DriveTribe Creators' EVs of the year
EVs are here to stay, and we've decided these are the best from 2019
EVs have been with us since the inception of the automobile and have made multiple appearances over the century. Now as we're nearing 2020, it seems like there's a new EV coming out every week. Some are great, some are bad.
Like the previous two categories, it is the turn of eight EVs to battle it out for a spot in the DriveTribe Creators' Car of The Year. The EVs already have tough competition, with the favourites from the other two categories being the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera and the recently updated BMW 3-Series Estate.
Now, the EV category may not be as exciting as the performance car category, but EVs are quickly becoming normal cars, and we feel like we have chosen some of the best.
MG ZS EV
MG has been back in the car industry for a few years ago and it's fair to say that they're not the company they once were. However, the make honest and affordable cars which have decent styling and equipment levels. Recently, MG introduced the ZS EV, a small crossover with 163 miles of range, with prices starting at just over £22,000. If you ask me, those are good numbers for a small EV. Sure, it's not the most interesting thing in the world but the numbers are good and it's a genuinely practical car. And the best thing about the ZS EV is that it looks like a normal car.
Arguably, the Honda e is one of the cutest cars to go on sale this year, even putting the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500 to shame. The e is primarily designed as a city car and should not be seen in the same way as a Tesla Model 3. Both are somewhat affordable EVs but they were designed for two different markets. Admittedly, the Honda e is expensive, with prices coming in at about £26,000 for a range of 120 miles. You won't care about that though, as the Honda e is adorable and has one of the best interiors we've seen in years.
Volvo XC40 Recharge
Based on the already excellent XC40, the XC40 Recharge is the first Volvo-designed EV which isn't a Polestar. When the XC40 Recharge goes on sale in late 2020, it will rival the Tesla Model Y (whenever that comes out), the BMW iX3 and probably the Mercedes EQC. However, the XC40 Recharge will be priced from about £50,000 and for that, you get a 248 mile range. Other than the EV stuff, the XC40 Recharge is just a normal XC40 but much faster and more eco-friendly. That, we like.
Like the Beetle and the Golf, the ID.3 is a revolutionary car for VW. The Beetle got the company off its feet after WW2, and the Golf came at a time when fuel prices were stupidly high and introduced a new way of motoring. Now the ID.3 ushers in a third chapter of sustainable motoring at a reasonable price. The ID.3 is an electric car aimed at a global market and makes the Tesla Model 3 look old. The ID.3 has inoffensive styling, a decent price of under £30,000 and a range from 200 miles. VW are also taking a new approach with the ID.3, with the trim levels being the battery range, with the more you pay, the more range you get. All ID.3's get the same basic stuff too, which simplifies buying the car. The ID.3 shows the way forward for VW. We love this car so much and can't wait to get our hands on one.
Like the XC40 Recharge, the Polestar 2 is another Swedish-designed EV but this time, it's an attractive saloon, has lots of power, looks good, costs about £50,000 and has a range of 311 miles. This already out-trumps the XC40 Recharge but now, that puts the Polestar 2 in the cross-hair of the Tesla Model 3 Performance. We like the Polestar 2 very much, and it should worry the Model 3.
Audi e-tron Sportback
The Audi E-tron has already proven itself as one of the best EVs you can buy, and arguably, one of the best SUVs you can buy. Now the E-tron Sportback exists and it follows the same formula of the regular E-tron but with less boot space and a slightly higher price point. So you still get the awesome door cameras, hi-tech interior and a 276 mile range if you opt for the 55 version. Thanks to the more aerodynamic shape, the E-tron Sportback has more range than the regular model.
Porsche Taycan Turbo S
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S is probably the most talked about car of 2019 and it's understandable. It is the car that has quite frankly, scared Tesla as it's everything a Model S should be. It looks great, has everyday performance and the quality is typical Porsche, meaning that the body panels will actually be fitted properly. Yes, the trim names are a bit daft but then again, the Turbo S has 760bhp, a 0-60mph time of 2.6 seconds and a range of 250 miles. Sure, it's expensive but it's a Porsche, of course it's going to be expensive. However, we feel that the Taycan is one of the best cars to come out in 2019.
The I-Pace finally bought Jaguar into the 21st century as it shows that Jaguar can actually be bothered to make a car aimed at people other than pensioners. The I-Pace oozes style and class, which can't be said for most of Jaguar's SUV range. The I-Pace, like the VW ID.3 previews the future of car design, which seems to be a natural evolution of what we know already. But anyway, the I-Pace has proved itself to be an excellent car and puts the Tesla Model X to shame in a lot of areas. It has a great design inside and out, its cost competitive and has a range of 292 miles, which is one of the best out of it's group of rivals. Now, if Jaguar could apply what they've learnt from creating the I-Pace to the rest of their range, Jaguar would actually be competitive.
So there are our nominations for the EV category, and we cannot wait to see what you decide is the best EV of 2019!
As a heads up, tomorrow's category will be luxury cars. That one should be good.