The Best Luxury Electric SUVs According to U.S. News

There’s no denying it. The number of electric SUVs on the market is growing. That’s especially true of luxury electric SUVs. These SUVs strike the perfect balance between impressive performance and luxury amenities. They also boast more than enough range to get you to your next destination. And when it comes to the best luxury electric SUVs? U.S. News recently ranked every new luxury electric SUV based on their U.S. News overall scores. Let’s find out the organization’s top picks for the best luxury electric SUVs.

The 2020 Jaguar I-Pace is one of the best luxury electric SUVs

Kostja Ullmann drives the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE, one of the best luxury electric SUVs
2020 Jaguar I-Pace | Gisela Schober/Getty Images for Jaguar Land Rover

Sitting near the top of U.S. News’ list of the best luxury electric SUVs is the 2020 Jaguar I-Pace. According to U.S. News, if you’re in the market for a luxury electric SUV that’s off-road capable and offers decent range estimates, you really can’t go wrong with the Jaguar I-Pace. In fact, U.S. News gave it an 8.2 overall score. And for good reasons, too.

The 2020 Jaguar I-Pace comes equipped with two electric motors that produce a combined 394-hp and 512 lb-ft of torque. Standard with all-wheel drive, U.S. News reports that the I-Pace delivers a “comfortable ride over most surfaces, and it takes turns with poise.” According to the EPA, it also boasts up to 234 miles of total range. Though, that range does “diminish quickly under hard acceleration,” U.S. News added.

The good news is that this luxury SUV doesn’t make any compromises when it comes to premium interior amenities. Slip into its synthetic leather seats and enjoy standard features such as a panoramic sunroof, a dual-screen infotainment system, a 12.3-inch adaptive driver display, turn-by-turn navigation, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

The 2020 Tesla Model X is an electric SUV with plenty of range

A white 2020 Tesla Model X in front of a Tesla store
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For another electric SUV, consider the 2020 Tesla Model X. This Tesla SUV offers up more range than any electric SUV on the road today, U.S. News reports. In fact, the Tesla Model X delivers up to 360 miles of range when you opt for a long rage model. Treat yourself to the Tesla Model X Plaid instead, and you can expect this luxury electric SUV to deliver up to 340 miles of range.

U.S. News gave the 2020 Tesla Model X some high marks too. In fact, the organization gave it an 8.4 overall score, ranking it slightly ahead of the 2020 Jaguar I-Pace. According to U.S. News, the Tesla Model X ranks near the top of the luxury electric SUV segment thanks to its “swift acceleration, buttoned-down handling, superb all-electric driving range, spacious cabin, and advanced features.”

Perhaps the only downside to the Tesla Model X is its build quality. According to U.S. News, its interior build quality isn’t the most consistent. In fact, reviewers identified many inconsistent gaps between the SUV’s interior panels. Consumer Reports made a similar observation, though with the SUV’s exterior. 

“While not counted as interior fit and finish defects, there were also some exterior and body finish issues that we seldom encounter in luxury cars, including roughly-finished spots and gaps around the wheel well trim.”

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The 2021 Audi e-tron is the best luxury electric SUV

A blue 2021 Audi e-tron parked outdoors, the best luxury electric SUV
2021 Audi e-tron | Audi

As for the best luxury electric SUV? That honor went to the 2021 Audi e-tron. U.S. News gave it an 8.5 overall score, ranking it just slightly ahead of the Tesla Model X. According to the organization, the electric SUV’s high marks can be attributed to its engaging ride, eager acceleration, and standard all-wheel drive. This year’s model also offers up to 222 miles of estimated range, which is slightly lower than its competitors. Fortunately, the new Audi e-tron does have plenty else to offer.

Slip behind the wheel of this luxury electric SUV, and you’ll be pleased to find that it makes nary a compromise when it comes to interior amenities. In fact, standard are sought-after features like leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, quad-zone automatic climate control, and a panoramic sunroof. The e-tron also comes outfitted with tech-savvy amenities like dual touch screens, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa. 

The Audi e-tron has more to offer than luxury amenities too. As it turns out, this electric SUV is very safe. It comes standard with several driver-assist safety features, including blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alerts, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. With so many safety features to its name, it’s no surprise that the 2021 Audi e-tron is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+.

Which luxury electric SUV is the right choice for you?

If you’re hoping to treat yourself to a luxury electric SUV, U.S. News’ list makes for an excellent place to start. In fact, before making any final decisions, we recommend taking each of these options out for a spin. After all, that is the best way to determine which luxury electric SUV is the right choice for you.

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