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Top 10 Longest Range Electric Cars in 2022

2 out of the top 10 longest range electric cars available today enjoy a 400 mile range on a single charge of the battery.

The other 8 have an official WLTP range between 335 and 396 miles.

Say goodbye to range anxiety with these big battery beasts!

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 2022 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 132 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 – 453 miles

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

New for 2021, the brilliantly-styled Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ is the first all-electric luxury saloon from the Mercedes EQ brand. There’s a lot to love about it - not least the limo-like interior, stunning infotainment system, adjustable air suspension, and eye-catching exterior looks.

But what’s even better about the EQS is the massive 107.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. It's the biggest battery in any EV at the moment and it's the longest range electric car.

Depending on the trim you select, you can expect between 407 and 453 miles of range (WLTP) from a single charge - enough to get you from London to Leeds, and back again, with reserve left in the tank.

The 333 bhp EQS is no slouch, either, capable of sprinting from 0-62 mph in just 6.2 seconds. Top speed is 130 mph.

Finally, the EQS is capable of rapid charging at a very quick 200 kW DC. That means less time waiting around at the motorway service station when you do need to top up. With the EQS, Mercedes has shown that cars with the longest range can have it all.

Mercedes-Benz EQS Lease Prices

#2 Tesla Model S – 396 to 405 miles

Teslas have always had phenomenal range and the Model S doesn't disappoint.

The Tesla Model S is one serious bit of kit, marrying ballistic performance with incredible range. And there are two main variants - the standard Model S and the Model S Plaid.

The tri-motor, all-wheel-drive Plaid is a road weapon, with a top speed of 200 mph. The 0-60 acceleration time is under 2.0 seconds (!) while you still get a whopping range of 396 miles.

Meanwhile the regular Model S uses just two motors, and has an extended range of 405 miles. Tesla is always somewhat coy about exact battery capacity, but suffice to say it's big. Go for the optional ‘Enhanced Autopilot’ pack and you unlock lots of autonomous driving, including auto lane change, auto park and navigation using autopilot.

Tesla doesn't give you many other optional extras, but lots of goodies come as standard such as a heated steering wheel, trim-zone climate controls, 22-speaker audio system and a gorgeous glass roof.

Compared to the Mercedes EQS, the Model S has even faster DC charging at 250 kW. You also get access to the superlative Tesla Supercharger network.

Tesla Model S Lease Prices

#3 BMW iX – 380 miles

BMW's quirky, luxurious iX delivers excellent range.

Don’t call the iX an ‘SUV’ - according to BMW it’s a ‘Sports Activity Vehicle’ with a spacious interior.

And the 523 bhp ‘xDrive 50’ is the most powerful incarnation of the iX, having been launched earlier this year.

Lease customers will find two electric motors: one on the front axle and another at the rear axle. A massive 105 kWh battery means it can hit 62 mph from a standstill in 4.6 seconds. And that battery also translates to a range of up to 380 miles.

Rapid charging speed is excellent, too, at 200 kW DC – just like the EQS.

The BMW iX divides opinion when it comes to aesthetics – unlike universally adored designs such as the Jaguar I-Pace – but it's certainly an impressive all-round package.

BMW iX Lease Prices

#4 Ford Mustang Mach-E – 379 miles

The Mach-E is Ford's first fully electric car and has terrific range for relatively little money.

The Mach-E electric car is, slowly but surely, winning over muscle car enthusiasts – and that’s largely down to a winning mix of both battery distance and poke.

The all-electric crossover is available in a few different guises, the ‘GT’ model being the most powerful.

But the standard rear wheel drive incarnation with the larger ‘Extended Range’ battery variant is the one you want when it comes to getting the maximum amount of distance out of your overnight recharges.

You’ll get up to 379 miles of range in the Ford Mach-E, as well as considerable power of 294 PS and a 0-62 mph time of just 7.0 seconds.

Its public rapid charging speed is 150 kW. Not as much as the Mercedes EQS, Tesla Model S or BMW iX, but still very good for a car at this price point.

Ford Mustang Mach-E Lease Prices

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#5 Tesla Model 3 (Long Range) – 360 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 360 mile range. As noted, 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 the Supercharger network.

Tesla Model 3 Long Range Lease Prices

#6 BMW i4 – 345 to 359 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 551 PS.

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 PS 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 359 miles of range, while the M Sport variant shaves just a little off that capability, settling on 345 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

#7 Tesla Model X – 348 miles

There’s one word that sums up the Tesla Model X SUV – and that’s ‘potent’.

