2022 Car and Driver EV of the Year: The Contenders

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That is taking place. Just some years in the past, you’d discover a desultory Tesla or Chevy Bolt at our 10Best testing, often plugged in whereas the remainder of the automobiles cycled out and in of the lot. Now there are sufficient EVs to warrant their very own showdown. And that occurred rapidly. The EV shopper can select from pickups, SUVs, and sedans, some courtesy of solely new firms. Charging is getting sooner and simpler to search out, if not simpler to get working. At the very least two new fashions, the Rivian R1S and Cadillac Lyriq, had been launched the identical week as our occasion. Many extra are on the best way.

Ultimately, whether or not in 10 years or 20, all automobiles will likely be electrified, and staging an EV-specific contest will likely be like selecting the most effective tires fabricated from rubber. Proper now, although, we’re at an inflection level—EVs are nonetheless a small fraction of the general market, however a staggering 40 p.c of the new-car launches we coated final 12 months had been for battery-powered automobiles. The momentum is constructing, so we determine now’s the time to weigh in and prod and nudge the producers to construct the sort of stuff we wish to drive.

And there is loads to have a good time right here—amongst our fleet of contenders, we had two automobiles with a minimum of 1000 horsepower and two others with greater than 800 horses. Our EV-only car parking zone included each the quickest manufacturing Ford F-150 and one of many quickest Volvos ever constructed. We had funky frunks, concept-car interiors, and automobiles that may ship energy to your own home, or campsite, or one another. EVs are unleashing a wave of design and engineering creativity unseen because the introduction of the automobile itself.

Similar to internal-combustion automobiles, although, some EVs are higher than others. However solely one among our 20 contenders is nice sufficient to earn the title of EV of the 12 months.

Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo • BMW i4 M50 • Ford Mustang Mach-E GT • Chevrolet Bolt EV/EUV • Hyundai Kona Electrical • Ford F-150 Lightning Platinum • Rivian R1T Launch Version • Audi e-tron GT • Lucid Air Grand Touring • GMC Hummer EV Pickup • Genesis GV60 Efficiency • Mercedes-AMG EQS 4Matic+ • Genesis Electrified G80 • BMW iX xDrive50 • Kia EV6 Wind AWD • Volvo C40 Recharge • Tesla Mannequin S Plaid • Cadillac Lyriq 450E Debut Version


Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo

An ideal automobile that occurs to be electrical.

porsche taycan 4s cross turismo

Michael SimariAutomobile and Driver

Given the fitting circumstances, one might persuade a Taycan 4S Cross Turismo passenger that the automobile is not an EV. It drives like automobile ought to: crisp controls, taut physique motions, and the power to wow with 60 mph by no means greater than 3.5 seconds away. Even the uninitiated can really feel Porsche’s chassis prowess by the supportive buckets. Which is nice, as a result of in a world of character-free electrical motors, the chassis is much more necessary to a satisfying driving expertise. Add that this wagon’s rear-axle motor will get an EV-exclusive (properly, shared with Audi) two-speed computerized and that its 800-volt structure allows very quick DC charging, and what’s to not love? The Taycan Sport and Cross Turismo variants fall quick solely in worth. The Cross Turismo 4S we had price greater than $130,000, however its inside supplies are shaded by automobiles costing tens of hundreds of {dollars} much less. Value is an age-old Porsche drawback, and so far as we’re involved, it is this automobile’s solely drawback.

Specs

Base/As Examined: $111,650/$136,370
Mixed Energy:
562 hp
Mixed Torque:
479 lb-ft
Battery:
83.7 kWh
Onboard Charger:
11.0 kW
Transmissions, F/R:
direct-drive/2-speed computerized
Curb Weight:
5197 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
3.5 sec
1/4-Mile:
11.8 sec @ 121 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Prime Pace (gov ltd):
153 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
161 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.88 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed: 75 MPGe
Vary: 215 mi

BMW i4 M50

A contemporary Bimmer that ought to reassure the model trustworthy.

bmw i4 m50

Michael SimariAutomobile and Driver

After the Competition of Weirdness that we all know because the BMW i3, you would be forgiven for assuming that the i4, an all-electric 4-series Gran Coupe, would in some way fall flat, and the electrified future would go away BMW fanatics behind. You’d even be flat fallacious.

