Top 9 Electric Cars For City Driving in 2022

Cars and cities don’t always go hand in hand, but choosing an electric car can help to avoid the annoyances of driving around a city. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the best electric cars and share with you our top 9 for city driving in 2022. 

As well as contributing to better air quality and making cities a healthier place to live, there are important cost benefits to owning an EV. Exemption from road tax, London’s ULEZ and congestion charge are among the significant savings to be made for those who choose to drive an EV.

As for public charging points, the UK now has over 42,000 charge point connectors in over 15,500 locations – in other words, there are more public charging points than petrol stations. In London alone, there are around 6000 charging points which includes over 500 rapid charge points.

Finally, EVs are a great solution to hectic city driving. There’s no clutch, no gears, and no gearbox – so you’ll find that driving around in traffic could be a lot more relaxing!

1. Fiat 500e La Prima

Fiat 500e La Prima

Voted the best electric city car of the year, it’s clear the 500e was made to be driven around town. It’s extremely light to drive with a very small turning circle, so parking is easy. All versions of the 500e also have rear parking sensors fitted as standard.

Key Features

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Eco-leather upholstery

What elmo thinks

This new Fiat 500e is an all-round brilliant electric city car. Stylish and compact, the Fiat 500e La Prima offers a very usable real-world range making it one of the most attractive electric cars on the market – and you’ll be able to make the most of that range with the built-in low energy Sherpa mode. Just one of many high tech driver experiences on offer in this top of the range La Prima trim.

Pros

  • Compact, great for cities
  • Smooth and silent drive
  • Easy to use 10.25″ infotainment system

Cons

  • Less backseat legroom

Average Price and Range

  • 145 real world miles
  • From £499 / month

2. Kia e-niro 4+ 64kWh

Kia e-niro 4+

The Kia e-niro is a great city option that offers both passenger and storage space. Remaining compact, this is an ideal family car.

Key Features

  • Electric sliding sunroof
  • Heated front seats
  • 8 speaker JBL sound system

What elmo thinks

The Kia e-Niro comes with quite the reputation. All wrapped up in the body of a pretty stylish compact SUV, you can still host a car-full of 6-footers without too much discomfort. And get 5 suitcases in the boot. It’s also remarkably well-equipped with all the gadgets you’d expect from a mid-range modern car.

Pros

  • High standard spec
  • Brilliant infotainment
  • Long range

Cons

  • Firm ride
  • Slightly cramped rear seats

Average Price and Range

  • 235 real world miles
  • From £639 / month

3. Volkswagen ID.3 1st Edition Pro Power 62kWh

Volkswagen ID.3 1st Edition Pro Power 62kWh

The Volkswagen ID.3 makes city driving simple with instant, punchy acceleration. There’s also the option to switch into B mode to increase the rate at which it regenerates energy when easing off the accelerator even further.

Key Features

  • Added safety features including driver alert system
  • Cruise control for a comfortable driver experience
  • Keyless entry

What elmo thinks

The ID.3 offers a comfortable, consistent driving experience paired with a sleek, minimalist design. The 1st Edition Pro Power boasts an innovative interior that remains practical, as well as a usable real-world range and fast charging capability. With a 10-inch infotainment system, city emergency braking system and lots of storage space, this EV is a great choice for all drivers.

Pros

  • Good range
  • Responsive drive
  • Storage space

Cons

  • Slightly fiddly infotainment system

Average Price and Range

  • 215 real world miles
  • From £649 / month

4. Audi e-tron 55 Quattro S Line

Audi e-tron 55 Quattro S Line

The Audi e-tron is a great city option with its near-silent motors and instant thrust. Parking in tight spaces is also made easy with a 360-degree camera.

Key Features

  • Large 605-litre boot
  • Audi’s outstanding quattro all-wheel drive
  • Cruise control

What elmo thinks

Leading refinement, luxury, and practicality that we have come to expect from Audi, this time electric. The Audi e-tron 55 Quattro puts comfort at its heart, with plenty of space for all the family (and their luggage) plus air suspension to help glide over bumpy roads. With this Audi, you can travel in style without compromising on comfort or space.

Pros

  • Spacious
  • Impressive technology
  • Good range

Cons

  • Drive isn’t as smooth

Average Price and Range

  • 224 real world miles
  • From £1,149 / month

5. BMW i3

BMW i3

The BMW i3 is small, short and narrow with tiny overhangs, making it easy to manoeuvre through tight city streets. Its large windows also allow for extra visibility.

