Here’s every electric estate available now or in the near future
Because everyone knows an estate is infinitely cooler than an SUV
Leading the charge on the electric estate front at time of writing is the MG 5, the first such car available on these shores and the eighth best-selling EV in the UK in 2022. With other carmakers playing catchup, MG already treated the model to a mid-life facelift last year.
Where its predecessor was a rather bland looking thing, the updated 5 is a completely different prospect entirely, with its sharp new face, LED lights front and rear and upgraded cabin. There’s now also vehicle to load capability, enabling you to power anything from a coolbox to a coffee machine.
Prices start at £30,995 for the base spec SE trim, and the top spec Trophy trim costs £33,495, with every model also getting a seven-year warranty. If you can avoid the badge snobbery, there’s much to like about MG’s best seller.Advertisement - Page continues below
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
“The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is the most complete fast estate available today,” we concluded in our full review – and that pretty much sums up all you need to know.
Compared to the regular Taycan, it sits a little higher, there’s more rear headroom, and you get a slightly bigger boot – 405 litres with the seats up or 1,171 litres with the seats down. All Cross Turismos get a 93.4kWh battery and AWD, while power outputs range from 469bhp to 751bhp across the four-strong model range, consisting of 4, 4S, Turbo & Turbo S.
It doesn’t come cheap, with prices ranging from entry-level £84,500 to a range-topping £143,400, but if you’re after the best in the business, no rival comes close.
Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo
Got your eye on a Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, but want slightly less of the Audi Allroad treatment? The Taycan Sport Turismo, which sees the ride height slightly lowered and the plastic body cladding prised off, could be the answer to your prayers.
It's available with a smaller entry-level 79.2kWh battery mated to a 402bhp electric motor that drives the real wheels only, meaning a slightly cheaper starting price of £76,500. You also get the option of the mid-range GTS, which sits between the 4S and Turbo and pairs a 93.4kWh battery and rear-biased 590bhp electric motor for a 0-62mph time of 3.7 seconds and model best electric range of up to 311 miles.
Easy on the eye, impressive to drive, and practically packaged. What’s not to like?Advertisement - Page continues below
Peugeot e-308 SW (expected mid 2023)
Peugeot’s design team are on a roll of late, and the third generation 308, launched in 2021, is no exception. Originally available with petrol and diesel engines only, last year Peugeot announced it would be electrifying the model, including the estate. Result.
Word is the e-308 and e-308 SW (short for Sports Wagon, FYI) will feature a 153bhp electric motor mated to a 54kWh battery, good for up to 258 miles, with 100kW fast-charging allowing for a 20-80 per cent top-up in 25 minutes, if you can find a plug capable of those speeds.
Inside you get Peugeot’s familiar i-Cockpit, complete with the small sized wheel and high-mounted instrument cluster viewed over the top of the wheel. Some people love it, some people hate it – it’s a constant source of argument at TG HQ – but it looks as smart as anything else out there.
Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer (expected mid 2023)
We’re big fans of the new Vauxhall Astra – great looks, decent to drive and low running costs – so much so that we named it our Family Hatch of the Year at the 2022 TG Awards earlier this year. Naturally then, our ears pricked up when we heard there was to be an electric variant.
The Vauxhall Astra Electric hatch and Sports Tourer share the same stylish looks as the internal combustion models, and the specs of that powertrain will be familiar too: 156bhp electric motor, 54kWh battery, 258-mile range. Yep, plenty of Stellantis cross platform sharing going on here.
Vauxhall is also quick to point out there’s no drop in boot space (at least compared with the PHEV variants) with the batteries housed in the vehicle’s underbody, meaning 352 litres in the hatch and 516 in the Sports Tourer. Plenty of room for the tidy tip run, in other words.
Audi A6 Avant e-tron (expected late 2023)
When the A6 e-tron concept broke cover back in April 2021, we were suitably impressed but also secretly crossing our fingers and toes and hoping that it would be releasing an Avant version. This is because estates are both better looking and far more practical than saloons.
A year later Audi revealed the A6 Avant e-tron concept. Suitably futuristic without being OTT, if this is the future of the estate keep ‘em coming, we say. It measures 4.96 metres long, 1.96 metres wide and 1.44 metres high, and while Audi hasn’t given us any boot space specifics, we are told that it will be the “storage champ”. Labrador friendly, then.
It’s set to be based on Audi’s new PPE platform, with up to 462bhp and 590lb ft of torque delivered via two electric motors, up to 435 miles from the 100kW battery, and charging speeds of up to 270kW, meaning 186 miles in just 10 minutes.
Audi RS6 e-tron (expected 2024)
That said, if there’s one thing better than an A6 Avant e-tron, it’s an RS6 e-tron. While details are few and far between at time of writing, that hasn’t got us dreaming.
We do at least have some clues on the design, with Audi design boss Marc Lichte telling TG the RS6 will have a wider track and bigger wheels to set it apart from the upcoming A6 e-tron. Nothing out of the ordinary there – the current combustion-engined RS6 is the angriest looking to date.
We’d also expect the upcoming RS6 to better the A6 e-tron’s claimed 0-62mph time of less than four seconds, which would make it very quick indeed. Supercar performance, in a practical package. Nice.Advertisement - Page continues below
VW ID.Space Vizzion / ID.7 Tourer (expected 2023)
Back in 2019, Volkswagen previewed its ID.Space Vizzion concept – a stylish, futuristic, fantastic looking fully electric estate – at the Los Angeles Motor Show. It all then went very quiet until last year, when it was revealed VW had applied to patent the ID.7 Tourer name.
Then, earlier this year, VW revealed (of sorts) its ID.7 saloon, and the rumour mill went into overdrive. Logic suggests that the ID.7 Tourer will be the estate version of the saloon – and with the latter seemingly nearing production, we shouldn’t have too long to wait.
Again, details are slightly thin on the ground, but we do know that the ID.7 saloon will be based on the VW Group’s MEB platform, and have an estimated range of 435 miles, so expect similar. If it ends up looking anything like the ID.Space Vizzion concept, we’ll be very happy indeed.
BMW i5 Touring (expected 2024)
At the BMW Group’s annual conference in March 2023, boss Oliver Zipse confirmed what we’ve known about estate cars for years. “The BMW 5 Series Touring is very popular,” he said. “From spring 2024 it will also come in an all-electric version, giving us a truly unique selling point in this segment.”
Unique, yes, but though electric estates remain a curiously rare breed in the current climate – in the face of the vast abundance of e-SUVs and hatches – the i5 Touring will come up against pretty stiff competition next year in the shape of Audi’s incoming electric A6 Avant e-tron, above.
Still, that's a discussion for 2024. The i5 Touring will be offered alongside the i5 saloon, and the mild-hybrid petrol and diesel versions of the all new eighth generation BMW 5 Series. As ever, we’re promised ever more dynamism and comfort wrapped inside the new 5’s “signature elegantly sporting design”.
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