Here’s 10 electric coupe crossovers on sale now or in the near future
They might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they just keep on coming
Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron
Audi’s first ground-up electric SUV, the Q4 e-tron, spawned a coupeified variant back in 2020, as the trend for sportier coupe crossovers started to gather momentum. No, we’re not sure why either.
At time of writing, it’s available in two flavours. The two-wheel-drive 40 Sportback e-tron gets a 77kWh (usable) battery mated to a rear 201bhp motor and electric range of up to 328 miles, while the 50 e-tron Sportback quattro gets the same battery but with an extra front motor for four-wheel drive, boosting power to 295bhp but reducing the official range to 318 miles.
As ever with coupeified crossovers, it sacrifices a little headroom and bootspace in favour of style compared to its full-size SUV sibling, while you can expect to pay around £1.5k extra.Advertisement - Page continues below
Skoda Enyaq iV Coupe
Skoda’s five-seat electric SUV has won plenty of plaudits for its affordability, practicality, and family friendliness (not least from us), so it was only natural that a coupeified variant would follow.
The Enyaq Coupe iV 80 gets a 201bhp electric motor powering the front wheels and 77kWh battery for an all-electric range of up to 345 miles, while the 80x model gets a dual motor 261bhp set-up for four-wheel drive and the same-sized battery for up to 322 miles of electric range.
The bigger news, however, is that there’s also a vRS variant, which gets an increased 295bhp (up 34bhp), 0-62mph time of 6.4secs (down half a second), top speed of 111mph (up 12mph) and range of 325 miles (up three miles). Plus a sportier bodykit and 15/10mm lower ride height front/rear.
But does it deserve the vRS badge? We’re living with one for the next couple of months to find out, which you can read all about by clicking these blue words.
Volkswagen’s ID.5 shares the same footprint as the ID.4 upon which it is based, but like the Audi and Skoda with which it shares a platform, an ultimately less practical coupe-shaped roofline.
Entry-level ID.5s offer up to 327 miles of range courtesy of a 77kWh battery and 172bhp rear electric motor, mid-range models offer the same range, get the same battery but boast a slightly more powerful 201bhp rear motor, while the range-topping GTX claims up to 314 miles and a 0-62mph time of 6.3secs courtesy of its 295bhp dual motor, four-wheel drive setup.
Dynamically, there’s little to differentiate between it and its VW group siblings, which means it's well worth test driving all three as well as reading our words, before deciding which is for you.Advertisement - Page continues below
Volvo C40 Recharge
Volvo’s C40 Recharge sits on the same CMA platform as the XC40 Recharge. While head on it looks pretty much indistinguishable (and is also of identical length) to its sibling, the keen eyed amongst you will have noticed that it is a fraction narrower and sits 60mm lower. All in the detail, see.
It comes with two powertrain options, a 235bhp single motor powertrain paired with a 67kWh battery for up to 296 miles of range, or the perkier 402bhp twin motor set-up mated to a 79kWh battery for a claimed 342 miles of range. Those powertrain options are also identical to those you’ll find in the XC40, only here you get slightly more range thanks to that aero-friendly rakish rear end.
It’s certainly smartly packaged and that theme continues inside, which is pleasingly Volvo familiar and comprises no leather whatsoever, while you also get Volvo’s excellent Google Android-based infotainment system. But is it worth the extra cash over a Polestar 2? Decisions, decisions…
Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron
Like the look of the Q4 Sportback e-tron, but need something bigger for your growing family? Enter the Q8 Sportback e-tron, a coupeified variant of its Q8 e-tron SUV namesake.
Rivalling the likes of the BMW iX and Merc EQE for size (and arguably the best looking of the trio), it’s available with two powertrain options. The entry-level ‘50’ gets an 89kWh (usable) battery mated to a rear 335bhp motor and electric range of up to 292 miles, while the ’55’ gets a bigger 106kWh battery, 402bhp dual motor set-up, and a claimed 344-mile range.
