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The best electric SUVs of 2022 (and how long it takes to charge them)

May 23, 2022 | Wesley van Barlingen and Callum Biggins

Sports Utility Vehicles, or SUVs, have rapidly increased in popularity over the past decade and are now a consumer favourite. They are gaining massive market share in the UK and Europe, as well as being the leading class of vehicles in the US, making up nearly half of all new vehicle sales—and it’s easy to understand why. With their roomy, comfortable cabins and large carrying capacity, they’re a versatile option for anyone from outdoor sports enthusiasts to large families.

Still, petrol or diesel-powered SUVs have some flaws. Considering their large size and weight, they require nearly 25 percent more energy to move than passenger cars, which translates into increased fuel consumption and, as a result, more CO2 emissions.

Luckily, big advances in battery and charging technology are making electric SUVs a viable and practical alternative. But, with dozens of new electric SUV releases, you may be wondering: which is the best? Whilst the answer depends on your preferences and needs, one important consideration is around charging time. To help you navigate the landscape of new electric SUVs, we’ve compiled an overview of some of the most popular models of 2022.

This article features the following vehicles (click for quick access):

Kia EV6

The Kia EV6 electric SUV parked outside modern office buildings.

Kia’s new EV6 electric SUV, built from the ground up, immediately catches the eye with its bold and futuristic looks. Not only does the Kia EV6 boast a seriously impressive ultra-fast charging speed, but its vehicle-to-load system also means you can charge household items and even other EVs which might come in handy during a power cut.

Kia EV6 specifications

The Kia EV6 is available in the UK in three different model variations, each with a 77.4 kWh battery capacity and different range: 

  • Kia EV6 Long Range 2WD: has a range of up to 328 miles
  • Kia EV6 Long Range AWD: has a range of up to 314 miles 
  • Kia EV6 GT: has a range of up to 263 miles

The starting price of the Kia EV6 is between £41,695 and £52,695* depending on the model variation and the trim level. 

*The prices were taken at the time of writing from Kia UK.

How long does it take to charge the Kia EV6?

The time it takes to charge the Kia EV6 varies based on the power output and the type of charger. We’ve calculated the charging time based on the most common charging outputs at each charging level.

Charging level Charging output Charging times*
Level 1 (AC) 2.3 kW 37h23m
Level 2 (AC) 7.4 kW 11h37m
Level 2 (AC) 11 kW 7h49m
Level 3 (DC) 50 kW 1h01m
Level 3 (DC) 150 kW 20 min
Level 3 (DC) 233 kW 13 min

*These numbers provide a calculated estimation of charging times – from 0 to 100 percent (AC) and 20 to 80 (DC) percent state of charge (SOC) – and do not reflect actual charging times or real-life situations. For a more accurate representation of (or more information on) actual charging times, please refer to the original manufacturer or certified dealerships. The results are based on an equation that uses the standard battery size and average performance of charging stations as metrics and are rounded up for readability. The highest DC charging power is the maximum power supported by the vehicle.

Audi Q4 e-tron

The Audio Q4 e-tron presented at a promotional event.

Audi is breaking into the compact SUV market with the new Audi Q4 e-tron, offering a smaller, more affordable version of its flagship e-tron. The Q4 e-tron is no less premium, with a well-built interior and state-of-the-art-tech, ranging from a large touchscreen to a hands-free driver assistance system. Underneath its good looks, the Q4 e-tron is a versatile SUV with a good battery range of up to 324 miles, depending on the model.

Audi Q4 e-tron specifications

The Audi Q4 e-tron is available in three different model variations in the UK, each with a different range and battery size: 

  • Q4 35 e-tron: has a 55 kWh battery capacity and a range of 212 miles
  • Q4 40 e-tron: has a 82 kWh battery capacity and a range of 324 miles 
  • Q4 50 e-tron: has a 82 kWh battery capacity and a range of 303 miles 

The starting price of the Audi Q4 e-tron is between £42,575 and £53,195* depending on the model variation and trim level. 

*The prices were taken at the time of writing from Audi UK.

How long does it take to charge an Audi Q4 e-tron?

The time it takes to charge an Audi Q4 e-tron varies based on the power output and the type of charger. We’ve calculated the charging time based on the most common charging outputs at each charging level.

