Best new electric cars coming in 2022

Plenty of exciting new electric cars will arrive in the UK in 2022. Read on for our picks of the ones you’ll want to keep an eye on

James Allen
Jan 13, 2022

Not that long ago, electric cars were still a bit of a novelty, with the options available to car buyers being quite limited. However, things have changed a lot since then, as a number of car companies now have at least one electric car in their ranges - from Volkswagen to Volvo, Mini to Mercedes and Peugeot to Porsche.

There’ll be even more options in the coming months, as a broad selection of new electric cars will go on sale in the UK in 2022. Plenty of variety is promised, too: the forthcoming selection of electric cars includes upmarket executive saloons, family-friendly crossovers and SUVs, practical people carriers and even a few high-performance sports cars.

Of that expansive selection of electric cars, below are our picks of some of the best and most exciting models that will start arriving on UK roads in 2022.

New electric cars 2022

1. Hyundai Ioniq 6

The car you see here may be a concept car, but the Hyundai Prophecy (top left, top right, bottom right) design study will find its way onto the roads in 2022 via the forthcoming Hyundai Ioniq 6. While some of the Prophecy’s styling will be toned down on the Ioniq 6, expect the concept’s swoopy shape and quirky details like the pixel-LED headlights to make it onto the production car.

As the Ioniq 6 will share lots of tech with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 which is already on sale, expect to be able to cover up to around 300 miles on a charge and to have compatibility with incredibly powerful 350kW charging points. This compatibility means you can expect to be able to make the most of the fastest chargers, which makes the Ioniq 6 suitable for long journeys where you have to stop and charge on the way.

2. Kia Niro EV

Kia Niro EV list price from £34,995*

In 2022, Kia will replace its Niro SUV with a second-generation version, and it will follow on from its predecessor in having a fully electric e-Niro version. Full technical details haven’t been confirmed just yet, though it’s likely the new e-Niro will mirror the current car in having different battery size options and power outputs - including a more affordable low-range version for those who don't cover too many lengthy trips, along with those with larger batteries that are suitable for drivers who cover lots of long journeys.

We do at least know the new e-Niro will look drastically different to the car it’s replacing, thanks to the striking exterior and a stylish dashboard design. This unusual design, with a contrasting colour rear pillar makes the new model stand out, and differentiates it from the more ordinary-looking outgoing version.

3. Maserati GranTurismo

A replacement for the now-discontinued Maserati GranTurismo has long been overdue, though Maserati promises a new version of its grand touring car will arrive at some point in 2022. If you are a fan of the old model’s design, you’ll be pleased to know the forthcoming second-generation GranTurismo will sport a similar look to its predecessor’s.

However, you’ll find lots of changes under the bonnet, as Maserati has gone on the record to say the next GranTurismo will be the Italian brand’s first car to be powered by electricity - though details on range, power and charging times haven’t been revealed at the time of writing.

4. Mercedes EQE

Mercedes EQE list price from £76,450*

Interested in the upmarket Mercedes EQS, but find it’s too big or pricey for you? Then the Mercedes EQE that’s due by summer 2022 could be the electric car for you. Boiled down to its basic elements, it takes a lot of the tech and features from the EQS, and shrinks it down into a package around the same size as today’s Mercedes E-Class saloon.

Initially, the Mercedes EQE will be available in two forms, including a model with a claimed driving range in excess of 400 miles per charge, though Mercedes promises there’ll also be high-performance AMG and higher-riding SUV versions of the EQE later down the line. All versions should offer a luxurious feel and great refinement on the move.

5. Nissan Ariya

Nissan Ariya list price from £42,845*

Originally planned for launch in late 2021, the Nissan Ariya electric SUV now won’t start arriving on UK roads until summer 2022. Despite the delay, the Nissan Ariya remains a car with quite a few things going for it. For a start, it’s around the same size as the Nissan Qashqai, which has long been one of the UK’s best-selling new cars, and Nissan claims the Ariya can be driven up to an impressive 310 miles on a single charge. This makes it a viable choice even for those who often cover long journeys.

If you’re willing to sacrifice some range and can afford a higher purchase price, there’s also a sporty model with 400hp, which makes this particular spec of Ariya the most powerful Nissan you can buy this side of the Nissan GT-R performance car. Considering that electric motors respond instantly when you press the throttle, expect this Ariya to prove pretty rapid, making it a great choice for those who want a practical car that offers impressive power, too. 

6. Renault Megane

Renault Megane list price from £35,995*

The new version of the Renault Megane will arrive in the UK in 2022, and it promises to be quite a bit different to the car it’s replacing. Rather than being a conventional family hatchback like the outgoing model, the new Megane will be a higher riding car that bridges the gap between a regular car and taller SUV-like crossover vehicles.

As its presence on this list suggests, the next-gen Megane won’t have any petrol or diesel engine options at all: instead, it will use an electric motor and battery combination that Renault claims is capable of up to 292 miles of driving range. That means that it won't be able to travel quite as far per charge as some of the cars on this list, though Renault normally offers attractive pricing, so you can expect the new Megane to be good value.

7. Toyota bZ4X

Toyota bZ4X list price from £41,950*

Toyota is planning to launch a huge array of electric cars worldwide in the coming years, and will kick things off in summer 2022 with its new bZ4X. It’s similarly-sized to today’s Toyota RAV4 SUV and, like the RAV4, the BZ4X will be available in front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations depending on the trim level.

Full specifications will be revealed closer to the car’s launch, though Toyota has suggested that the bZ4X will be capable of a maximum driving range of around 280 miles per charge.

8. Volkswagen ID. Buzz

Volkswagen ID. Buzz list price from £57,115*

The name will change by the time the production version arrives in 2022, though much of the VW ID.Buzz concept’s recipe will be carried over to its road-going counterpart. While the design is expected to be toned down a bit from the concept, the customer-ready ID.Buzz is set to have a few Campervan-inspired styling cues - and, like its historic predecessor, will be available in people carrier, panel van and camper van guises.

The production ID.Buzz will also use a lot of tech from other electric Volkswagens such as the VW ID.3 and VW ID.4, so expect the ID.Buzz to have similar battery tech, features and charging capabilities as those cars. As it's a bigger and heavier vehicle, though, it's possible the ID.Buzz will offer a lower claimed range than the existing ID.3 and ID.4 models - potentially around the 200-250 miles per charge level.

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

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