Key Features

  • Rear parking sensors
  • Electric folding mirrors
  • Bluetooth connectivity

What elmo thinks

As iconic as the Nissan Leaf and Renault ZOE, but designed to be desirable. Known for its funky looks and impressive performance, the i3 is an experience to be enjoyed.

Pros

  • Easy to drive
  • Quick charging

Cons

  • Shorter range
  • Less storage space

Average Price and Range

  • 146 real world miles
  • From £569 / month

6. Tesla Model 3 Standard Plus

Tesla Model 3 Standard Plus

Light steering and comfortable suspension make the Tesla Model 3 an easy car to drive around cities. Eight surround cameras allow for 360-degree vision, while twelve ultrasonic sensors provide detection of surrounding objects.

Key Features

  • Panoramic roof
  • Market-leading infotainment touchscreen
  • Additional storage space in the front ‘frunk’

What elmo thinks

A bestseller from the market leading EV brand. This entry level version of the Model 3 is the most accessible on the market. Drive in the knowledge that you’re enjoying the forefront of EV technology.

Pros

  • Sleek design
  • Lots of storage space
  • Fast charging
  • High-tech driver assists

Cons

  • Heavily reliant on touch screen vs buttons

Average Price and Range

  • 215 real world miles
  • From £999 / month

7. Fiat 500e Icon

Fiat 500e Icon

The Icon trim of the Fiat 500e is another great example of an electric car made for the city. Compact and practical, you’ll be able to navigate hectic city traffic with ease.

Key Features

  • Light steering
  • Tight and compact turning circle
  • Sherpa battery preserving driving mode
  • Charges from 0 to 80 in 35 minutes

What elmo thinks

The flagship electric model of the iconic Fiat 500 is a great looking car which retains the classic Fiat 500 charm whilst delivering excellent performance for its size. Just as good looking on the inside too with thoughtful design and an unmistakably fun driving experience. The Icon trim has a 10.25 inch touchscreen and sat nav system with 16 inch alloy wheels as standard.

Pros

  • Good range
  • Compact yet practical
  • Very smooth, comfortable drive

Cons

  • Small boot

Average Price and Range

  • 145 real world miles
  • From £449 / month

8. Renault Zoe

Renault Zoe

The Renault Zoe is small in size with a tight turning circle and large windows, making it easy to drive through traffic. There’s also the option for rear parking sensors and a reversing camera, as well as a self-parking system that steers into bay and parallel spaces.

Key Features

  • 200+ mile range for anxiety free driving
  • Top ‘R135 GT Line’ model with all the fancy kit
  • Rapid charging up to 50kW for quick getaways

What elmo thinks

A 5-door hatchback with a real world range of 190 miles and the iconic ZOE look. For hatchback drivers looking to make the switch to an electric car, the ZE50 is, in our opinion, the absolute winner in its category and offers unbeatable value for range, performance and spec. This version has the rapid charge option so you can charge from 10-80% in 56 minutes on a 50kW charger!

Pros

  • Quiet, smooth drive
  • Good interior space
  • Rapid charge option

Cons

  • No Park option on the gear selector
  • Lack of driver seat height adjustability

Average Price and Range

  • 193 real world miles
  • From £379 / month

9. Vauxhall Corsa-e Griffin

Vauxhall Corsa-e Griffin

Featuring advanced Emergency Braking, the Vauxhall Corsa-e is equipped with multiple safety features that make it the ideal city car. You’ll also benefit from Lane Assist which monitors the road, smart steering which alerts you when drifting and Lane Departure Warning keeps you in check if you veer out of lane.

Key Features

  • 7-inch colour infotainment system with Apple Car Play/ Android Auto
  • 175 miles real world range
  • Panoramic rear-view camera

What elmo thinks

Easy on the eye with a basic but functional interior, the Corsa-e Griffin is the perfect ‘all-rounder’. It packs a decent 175 miles real world range and doesn’t compromise safety features such as a driver drowsiness alert system, emergency brake assist and panoramic rear view cameras to help you park in those tight spaces.

Pros

  • Practical five-door body
  • Good real-world range
  • Quiet and responsive

Cons

  • Firmer drive over rough surfaces

Average Price and Range

  • 175 miles
  • From £509 / month

Which electric car is right for you? 

So there you have it – our top 9 electric cars for city driving in 2022! With a variety of cars to cater for different needs, there’s lots on offer. If you’re not sure where to start, why not take our suitability to test to see if an EV could be for you!