Once we first examined the dual-motor BMW i4 M50, we had been shocked (pun totally meant) by how fast it was—M3 Competitors fast, in truth. We pushed it exhausting on difficult roads, and its suspension, steering, and brakes weren’t simply totally as much as the duty; the low heart of gravity and ungodly energy supply of the dual-motor electrical powertrain made it much more rewarding to drive. A number of staffers quietly remarked that they’d rank it above any of the 2-/3-/4-series gassers popping out of Bavaria. The rear-drive i4 eDrive40 isn’t any slouch, both. Its single rear motor means it is much less highly effective, but it surely’s faster than the 430i Gran Coupe. And it throws shade in Tesla’s path with a 301-mile EPA vary, greater than the rear-drive Mannequin 3.

One of the best half will be the affordability of the factor. Certain, the M50 prices $7700 greater than its gasoline equal, the M440i Gran Coupe. And sure, the eDrive40 is $10,200 greater than its counterpart, the 430i. However each i4s slender the hole with a $7500 tax credit score, and even if you happen to do not qualify or cannot fold that right into a lease, the i4 siblings are completely definitely worth the premium.

Specs

Base/As Examined: $66,895/$82,820
Mixed Energy:
536 hp
Mixed Torque:
586 lb-ft
Battery:
81.5 kWh
Onboard Charger:
11.0 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
5084 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
3.3 sec
1/4-Mile:
11.7 sec @ 120 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Prime Pace (gov ltd):
128 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
149 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.96 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed: 80 MPGe
Vary: 227 mi

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT

The electrical pony places extra spring in its step.

ford mustang mach e gt

Marc UrbanoAutomobile and Driver

Adorned with the GT badge, the Ford Mustang Mach-E doubles down on its pony-car impersonation. Nonetheless, as an alternative of a heart-pounding V-8, the performance-oriented electrical SUV has a 91.0-kWh battery (88.0 in ’21 fashions) and an all-wheel-drive powertrain making 480 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque—634 with the $6000 Efficiency package deal (which additionally brings adaptive dampers, stickier tires, and extra). Even with out the expensive improve, the GT galloped to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and to 100 mph in 11.9 seconds. That is faster than any common Mach-E, however its driving demeanor is not discernibly completely different. Plus, the GT’s $61,000 base value is notably increased, and its 270-mile EPA-estimated vary is barely shorter than the non-GT AWD (we noticed 250 miles in our 75-mph freeway check). Largely, the Mach-E GT endears itself to EV fanatics searching for Tesla-rivaling acceleration with out the Tesla-esque fanaticism. The electrical Stang appears trendy, is enjoyable to drive, and boasts a spacious inside. And that is all true with or with out the GT badge.

Specs

Base/As Examined: $61,000/$63,885
Mixed Energy:
480 hp
Mixed Torque:
600 lb-ft
Battery:
88.0 kWh
Onboard Charger:
10.5 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
4967 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
4.3 sec
1/4-Mile:
13.0 sec @ 104 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Prime Pace (gov ltd):
124 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
176 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.83 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed: 84 MPGe
Vary: 270 mi

Chevrolet Bolt EV/EUV

Smart footwear, in sizes small and schmedium.

chevrolet bolt eveuv

Andi HedrickAutomobile and Driver

The Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV—a new-for-2022 SUV-like variant—are the wise footwear of the EV world. Neither will blow your socks off with face-melting acceleration, and so they do not draw consideration with flashy styling or gimmicky tech. Whereas the Bolt duo’s look could get them mistaken for gas-powered financial system automobiles, they succeed as strait-laced, sensible commuter automobiles, with stable vary, first rate dynamics, and really engaging pricing.

