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Top 10 Longest Range Electric Cars in 2023

You really can go the extra mile with these electric vehicles. They boast the longest range between charges on the leasing market.

Discussions about electric vehicles (EVs) often include so-called ‘range anxiety’ – the fear that you’ll run low on battery charge before you reach your desired destination.

But you can park any such fears on the hard shoulder with these battery-powered mile-munchers, as they’re cars that really will last the distance.

Our Select Car Leasing Top 10 is made up of EVs that you can lease with us right now.

Meanwhile there’s a host of endurance models – including the Lotus Eletre ‘Hyper SUV’, Volvo EX90, Tesla Model X and Tesla Model S – being added to our catalogue soon!

Why Range Matters

Wondering which electric cars have the longest range? Probably the Number 1 concern for those thinking about making the switch from a petrol or diesel car to an all-electric lease vehicle in 2023 is 'range': how far the car can travel in between charges.

  • If you’re criss-crossing the urban jungle, a city car like the retro, trendy, short range Honda e might be just the ticket, being able to go around 131 miles before you need to plug it in again.
  • But if you’re facing longer trips, those stats might not cut the mustard. For regular motorway jaunts, you’re going to need a lease car with more capacity in the battery…which is where this Top 10 list comes in. These EVs can cover huge distances without stopping to charge.
  • Remember, the ranges quoted here are the official figures from the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure, or ‘WLTP’ as it’s known for short. In the real world, it's best to err on the side of caution when calculating estimated range, especially when it's cold outside or when driving at high speed for long periods of time.

Our list contains a luxury limousine, super-fast saloons, sumptuous SUVs, slippery shape crossovers, and even a sporty hatchback! Is there an affordable model? Which is the 400 mile range electric car? Read on...

#1 Mercedes-Benz EQS – 464 miles

If it's maximum range you crave, the Mercedes-Benz EQS is currently in pole position.

First launched in 2021, the sleek Mercedes-Benz EQS sits at the summit of the German firm’s range of electric saloons, ahead of the similarly-styled EQE (see below). There’s also an EQS SUV up for grabs.

But it’s the aerodynamic EQS saloon that trumps its SUV sibling when it comes to range. And being capable of travelling up to 464 miles between charges, depending on which variant you choose, means you could – theoretically speaking – journey from Southampton to Edinburgh without stopping.

It’s the 333 hp ‘EQS 450+’ model that boasts the longest range, though a more powerful ‘Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+’ version is available with 658 hp.

The 450+ is powered by a large 107.8 kWh lithium-ion battery that also supports rapid 200 kW DC charging that can replenish the energy from 10-80% in just 31 minutes.

The other major talking point with the EQS is the limousine-like interior, which features a state-of-the-art infotainment system. You can also expect an abundance of creature comforts, including air suspension, a panoramic roof and a suite of driver assistance and safety systems.

With the EQS, Mercedes-Benz has shown that cars with the longest range can have it all.

Mercedes EQS Lease Prices

#2 Mercedes-Benz EQE – 388 miles

According to Mercedes-Benz, the EQE offers ‘exclusivity and dynamism down to the last detail’.

A more affordable stablemate of the EQS (see above), the Mercedes-Benz EQE takes the runner-up spot in our ‘Longest Range’ Top 10 run down.

The EQE is underpinned by a 89 kWh capacity battery that gives it a range of up to 388 miles.

Both the entry-level 245 hp ‘EQE 300’ and the mid-range, 292 hp ‘EQE 350’ can achieve that maximum distance, according to the WLTP test.

The EQE also supports 170 kW DC rapid charging for when you need a swift pit stop.

And from the plush interior to the bleeding-edge tech, the EQE screams ‘luxury’.

Base ‘AMG Line’ models come as standard with 19 inch AMG alloys, a panoramic roof, brushed stainless steel sport pedals, and heated sports seats.

Mercedes EQE Lease Prices

#3 BMW i7 – 387 miles

The i7 is BMW’s most luxurious all-electric saloon – and shares its underpinnings with the battery-driven Rolls Royce Spectre.

The BMW i7 represents that perfect sweet spot where style really does meet substance. The imposing front end commands attention while the rest of the design is sure to turn heads, too.

