Real-World Range Test – Top 10 Electric Cars

Real-World Range Test

Real-World Range Test

This month, we present the top 10 most efficient electric cars that have undergone our Real Range test so far.

Therein, the car is driven at our test centre until its battery is flat, then we fully charge it (measuring the energy required to do so) and soak it to 18deg C overnight. Then, with the lights and air-con on, two people inside and the air between 10 and 15deg C, we drive our 19.4-mile route, which simulates a mix of urban traffic, rural roads and motorway. This is driven twice for cars that take more than 60kWh and thrice for those that take more than 100kWh.

Make and model  /  WLTP Official  /  Real Range  /  Deficit

1.  Hyundai Kona Electric 64kWh  /  279  /  259  /  -7.5%
2.  Jaguar I-Pace EV /  400  /  292  /  253  /  -15.5%
3.  Kia e-Niro 64kWh  /  282  /  253  /  -11.6%
4.  Tesla Model X 100D*  /  na  /  233  /  na
5.  Tesla Model S 75D*  /  na  /  204  /  na
6.  Audi E-tron 55 quattro  /  248  /  196  /  -23.2%
7.  BMW i3 120Ah  /  189  /  165  /  -13.3%
8.  Hyundai Kona Electric 39kWh  /  194  /  158  /  -22.7%
9.  Renault Zoe R110  /  186  /  146  / . -27.0%
10.  Renault Zoe Q90  /  186  /  132  /  -40.7%
* Recently updated with a longer official range; not yet Real Range tested

While none of these electric cars achieves its official WLTP range, a few aren’t far off. The Hyundai Kona Electric 64kWh comes closest, and its Real Range of 259 miles is the best so far. Only four other cars exceed 200 miles. Farthest from its official range is the Renault Zoe Q90, at -40.7%. Still, every car here has a better range than the benchmark of 120 miles from the early days of EVs.

True MPG uses a real-world test route but is conducted on test rigs at Millbrook to ensure test repeatability