Electric alternatives to gasoline and diesel engines are gaining massive traction in 2020. The popularity of this market has skyrocketed and so has the tension between competitors. It’s hard to know which ones are really better than the rest.
Each EV has its ups and downs. The major plus side to opting for an electric vehicle is the efficiency and decrease in use of fossil fuels, as well as reducing emissions.
But which EVs stand out, and what if you don’t want to sacrifice size for economy? To help narrow it down a bit, we’ve compiled this list of three 2020 electric vehicles that come recommended by Consumer Reports. Plus, all three are compact SUVs.
The Hyundai Kona Electric
The 2020 Kona Electric runs about $36,450 – $44,650. It is a great choice for anyone who wants the benefits of a fully electric vehicle, without having to downsize from a small SUV or wagon. CR praises the Kona for its long charge range and rates its miles per gallon equivalent at an average of 120 miles.
2020 Hyundai Kona Electric compact SUVs earned a five out of five reliability rating, a road test score of 76, as well as a great overall score of 83. In fact, it tops several of Consumer Reports best lists including the best compact electric or hybrid vehicle.
The Hyundai Kona Electric in its 2020 model year boasts a massive 258 mile range on a full charge and its back by Hyundai’s famous warranty. It starts lower than the other three on the list, so it’s a more widely accessible option for folks thinking about making the switch to electric without breaking the bank.
The Kia Niro Electric
This 2020 Kia is another electric compact SUV that is set on bringing the heat to others like the Kona. Its similar price point of $39,090-$44,590 and higher road test score of 81 give the Kia Niro Electric keep it on a pretty equal playing field as the Hyundai option. But it falls short in a few areas compared to the 2020 Kona.
The 2020 Niro earned a four out of five reliability rating and 112 miles per gallon equivalent, according to CR. Additionally, the Kia Niro earned an overall score of 81, which is why this contender is in a close second to the Hyundai Kona.
One of the greatest adversities working against this Kia model are its availability. Due to supply chain issues, there is a low supply of batteries for the 2020 Kia Niro Electric. Kia simply can’t keep up with demand.
The Audi e-tron
The 2020 Audi e-tron boasts both a sedan option and an SUV version. The SUV version may sport that luxury vehicle price tag of $74,800, but it still stands up against the cheaper Kia Niro and Hyundai Kona. The Audi e-tron electric compact SUV earns the highest overall score on this list with an 84 from CR.
The road test results are also a score of 84, combined with a reliability rating of four out of five. However, its miles per gallon equivalent is the lowest of the three at 74 mpge. Also, the Audi e-tron has the lowest epa range of 204 miles.
Still, the Audi e-tron competes with its upscale cabin that’s quiet and offers a silky smooth ride with a nice handle, and it’s the largest on this list. Typical to Audi vehicles, this SUV is an upgrade to luxury.
The price gap is large but the offerings vary vastly. It isn’t great for longer distances, though, so it may not be worth that extra 30 grand. Especially not when others like the Jaguar I-pace and the Tesla Model X have significantly longer ranges.
CR-Recommended Electric SUVs
The CR lays it out nice and simple that these three are leaders in the SUV segment of electric vehicles. Generally good reliability ratings and drive test scores set the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric, the 2020 Kia Niro Electric, and the 2020 Audi e-tron apart from others in their class. These three 2020 electric vehicles are all Consumer Reports recommended.