Best Family Electric Cars 2023
Choosing the perfect family car can be a tough decision, with several features to consider. How big is the boot? Is the car safe? Will it be reliable? How many ISOFIX points are there? And with so much choice on the market now, it can be difficult to know where to start. From SUVs to MPVs, the list is huge.
Plus, if you and your family are ready to go electric that’s yet another thing to add to your many spinning plates.
So, we’ve done the hard work for you making it easier to choose your family electric car. We’ve handpicked some of the very best on the market that will easily fit into your everyday life and enjoyed by the entire family.
Read on to see our top 10 electric cars for families:
Family cars with SUV styling
MG ZS EV
The MG ZS EV is a well rounded spacious electric car – with stylish interiors and a decent real-world range.
Inside, it’s well-formed with good height and leg room in the front and rear seats. The boot is spacious too – giving you extra room for all your family’s paraphernalia.
The Trophy trim adds a huge panoramic sky roof too – hours of eye spy to entertain the kids on long journeys.
Safety is also important for MG – with ISOFIX restraints on 2 rear seats plus child safety locks on both doors.
Our verdict: Excellent value for money. The MG ZS EV is very affordable when compared to other family electric cars on the market.
Kia e-Niro 2
This compact SUV is stylish, affordable, and spacious. The Kia Niro EV (previously, e-Niro 2) ticks many boxes for families – it can easily host a car full of 6-footers without too much discomfort, it’s got a decent boot space and it’s very reliable.
Inside, the Kia Niro EV uses premium materials and the infotainment system is decent too. Everything is easy to use and self explanatory – taking some stress off your plate. The seats are also supportive with enough adjustment to cater for all shapes and sizes.
One downfall of the Kia is the charging speed. It’s not the fastest – it’ll take you some 40 minutes to charge at a fast charger. But if you have a home charge point and you don’t rely on the public charging network very often, then this shouldn’t cause too many issues.
Our verdict: A great family all rounder; quick enough, will go far enough and has a good amount of space/quality for the money.
The Peugeot e-2008 is the electric version of the popular 2008, which continues to be available with a combustion engine. This makes the e-2008 a great choice for EV newcomers, who want an electric car that just looks like a ‘car’. All the controls and buttons are exactly the same – even the charging outlet models the petrol cap in the petrol version.
In terms of space, the e-2008 doesn’t have the largest boot in its sector. But for most families it will suffice.
Our verdict: If you’re looking for a stylish SUV for an affordable price, the Peugeot e-2008 is the perfect choice!
The Volkswagen ID.4 is the big sister of the popular ID.3. The ID.4 is an SUV version with great tech and great performance. You can expect around 175-255 real world miles (depending on the battery pack you choose) which is more than enough for the modern family.
Inside, the ID.4 is spacious with plenty of room for three rear passengers. At 543-litres the boot space is more than most in this category.
Our verdict: Family life with the I.D4 should be pretty straightforward. If you’re after an SUV, with plenty of cabin and boot space – it’s an excellent choice. The ID.4 is slightly on the pricier side, but with that you get a great real-world range.
If comfort is top on your priority list – then the Citroen e-C4 is definitely one to consider. Spacious interiors matched with comfortable seats makes this a great car for families.
Height space in the back is slightly limited due to a sloping roofline – however this shouldn’t be an issue for younger children. At 380 litres, the e-C4’s boot is ‘okay’ but if you need to pack up the car often for road trips, there may be a better model out there when it comes to storage space.
Our verdict: This cross-over SUV focusses on comfort and practicality – a relaxing drive. If you’re looking for an affordable family car and you’re not too fussed about the mod cons, the e-C4 is definitely a consideration!
Bold right? Don’t worry, the Vauxhall Mokka-e does come in other colours!
150 real world miles isn’t anything to write home about, but for most suburban drivers – that will be more than enough to do the school runs!
The Mokka-e is another great example of a car that just drives like a car. Vauxhall have made the insides identical to their petrol or diesel versions so they are super easy to get used to for any EV newcomers.
Our verdict: The Vauxhall Mokka-e is an excellent all rounder. Boasting an eye catching exterior and packed with all the latest tech for an affordable price.
Estate cars for families
The MG5 was the world’s first ever all-electric estate car, tailored specifically to families who need a little extra room. Voted Best Value car by WhichEV and Best Value Car in the 2021 Business Car Awards, this family-friendly estate is surprisingly quick and very practical.
Space is the key selling point of the MG5. The boot has 578 litres of capacity (with the load cover retracted), and 1,456 litres with the rear seats down. You’d be hard-pressed to find another electric car on the market for similar money with this kind of space.
Our verdict: If you’re looking for a no-nonsense electric estate car, with plenty of room for a great price – then the MG5 could be for you!
Tesla Model Y
If you’re looking for a more luxurious family car – then the Tesla Model Y could be a great candidate. The Tesla Model Y is the big brother of the best-selling Model 3. It’s 50mm longer, and 180mm taller. This gives families much more space inside, coupled with Tesla’s distinctive minimalist interior designs. It’s a joy to be a passenger.
Plus, with the Model Y you get Tesla’s market-leading ranges and super speedy charging times. On their long-range model, you can expect a real-world range of around 267 – miles above most other electric cars available right now.
Our verdict: For families who can afford a little more luxury and often drive long distances – the Model Y is a great contender.
Another up-market family electric car – the Polestar 2 is sophisticated, without scrimping on performance. 215 real world miles with their standard range model, the Polestar 2 is perfect for families who need to make longer journeys more frequently.
On a more practical note, there’s a third Isofix child seat mounting point on the front passenger seat and there’s a decent 405-litre boot with a large under-floor storage area too. Under the front ‘bonnet’ there’s also a useful cubby for the charging cables.
One of the key highlights of the Polestar 2 is that it drives like a driver’s car – which is often not the case with EVs.
Our verdict: If you’re looking for a high performance, stylish family car then the Polestar 2 is definitely a contender. Excellent real world range gives the Tesla a run for their money.
Mercedes EQB SUV
Are you after a seven-seater electric car? Well, unfortunately right now your options are limited. You could opt for a van, such as the Citroen e-Berlingo or the expensive Tesla Model X. But somewhere in the middle sits the Mercedes EQB SUV.
High-quality interiors make this SUV really comfortable – and we’d expect nothing less from Mercedes.
With five seats in use – the boot has a generous 465 litre capacity, extending to a whopping 1,710 litres if all the rear seats are folded down.
Our verdict: If you need more than 5 seats the Mercedes EQB SUV is one of the more affordable options out there.
So, there you have it! Our top 10 family electric cars available right now. Still unsure? Why not try out our Suitability Tool to find out which electric cars on subscription might be best for you.
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