The top-spec ‘Plaid’ version has some 1,020 bhp, can accelerate from 0-60 mph in a faintly ridiculous 2.5 seconds, and can be upgraded to have ‘Full Self-Driving Capability’.

Meanwhile the base Model X is the one you need if you want the maximum amount of range for your monthly lease fee.

The standard dual-motor Model X still has 670 horsepower, a 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds and all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a futuristic Tesla – including magnificent Falcon Wing doors.

It's a 348 mile range, futuristic piece of tech on wheels. Plus 250 kW rapid charging. All in all, not too bad for a car that can easily double as a 7-seat family load lugger.

Tesla Model X Lease Prices

#8 Volkswagen ID.3 (Tour Pro S) – 340 miles

The Volkswagen ID.3 took the world of electric cars by storm when it hit the roads last summer.

It’s an all-electric five door hatchback that’s just perfect for busy families, and because there’s so many variants available, you’re pretty much sure to find the one that best suits you if standard equipment is not sufficient.

Base ‘Life’ models have a 58 kWh battery, power of 145 PS and a range of 260 miles - which is extremely attractive for a lot of customers.

But the top-of-the-range VW Tour Pro S model ups the ante, coming equipped with a larger 77 kWh battery and a range of 340 miles.

You also get to enjoy goodies like Matrix LED headlights, an augmented reality head-up display, and driver helping tech like Lane Assist, Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist.

In this more affordable segment of the market, you used to just have cars like the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Kia e-Niro with the longest ranges. Fortunately, the manufacturers are now starting to fill the gaps. Audi, for example, has come out with the Q4 e-tron which delivers a 300 mile range with its 77 kWh battery pack.

This top specced ID.3, priced under £40k, shows the best cars in terms of range don't have to break the bank.

Volkswagen ID.3 Lease Prices

#9 Tesla Model 3 (Performance) – 340 miles

The Tesla Model 3 Performance variant is still the top performing car in this segment in terms of the overall package.

You get the same dual motor, all-wheel drive system as the Long Range Model 3, but the obvious difference is that the powertrain has been tweaked, favouring sporting ability over range which stands at 340 miles. It will leave many serious sports cars in the dust, with a 0-60 of just 3.1 seconds.

The top speed increases from 145 mph to 162mph with a Model 3 Performance while lease customers also get to enjoy 20 inch alloys, performance brakes, a carbon fibre spoiler, lowered suspension and a dedicated ‘Track Mode’.

Public charging is really quick at 250 kW, just like the Model S and X.

Tesla has four EVs at the moment, but it's the '3' that continues to help them win automotive awards.

Tesla Model 3 Performance Lease Prices

#10 Polestar 2 (Long Range) – 335 miles

The Polestar 2 is a gorgeous performance fastback and a proper rival to the Tesla Model Y.

It's Polestar's first electric car, excluding the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid. And, like a lot of other all-electric lease vehicles, there are lots of different variants designed to cater for lots of different customers.

Earlier this year, for example, Polestar released a single motor version, 'Standard Range Single Motor', that’s more affordable than other Polestar 2s that went before it.

But if the ability to travel long distances is paramount in your mind, then you’ll need the ‘Long Range Single Motor’ Polestar 2.

A 75 kWh battery equates to a range of up to 335 miles of range and power of 228 bhp. Even though it's number 10 out out 10, it still has really impressive range on a single charge.

Meanwhile all Polestar 2 models come specced to the gills, including frameless mirrors, vegan upholstery, 3D etched panels, a high performance audio system with eight speakers, front and rear parking sensors, rear-view camera, and a huge 11-inch infotainment screen.

You can upgrade via various packs including 'Performance' which brings Brembo brakes, 20-inch alloys, Öhlins shock absorbers, and more.

Polestar 2 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 1 longest range EV, the Mercedes EQS, with the car in position 6, the BMW i4. Here are the relevant statistics:

VehicleMercedes EQSBMW i4
Battery size (useable)107.8 kWh80.7 kWh
Range (official WLTP)453 miles365 miles
Efficiency4.2 miles per kWh4.5 miles per kWh

Although the EQS has better range overall, the i4's battery 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 BMW i4 goes 4.5 miles whereas the EQS only goes 4.2 miles.

So the cars with the longest range aren't always those with the greatest battery capacity.

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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