There’s no doubt that electric cars are becoming more and more popular, especially thanks to the advances in technology Tesla has made. But here at Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, we understand a lot of people are still under the preconceived notion electric cars aren’t suitable for families, and that’s why we’re here to change that perception.
Electric cars have incredible ranges, are available in different styles – from city to SUV – and have an abundance of storage options, perfect for all families big and small. Read on for an insight into what we recommend as some of the best family electric cars on the market.
The EVs featured in this article
No electric vehicle list would be complete without mentioning Tesla, specifically the Tesla Model X. It might be at the top of its game, but it’s also a fantastic family car – offering a whopping 2,180-litre boot space, storage space under the bonnet and glovebox, as well as two large centre cubbies and door pockets. What’s also great about the Model X is its customisation options, depending on the size of your family you can order the Tesla Model X with five, six or seven seats. This industry leading car has a lot of second-row legroom, although they don’t fold, and the third-row legroom is more restricted so it’s only really suitable for children.
Family cars have got a reputation for being a bit drab and boring, that’s not the case with the Jaguar I-Pace. This sleek and stylish car is not only easy on the eyes, but it’s full of practical features that will make every family journey an easy one. The five-seater cabin houses an impressive 577-litre boot space (1,453-litres when the seats are down), a 27-litre under the bonnet cubby and a 10.5-litre cubby bin beneath the centre armrest – guaranteeing storage isn’t an issue.
Plus, thanks to the interior being unconstrained by an engine and transition tunnel, as well as the cabin placed further forward, the interior is spacious throughout and there’s more leg and knee room. To not disturb little sleepers, the electric power trains are super quiet and there’s acoustic laminated glass to silence exterior noise. Even more impressively, the Jaguar I-Pace was awarded a 5* Euro NCAP rating so you can drive knowing your family is safe and sound.
This five-seater cabin is perfect for everyday family use, it has a spacious interior that will comfortably fit your children and there are ISOFIX points on each of the outer seats. However due to the restricted leg and headroom, adults might feel a little snug when sat in the back. Although the seats are comfortable and supportive, so whether you’re doing the weekly shop or going on your next family excursion everyone will be happy and relaxed. The Hyundai KONA Electric offers 400-litres of boot space, a standard safety kit – including autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, forward collision warning and six airbags. This 2019 What Car? Car of the Year ‘Technology’ award winner has also received a 5* Euro NCAP rating.
Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist (LKAS), Blind Stop Detection (BSD), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Smart Cruise Control (ASCC) are a few of the reasons why the Hyundai Ioniq Electric received a 5* Euro NCAP rating. There’s plenty of storage space too – from a 443-litre boot space and a large centre bin to cup holders and a false boot floor with storage underneath – so whether it’s the school run, weekly food shop or a weekend away, you’ll be able to fit everything in.
In the Volkswagen E-golf there’s enough space to fit adults in the front and back of the car, especially as now there’s more rear-seat legroom than any predecessor. However, because the battery pack is mounted beneath a raised floor there is less boot space, approximately 341-litres (a large pushchair or a couple of large suitcases), but when the back seats are lowered there are an impressive 1,231-litres of boot space. There are also many other clever storage areas – including felt-lined door bins to stop things rattling, bins big enough to fit two-litre water bottles. For your absolute convenience, Volkswagen uses ISOFIX in all their cars, so even the tiniest member of your family can hop onboard. It’s been awarded a 5* Euro NCAP rating, but Volkswagen doesn’t recommend the E-golf for towing.