The 200-hp electrical motor mounted on the entrance axle gives enough oomph, permitting the EV and EUV to hit 60 mph in 6.6 and 6.8 seconds, respectively. The driving expertise will not make you get your hands on twisty nation roads, however the steering is correct, and the tight turning radius is a boon in parking heaps. The Bolt EUV can cowl 190 freeway miles at a gradual 75 mph, however the battery higher maintains its state of cost within the metropolis, the place its one-pedal driving mode recuperates power on congested streets. Plus, the infotainment system is straightforward to make use of, with clear, crisp graphics and buttons and knobs for crucial capabilities. See? Sensible.

For 2022, value is a little bit of a sticking level—beginning at $32,495 for the EV and $34,495 for the EUV, they are often optioned to $40,000, the place they start to compete with extra polished and thrilling electrics. However come 2023, Chevy’s slashing the Bolt EV’s base value to $26,595, with the EUV at $28,195, making the Bolt duo an attractive play in an more and more costly automobile market.

Specs (EV)

Base/As Examined: $32,495/$37,160
Energy:
200 hp
Torque:
266 lb-ft
Battery:
65.0 kWh
Onboard Charger:
11.5 kW
Transmission:
direct-drive Curb Weight: 3597 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
6.6 sec
1/4-Mile:
15.1 sec @ 93 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Prime Pace (gov ltd):
93 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
185 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.79 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
• Mixed: 120 MPGe
• Vary: 259 mi

Specs (EUV)

Base/As Examined: $34,495/$43,995
Energy:
200 hp
Torque:
266 lb-ft
Battery:
65.0 kWh
Onboard Charger:
11.5 kW Transmission: direct-drive
Curb Weight:
3779 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
6.8 sec
1/4-Mile:
15.3 sec @ 92 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Prime Pace (gov ltd):
93 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
186 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.79 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed: 115 MPGe
Vary: 247 mi

Hyundai Kona Electrical

A low-key EV that nails the fundamentals.

hyundai kona electric

Marc UrbanoAutomobile and Driver

Whereas the extra superior and extroverted Hyundai Ioniq 5 overshadows the Kona Electrical, there is no motive to disregard the latter EV. The electrified Kona boasts a aggressive EPA vary of 258 miles, and we noticed 210 miles in our 75-mph freeway check. With a $35,295 base value, it is also one of many least costly EVs, though our top-of-the-line Kona Electrical Restricted was $43,990 as examined. Regardless of fancier options and tech, we might keep away from the upcharge because it would not have an effect on the Kona’s driving demeanor or powertrain. A front-mounted 201-hp electrical motor shoots the subcompact SUV to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds—1.1 ticks faster than the sporty-adjacent Kona N Line. The electrical one feels enjoyably nimble, too, and its paddle-adjustable regenerative braking is enjoyable and practical. Too unhealthy its fast-charging velocity is capped at 100 kilowatts. Its cabin environs additionally might be nicer. Nonetheless, the Kona Electrical is a deserving entry level into the EV way of life.

Specs

Base/As Examined: $35,295/$43,990
Energy:
201 hp
Torque:
291 lb-ft
Battery:
64.0 kWh
Onboard Charger:
7.2 kW
Transmission:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
3753 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
6.2 sec
1/4-Mile:
14.7 sec @ 97 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Prime Pace (gov ltd):
108 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
185 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.81 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed: 120 MPGe
Vary: 258 mi

Ford F-150 Lightning Platinum

Ford’s electrical pickup for the plenty.

ford f 150 lightning platinum

Marc UrbanoAutomobile and Driver

The F-150 Lightning is a workhorse designed as a lot for productiveness as for changing fence-sitters into the EV fold. Its crew-cab format and straight­ahead (if eerily quiet) inside shout typical F-150. Its 10,000-pound max tow score (8500 as examined), quite a few electrical retailers, frunk, and cargo mattress arm it for a litany of duties. It drives with the rudimentary allure of Ford’s longtime bestseller, regardless of a model-specific impartial rear suspension. But the non-compulsory 131.0-kWh battery provides entrance and rear motors with as much as 580 horsepower, leading to a tire-squawking 4.0-second run to 60 mph. Vary tops out at 320 miles per the EPA (300 as examined), although on the freeway we noticed solely 230 miles in an unladen Platinum model. Equally deceptive, its $41,769 base value jumps to $74,419 in order for you the full-zoot powertrain. Nonetheless, on the trail to an electrical future, the Lightning is a well-known face.

