Best Electric Sedans: Top Picks for Luxury Models

Best Electric Sedans: Top Picks for Luxury Models

In our opinion, the best electric sedans happen to be luxury models — which isn’t exactly a big shock. Premium 4-door cars are packed with arguably the best interior features of any vehicle, the latest technology, plenty of cargo space, power and handling in line with premium coupes, and sleek, sporty styling that really sets them apart.

Adding all-electric power to the mix doesn’t take all this away; in fact, these family cars make it even better on the road with all that extra torque. Here’s our running list of some of the best luxury electric sedans on the market today.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

Go on the market: autumn 2021

It took Mercedes-Benz a while to integrate serious electric vehicles into its lineup here in North America, but expect the German giant to release a full battalion of EQ-name battery-powered offerings over the next five years. Kick off with the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS.

Released for North America in Fall 2021, the EQS is powered by a 107.8 kWh (usable) battery. Yields up to 385 kW of power, or the equivalent of 516 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque. The 0-100 km sprint is achieved in approximately 4.3 seconds, with a manufacturer-specified top speed of 210 km/h.

Inside the EQS interior, expect an even more advanced version of the MBUX infotainment system, with the optional Hyperscreen setup extending the entire length of the dashboard. Behind the glass are three separate screens, so that even the passenger can access some of the car’s functions.

Read our full story – Is the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS a replacement for electric S-Class?

Most important features:

516 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque

Advanced version of the MBUX infotainment system

Top speed of 130 mph or 210 km/h.

Genesis electrified G80

Go on the market: end of 2022

The premium brand’s first EV model made its world debut at Auto Shanghai, giving North Americans a glimpse of what to expect, although no release date had been announced outside of China. Dubbed the Electrified G80, that’s right, the mid-sized 4-door G80 will go all-electric for 2022, building on a redesigned 2021 G80 with a new look, turbo powertrains and a lighter structure.

The 2022 Electrified G80 sprints from 0-60 in a respectable 4.9 seconds and is expected to deliver 365 hp and 516 lb.ft of torque (272 kW and 700 Nm of torque, to be exact). All powered by a pair of engines with 182 horsepower and 258 lb.ft or maximum torque on the front and rear wheels.

Inside, Genesis has stepped it up in terms of sustainability by implementing various natural and recycled materials. Includes recycled wood from the furniture manufacturing process, fabrics made from recycled PET and natural dye for the leather treatment of the seats, armrests and console.

Read our full story – Genesis’ midsize sedan ditches gas engine with 2022 Electrified G80 offering

Most important features:

365 hp and 516 lb.ft of torque

Interior with recycled materials

The 350 kW fast charger goes from 10% to 80% in 22 minutes

Audi e-tron GT Quattro & RS e-tron GT

Go on the market: Summer 2021

After a thorough pregnancy process, Audi finally pulls the curtains on its very first all-electric sports sedans, the e-tron GT Quattro and RS e-tron GT. Built alongside the Audi R8 supercar at the carbon neutral assembly plant in Böllinger Höfe, the e-tron GT family aims to bring Audi performance to a new generation of battery-powered high-speed sedans.

The total combined power of two axle-mounted electric motors is 470 hp (523 hp with overboost) and 472 lb-ft for the e-tron GT Quattro. The RS e-tron GT brings things up to 590 horsepower (637 horsepower with overboost) and 612 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the four-wheel drive, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is achieved in 4.1 or 3.3 seconds respectively.

Inside, the e-tron GT features a custom Audi-designed interior. Everything has a clean, angular look and feel, which gives this hyper sedan a pretty futuristic look. In front of the driver sits a fully digital 12.3-inch pod, while a 10.1-inch infotainment system covers the center console. Audi also went to great lengths to refine the e-tron GT’s operating sounds to give it its own unique personality and increase driver engagement.

Read our full story – Audi’s most powerful sedans arrive with 2022 e-tron GT Quattro & RS e-tron GT

Most important features:

Audi’s most powerful sedans

637 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque

Charge up to 80% in just 22 minutes with the right charger

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

Go on the market: Summer 2021

Porsche took the Taycan range to a new level, introducing an all-electric cross utility vehicle to the relatively new family of sedans. With a long roofline and increased ride height, the new Porsche EV appears to offer more interior space, flexibility and versatility over the other Taycan models.

