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10 of the best luxury electric cars in 2024

Electric power is perfect for wafting around in quiet luxury. Here are our top choices for opulent EVs

Luxury cars are technological showcases – the result of lots of clever brains and cutting-edge innovation. So, while electric cars have now filtered down to the mainstream, they found their footing in the luxury class, and that’s where the most impressive EVs are found. These have the best features, the best upholstery and, often, the best range figures.

Carmakers have spent decades making engines as quiet as possible to create serene, refined luxury cars. Typically, these high-end flagships have had overpowered engines, too, with faster acceleration than is truly necessary. Electric cars have both these qualities – the motors are whisper-quiet and all the power is available instantly for that addictive off-the-line speed. Here are 10 of the best luxury electric cars you can buy right now.

1. Mercedes EQS

Mercedes’ ultra-luxurious Bullet Train-like EQS is the electric equivalent to the S-Class, and combines the brand’s latest knowhow on powertrains and technology. Hidden underneath its slinky, aerodynamic styling is a large 108kWh battery. Both these elements combine to produce an official electric range of 452 miles – comfortably making the EQS the longest-range electric car on sale in the UK. With the optional Hyperscreen infotainment system – measuring 56 inches from corner to corner – the EQS has an interior like no other car, either.

2. Rolls-Royce Spectre

Rolls-Royce Spectre in green

Rolls-Royce has spent almost its entire carmaking heritage making its big, hearty petrol engines as quiet and as smooth as possible. An electric powertrain, therefore, makes total sense, but the Brit brand has waited for just the right time to launch its first EV. The Rolls-Royce Spectre is a breathtakingly elegant coupe with bold looks that perfectly encapsulate Rolls’ positioning in the modern era. Its 260-mile range is plenty – Spectre buyers are almost certainly going to have a private jet for longer trips – and you can leave your chauffeur to worry about charging the thing. This has to be the definition of opulence – and it’s certainly one of the most expensive EVs at around £450,000. Baller.

3. BMW i7

BMW i7 driving

Love it or hate it, but there’s no question the BMW i7 looks imposing and purposeful. Behind its surprisingly traditional side profile sits BMW’s finest materials and tech, all smashed together to create a sumptuous limousine. If you thought front-seat occupants have it good, rear-seat passengers might have it even better. You get the usual quilted leather and space, but also the option of a 31-inch Theatre Screen that folds down from the ceiling – letting you keep up with the Kardashians on the way to your next meeting.

4. BMW iX

It’s a challenging car to look at but, get past its divisive styling, and the BMW iX is one of the very best luxury electric SUVs. BMW has managed to make the iX drive deftly and ride comfortably – not an easy task in a car weighing around 2.5 tonnes. The mid-range iX xDrive50’s ‘engine’ boasts a 105kWh battery and a 380-mile range. At nearly five metres long, the iX offers serious space, but it’s the gently curved screens and high-class materials that will make a lasting impression. If you want all these features wrapped up in a more conventional saloon body style, BMW also sells the i7.

5. Porsche Taycan

Porsche is known for its evocative petrol-powered sports cars like the 911 and Boxster but, these days, those cars make up a relatively small proportion of its sales. Of course, the Macan and Cayenne SUVs are popular, but the Porsche Taycan has also been mopping up sales. This is the antidote to the suggestion that EVs are soulless to drive, with typically Porsche-like handling and breathtaking performance. Alongside the saloon, there are Sport Turismo and Cross Turismo estate versions – the latter with jacked-up SUV-like styling.

6. Audi e-tron GT

Closely related to the Taycan, the Audi e-tron GT is equally impressive and a fraction more affordable. Arguably, the e-tron GT feels a little more futuristic, not least because it looks like a spaceship sent from a distant planet. Its 270kW charging tech – also shared with the Porsche – is top-rate and, if you find a powerful enough charger, a 10-80% top-up takes just 20 minutes. Add in a suitably sporty driving experience and the Audi e-tron GT ticks a lot of boxes – including value for money, if you compare it to a petrol-powered Audi A8.

7. Mercedes EQB

Dropping down a few price bands, we get to the Mercedes EQB. This is the electric version of the GLB and squeezes seven seats into its relatively compact proportions. It’s the only electric seven-seater that isn’t a Tesla Model X or a van, but still features the luxury experience you get from costlier Mercedes models. With two large screens ahead of you, sumptuous materials to touch and everything feeling expensive, it’s a really nice family bus. Although we can’t vouch for how luxurious it’ll feel with a full complement of screaming kids on board.

Only need five seats? You might want to upgrade to the business-class Mercedes EQC instead.

8. Audi e-tron

Fantastically comfortable, quiet at speed and as well built as Fort Knox – the Audi e-tron SUV (renamed the Q8 e-tron from late 2022) is still a top choice for a large luxury electric SUV. To keep pace with an increasingly long list of rivals, the Q8 e-tron gains faster charging and larger batteries. But what remains is the e-tron’s effortless driving experience during tiring, stressful commutes – you’ll appreciate the e-tron on traffic-filled drives home after a long workday.

9. Hyundai Ioniq 5

Huh? A Hyundai on our list of best electric luxury cars? Hang on there, because the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is much different to an i10 or a Kona. Its EV-specific powertrain means there’s a lot of space to stretch out inside, and a big boot to, er, boot. The Hyundai matches the Taycan and e-tron GT for charging tech – and perhaps even for kerb appeal – and its near-300-mile range is achievable in real-world driving. If you would like a little more luxury and a different badge, check out the Genesis GV60, which uses the same powertrain as the Ioniq 5 but in a slightly more premium package.

10. Nissan Ariya

The Nissan Ariya is the brand’s attempt to pinch customers from Audi, Mercedes and BMW. While it’s not as glamorously opulent as the cars further up this list, you’ll certainly feel like you’re in a luxury environment. There are touch buttons integrated into the wooden dashboard trim, Japanese woven interior details and even shagpile carpets – something you might only expect to find in Rolls-Royces and Bentleys. It’s head and shoulders above a Qashqai for interior quality, and boasts a near-silent driving experience.