Specs

Base/As Examined: $92,669/$93,609
Mixed Energy:
580 hp
Mixed Torque:
775 lb-ft
Battery:
131.0 kWh
Onboard Charger:
19.2 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
6855 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
4.0 sec
1/4-Mile:
12.7 sec @ 107 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Prime Pace (gov ltd):
110 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
180 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.77 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed: 66 MPGe
Vary: 300 mi

Rivian R1T Launch Version

A truck like no different.

rivian r1t launch edition

Marc UrbanoAutomobile and Driver

If we had an award for the automobile that breaks probably the most new floor, the Rivian R1T pickup would simply be our decide. And that is earlier than contemplating its 4 electrical motors, which allow near-supercar gap photographs. Intelligent performance abounds, with considerate options that really feel contemporary subsequent to the benchmarked sameness that always plagues conventional pickups. The R1T takes benefit of recent storage spots afforded by the packaging of an EV powertrain. Nonetheless, Rivian sadly aped a few of Tesla’s fussiness, equivalent to steering-wheel buttons to manage each mirror and steering-column changes. This newest R1T went significantly farther than a earlier model we drove on our 75-mph freeway vary check. It additionally rode extra firmly on the biggest (22-inch) wheel-and-tire choice. The R1T’s smaller-than-full-size dimensions make the truck extra maneuverable, simpler to park, and extra possible to slot in your storage, however additionally they lead to a again seat that is lower than beneficiant. Though the Rivian missed the highest spot in our voting, we proceed to be impressed.

Specs

Base/As Examined: $86,075/$93,100
Mixed Energy:
835 hp
Mixed Torque:
908 lb-ft
Battery:
128.9 kWh
Onboard Charger:
11.5 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
7036 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
3.0 sec
1/4-Mile:
11.5 sec @ 111 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Prime Pace (gov ltd):
111 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
176 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.84 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed: 70 MPGe
Vary: 314 mi

Audi e-tron GT

A dear sports activities sedan that prizes efficiency.

audi e tron gt

Michael SimariAutomobile and Driver

Audi’s method for the e-tron GT sedan follows the identical path because the e-tron mid-size SUV. The four-ring model got down to make this EV feel and appear identical to the Audi sports activities sedans we all know and love, a lot because the e-tron apes Audi’s typical gas-powered crossovers. However a sports activities sedan is an entire lot extra thrilling than a luxurious SUV, and the 522-hp e-tron GT wowed us with its low-slung form, correct steering, and prodigious thrust. (There’s an much more thrilling 590-hp RS model that rockets to 60 mph in lower than 3.0 seconds.) It’s a minimum of as compelling because the Porsche Taycan with which it shares its platform, powertrain, and electrical structure. And it higher be, as a result of it is practically as costly too. Beginning at $103,895 for the usual model and $143,895 for the RS, the e-tron GT is a expensive proposition however can also be one among our favourite EVs to drive.

Specs

Base/As Examined: $103,895/$121,690
Mixed Energy:
522 hp
Mixed Torque:
472 lb-ft
Battery:
85.0 kWh
Onboard Charger:
11.0 kW
Transmissions, F/R:
direct-drive/2-speed computerized
Curb Weight:
5148 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
3.6 sec
1/4-Mile:
11.9 sec @ 119 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Prime Pace (gov ltd):
150 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
159 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.90 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed: 82 MPGe
Vary: 238 mi

Lucid Air Grand Touring

We are able to really feel it coming—oh, Lord.

lucid air grand touring

Michael SimariAutomobile and Driver

Lucid will be the new child, however the model would not lack confidence. Its leadoff effort, the Air sedan, is a six-figure moonshot that vaults to the entrance of the pack in the important thing metrics of vary and energy. Lucid went as far as to design its personal diminutive however potent electrical motors and energy-dense battery pack. This beginner wraps that refined engineering in a easily engaging exterior. The neat-looking inside is a step up from Tesla—though too many operations rely upon touchscreens, and we had been broiling beneath the headerless windshield and glass roof.

