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May 2020

For most people, the vision of an eco-friendly car is that of a Nissan Leaf—small, reliable, but not ideal for everyone’s lifestyle. Luckily, technology is evolving so quickly that new options are cropping up all over the market, and there are now many electric vehicles to choose from.

If you’re someone who leads a lifestyle where a small car just won’t do it, then the electric SUV is for you. Over the past few years, this niche of the market has expanded, and mid-range to luxury car brands are all getting in on the fun. So, if you’re in the market for an electric SUV, take a look at some of the best!

The Tesla Model X

Discussing electric SUVs without including this feat of engineering in the conversation would be a crime. This car is no doubt on the luxury end of the spectrum, topping out at around NZD 190,000, with premium features to match the price.

Externally, the SUV has a beautiful finish and falcon-wing doors that add a touch of both interest and convenience. Seven seats and 2.4L of storage situate it squarely in the lead in the utility vehicle class. Plus, the addition of Tesla’s patented advanced safety features makes this an ideal family or adventure vehicle.

What really makes the Model X stand out is its standing in the world of electric vehicles. It sets records with almost every aspect of its performance. Delivering a shocking 507km of range on a full battery, and charging forward at the fastest SUV acceleration on earth—2.9s to 100km/h—this car lives up to the price tag.

The Jaguar I-PACE

Jaguar’s first all-electric performance SUV has made a real splash in the EV community, demonstrating that you can meld the classic Jaguar speed and charm with a modern environmental sensibility—you don’t have to compromise.

With a retail price of NZD 144,900, the SUV isn’t cheap. However, it has the statistics and accolades to back it up. The I-PACE swept the Golden Steering Wheel award for Best SUV in Germany, and was awarded World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year, and World Green Car at the 2019 World Car Awards.

What prompted all this recognition? Perhaps it’s the 470km electric range placing it in the top performers of the electric vehicle market. Alternatively, perhaps it’s the instant torque and 100km/h in 4.8s acceleration. Or perhaps it’s the fact that the I-PACE sports all of these features while somehow including five full seats and 1.48L litres of storage space.

The Hyundai Kona Electric SUV

Finally, the Hyundai Kona EV represents the more accessible brand of electric SUV, sporting a lower price point and excellent return on value. Korean automakers often get swept under the rug, but brands like this are famously reliable, and electric engines feature very few moving parts, so maintenance costs on a car like this will be minimal. But that’s not all that’s great about it.

The Kona electric compact SUV has an electric range of 451km on a full charge, so the five-seater will have no trouble handling the annual family road-trip to Ruapehu. Not only that, the day-to-day commute will be a breeze. This is a car with a smooth ride and talkative steering, and the extra touches of technology such as the touchscreen certainly don’t hurt.

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