At the heart of the i7 is a 105.7 kWh battery that provides ample power of 544 hp. That’s enough oomph to see the i7 accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 4.7 seconds.

Yet despite that performance, the BMW i7 can travel up to 387 miles between charges, when you opt for the ‘xDrive60’ powertrain in ‘Excellence’ trim.

The i7 supports 195 kW rapid charging which will take the battery from 10-80% full in 34 minutes.

And, as you’d expect from such a sumptuous executive vehicle from BMW, sophisticated technology is the order of the day, from the curved glass screen in the cabin to adaptive two-axle air suspension.

BMW i7 Lease Prices

#4 BMW iX – 382 miles

The iX is BMW’s flagship all-electric SUV – and dominates rivals.

Launched in 2021, the intelligent BMW iX is all the family car you’d ever need… and then some.

A rival to the Audi Q8 e-tron and the Tesla Model X, the iX has a range of up to 382 miles between charges.

To travel that far you’ll need to opt for the 523 bhp ‘xDrive 50’ powertrain that’s available with mid-range ‘M Sport’ models.

It utilises a 105 kWh battery that supports 195 kW rapid charging speeds – which is extremely close to the Mercedes-Benz EQS that sits at the top of this list.

And all that power means the large SUV can still accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 4.6 seconds.

The i7 also has exceptional eco-credentials thanks to a commitment to using recycled materials - even the floor coverings and mats are made using recovered fishing nets.

BMW iX Lease Prices

#5 Polestar 3 – 379 miles

Sitting above the ‘2’ in the firm’s range, the Polestar 3 is an ‘SUV for the electric age’.

The first thing that strikes you about the Polestar 3 is the way it looks – and that’s quintessentially Scandinavian, from the futuristic body to the minimalist interior.

The second thing that makes you sit up and take notice is how far the Polestar 3 can travel between charges – a maximum of 379 miles.

You’ll achieve that figure with the entry level ‘Long Range Dual Motor’ Polestar, which also offers substantial power of 473 hp and a brisk 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds.

The ‘Performance’ variant adds an extra 30 hp but means you sacrifice on range.

You can also expect, as standard, a head-up display, premium sound system, 21 inch alloys, heated rear seats, and a semi-autonomous ‘Pilot Assist’ driving system.

Polestar 3 Lease Prices

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#6 Tesla Model 3 – 374 miles

Tesla's Model 3 is a superb, long range, all-round EV.

The Model 3 is, quite simply, one of the most sought-after electric cars on the market – and no list of the Top 10 Longest Range Electric Cars would be complete without one.

The base, rear-wheel-drive Model 3 features a single motor and a range of 305 miles – not too shabby at all.

But if you choose the ‘Long Range’ version of the Model 3, you get to enjoy a dual motor, all-wheel-drive set-up and a 374 mile range.

As noted above, real world range is often less than official range, but Teslas incorporate industry-leading battery tech and achieved range is frequently quite close to quoted range. This high efficiency means it's cheap to run.

It’s also a rapid family saloon, capable of covering 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds. Rapid DC charging is ultra-fast at 250 kW on Tesla’s own ‘Supercharger’ network.

Tesla Model 3 Lease Prices

#7 Ford Mustang Mach-E – 372 miles

The Mach-E is a Mustang where brains triumph over brawn.

Forget the big V8 in the petrol-powered Ford Mustang – the electric Mustang Mach-E has all the presence of a muscle car without the big fuel bills.

And the Mach-E also offers a class-leading range at an affordable leasing price.

While the entry-level ‘Select’ Mach-E offers power of 269 PS and a range of up to 273 miles, the mid-range ‘Premium’ model takes the distance between battery top-ups to 372 miles.

The battery itself is a 98 kWh unit offering power of 294 PS and a 0-62 mph time of 7 seconds. It also supports a highly-desirable 150 kW rapid charging speed.

And if ‘rapid’ is what you’re looking for, the Mach-E GT takes the power up to 487 PS while still returning a respectable 304 miles between charges.

Ford Mustang Mach-E Lease Prices

#8 BMW i4 – 358 miles

The BMW i4 is a smart, sleek saloon that’s built to trade blows with the Tesla Model 3.