We would beforehand wrung out the top-dog 1111-hp Dream Version Efficiency model and located it to be the quickest EV we have ever examined, each by way of prime velocity, the place it reached 173 mph, and on the charger, the place it gulped electrons at a median price of 135 kilowatts (and a peak of 297 kilowatts). For this competitors, we had the 819-hp Grand Touring, and it hit the identical Vmax and achieved a 60-mph time of three.0 seconds and a 410-mile vary at a gradual 75 mph (the EPA estimates a 516-mile vary).

These are some spectacular numbers. However we had been additionally aware of this quantity: $140,500, the lofty as-tested value of our Grand Touring model, which suffered a number of squeaks, creaks, and a few powertrain whine. Lucid plans so as to add extra accessible Air variants, such because the upcoming $89,050 Pure model, and we eagerly anticipate having one at subsequent 12 months’s EV of the 12 months competitors. That is one EV startup whose swagger appears to be justified.

Specs

Base/As Examined: $140,500/$140,500
Mixed Energy:
819 hp
Mixed Torque:
885 lb-ft
Battery:
112.0 kWh
Onboard Charger:
19.2 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
5212 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
3.0 sec
1/4-Mile:
10.7 sec @ 132 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Prime Pace (gov ltd):
173 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
193 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.82 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed: 131 MPGe
Vary: 516 mi

GMC Hummer EV Pickup

Massive-truck power.

gmc hummer ev pickup

Andi HedrickAutomobile and Driver

The factor to bear in mind concerning the GMC Hummer EV is that that is all intentional. Sure, GM’s first electrical pickup is a 1000-hp Hummer that appears one step faraway from Monster Jam, and that may be a very deliberate technique to vary the dialog round EVs. For those who purchased a first-generation Nissan Leaf and assume the Hummer EV is dumb, properly, after all it’s! It is not for you. It is for individuals who drive lifted one-ton Duramax duallies and assume electrical automobiles have 50 horsepower and are fabricated from kelp. If the Hummer EV attained sentience, the very first thing it could do is smash by your fence to ask if you happen to’ve bought a spare Monster Vitality decal.

Once you ground the Hummer EV, the ass finish squats and the steering goes gentle as rattling close to 5 tons of truck does its greatest Cigarette-boat impression, prompting involuntary profanity. It seats 5, which it could describe as two and a half Insane Clown Posses. Together with all else, we’re fairly certain this represents the primary pairing of 35-inch tires with blue-tinted T-tops. We suspect GM began with a temper board that featured Prime Gasoline dragsters, double-neck electrical guitars, and the forged of Duck Dynasty.

The Hummer EV is an unique, the identical means a McLaren or a Ferrari is. GM will get round to constructing extra cheap electrical vehicles, certain, however for now this can be a billboard pointed straight on the Vans Gone Wild crowd, inviting all of them to get onboard with the EV revolution. Or else.

Specs

Base/As Examined: $110,295/$118,039
Mixed Energy:
1000 hp
Mixed Torque:
1200 lb-ft
Battery:
212.7 kWh
Onboard Charger:
11.5 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
9640 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
3.3 sec
1/4-Mile:
11.9 sec @ 106 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Prime Pace (gov ltd):
106 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
211 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.73 g

Genesis GV60 Efficiency

This buzzworthy EV has loads to speak about.

genesis gv60 performance

Michael SimariAutomobile and Driver

Genesis gave its first EV, the GV60, rather a lot for individuals to absorb. From the biometric scanners on the B-pillar and sprint to the crystal-ball mechanism that rotates to disclose a shift dial, the GV60 is a superb dialog starter. Beneath its fashionably funky exterior, its superbly crafted cabin, dotted with tech and good ergonomics, helps it really feel extra upscale than its tidy footprint and $59,985 place to begin recommend. Spend near $70K for the 483-hp Efficiency AWD model (a step up from the 314-hp Superior AWD trim) and the GV60 rips to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Your most popular quantity of regenerative braking (or none in any respect) is a faucet of a steering-wheel paddle away. Likewise, you may channel House Invaders to anechoic chambers with an array of sound profiles.

