generation five-door models and, aside from a slight reduction in boot space due to the underfloor lithium ion batteries, is just as practical.
The e-Golf is powered by a 134bhp motor that delivers 199lb ft of torque, with 33.2kWh of usable battery capacity offering a range of up to 186 miles. Performance is as strong as you’d expect to find in any typical five-door hatchback, and considerably better at town speeds, while the car’s handling disguises its mass very cleverly and practicality is first-rate,
The e-Golf as easy to use and uncompromised as any mass-market, pure-electric car can be right now – which is why it’s our current class champion.
The Zoe was a viable option as an everyday vehicle when it was offered with a 22kWh battery with a 80 mile range – and that practicality has been enhanced by a new 41kWh option that has a claimed 250 mile range, and is easily good for 150 miles in mixed real-world use.