NWR Family size electric cars

We are looking to move to a fully electric car. We’ve nearly done it in the past and for one reason or another put it on hold. The issue is we have 3 young kids and a dog so need quite a large car (currently have a Discovery Sport) There doesn’t seem to be too many options on the market. The Audi e-tron seems quite attractive (second hand options, plenty of space) but the range is apparently weaker than some. Just wondered if anyone here has any experience of the large electric cars out there and can provide any advice before we take the plunge. Thanks! Tesla Model X is out of our price range and not available for at least a year!
 
We looked at it, but baulked at the issue of charge time/range etc....but also we could not find a car big enough...most of them are not big enough for 3 kids plus any luggage.

Like you, we have 3 kids and the thought of having to faff around looking for charging stations as we drive through continental europe just didn't appeal.

We ended up with a Citroen Picasso C4 Space Tourer - the space use is excellent. I'm past the point of wanting a cool car!!
 
We looked at it, but baulked at the issue of charge time/range etc....but also we could not find a car big enough...most of them are not big enough for 3 kids plus any luggage.

Like you, we have 3 kids and the thought of having to faff around looking for charging stations as we drive through continental europe just didn't appeal.

We ended up with a Citroen Picasso C4 Space Tourer - the space use is excellent. I'm past the point of wanting a cool car!!
The charge faff isn’t really a consideration for us as long drives through Europe are extremely rare. We will drive to Ireland to see in-laws but think we’ll install a home charger at their house and we should be ok.
 
Yeah don’t know it very well, but I’ll take a look, thanks.
Yes the Kia Nero has good range and is relatively cheap with very good reviews.
I‘ve just ordered a Polestar 2. Also see if your company will do salary sacrifice as I’ve set this up at ours and you get 20-40% off the price and can include insurance etc in this so is looking great value.
Peugeot e-2008 also well priced and maybe a touch bigger but I’ve never really looked at these.
 
Robbie we are in a similar situation. Two bigger kids, dog and a Discovery Sport which has been fantastic as the main family car. Second car is a Mini for nipping about in but doesn’t get used much.

We‘ve decided to keep the Discovery for now as it ticks all the boxes and our research can’t find anything as practical for our needs and budget. So we are in a wait and see. Ideally I’d like to be able to buy a one year old electric Discovery in a few years time for £30k ish. Until then we are (too) happy with what we have now.
 
Robbie if you’ve any way at all of getting this as a company car then the government support for electric cars works wonders. A friend has just got the jag SUV and like you has 3 kids and a dog, he wouldn’t have considered it if it were not for the benefit in kind structure as too expensive, but with it it’s very attractive. Also worth remembering that at present no grant from govt for charging point if you buy second hand
 
Thanks for all the input. The urge to go electric has been building for a while so I think we will take the plunge now. I am in the process of setting up a wine business but not sure I can go straight in with a company car purchase?! I’ll check it out. Otherwise I think we’ll get a second-hand Audi e-tron, install a home charger and be ready for the new and improved iterations in a few years time.
 
Is the wine business a Ltd company? If so, do it! My business was only 6 months old when I got the Tesla. It makes it half price (assuming that you have the profits to be offset!)

The VW ID.4 might be suitable for you.

If buying privately, I understand that there are loads of used Jag iPaces flooding the market!
 
Is the wine business a Ltd company? If so, do it! My business was only 6 months old when I got the Tesla. It makes it half price (assuming that you have the profits to be offset!)

The VW ID.4 might be suitable for you.

If buying privately, I understand that there are loads of used Jag iPaces flooding the market!
Yes Ltd company, but until coronavirus restrictions start to lift, I can’t start trading properly (wine bar and shop)
 
My wife has an ID.3 a few months old
A very comfortable vehicle to drive. The touch screen does seem to freeze a little but an excellent vehicle overall
 
We have had a Volvo XC40 for about 6 months now. Although it's a "compact" SUV, it has just as much passenger space as my X-Trail had and no problems carrying 5 adults. I have the rechargeable hybrid because we often make journeys to Toulouse where there is no handy recharge facility. They make a full electric version. It's a lovely car to drive and easier to park than a full-size SUV.

However, I would point out that when you drive a fully laden car on batteries, it uses them up considerably faster than when there is just a driver, especially when it is cold and the heating is on.
 
We have taken the plunge and put down a deposit on a Skoda Enyaq to replace our Disco.

The test drive sold us. It’s based on the same platform as the VW ID4 but seems to have better reviews than the VW and is larger. It appears to be a good fit for a family car with large boot for the dog.

Approx £35k with the UKGOV EV grant and various options. However we are being quoted roughly six months for delivery!
 
I drove to Stowmarket in the I D 4 a few weeks ago with a full battery at departure. I drove the a406 , M11, A11 etc. 1 diverson enroute and repeated the route on return via Hornsey to deliver the lounge chair and then to East Finchley. The read out on return was 82 miles remaining. I did use cruise control both ways. No range anxiety here.
 

Tom Cannavan

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Don't want to go too far off topic, but it's fascinating that these KIAs, Skodas and Hyundais are bringing out electric models with prices in the £40k-£50k bracket, and nobody bats an eyelid. I'm absolutely not meaning any offence to anyone who drives one, but in the past most people would never have dreamed of paying a £50k for a Kia or Hyundai. That was the territory of Jaguar, BWM, Mercedes, etc. who had the badges - the 'pride of ownership' thing - all sewn up. If all of these new cars sell, will the move to electric mean that it is tech, and not the badge, that wins, thus changing the landscape?
 
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