Most Overrated and Most Underrated Electric Cars: Our Pick of TOP 5

2022 BMW iX image

There are many offers in the modern EV market, and customers can get lost in them. Some automakers managed to attract more attention to their products thanks to a competent advertising company, and some electric models, on the contrary, being quite worthy, go less noticed.

Our TOP 5 of the most overrated electric cars are as follows:

Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID.4 image
2022 Volkswagen ID.4

This is a good car with some merits like balanced driving dynamic and quick acceleration, as well as spacious seating and cargo areas.

At the same time, its interior is fairly boring, infotainment and cabin controls are unintuitive, and handling is lackluster.

One would expect more from a car that costs around $41,000 ($37,495 MSRP for the base model with a 62-kWh battery, and $42,495 for the S trim).

Porsche Taycan

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2022 Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo

This is actually an excellent car. It has a lot of advantages (power, decent cargo room, thrilling handling/acceleration), but its driving range of only 212 miles is disappointing for its class, and can’t compete with such rivals as the Tesla Model S, for example.

Besides, the interior, though elegant and of top-notch quality, is over-reliant on touch-sensitive controls. And it is a pricey offering from $88,150. The Taycan is definitely not for you if you prioritize the value and driving range.

BMW iX

The model offers almost all you want from a luxury electric SUV including cutting-edge tech features, a sumptuous cabin, a brawny powertrain, energetic acceleration, poised ride and handling.

It would seem there is nothing to complain about, but we found something: insufficient storage place. The iX offers neither a roof carrier nor a frunk. It is an evident omission for a car priced from $84K.

BMW iX image
2023 BMW iX

Nissan Leaf

Once it was the world’s most popular electric car but its time is gone, and the “LEAF” name should probably retire.

Today the Leaf costs more (from $27,800) than the Chevrolet Bolt (from $25,600), but its driving range is mediocre: 149 miles (standard model) and 212 miles (SV Plus model) versus the Bolt’s 259 miles. The short driving range of the Nissan Leaf and its limited fast-charging ability sour the model’s overall value.

Nissan Leaf (US version) 2023
2023 Nissan Leaf

MINI Cooper SE

Certainly, the Cooper SE’s upscale comfy interior and the catchy exterior styling of a true MINI, as well as a zippy powertrain and an easy-to-use touchscreen are the “Pros” of the car. But a short driving range spoils everything.

Our verdict is that the model is not worth its price of $34,225 (base MSRP for the 2023 model before a destination fee), at least because it is able to cover only 114 miles on a single charge.

It may be enough for a commuter, why not, but in comparison with competitors, such a range looks losing.

2020 MINI Copper SE Electric
2020 MINI Copper SE

The driving ranges shown here are EPA-estimated ones.

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