Top 10 best premium electric cars 2019

It’s a mark of the maturity of electric car technology that there is now a small but fast-growing market for premium-branded EVs.

Some have a luxury angle, others a performance bias; some are big, others not-so-big; and while some come from established automotive industry powers, others are from more ‘disruptive’ outfits. But whatever you’re looking for, if you’re looking for the longest-legged and least compromised electric cars in the world, this chart is where you’ll find them.

This is where Teslas do battle with Mercedes’ EQs, BMW i cars, Audi etrons and even new-groove Porsches. Many of the cars we’ve listed aren’t quite on the market yet but are expected very soon – and where that’s the case, we won’t rank them until we’ve driven them. Whether here or not quite here, however, they are all reasons for the early adopting EV crowd to get very excited.

Best Premium Electric Cars 2019

1. Jaguar i-Pace

The first luxury electric car from a mainstream manufacturer to directly challenge Tesla at the high end, the I-Pace delivers on its brief with stand-out handling dynamics, first-rate interior quality and a striking design that’s slightly more SUV than saloon. It sets the standard for EV ride and handling, delivers strong performance from its twin 197bhp motors, and feels like what a premium-branded electric car should: an unshackled clean-sheet design.

The rarity of 100kW public chargers around the UK road network dents its potential as a long-range tourer somewhat, although that will improve quickly over time as infrastructure grows. As things stand, the car will run for between 200- and 275-miles on a full charge, depending on your cruising speed and driving style.