England What Car? magazine trying to answer the same question we all ask – nowadays what is the real life range of an electric car? manufacturer’s claims or WLTP or EPA tests never mind – we need real-life, honest results.
We have the 10 latest electric cars for testing: Cupra Born 58 kWh V3, Volvo XC40 Recharge Single Engine Plus, MG ZS EV Long Range SE, Kia Niro EV 4, BMW iX3 M Sport Pro, Kia EV6 RWD GT-Line, VW ID.5 Pro Performance Style, Tesla Model 3 Long Range (70 kWh), Tesla Model Y Long Range and finally BMW i4 eDrive40 M Sport.
Unlike the test by the Norwegian Automobile Federation, What Car? used a closed-circuit road without being affected by other traffic. The chosen route was approximately 15 miles long (just over 24 km), 2.6 miles for stop-start simulation urban driving, 4 miles (6.4 km) for fixed 50 mph (80 km/h), and 8 mph ( 12.8 km). At a steady 70 mph (112 kph). This route was repeated at the end of each car until its battery dies.
The cars were fully charged the day before and left in the same place overnight. The next morning, all cars were checked to make sure the batteries were 100% charged and testing began.
As for the test results, it came as no surprise, none of the vehicles reached the official range, but some came pretty close. Here is the result table:
|Vehicle Model||Battery Size||WLTP Range||Range Tested||Lost (Missing)||Productivity|
|Cupra Born 58 kWh V3||58 kWh||249 miles (400 km)||219 miles (352 km)||12.0%||3.8 m/kWh (6.1 km/kWh)|
|Volvo XC40 Recharge||67 kWh||263 miles (423 km)||226 miles (363 km)||13.7%||3.4 m/kWh (5.4 km/kWh)|
|MG ZS EV LR||68.3 kWh||273 miles (439 km)||246 miles (395 km)||9.7%||3.6 m/kWh (5.8 km/kWh)|
|Kia Niro EV 4||64.8 kWh||285 miles (458 km)||253 miles (407 km)||10.9%||3.9 m/kWh (6.2 km/kWh)|
|BMW iX3 M Sport Pro||74 kWh||282 miles (453 km)||253 miles (407 km)||10.2%||3.4 miles (5.4 km/kWh)|
|Kia EV6 RWD GT-Line||77.4 kWh||328 miles (527 km)||278 miles (447 km)||15.2%||3.6 m/kWh (5.8 km/kWh)|
|VW ID.5 Pro||77 kWH||315 miles (506 km)||281 miles (452 km)||10.5%||3.7 m/kWh (5.9 km/kWh)|
|Tesla Model 3 LR (2021)||70 kWh||360 miles (579 km)||293 miles (471 km)||18.6%||4.2 m/kWh (6.7 km/kWh)|
|Tesla Model Y LR||75 kWH||331 miles (532 km)||304 miles (489 km)||8.1%||4.1 m/kWh (6.6 km/kWh)|
|BMW i4 eDrive40 M Sport||80.7 kWh||345 miles (555 km)||316 miles (508 km)||8.2%||3.9 m/kWh (6.2 km/kWh)|
BMW ix4 eDrive40 M Sportfrom the claimed WLTP range only 8.2% less He managed to ride the longest distance of 316 miles (508 km). However, with 4.2 miles per kWh (6.7 km/kWh), it is the one with the highest efficiency. Tesla Model 3 Long Range– It could go 338 miles or 543 kilometers if it had the same size battery as the BMW. Make sure that all vehicles have air conditioning on and for all testing. 21CNote that it is set to .
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All the cars in the test had a good usable range, with even the smallest Cupra Born battery able to travel over 200 miles, which is probably enough for a normal daily commute and the occasional longer trip. Cheapest MG ZS EV Long Range Not only does it offer 246 miles (395 km), it also offers the greatest value.