Charging level
Charging output
Charging times*: 35 e-tron
(55 kWh)
Charging times*:
40 & 50 e-tron
(82 kWh)
Level 1 (AC)
2.3 kW
26h34m
39h36m
Level 2 (AC)
7.4 kW
8h15m
12h18m
Level 2 (AC)
11 kW
5h33m
8h16m
Level 3 (DC)
50 kW
44 min
1h05m
Level 3 (DC)
118 kW
18 min
27 min
Level 3 (DC)
135 kW
-
24 min

*These numbers provide a calculated estimation of charging times – from 0 to 100 percent (AC) and 20 to 80 (DC) percent state of charge (SOC) – and do not reflect actual charging times or real-life situations. For a more accurate representation of (or more information on) actual charging times, please refer to the original manufacturer or certified dealerships. The results are based on an equation that uses the standard battery size and average performance of charging stations as metrics and are rounded up for readability. The highest DC charging power is the maximum power supported by the vehicle.

Toyota bZ4X

The Toyota bZ4X presented at a promotional event.

This year finally marks Toyota’s debut in the full-electric vehicle market with its new bZ4X SUV. The company’s expertise in battery technology from its long line of hybrid vehicles gives the bZ4X an unusually long battery lifespan: according to Toyota, it should retain 90% of its original capacity after 10 years. Combined with its affordability, the bZ4X promises to be a popular SUV for those seeking reliability for years to come.

Toyota bZ4X specifications

The Toyota bZ4X will be available in the UK in three different model variations, each with a 75 kWh battery and a different range: 

  • bZ4X Pure: has a range of 317.52 miles 
  • bZ4X Motion: has a range of 312.55 miles
  • bZ4X Vision: has a range of 277.75 miles

The starting price of the Toyota bZ4X is between £41,950 and £47,650* depending on the model variation and the trim level. 

*The price was taken at the time of writing from Toyota UK.

How long does it take to charge a Toyota bZ4X?

The time it takes to charge the Toyota bZ4X varies based on the power output and the type of charger. We’ve calculated the charging time based on the most common charging outputs at each charging level.

Charging level Charging output

Charging times*

Level 1 (AC) 2.3 kW 36h13m
Level 2 (AC) 7.4 kW 11h15m
Level 2 (AC) 11 kW 7h34m
Level 3 (DC) 50 kW 1h00m
Level 3 (DC) 150 kW 20 min

*These numbers provide a calculated estimation of charging times – from 0 to 100 percent (AC) and 20 to 80 (DC) percent state of charge (SOC) – and do not reflect actual charging times or real-life situations. For a more accurate representation of (or more information on) actual charging times, please refer to the original manufacturer or certified dealerships. The results are based on an equation that uses the standard battery size and average performance of charging stations as metrics and are rounded up for readability. The highest DC charging power is the maximum power supported by the vehicle.

Volkswagen ID.5

The Volkswagen ID.5 SUV EV revealed at an promotional event.

The Volkswagen ID.5 is an Europe-exclusive addition to VW’s ID line of electric vehicles. As a smaller version of the successful ID.4, which was named last year’s World Car of the Year, the ID.5 has a stylish, sportier design which doesn’t compromise on practicality, in addition to all the space and convenience of an SUV at an accessible price.

Volkswagen ID.5 specifications

The Volkswagen ID.5 will be available in the UK in several different model variations, each with a 77 kWh battery but a different range: 

  • ID.5 Pro: has a range 313 miles
  • ID.5 Pro Performance: has a range of 313 miles
  • ID.5 GTX: has a range of 296 miles

The starting price of the Volkswagen ID.5 is £52,185* depending on the model variation and the trim level you choose. 

*The price was taken at the time of writing from Volkswagen UK.

How long does it take to charge a Volkswagen ID.5?

The time it takes to charge the Volkswagen ID.5 varies based on the power output and the type of charger. We’ve calculated the charging time based on the most common charging outputs at each charging level.

Charging level Charging output

Charging times*

Level 1 (AC) 2.3 kW 37h11m
Level 2 (AC) 7.4 kW 11h33m
Level 2 (AC) 11 kW 7h46m
Level 3 (DC) 50 kW 1h01m
Level 3 (DC) 135 kW 22 min

*These numbers provide a calculated estimation of charging times – from 0 to 100 percent (AC) and 20 to 80 (DC) percent state of charge (SOC) – and do not reflect actual charging times or real-life situations. For a more accurate representation of (or more information on) actual charging times, please refer to the original manufacturer or certified dealerships. The results are based on an equation that uses the standard battery size and average performance of charging stations as metrics and are rounded up for readability. The highest DC charging power is the maximum power supported by the vehicle.

Skoda Enyaq iV

The Skoda Enyaq iV electric SUV parked on brick road next to a large windowed building and green wall.

The all new Skoda Enyaq iV is the brand’s first attempt at an all-electric SUV, and it is an impressive one. Designed for families, it maintains a seriously spacious interior, built with high-quality materials, and the latest smart technology features, taking on the likes of the Audi Q4 e-tron and the Volkswagen ID.4.

