• The Best Electric Family Cars for 2021

If you’re in the market for an electric family car, then this list is the list you need to check out

Electric cars have come a long way from being a niche option for the tech affiliated and trendy to becoming a valid option for regular drivers. EV brands are also expanding their lineup beyond the sedan sector to the family segment as more of their models penetrate the customer base. These vehicles still have a long way to go as far as range and access to charging ports is concerned, but the practicality, top-notch technology, and increasingly reasonable pricing have proved their validity. The following are some EV family types for this year that warrant a second look.

Skoda Enyaq IV

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The Enyaq is the first purpose-built EV from the automaker and utilizes the same technology as other entirely electric vehicles within the Volkswagen Group. The EV’s exterior combines compact intimidation and elegance due to the practical yet sleek design language. Long headlights and a moderately imposing grille complete the idea of the SUV. The interior also has a typical amount of technology, but its redeeming quality is the material quality and available space.

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It does not have the same space under the hood as the Tesla, but the boot has a relatively large capacity of 1710 liters when the rear seating is folded flat. Its powertrain is a 62-kWh battery and single rear-mounted electric motor. The higher levels have an 82 kWh battery, and these produce 210 horsepower while the base is rated at 177 horsepower. For that output, the range is between 256 and 333 miles per charge.

Read our full review on the Skoda Enyaq IV

Ford Mustang Mach-E

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It is the first successful attempt at producing an electric muscle car but for the SUV segment. The Mach-e has been reviewed as odd in appearance because it combines the practicality of sports utility models and EVs with the sharpness of the Mustang muscle car design language. Customers have a choice between the 75.7-kWh battery or an extended range 98.8 option. When combined with the motor, the latter makes 480 horsepower.

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The automaker also indicated the EV would accelerate to 60 mph within 3.5 seconds and have a range between 211 and 305 miles. Ford also spared no expense for the interior as it features the next-generation SYNC infotainment system, which is customized to every driver’s liking. Its dashboard is streamlined and also hosts an attractive digital cluster along with a vertically mounted touchscreen.

Read our full review on the Ford Mustang Mach-E

Volvo XC40 Recharge

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The Volvo is a stylish EV modeled after the petrol-powered XC40 SUV.

Rather than the 1.5 petrol engine, the Recharge has a 75-kWh battery pack backing a dual-motor powertrain that produces 402 horsepower and all-wheel drive.

Volvo states the XC40 Rechargeable can accelerate to 60 mph within 4.7 seconds, which is rather quick for a sports utility vehicle. The EPA gave the XC40 Recharge a range estimate of 208 miles on a single charge. It is standard but not the best in the segment. The XC40 was rated one of the safest cars around, and the Recharge inherited most of its safety attributes.

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One exciting feature is the battery safety cage. The large battery is set low in the chassis between the front and rear axles within a cage that even has crumple zones for extra protection in the event of an accident. Aside from collision avoidance and automatic emergency braking, the Recharge also features connected safety, which sends the driver information on potential hazards.

Read our full review on the Volvo XC40 Recharge

Kia E-Niro

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The E-Niro is a welcome addition to the EV lineup due to its range and pricing. It’s a bit of a looker as well. The Kia features that practical Asian design language for the body though there is a hint of European for the rear and the headlights. At the entry-level, there is a 39 kWh battery and single motor providing 134 horsepower, though it is possible to upgrade to a 64 kWh option that will up the power to 201 horsepower. The top of the range model has an impressive range of 282 miles and 0 to 60 time of 7.5 seconds.

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It is not exactly the fastest out there, but the E-Niro makes up for performance with comfort. The all-electric Kia also has a full range of toys, including premium JBL sound, wireless phone charging, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen. It is a sensible car in every sense of the word and an excellent option for first-time EV buyers.

Read our full review on the Kia E-Niro

Hyundai Kona

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The Kona is one of the more brazenly styled Hyundai in the market hence its appeal as a family EV. The front fascia is intimidating with squinting headlights and sportily clustered rear lights. The automaker also restyled the cabin starting with the dashboard, bringing in a few more options. Wireless smartphone charging, heated rear seats, and a new digital gauge display are all present. The standard 7.0-inch infotainment screen has also been upgraded to 8.0-inch diameter. There is a 64 kWh battery pack powering a single electric motor making the powertrain setup, and it is rated at 201 horsepower, which is more than what is provided by most of Kona’s petrol engine alternatives.

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Incidentally, the Kona electric is 0.2 seconds faster than the regular version, which accelerates to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds. The Kona has several other redeeming features as well, like aggressive regenerative braking, facilitating one-pedal driving while also improving the driving range to 258 miles.

Read our full review on the Hyundai Kona

Jaguar I-Pace

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It Arrives looking similar to the concept

The I-Pace has often been described as a bold move from Jaguar to rival the EV dominance from Tesla. To meet the power demand, Jaguar fitted two concentric electric motors for each axle, producing a healthy 395 horsepower. It is a four-wheel-drive system as well, and power is delivered via a single-speed gearbox. The power specifications mean the I-pace can accelerate to 60 mph within a time of 4.3 seconds, though the top speed is 124 mph, which is lower than the general expectation for the first EV jaguar SUV. The latest model of the I-pace will have an 11.0 kW onboard charger which brings quicker at-home charging than the previous version.

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Jaguar opted to complement the stylish exterior with a sophisticated cabin boasting a flashy dashboard and significant passenger space. Head-up displays, heated seating, and four-zone climate control are also included in the cabin. Powertrain and interior aside, the Jaguar I-pace is quite the looker. The stubbed nose, which brings the front wheels forward, and the vented bonnet and flush door handles add much-appreciated detail.

Read our full review on the Jaguar I-Pace

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