Electric cars (for adults) are super expensive, but kids’ versions are lot more affordable. We’ve rounded up a range from the cheaper 6V models up to licenced versions with more power and more features.
Your buying guide for the best kids cars
Prices range from under £100 to several hundred, and it’s not simply licensing fees that make the difference.
One of the biggest factors is the battery voltage. This – along with the wattage of the motor(s) - determines how powerful the car is. The lowest priced cars have 6V batteries and therefore are quite slow and may not cope with steep hills or rough terrain.
The next step up is 12V, but you’ll also see 24V and 36V.
As voltage rises, so does price, but more powerful toys tend to offer multiple speeds as well. This can be a benefit as a child can grow into a car, starting off with the slowest speed and graduating to the higher speed when they’ve learned to control the car.
Watch out for cars that lack reverse, and find out how long the battery lasts between charges, and how long it takes to charge, too.
FERRARI LA FERRARI features
- Features: Realistic engine sound effects, MP3 auxiliary point, Forward and reverse gear stick, LED front lights, rear and reverse lights, Front operated accelerator, Seat belt for added safety, Includes parental remote control.
- Remote control distance: 20 metres, 12v rechargeable battery, Battery charging time - 8-10 hrs, Running time: 1-1.5 hours, 2 Speed Settings: 2-3km/h & 3-4 km/h, Maximum user weight - 25kg, Remote control distance: 20 metres, Forward, reverse, turn left and right & stop controls, Keyless start.
- Please note: Suitable for children aged 3-6 years, Please note: A lead-acid Rechargeable battery for the car is included. Batteries required: A 9V battery for the radio controller
- Materials: ABS plastic injection molded body, Rubber wheels, Chassis leather car seat
- Dimensions: L122 X W60 x H51cm, Weight: 18.1kg, Assembly: Requires some simple self assembly