Winner: BMW i7
Electric power particularly suits luxury cars, enhancing the serenity of the cabin while offering effortless performance. The best of the breed today is the BMW i7, which is the electric version of the 7 Series. Sure, the looks take a little getting used to, and the interior can be a bit chintzy depending on how it’s specified, but there’s no arguing with the exceptional quality and sense of luxury inside. Rear-seat occupants can even be treated to a massive entertainment screen that pivots down from the roof and even has little touchscreens in the doors.
From the driver’s point of view, the i7 is capable of nearly 600 kilometres on a charge or there’s a 659hp model called the M70 that costs nigh on €200,000. That makes the basic variant, at €128,775, look a veritable bargain.
The EQS is Mercedes-Benz’s flagship luxury EV. With a gigantic 108kWh battery and aerodynamic shape, it will comfortably achieve a 600km range, and with a bit of care will go further than 800km. Buyers can choose from a range of motors, with the range-topping all-wheel-drive cars offering up to 658hp. Luxury abounds inside the EQS cabin, which is dominated by the Hyperscreen layout featuring three different screens behind one surface. With doors that can open and close automatically, plush leather and double-glazed windows, the Mercedes was always going to be a serious contender for the Luxury EV category.
Audi e-tron GT
Sharing its platform with the Porsche Taycan, the e-tron GT manages to play the roles of long-distance GT and high-performance (four-door) coupé with consummate ease. No, it’s not as spacious as the other luxury EVs mentioned here, but its sophisticated chassis and refined powertrain make it more luxurious than its sporty looks would have you believe. Oh, and it’ll go up to 472 kilometres without emitting any burned fossil fuel fumes, too.