The GV60’s highway manners make it extra cruiser than stormer. The EPA pegs it at both 235 or 248 miles per cost, relying on trim. Extra impressively, the 800-volt electronics allow the 77.4-kWh battery to cost extraordinarily rapidly. There are a number of demerits: The again seat is tight, Apple CarPlay requires a wire, and the rear suspension often feels unsettled when pushed exhausting. Maybe the automobile’s best problem will come from its Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 platform-mates, each of which price considerably much less. However the GV60 does precisely what it ought to for a newish model like Genesis: create buzz.

Specs

Base/As Examined: $68,985/$69,560
Mixed Energy:
483 hp
Mixed Torque:
516 lb-ft
Battery:
77.4 kWh
Onboard Charger:
10.9 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
4862 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
3.7 sec
1/4-Mile:
12.2 sec @ 112 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Prime Pace (gov ltd):
151 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
180 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.83 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed: 90 MPGe
Vary: 235 mi

Mercedes-AMG EQS 4Matic+

Merc’s prime electrical sedan falls in need of flagship standing.

mercedes amg eqs 4matic

Michael SimariAutomobile and Driver

In concept, the EQS should excite us. In any case, in AMG kind, this all-wheel-drive electrical luxurious automobile produces 751 horsepower, permitting it to race to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds. It is even able to going 290 miles at 75 mph on a full cost (the non-AMG EQS580 can go 350 miles). In follow, probably the most performance-oriented variant of the three-pointed-star model’s electrical hatchback left us dispirited. Sure, its construct high quality and inside supplies far surpass these from the likes of Lucid and Tesla, however the EQS fails to imitate the cosseting traits of its gas-powered counterpart, the S-class.

Significantly, the EQS’s again seat lacks the grandeur we anticipate of a flagship model, because the automobile’s partially-consumed-lozenge form places a noticeable dent in rear-seat headroom—a trait the upright place of the three-across bench’s mounted backs exacerbates. Quite, the EQS prioritizes its cabin’s entrance quarters. All-wheel-drive variants have a dashboard with a trio of digital shows residing beneath a single 56.0-inch piece of glass. Mercedes calls this setup the Hyperscreen. It is a formidable function that is hindered by its tendency to draw mud and replicate daylight. And the EQS is just not precisely rewarding to drive, even in AMG guise, as its muted controls and its brake pedal’s lengthy journey and spongy really feel fail to encourage confidence.

Mercedes put an excessive amount of effort into growing an electrical analogue to its S-class sedan. Nonetheless, the automaker’s middling execution of this idea ends in the EQS being much less of an equal to its fuel kin and extra of an understudy.

Specs

Base/As Examined: $148,495/$159,055
Mixed Energy:
751 hp
Mixed Torque:
752 lb-ft
Battery:
107.8 kWh
Onboard Charger:
9.6 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
5911 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
3.0 sec
1/4-Mile:
11.4 sec @ 119 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Prime Pace (gov ltd):
154 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
167 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.92 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed: 77 MPGe
Vary: 277 mi

Genesis Electrified G80

The undercover EV.

genesis electrified g80

Michael SimariAutomobile and Driver

The transfer to electrification granted designers a corridor go to get wild with exterior styling. But when a low-slung hood or a spaceship profile is not your factor, look no additional than the Genesis Electrified G80.

Maybe the best enchantment of the Genesis model’s newest electrical providing is that in contrast to so many different new EVs, it is not a utility automobile. It is available in a single trim stage with loads of creature comforts, together with a wealthy leather-based inside. Apart from the one-piece crest grille embossed with diagonal strains to imitate the nostril of the gasser G80, there’s actually no telling the 2 other than the entrance.

Out again, the omission of tailpipes is a tip-off that an electrical motor at every axle has changed the internal-combustion energy­practice. Mixed, they generate 365 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Activate Sport mode and the entrance tires lay rubber because the 5047-pound sedan leaps to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and plows by the quarter-mile marker in 12.8 seconds at 106 mph.

