The EQS isn’t exactly an electric S-Class, but it fulfils a similar role as showcase for Mercedes’ latest technology. Featuring a bespoke platform, it’s a sleeker and more stylish affair than the firm’s familiar ICE limousine, plus it handles with more poise and agility – yet it’s just as comfortable and even quieter. The luxurious cabin is dominated by a vast, 1.4-metre-wide digital display, while under the skin is a large 107.8kWh battery pack that delivers an astounding range of 485 miles in the 450+ and 420 miles in the more powerful 580. The best EV in the world? It’s certainly up there.
Based on the V-Class people carrier, the EQV makes a compelling case for taxi and private hire firms that want to carry up to six passengers in quiet and cosseting luxury. Featuring 201bhp motor, it offers adequate performance, while its 90kWh battery provides a useful 213 miles between charges. The lithium ion cells sit under the floor so cabin and boot space are unaffected (it’s vast inside), while the optional air suspension serves up a plush and near-silent ride. It’s reasonably precise to drive, the commanding driving position and great visibility making it easy to place, while 100kW charging capability should mean you won’t be stationary for long.
With a dated exterior design, a relatively low-rent interior and underwhelming driving experience, the MG 5 won’t necessarily be at the top of your EV shopping list. Yet despite its flaws, the Chinese family estate car makes a decent case as practical and cost-effective entry to zero-tailpipe-emissions motoring. There’s a handy 464-litre boot and the 52.5kWh battery offers enough energy for 214 miles of motoring. With 154bhp the motor delivers very brisk acceleration, while the soft suspension delivers good comfort and quietness. And the best bit is that it costs just a little over £25,000.
Like the 5, the electrically powered ZS sets out its stall with the value-for-money calling card front and centre. For just over £26,000, you get a roomy, practical and well-equipped SUV that undercuts by thousands mainstream rivals such as the Kia e-Niro. Yes, the interior materials are a bit cheap and cheerful, but it looks smart enough on the outside and its 141bhp motor delivers a decent turn of speed. However, it suffers from imprecise handling, it’s noisier than most EVs and, crucially, its 44.5kWh battery offers a below-average 163 miles of range. But if the lowest list price is your only consideration, perhaps the ZS is worth a look.