If power is what you crave, the i4 M50 is packing a hefty 554 hp and pace to worry most sports cars.

But if you want an i4 that’s built for distance, the eDrive 40 model is the one for you.

A 250 kW power unit, which makes 340 hp and 430 Nm of torque, is enough to accelerate the i4 from 0-62 mph in just 5.7 seconds.

In Sport trim you’ll have 358 miles of range, while the M Sport variant shaves just a little off that capability, settling on 352 miles.

It's very well equipped, too, for example with a great infotainment system, including a wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration that leaves many of its competitors behind.

The i4 saloon is capable of charging at 200 kW at compatible public charging stations.

BMW i4 Lease Prices

#9 Cupra Born – 343 miles

You might consider it the ‘evil twin’ to the Volkswagen ID.3 – and it means business.

Spanish performance-peddlers Cupra is part of the Volkswagen group, and the Cupra Born has a lot in common with the VW ID.3.

But when it comes to pace and range, the electric siblings are poles apart. The aggressively-styled Born also looks like it’d eat the ID.3 for breakfast!

The maximum range for the ID.3 is 265 miles. Yet the Born uses a larger 77 kWh battery to unleash a range of up to 343 miles.

The Born will achieve that range when leased in the ‘V2 e-Boost’ trim. You also get power of 230 PS and the ability to sprint from 0-62 mph in 7.0 seconds.

Standard kit for this particular model also includes heated seats, ambient lighting, and performance ‘sports’ shock absorbers at the rear.

Cupra Born Lease Prices

#10 Skoda Enyaq iV – 339 miles

The Skoda Enyaq iV has style that goes for miles…

Skoda’s Enyaq iV is a full-size family SUV to rival competitors like the Volkswagen ID.4 and the Audi Q4 e-tron. It makes for a tantalising-affordable leasing option, too.

It’s the mid-range Skoda Enyaq iV ‘80’ that offers the most range - all 339 miles, compared to a maximum 246 miles with the Enyaq iV ‘60’.

The 80 makes use of a 77 kWh battery and offers power of 201 hp. It’s also exceptionally-good when it comes to energy consumption, returning a figure of 4.0 miles per kWh of electricity.

Those 80 models also come, as standard, with 19 inch alloys, chrome roof rails, front and rear parking sensors, a 13 inch infotainment display, and Skoda’s cutting-edge ‘Virtual Cockpit’.

Skoda Enyaq iV Lease Prices

Battery Size vs. Range Comparison

You might think electric vehicles with the biggest batteries will have the most range. Not necessarily. You also have to take into account how efficient the battery tech is.

Compare the Number 2 longest range EV, the Mercedes-Benz EQE, with the car in position 5, the Polestar 3. Here are the relevant statistics:

VehicleMercedes EQEPolestar 3
Battery size (useable)89 kWh107 kWh
Range (official WLTP)388 miles379 miles
Efficiency4.4 miles per kWh3.5 miles per kWh

Although the EQE has a considerably smaller battery than the Polestar 3, it actually has greater range on a single charge.

How is that possible? The EQE manages to squeeze more miles out of every unit of electricity stored in it.

You can see this reflected in the Efficiency line of the table. For every kWh of electricity, the Mercedes EQE goes 4.4 miles whereas the Polestar only goes 3.5 miles.

So a larger battery capacity doesn't always translate into better range.

Summary

The best electric cars are not always the ones with the best range – but it certainly helps. Knowing you can drive pretty much any distance during the day without having to charge is a great psychological advantage.

Now you know which electric cars have the longest range, here are the key points around choosing long range vehicles:

  • They can cover long distances in one go – ideal for trips away
  • Real world range is often less than officially quoted WLTP range
  • In nearly all circumstances, as long as you start with a battery at 100% charge, you can forget about needing to stop and charge during the day
  • When slowing down in any EV, the electric motor boosts range a little via regenerative braking
  • Big batteries generally mean more expensive headline prices, but there are exceptions
  • However, leasing a long range electric vehicle is an effective way of keeping monthly instalments down
  • Car deals on long range EVs vary from week to week – check our latest offers page for up-to-date information

And finally...

  • After your driving is finished for the day, plug in at home or work on a dedicated charging point, and start the next day with a full tank of electricity.

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