Best Luxury Electric Cars For 2022

by | May 28, 2022 | Sports & Outdoors | 0 comments

This year is shaping up to be the most important for EVs yet, with nearly every car manufacturer releasing a battery-powered model. However, while we wait for more mainstream and affordable EVs, the majority of EVs remain high-end and expensive. A new EV costs more than $63,000 on average, which is comparable to the price of a luxury car.

Newer companies dominate the top of the list, while legacy automakers claw their way into the luxury EV market. Most automakers have created entirely new vehicles with electric powertrains, but others, such as Volvo, are converting existing models.

The luxury EV market is relatively small in the first half of 2022, but it is rapidly expanding as more basic, everyday options become available. We examined the most expensive pure electric vehicles, which did not include any hybrid models. The list of fully electric luxury sedans and sports cars, on the other hand, is impressive, with some of the best range and performance among all EVs.

1. 2022 Lucid Air

Why We Picked It

The Lucid Air is an appealing alternative to EVs such as the Tesla Model S and Mercedes-AMG EQS for those with a large budget. No electric vehicle has ever gone further on a single charge, with up to 520 miles of EPA-rated range, and no EV has ever charged faster. With up to 1,111 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and confident handling, performance is similarly out of this world. The list of advantages continues with a striking exterior, a sumptuous, roomy, and tech-laden interior, plenty of cargo space, and the most recent driver-assistance features. Read the entire review.

Pros

  • Unbeatable driving range of up to 520 miles; the industry’s fastest charging
  • Warp-speed performance, confident handling
  • Airy, swanky interior; enormous cargo and passenger space

Cons

  • Lofty prices, long wait for more-affordable version, limited availability
  • Unproven company; fledgling, limited service network
  • Screens and software could use a few ergonomic tweaks

2. 2022 BMW i4

Why We Picked It

The BMW i4 may resemble the 4 Series Gran Coupe, but it has been reimagined and re-engineered to use electric motors instead of gasoline engines. The i4 is a powerful electric vehicle housed in the body of a 3 or 4 Series combustion engine sport sedan. The handling of the BMW i4 is difficult to beat. The first drive should be read.

Pros

  • More-than-sufficient range up to 300 miles
  • Easy wireless connection for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Fast performance with front and rear electric motors for 536 horsepower, combined

Cons

  • Trunk space is snug, but both rear seats fold flat
  • Cluttered infotainment system displayed on a 14.9-inch touchscreen
  • Flashy front end design with double kidney grille

3. 2022 Tesla Model S

Why We Picked It

The all-electric Tesla Model S combines supercar performance with the legroom and creature comforts of a five-passenger luxury sedan. The Model S is now available with Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive or the breathtakingly fast Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive Plaid. Plaid will cost more than $135,000 and won’t be available until later this summer, but its 1,020 horsepower and top speed of 200 mph may be worth the wait.

Pros

  • Plaid upgrades are impressive: zero to 60 mph in under 2 seconds
  • Display and interior makeover, including backseat screens
  • Advanced driving system, Autopilot, comes standard with suite of safety features 

Cons

  • Large touchscreen still doesn’t connect to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
  • Yoke steering wheel, almost complete lack of hard controls
  • Range has dropped, price has gone up

4. 2022 Mercedes-AMG EQS

Why We Picked It

The Mercedes-AMG EQS is a fantastic electric sedan with a range of 277 miles that sets the standard for other luxury automakers looking to create a powerful, quiet, and luxurious battery-powered sedan. It combines cutting-edge technology with a 56-inch Hyperscreen and powerful performance in a reasonably attractive package. Read the entire review.

Pros

  • All-electric luxury sedan with as much as 751 horsepower
  • Incredible 56-inch Hyperscreen that offers augmented reality
  • Best-in-the-business ADAS systems 

Cons

  • Exterior looks are a bit pod-like
  • Large and heavy on winding roads, even when driving in Sport+ mode
  • Less horsepower than some of the luxury competitors like Lucid and Tesla

5. 2022 Porsche Taycan GTS

Why We Picked It

The 2022 Taycan and Taycan Sport Turismo are Porsche’s first electric GTS models, ushering in a new era in which the company’s EVs are becoming more differentiated in order to appeal to more battery-powered enthusiasts. Rather than highlighting top-tier performance figures, Porsche packaged sporty features while positioning the cars for buyers looking for a mid-level value proposition. The Taycan GTS stands out thanks to powertrains that place it between the $103,800 Taycan 4S and the $150,900 Taycan Turbo. The first drive should be read.

Pros

  • Exceptional handling
  • Two-speed gearbox for quick acceleration
  • Fast all-around: charging and zero-to-60 mph time

Cons

  • Louder startup sound, aggressive synthetic sounds while driving
  • Low 200s range
  • No one-pedal driving for brake regeneration

6. 2022 Audi e-Tron GT

Why We Picked It

Audi is known for sporty cars with great styling, and the e-tron GT, the company’s first electric sedan, does not disappoint. The e-tron GT is a stunning four-door coupe with low, slinky lines, plenty of power, sporty handling, a comfortable ride, and a tasty, driver-oriented interior. Unfortunately, “coupe-like” also describes its cargo area and rear seat, both of which are cramped. While it is good at making enthusiastic drivers happy, its powerful electric drive system is one of the least efficient in its class. Check out the review.

Pros

  • Horizon-blurring acceleration
  • Sensuous coupe-like exterior and thoughtful, well-appointed interior
  • Comfortable for driver and passenger

Cons

  • Less range than most competitors
  • Coupe-like back seat and trunk 
  • Just as expensive as the Taycan

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