Mercedes is not always superior to Volvo, but it is more fuel-efficient. Double test Mercedes EQB versus. Volvo XC40 Recharge Electric Clean.
Mercedes offers the EQA and EQB in this market area. This vehicle is actually the sibling of an older spacecraft. Volvo offers multiple XC40 body types. In addition to the standard crossover, a coupé variant is also available.
The Mercedes is larger than the Volvo, but this refers more to the trunk volume than the internal living space: the EQB requires a rear-sliding seat to match the basic legroom of the XC40. Additionally, the optional Mercedes panel roof drains valuable inches of headroom. Nonetheless, the EQB lacks a central tunnel, which is located at Volvo.
At least 419 liters of luggage may be stored behind the Volvo XC40. That is greater than the rear section of the EQA, but if the rear section is folded down, the 1,295-liter high-stakes Volvo in both Benzens must reach its capacity.
The EQB is capable of transporting between 495 and 1710 liters of payload. Under the loading floor is sufficient space for the charging cable. Consider: if you pay extra for the installation of seven seats, there are two additional seats concealed there.
It would not be if the Mercedes charge cable was not packaged in a stylish bag. And it just doesn’t work. In addition, the Mercedes cargo floor is flat, but there are substantial gaps between the backrest and the luggage floor.
It’s easy to misplace objects in it. Volvo is not affected by this issue. Additionally, it is possible to misplace luggage in front of the XC40.
The front-wheel drive configuration XC40 is Volvo’s typical entry-level vehicle, but don’t think you have to hit the road: the powertrain delivers 231 horsepower and 330 Newton-meters of torque. If you ignore the traffic light entirely, your wheels will spin! In our version, the Mercedes reaches 190 horsepower.
Nonetheless, the EQB offers 385 Nm of torque. And despite being similar to a front-wheel-drive vehicle, the ‘Das Haus’ is not very powerful on the road. Nevertheless, this may be because Mercedes weighs over two tons: Volvo remains under 100 kilograms. It is evident that the Mercedes is designed to transport seven passengers.
If they are not present, the rear suspension becomes slightly softer. Additionally, the EQB produces additional operational noise. Consider tires, as well as wind as an example.
Unfortunately, nothing has changed; it only appears when you’re seated in the Volvo. Benz also has beautiful furniture. The sports chairs in our trial version are undoubtedly more sophisticated, but after a lengthy vacation, you will likely thank the Germans for this.
A little peripheral support would not be a luxury: because the EQB is supposed to be a ‘bonking,’ you will quickly come into contact with a door handle or dashboard when you turn a corner. Volvo offers its drivers additional living space.
Also, this electric vehicle can easily tow a trailer weighing up to 1,500 pounds: the Volvo XC40 is capable of handling trailers of this weight. If you want to go on vacation with a Mercedes, it is preferable to rent a mobile home, as the towing capacity is 0 kg.
Despite having a smaller battery and being heavier, Mercedes is more fuel-efficient than Volvo. During our range test, the XC40 consumed an average of 16,4 kWh per 100 kilometers, whereas the EQB recorded a figure of 15 kWh.
That is superior to the manufacturer’s description in both instances! Mercedes even managed to get close to the column promised in the brochure: 469 kilometers or 458 units after one night at the charging station.
The number of kilometers you can go on a full battery charge is displayed on the infotainment screen instead of the dashboard in Volvo vehicles. Then, you will see three numbers: the optimal frequency, realistic estimates, and minimum level. Taking into account these actual figures, the 310 kilometers mentioned are far less than the 425 kilometers advertised in the brochure.
Volvo allows you to select a unique rescue mode to help you go over 400 kilometers. And otherwise, there is an XC40 running switch installed somewhere in the settings for power pedals only. Mercedes steering wheel paddles can be used to adjust the amount of regained stopping power.
In the extreme position, the technical brakes are no longer required, but the power pedal might be reduced further than for Volvo: EQB occasionally reacts abruptly. Benz also features energy-saving conditions, although the climate control effect is diminished.
Then provide us with a mental navigation system that, similar to Volvo, has already prepared the essential payment centers. If you reach your destination too quickly, the Mercedes will alert you with a symbol next to the speedometer.
