E-mobility is gaining momentum as a widespread phenomenon, and in order to ensure its success, German charging manufacturers are strategically broadening their range of electric vehicles to cater to a wider audience. Additionally, it is crucial for these manufacturers to appeal to customers and capture their interest. Therefore, they have introduced smart SUV models such as the BMW iX1 xDrive30, the Audi Q4 50 e-tron quattro, and the Mercedes EQB 350 4Matic. Our comparison test aims to outline and differentiate the key features and qualities of these vehicles.
Three compact electric SUVs on test
BMW iX1 xDrive30
|RRP EUR 55,000.00|
Audi Q4 50 e-tron quattro
|RRP EUR 57,900.00|
Mercedes EQB 350 4Matic
|RRP EUR 58,197.00|
When it comes to performance, the three electric SUVs demonstrate impressive capabilities. The BMW model boasts a powerful engine, generating up to 313 horsepower and a maximum torque of 494 Newton meters. Audi, on the other hand, starts with 299 horsepower and 460 Nm of torque, while Mercedes begins with 292 horsepower and produces 520 Nm of torque.
To achieve optimal traction and stability, all three vehicles are equipped with a dual-motor configuration, with one motor positioned at the front axle and another at the rear axle. This setup enables efficient power distribution to all four wheels, making the utilization of the respective four-wheel drive systems (xDrive for BMW, Quattro for Audi, and 4Matic for Mercedes) a logical and practical choice.
The iX1 offers an unparalleled driving experience, particularly for sports enthusiasts, making it the top choice among its competitors, the Q4 e-tron and EQB.
In terms of race performance, the iX1 outperforms the Q4 e-tron and EQB, as indicated by the specifications provided by AUTO BILD. It boasts an impressive acceleration time of 5.4 seconds to reach 100 km/h, surpassing the 5.9 seconds of the Mercedes and the 6.2 seconds of the Audi. For those interested in the thrill of acceleration, the BMW iX1 proves to be an intriguing option, with its mechanical performance enhancing the overall driving experience.
Mercedes prioritizes safety features, emphasizing a strong focus on providing a secure driving environment.
In comparison, the BMW iX1 not only excels in racing scenarios but also demonstrates superior performance in evasive maneuvers. On the other hand, the EQB, with a greater emphasis on absolute safety, places less emphasis on the sporty aspect at this stage. The electric vehicle from Stuttgart exhibits a slight decrease in agility, as its Electronic Stability Program (ESP) intervenes too early and too aggressively. While this ensures a consistently stable driving experience, the EQB’s electronics sometimes overly intervene even in situations with minimal disruption, hindering the vehicle’s performance despite its 2.1-ton weight.
Mercedes has developed the EQB model with a strong emphasis on safety, ensuring that nothing is allowed to catch fire. One of the key safety features is the Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which intervenes at an early stage to prevent accidents or loss of control.
On the other hand, the Audi Q4 offers a more enjoyable driving experience without compromising on safety. It stands out with its exceptional grip, thanks to the ESP system that provides precise and smooth control. The driver may even feel as skilled as an expert due to the seamless handling. However, the Audi Q4’s weight, which amounts to 2.2 tonnes when unloaded, can be slightly cumbersome during maneuvering maneuvers, making it appear less agile and light compared to a BMW.
Audi’s technological advancements are truly impressive. Moreover, when driving an Audi, particularly one built on the MEB platform, it becomes evident that meticulous attention has been paid to every detail. Additionally, the operation of the intriguing line is convincing, further enhancing the overall driving experience.
The Audi demonstrates a more attractive driving experience, while the MEB platform it utilizes is highly convincing. Despite its weight of 2.2 tons, the Audi still maintains a noticeable presence.
In summary, the BMW iX1 is undoubtedly the sportiest e-SUV, while the Audi offers a greater sense of charm, and the Mercedes prioritizes safety and risk avoidance. Ultimately, the choice between these vehicles becomes a matter of personal preference.
Mercedes claims a top speed of 160 km/h for its electric car, which falls short of being considered sporty and may not appeal to those accustomed to cruising under the stars. On the other hand, Audi and BMW allow for speeds of up to 180 km/h.
When it comes to internal performance, there is no definitive standard. BMW impresses with its comfortable seats that provide side support and even support the shoulders during fast turns. Audi’s seats are equally supportive, but they tend to be slightly softer. Daimler prioritizes comfort in their upholstery, which compromises side support during sharp turns.
The EQB’s combustion engine architecture is rear-facing.
In terms of second-row seating, all three vehicles offer similar space. However, the EQB seems to have a raised floor due to the architecture of its combustion engine.
The positioning of the battery on the floor of the vehicle results in a sharp angle for the knees of the rear passenger, pressing them against the EQB at an acute angle. However, there is ample headroom available in the vehicle. This is due to the fact that Daimler builds their vehicles with a higher ceiling, allowing for more space.
In terms of quality and design, BMW takes the lead, followed by Mercedes, while Audi falls short in these aspects. Although not immediately apparent, upon closer inspection, the Q4 e-tron from Audi has encountered some setbacks. For instance, the hood of the vehicle needs to be manually supported with a rod, unlike the hydraulically assisted hoods found in competing models. Furthermore, the Audi emits noise while driving over cobblestones, resembling the sound of a surprise egg being held by a three-year-old child.
All three vehicles can be considered suitable for family use. The storage capacities of the trunks are nearly identical, ranging from 490 to 520 liters. The backrest mechanism operation is also similar, allowing for an almost flat loading area across all models.
Regarding the connection between mobile devices and vehicles, Mercedes requires a USB cable for mirroring CarPlay or Android Auto, unlike BMW. In terms of audio control, both Mercedes and BMW perform similarly, although the iX1 handles passenger announcements slightly better. When directly compared, Audi lags behind in this area.
Now, let’s focus on the crucial factor when considering a purchase: range. The Audi Q4 e-Tron comes equipped with a high-capacity 76.6 kWh battery, which, according to the WLTP standard, should provide a range of 502 kilometers on a single charge. However, our measurements indicate a real-world range of 395 kilometers.
In terms of range performance, the Audi emerges as the winner, as it is capable of traveling a distance of 395 kilometers on a single battery charge during the test. Comparatively, the BMW achieves 325 kilometers, while the Mercedes covers 300 kilometers.
When considering the EQB, its official datasheet indicates a range of 410 kilometers with a 66.5 kWh battery. However, in practice, it is only able to cover a distance of 300 kilometers on the regular circuit at How Cars. As for the BMW iX1, equipped with a 64.7 kWh battery, it is expected to have a range of 430 kilometers, but in our testing, it manages only 325 kilometers.