Audi’s flagship electric SUV coupe doesn’t come cheap mind, with prices starting from £69,585 and £67,085 for the regular shaped variant, but as far as premium packages come, you can’t go wrong.
Genesis’ GV60 is based on the same platform as the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5, but shouts loudest and proudest about its “athletic coupe crossover design”, which is why we’ve included it in this list.
In case you’re unaware, Genesis is the posh branch of the Hyundai Motor Group, and the GV60 is its first fully fledged EV – and arguably its best car yet. It’s available in rear- or all-wheel drive configurations, with the former getting a 77kWh battery, 226bhp electric motor for up to 321 miles of range, and the latter the same battery, 314/483bhp and 292/289 miles of range respectively.
But wait, there’s more, because the GV60 also gets a dedicated drift mode, just like a Golf R. Because that’s exactly what your two-tonne electric car needed, right?
“The Nissan Ariya electric coupé crossover marks a new chapter for Nissan electric vehicles,” read the press release upon the Ariya’s arrival back in 2020. Where the line starts and ends between a regular crossover and a coupe crossover is anyone’s guess.
Still, it wears a clean and simple design, and comes in two-wheel drive (215bhp/63kWh battery/224-mile range, 239bhp/87kWh/311-mile range) or all-wheel drive specifications (275bhp/63kWh battery/211-mile range, 302bhp/87kWh/286-mile range, 389bhp/87kWh/249-mile range).
Will it go on to be a similar success story to the Nissan Leaf? There’s certainly more competition these days, which means it has a far bigger fight on its hands. We’ll let you know in a decade’s time…Advertisement - Page continues below
We first saw the Cupra Tavascan concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019, before a full production version was unveiled a couple of weeks ago – and it’s certainly not shy. Just look at it.
Closely related to the ID.5 and based on VW’s MEB platform, the entry-level variant offers up to 341 miles of range courtesy of a 77kWh battery and 282bhp rear electric motor, while the range-topping model claims up to 321 miles and a 0-62mph time of 5.6secs (up seven tenths on the ID.5 GTX) courtesy of its 335bhp (up 40bhp on the GTX) dual motor, four-wheel drive setup.
Of course, sporty is Cupra’s forte, so the Tavascan also gets adaptive suspension, 21-inch forged alloy wheels, and a racier interior. Expect to see it on UK roads in 2024.
The Polestar 4 is an electric coupe crossover with a difference. And a controversial one at that… because it doesn’t have a rear window. Er, come again?
There’s method behind the madness. Polestar claims that to maximise rear headroom, the ‘header structure’ stretches behind backseat passengers, meaning putting in a back window would have been pointless because the driver wouldn’t have been able to see out of it. Instead, he/she gets a pair of digital cameras that feed images into the rearview mirror.
We’ll reserve judgement until we’ve tried it upon its debut later this year, but also know that it’ll be the fastest Polestar you can buy upon its arrival, able to hit 62mph in 3.8secs. It’ll manage up to 350 miles of range courtesy of its 537bhp dual motor setup and 94kWh battery.
The sweet spot, however, will likely be the two-wheel drive setup, which claims 372 miles (and 0-62mph in 7.4secs) courtesy of its 268bhp electric motor and same-sized battery. More as we have it.Advertisement - Page continues below
Smart’s second new electric car, confusingly but rather understandingly called #3, is set to make its European debut in Frankfurt this September, ahead of its eventual European rollout in early 2024.
And a small city car it isn’t. It follows the same design language as the Smart #1 – and indeed sits on the same Geely-derived electric vehicle platform – although the #3 gets a longer wheelbase to maximise interior space, and to presumably compensate for that rakish coupe bodyshape.
We’ve no word on performance figures just yet, though using our very best detective skills we’re predicting a maximum range of up to 258 miles. Hashtag stay tuned…