Skoda Enyaq iV specifications

The Skoda Enyaq iV is available in the UK in three different model variations, each with a 82 kWh but a different range: 

  • Enyaq iV 80: has a range of 329 miles 
  • Enyaq iV 80 SPORTLINE: has a range of 323 miles
  • Enyaq iV 80X SPORTLINE: has a range of 312 miles

The starting price of the Skoda Enyaq iV is between £40,970 and £47,875* depending on the model variation and the trim level.

*The price was taken at the time of writing from Skoda UK.

How long does it take to charge Skoda Enyaq iV?

The time it takes to fully charge the Skoda Enyaq iV varies based on the power output and the type of charger. We’ve calculated the charging time based on the most common charging outputs at each charging level.

Charging level
Charging output
Charging times*
Level 1 (AC) 2.3 kW 39h36m
Level 2 (AC) 7.4 kW 12h18m
Level 2 (AC) 11 kW 8h16m
Level 3 (DC) 50 kW 1h05m
Level 3 (DC) 135 kW 24 min

*These numbers provide a calculated estimation of charging times – from 0 to 100 percent (AC) and 20 to 80 (DC) percent state of charge (SOC) – and do not reflect actual charging times or real-life situations. For a more accurate representation of (or more information on) actual charging times, please refer to the original manufacturer or certified dealerships. The results are based on an equation that uses the standard battery size and average performance of charging stations as metrics and are rounded up for readability. The highest DC charging power is the maximum power supported by the vehicle.

Hyundai IONIQ 5

A white Hyundai IONIQ 5 on display at a promotional event with a large Hyndai logo on the wall behind.

The IONIQ 5 is Hyundai’s first all-electric vehicle built from the ground up using their new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The small family SUV demonstrates a practical range, advanced on-board tech, impressive ultra-rapid charging speeds, and a stand-out modern and stylish design. Not to mention the minimalistic and super spacious interior.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 specifications

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 is available in the UK in several different model variations, each with a different range: 

  • IONIQ 5 SE Connect/Premium/Ultimate 58 kWh 2WD: has a range 238 miles 
  • IONIQ 5 Premium 72.6 kWh 2WD: has a range of 298 miles
  • IONIQ 5 Premium 72.6 kWh AWD: has a range of 285 miles
  • IONIQ 5 Ultimate 72.6 kWh 2WD: has a range of 280 miles
  • IONIQ 5 Ultimate 72.6 kWh AWD: has a range of 267 miles

The starting price of the Hyundai IONIQ 5 is between £37,365 and £47,835* depending on the model variation and the trim level. 

*The prices were taken at the time of writing from Hyundai IONIQ 5 Brochure UK.

How long does it take to charge the Hyundai IONIQ 5? 

The time it takes to fully charge the  Hyundai IONIQ 5 varies based on the power output and the type of charger. We’ve calculated the charging time based on the most common charging outputs at each charging level.

Charging level
Charging output
Charging times*: Connect/Premium/Ultimate 58 kWh
Charging times*: Premium/Ultimate 2WD & Premium/Ultimate AWD 72.6 kWh
Level 1 (AC)
2.3 kW
28h01m
35h04m
Level 2 (AC)
7.4 kW
8h42m
10h54m
Level 2 (AC)
11 kW
5h51m
7h19m
Level 3 (DC)
50 kW
46 min
58 min
Level 3 (DC)
175 kW
13 min
16 min
Level 3 (DC)
221 kW
22 min
13 min

*These numbers provide a calculated estimation of charging times – from 0 to 100 percent (AC) and 20 to 80 (DC) percent state of charge (SOC) – and do not reflect actual charging times or real-life situations. For a more accurate representation of (or more information on) actual charging times, please refer to the original manufacturer or certified dealerships. The results are based on an equation that uses the standard battery size and average performance of charging stations as metrics and are rounded up for readability. The highest DC charging power is the maximum power supported by the vehicle.

2022 is looking good for electric SUVs

2022 promises to be an exciting year for electric SUV releases, in addition to those already available, with a range of options for everyone: from the affordable Toyta bZ4X, to the exciting Kia EV6, and the practical Skoda Enyaq iV. If you’re not convinced that these are right for you, we’re also explored compacts and sedans in our most popular electric cars of 2021 blog, or you can find information on a variety of models on our extensive electric car pages

If you’re considering getting an electric SUV as your first EV, you may have questions about charging. Visit our free and complete guide to electric car charging to learn everything you need to know.

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