On the open highway, the Electrified G80 is relaxed and can journey as much as 290 miles on a cost. When it is time to juice up, recharging from 10 to 90 p.c on a 350-kW DC fast-charger takes 32 minutes. When the highway coils, the usual rear-axle steering and the heft of the 1204-pound battery hung low within the chassis assist the Electrified G80 graciously hug an apex.

For now, Genesis will provide the Electrified G80 solely in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. Ultimately, will probably be accessible throughout the continental U.S. as Genesis continues its push to be all electrical by 2030.

Sedans, although, are a troublesome promote. Convincing EV buyers to contemplate them might be troublesome—regardless of how nice this one is.

Specs

Base (C/D est): $80,000
Mixed Energy:
365 hp
Mixed Torque:
516 lb-ft
Battery:
87.2 kWh
Onboard Charger:
10.9 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
5047 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
4.1 sec
1/4-Mile:
12.8 sec @ 106 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Prime Pace (C/D est):
150 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
184 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.90 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Mixed: 100 MPGe
Vary: 290 mi

BMW iX xDrive50

Why be regular?

bmw ix xdrive50

Marc UrbanoAutomobile and Driver

When designing an electrical automobile for 2022, you may go one among two methods: Retrofit an present automobile with an electrical powertrain or begin from scratch and create one thing that is exterior the norm. BMW selected the latter when growing the iX SUV. It is delightfully unconventional, beginning with the electrical motors, which forgo the everyday everlasting magnets in favor of current-excited motors that remove the necessity for rare-earth magnets. However the iX’s design is the place BMW allowed itself to go hog-wild. Though we’re divided over its exterior design, all of us agree its inside design is much less polarizing. And its distinctive method to luxurious makes this Bimmer stand out. The iX is not low-cost, and a high-end cabin is anticipated when the beginning value is $84,195, however the BMW appears and feels dearer inside than pricier machines such because the Mercedes EQS and the Lucid Air. Efficiency is excellent for an SUV of this dimension, and the 516-hp iX xDrive50 hits 60 mph in simply 4.0 seconds and dispatches the quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds at 114 mph. An much more energy­ful M60 model is becoming a member of the lineup for 2023. EPA estimated driving vary is a formidable 315 miles, and the iX’s 105.2-kWh battery charged rapidly in our testing, though the Air’s battery did higher. There are nonetheless some pretty typical SUV attributes right here, together with a spacious rear seat and cargo space, however the issues that make the iX completely different are what make it particular.

Specs

Base/As Examined: $84,195/$104,195
Mixed Energy:
516 hp
Mixed Torque:
564 lb-ft
Battery:
105.2 kWh
Onboard Charger:
11.0 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
5707 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
4.0 sec
1/4-Mile:
12.4 sec @ 114 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Prime Pace (gov ltd):
124 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
158 ft
Braking, 100-0:
321 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.88 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed: 86 MPGe
Vary: 315 mi

Kia EV6 Wind AWD

Laborious to outline however straightforward to love.

kia ev6 wind awd

Michael SimariAutomobile and Driver

The Kia EV6 raised a vexing query the primary time we laid eyes on it: Is it a automobile or an SUV? (Reply: Sure?) Whereas it is based mostly on the identical underlying structure because the Hyundai Ioniq 5 (extra clearly an SUV), its wheelbase is 3.9 inches shorter, and its general top is 2.2 inches decrease. And but the EV6’s foreshortened cabin nonetheless has as a lot rear legroom and much more entrance legroom than the Ioniq 5’s. With similar propulsion techniques to the Ioniq 5, it could appear the EV6’s hard-to-define look is the largest distinction between the 2 automobiles, um, SUVs, er, automobiles.

That is definitely true of the pair’s efficiency. The 320-hp, two-motor, all-wheel drive fashions—the EV6 GT-Line and Ioniq 5 AWD—each posted all-but-identical 60-mph instances and skidpad grip. Most of their different check outcomes are equally shut. The EV6 has barely extra vary, which tops out at 310 miles for the two-wheel-drive model. They’re priced on prime of each other too.

The EV6 goes its personal means with design, with a form that appears like a race helmet on wheels, or perhaps an area capsule, and an intriguing inside design rendered in mid-grade supplies. The variations past which can be extra about look than operate. Each have intuitive touchscreens, steering-wheel paddles to regulate regenerative braking, loads of passenger room, and a suspension tune that allows energetic dealing with whereas successfully filtering unruly pavement.

