It’s no secret that the electric car market has been booming. Manufacturers continue to roll out new models every season and are investing more time, money, and effort into making them cheaper to produce and more appealing to consumers. The environment needs saving, and with these next-generation vehicles, we’re moving in the right direction.
When it comes to electric cars, consumers have a lot of choices. However, not all choices are created equal. Even though some manufacturers are known for building excellent machines created with top-notch craftsmanship some sections aren’t always designed with such care as others. This leads to certain parts being faulty causing the car to break down or, at times, even get recalled back to the factory.
Today, we are going to focus on ten electric cars of 2022 that we consider to be overrated. This doesn’t mean they are bad. In fact, most if not all of them are great. That said, each one has some cons we feel the need to point out. So without further ado, let’s jump right into it!
10 Kia Niro
Despite competing in the economy segment, the Kia Niro starts at around $40,000. According to multiple Reddit users and car reviewing sites, the car presents some surprising problems. One of, if not the most important of them, is the low quality of the bearings used on the electric motor causing it to break down. Other drawbacks include the blatant design, low-grip tires, and limited rear-window visibility. Also, for the money you pay, its electricity efficiency isn’t very good as it’s average at best.
9 Hyundai Kona
The electric Kona’s MSRP is $34,000, making it cheaper than the previous year’s model. However, there are some things that make us not so eager to try it out. For example, the lack of an AWD option is a hard hit on our evaluation of the car. Also, the interior area is kind of cramped and the cargo area is fairly limited considering this is a family crossover. A front trunk is something you can find in most cars of that category, but the Kona doesn’t offer one.
8 Chevrolet Bolt
Selling at an MSRP of $31,500, there are some things that the manufacturer could have done much better with the Bolt. The car has plenty of upsides, including the one-pedal driving feature as well as a decent driving range. However, it lacks a sunroof, making the passengers’ riding experience a bit dull and underwhelming compared to some of its competitors. Also, considering you are paying a substantial amount of money, the quality of the materials used on the interior could be much better.
7 Nissan Leaf
There are a lot of problems with the Leaf, and even though it’s well-priced, we still think it’s overrated as there are better options available in the $25,000-$30,000 range. Sure, it is the cheapest option, but at what cost? The driving range is just north of 150 miles due to the limited battery capacity. Also, despite the excellent smooth riding experience, the EV drives very slowly as its top speed is 98 mph.
6 Mini Cooper SE
Mini Cooper cars are known for their steep price yet limited capabilities. The 2022 SE is no different as it starts at $30,750, which isn’t much for an electric, but at the same price, there are other more logical options.
Its range is only 110 miles, the rear seats are very small, and the traction control is intrusive. Is this enough to say it’s overrated? Well, it depends on your perspective. One thing is for certain, though: just like other Minis, this is a very fun car to drive.
5 BMW iX
Starting at $83,200, the BMW iX is a premium car designed for those who want top-notch quality and driving capabilities. However, its steep price tag fails to justify the lack of some important features. One of those is the missing roof carrier, which is a vital part of any luxury SUV. Next up is the front grille that looks awkward and ugly to many BMW fans. To top things off, the model also lacks a front trunk.
4 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT
Being barely cheaper than the Tesla Model Y, the Mustang Mach-E GT comes in at $61,000. For this price, you’ll be getting 0-60 mph times of 3.8 seconds, great looks, and an iconic Mustang nameplate. That said, this EV is not exactly overrated, but it sure is overpriced. The automatic braking system isn’t great and the touch controls aren’t as intuitive as the ones found in a Tesla. Also, the interior quality and technology features are lacking compared to most other EVs of that price range.
3 Mercedes-EQ EQS
Costing more than $100,000, it’s easy to immediately call this car overrated. However, there are some things that justify this statement. First up, the front trunk can’t be seats opened, secondly, the rear are somewhat limited when it comes to the available sitting space. As for the driving range, the car’s 350-mile capabilities fall behind the Tesla Model 3 Long Range which comes for half the price tag. We think that Mercedes’ flagship luxury EV should at least cover the basics.
2 Porsche Taycan
The Taycan isn’t for everyone. You won’t see someone who “just wants an EV” driving around in it. It is a niche model targeted toward a specific group of people. It offers extreme driver satisfaction, but for the base price of $82,700, we’d steer away. Sure, the 0-60 mph 3.0 second-time is something many EV manufacturers would be envious of, but compared to a Tesla of the same price point, the Porsche lacks hugely when it comes to both range and acceleration.
1 Volkswagen ID.4
There are many problems with the 2022 ID.4. First, the exterior is as blunt and unexciting as it gets. Then, you have a bad infotainment system and even worse handling capabilities. Considering the car starts at an MSRP of more than $41,000, there are far better choices in the segment. Also, it lacks a front trunk and physical buttons and its touch-screen controls are clunky and hard to use when driving.