On the XC40, not all support systems are standard. Invisible location security, traffic crossing warnings, and traffic queue assistance, for instance. These auxiliary systems are present in our test vehicle, but they also have multiple layers. Mercedes suspends your standard travel control, fatigue detection, route assistance, and emergency braking system.
For all other saving angels, additional fees apply. Even if you opt for the priciest model, as in the case of our test vehicle, which lacked cruise control even with the most expensive package. Already included in the base model is the rear camera.
And that’s a good thing because Mercedes window styles make it difficult to see behind the steering wheel, despite the enormous window area. The XC40 shares this problem with a number of contemporary automobiles. However, for businesses like Volvo that place a premium on safety, such criticism carries additional weight.
Simplicity of use
Google and Volvo are currently collaborating on infotainment systems. This provides a number of advantages, like the ability to use Google Maps, effortlessly transfer the Spotify playlist you were listening to at home, and translate voice commands into easy language, but at the expense of the XC40’s ergonomics.
When the mix was released in 2018, you could “slide your finger” from one menu to the next, much like you would on a personal computer. Today, you must go through a variety of menus whose logic frequently escapes us.
Why, for instance, is ‘One Pedal Drive’ not a button on the dashboard’s center console? Volvo lacks an on/off switch, as well. At the destination, you must just descend. While the start button for conventional oil variants is still present!
In Mercedes, the infotainment system is totally customizable. It appears sneaky on the board as well, with two great screens. Volvo chargers with a capacity of up to 150 kW. At the fast-charging station, the time necessary to purchase a sandwich is sufficient for continuing the voyage. The maximum EQB charging rate is 100 kW.
On the regular charge section, however, the Mercedes is ready to go: from empty to full, it takes 5 hours and 45 minutes, whereas the Volvo XC40 takes 7 hours. The three-phase payment option includes both manufacturers’ purchase prices. Mercedes compensates you for the first two hundred thousand kilometers you travel with the EQB, ensuring that you always have access to “green” energy.
If you choose to rent, the cheapest XC40 electronics will cost you € 46,995, or € 569 per month. An importer supplied us with a version of Pure electric Ultimate. For € 54,995, you will receive power-operated seats, a panoramic roof, a 360-degree camera, and a powerful stereo system.
Unlike the Germans, the Swedes also provide a variety of battery sizes by including different motors and vehicle types: one with 70 kWh of battery cells and another with 78 kWh. We utilized the version powered by a modest battery pack.
Regardless of the selected engine, the Mercedes battery pack has a constant capacity of 66.5 kWh. Cheap EQB requires a minimum of € 57,013 or € 719 monthly. Due to the AMG Line’s reduction rate, our test drive should provide at least 62 main. Additionally, the vehicle is equipped with 18-inch wheels, digital gauges, and an electronically actuated rear gate.
Both Mercedes and Volvo are available with conventional internal combustion engines. Previously, the gasoline version was frequently less expensive than the electric version, but this price differential has been decreased to 2,500 euros for the EQB and XC40. At current oil prices, the difference will be yours soon.
Especially when you consider that you still do not owe car tax on fully utilized passenger vehicles. Finally, assurance: Mercedes provides a two-year warranty on EQB. For eight years or 160,000 miles, you can knock on the seller’s door if the battery fails. The XC40 comes standard with a 3-year manufacturer warranty, but the required batteries are covered for 8 years or 160,000 miles.
The price difference between Mercedes and Volvo is $7,000. However, we do not believe that we are comparing apples and oranges. This form of electrical crossover is quite expensive for the Germans.
Not only is the Volvo XC40 less expensive, but so are the Audi Q4 e-Tron and the newly released BMW iX1. Mercedes offers a roomy and fuel-efficient EV at $57,000. One for which you may confidently assert that you are using clean energy.
However, if you wish to appear more at ease while traveling, you should consult the pepper option selection. In the case of the XC40, you receive a crossover that is more pleasurable to drive, offers more utility options – whether in terms of gravity or loading speed – and has a large interior space for less money. Therefore, Volvo wins this comparison.