According to Porsche, the Cross Turismo model is built for dirt roads and routes that deviate from the pavement. By increasing ground clearance and optimizing suspension, in combination with a specific CUV driving mode, the new Taycan Cross Turismo increases performance, driving dynamics and overall stability.

So as it stands, the Taycan lineup grows to five models, including the trio that was released for the first time: the Taycan 4S, Taycan Turbo and the top-of-the-line Taycan S.

Read our full story – Porsche’s adventurous Taycan Cross Turismo makes a rare appearance

Most important features:

Completely new roofline, equipped with roof rails, wider second row and larger trunk

Porsche’s new “all-electric cross utility vehicle”

251 miles or 405 km real range

Porsche Taycan RWD

Go on the market: March 2021

In 2021, Porsche expanded the Taycan line-up with a new fourth base variant. A good move considering the Taycan 4S — the base model at the time of release — was priced just above $100.00 (and nearly $120,000 in Canada), which might put the electric sedan out of reach for some buyers.

The 2021 Taycan RWD starts at about $81,250 in the US – a huge price difference compared to the 4S while the goods are still on offer. With the optional Performance Battery Plus upgrade (discussed below), the price rises to $87,030.

Out of the gate, the base Taycan comes with a single-deck Performance Battery with a gross capacity of 79.2 kWh with a range of 431 km on a full charge. There is also an optional two-deck Performance Battery Plus with a gross capacity of 93.4 kWh, giving an extended range of up to 484 km.

Read our full story – The all-electric Taycan range adds a new RWD base model for 2021

Most important features:

Entry-level Taycan (most affordable)

Range of 268 miles or 431 km on a full charge

0-62 mph or 0-100 km/h in 5.4 seconds

lucid air

Go on the market: October 2021

Newark, California-based Lucid Motors revealed not only their new Air luxury electric sedan that was first teased in 2016, but also the full price for all four available trims—something we don’t always get from these niche automakers.

The first model to go on sale is the Air Dream Edition, which will be available in Spring 2021 with a price tag of $169,000, followed by the Air Grand Touring which is set to hit $139,000 by mid-2021. The latter two trims include the Air Touring model priced at $95,000 and the base Air starting at less than $80,000, available in late 2021 and 2022 respectively (though release dates are getting pushed back).

The 2021 entry-level Air – the current champion for the world’s most powerful and efficient luxury electric sedan – starts under $80,000, more than $5,000 less than Tesla’s $85,000 entry-level Model S Long Range, and significantly less than the new Taycan 4S from Porsche for $150,900 ($185,000 for the Turbo S, in case you’re wondering).

Most important features:

Fastest charging capacity in the industry: 300 kW peak charging capacity

Air Dream Edition (top) delivers 1080 hp

Starting under $80,000

Karma GS-6 Series

Go on the market: end 2021

Karma has done away with the 2020 Revero GT nameplate, replaced it with the nearly identical and renamed GS-6 series in 2021. This includes the trio of GS-6, GS-6L and GS-6S – all plug-in hybrids and not all – electric.

As CarBuzz reportsThe GS-6 now starts at $85,700, including the $1,800 destination surcharge and before any state and federal tax credits. Previously, the Revero GT started at nearly $147,000. Later this year (2021), the all-electric GSe-6 will debut with a starting price of $79,900 and $100 deposits are now being made. A all new Karma crossover comes too. But today the focus is on the more affordable GS-6 series, an extended range electric vehicle, or EREV.”

The top-end GS-6S gets 22-inch chrome wheels paired with a Brembo brake setup, compared to the silver 21-inch on the GS-6 and GS-6L. Power comes from a 1.5L turbo engine to boost the 28 kWh battery pack, all good for a whopping 536 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. The extended range is listed at 360 miles.

Most important features:

Entry-level GS-6 starts at $85,700

536 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque

PHEV hybrid, not an all-electric EV

There you have it, a neat list of premium electric sedans we’d jump on if money wasn’t an issue. And yes, Tesla didn’t make this list, but you can read our Model 3 vs Model S comparison here. For more reviews and news – gas and electric – check out our sedans page.

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