The EV6’s shut relationship to the terrific Ioniq 5 speaks to its bona fides. Whether or not you assume it appears like a automobile, an SUV, or one thing from planet elsewhere, it is unquestionably a formidable EV.

Specs

Base/As Examined: $52,195/$54,190
Mixed Energy:
320 hp
Mixed Torque:
446 lb-ft
Battery:
77.4 kWh
Onboard Charger:
10.9 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
4574 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
4.4 sec
1/4-Mile:
13.1 sec @ 103 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Prime Pace (gov ltd):
118 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
181 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.85 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed: 105 MPGe
Vary: 274 mi

Volvo C40 Recharge

It takes greater than Scandinavian type to make an excellent EV.

volvo c40 recharge

Michael SimariAutomobile and Driver

Our drive evaluations for EV of the 12 months are a gush of first impressions. We cycle by a number of automobiles every day: drive, swap, replicate, repeat. Our personal Elana Scherr likened this kind of testing to automotive velocity courting. And on this state of affairs, our intestine tells us that the Volvo C40 Recharge is just not a automobile we might wish to have a long-term relationship with.

It is not that the C40 Recharge is unattractive or initially off-putting—something however. It is wearing upscale, fastback sheetmetal, and its no-leather inside has a cultured, well-tailored look. However we favor automobiles which can be enjoyable to drive, and the C40 Recharge actually is not. It rides stiffly, and when pushed briskly on twisty roads, it feels unsettled, like a practice automobile teetering excessive up over the rails.

We should always like this Volvo as a result of it is fast—60 mph arrives in 4.3 seconds. However we really want it had much less energy; the chassis weaves nervously off the road when your proper foot asks for the C40 Recharge’s full 402 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque. Its 226-mile EPA vary is among the stingiest within the EV section, its glass roof has no sunshade, and its Google-based infotainment system would not look like a lot of an enchancment over Volvo’s previous-generation iteration.

The world of EVs is evolving quickly. It would not take way more than a quick dialog with the C40 Recharge to find out that there are higher prospects accessible.

Specs

Base/As Examined: $59,845/$60,540
Mixed Energy:
402 hp
Mixed Torque:
486 lb-ft
Battery:
75.0 kWh
Onboard Charger:
11.0 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
4763 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
4.3 sec
1/4-Mile:
12.9 sec @ 108 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Prime Pace (gov ltd):
115 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
178 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.82 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed: 87 MPGe
Vary: 226 mi

Tesla Mannequin S Plaid

Past ludicrous.

tesla model s plaid

Marc UrbanoAutomobile and Driver

Tesla’s gone Plaid, which is why it was incumbent upon us to incorporate the 1020-hp variant of the automaker’s revised Mannequin S sedan. Although the Mannequin S Plaid’s three-motor powertrain could take prime billing on the Mannequin S’s lengthy record of updates, it’s miles from the one function that piqued our curiosity. Notably, the Tesla’s ergonomically challenged steering yoke drew loads of commentary. As did the shortage of column-mounted management stalks for the likes of flip indicators and windshield wipers. As a substitute, these capabilities exist as touch-capacitive controls on the yoke’s spokes.

Nonetheless, the Plaid’s straight-line acceleration is an plain draw. Attending to 60 mph takes a mere 2.1 seconds, and the quarter-mile goes by after 9.4 ticks. Bringing the Plaid to a halt was much less of a thrill, as our rented automobile’s brakes routinely exhibited indicators of fade. In brief, the Mannequin S Plaid provides a battery-electric twist to the traditional muscle-car components.

Specs

Base/As Examined: $131,440/$137,440
Mixed Energy:
1020 hp
Mixed Torque:
1050 lb-ft
Battery:
99.3 kWh
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
4828 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
2.1 sec
1/4-Mile:
9.4 sec @ 151 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Prime Pace (gov ltd):
162 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
150 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
1.08 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed: 101 MPGe
Vary: 348 mi

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