Top 5 best 4WD electric cars 2022 We’ve picked out the best 4WD electric cars to buy in the UK right now, with options to suit every budget and lifestyle.
Best 4WD electric cars
Until recently, four-wheel drive (4WD) was reserved for a few SUVs and performance cars. But that’s a feature of many EVs in 2022 as it only requires the addition of a second electric motor to drive all four wheels, no transfer cases or extra mechanical bumps necessary.
The benefits of four-wheel drive compared to two-wheel-drive cars include better grip in rough conditions like snow or heavy rain. Plus, it increases traction on dry ground, helping EVs achieve super-fast acceleration times that could be embarrassing for petrol-engined supercars.
Four-wheel drive isn’t always standard on EVs — in some cases it’s reserved for more expensive high-spec versions but in many cases on this list dual motors are standard. So without further ado we’ve listed the best 4WD EVs you can buy – From SUV to estate:
- Hyundai Ioniq 5
- BMW iX
- Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
- Tesla Model Y
- Kia EV6
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Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric 4×4
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is simply one of the best EVs out there with a top-spec model all-wheel drive fast charging with a range of about 300 miles up to 220kW and a stunning interior.
It provides a lot of interior space and eye-catching Loads of space-age styling tech and a powerful set of electric motors for instant punchy performance. Ioniq 5 reviews.
BMW iX electric 4×4
BMW’s long-awaited zero-emission flagship iX is an X5-sized SUV aimed at the Tesla Model X. The iX showcases a bold new design language that will appear in all of the brand’s future pure electric models.
All versions are produced with a pair of electric motors From 322bhp (in the entry-level xDrive40) all the way up to 611bhp (in the range-topping M60). The luxury SUV also offers up to 380 miles of range while 200kW charging allows a 10-80% top-up in 34 minutes. IX review.
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
The Taycan Cross Turismo is a version of the Porsche Taycan with four-wheel drive and a more practical estate-style body shape. It uses the same drivetrain as its sister model but only with four-wheel drive.
There are several versions of the T but the most powerful, the Turbo S produces an incredible 751 horsepower and goes from 0-62mph in just 2.9 seconds. The T is a new addition to Porsche’s Active Suspension Management (PASM) system allowing for some off-road capability on gravel tracks, so while the Taycan presents a sporty image in standard form the Cross Turismo is intended for rural use. The longest distance model can go 283 miles on a single charge. Taycan Cross Turismo review.
Tesla Model Y electric 4×4
The Tesla Model X might be a luxury electric SUV worth beating but its flashy gullwing doors aren’t to everyone’s taste. That’s why it’s on this list as the smaller Model Y because it combines the practicality of an SUV with Tesla’s cutting-edge in-vehicle tech but in More restrained and cheaper packaging.
Essentially the SUV variants of the Model 3t are two versions of the Model Y offered in the UK both with four-wheel drive.
The Long Range has a claimed range of 315 miles while the Performance is capable of 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds – while boasting 854 litres of boot space (measured to the roof) plus an extra 117 litres in the “trunk” Under the hood. Both versions will also fast charge Charge from 0-80% in 36 minutes from one of the newest Tesla Superchargers. Y-shaped review.
Only the entry-level version of the Hyundai Ioniq 5’s sporty sibling is rear-wheel drive while the rest of the EV6 lineup uses dual motors for all-wheel traction. The Kia excels on twisty roads and overall is one of the most enjoyable EVs we’ve driven.
Regular The twin-motor version produces 321bhp and 605Nm of torque from 0-62mph in just over five seconds, while the range-topping 576bhp GT model will join later in 2022 promising a 0-62mph time of 3.5 seconds.
Electric coupe SUV also has tech-laden cabin, large trunk and superfast charging capability. EV6 review.