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Volvo XC40 Recharge Vs Mercedes EQB350 Vs Audi E-tron 55 | The Best of Luxury EV SUVs in India

Our picks across segments of luxury electric SUV’s to ascertain what makes the most E-sense!

For

Volvo XC40 Recharge - Exhilarating Performance, Connectivity, Squat SUV proportions
Mercedes-Benz EQB 350 4Matic - Interior Design, 5+2 seating, Relaxed Drive
Audi e-Tron 55 - Driving Comfort, Cabin Ergonomics, Build Quality

Against

Volvo XC40 Recharge - Wow factor missing inside & outside
Mercedes-Benz EQB 350 4Matic - Not exactly a cheap family runabout
Audi e-Tron 55 - Weight, Compromised range

Specs & Prices

Let’s Talk Numbers

Yes let’s do as there are quite a few to consider. With the arrival of the XC40 Recharge’s 2023 facelift, little has changed. India as before gets the dual-motor Recharge Twin, driving all four wheels. A 148bhp-front, 254bhp-rear motor set-up offers a combined 402bhp and 660Nm of torque. And add this up to its C-segment size SUV footprint, your guaranteed thrills every time you floor it: 0-100 kph in just 4.9 seconds. Heavens! But in the name of enhancing efficiency, I sorely missed the brake re-gen modes in this car.

The EQB 350 uses a 66.5kWh battery and a pair of electric motors for all-wheel drive. It produces 288bhp, 520Nm, and offers a claimed range of around 423 kms, so expect something south of 350 kms in the real world of ferrying children around with the air conditioning on. It does offer three levels of brake regen to choose from via paddles on the steering wheel.

The e-Tron’s 55 moniker features the largest battery seen here. A 95kWh floor pack driving twin motors putting a total thrust of 664Nm and 402 bhp; it gets from 0-100kmh in 5.7 seconds in a not so aggressive manner – but more importantly, the large juice pack gives it a maximum claimed range of 484 kms, but the real world is quite the opposite almost below 300kms and we suspect the weight maybe the culprit. It also gets a unique option of having 2 charging ports on either sides of the car behind the front fenders.

All these EV’s support fast charging (with barely any chargers over 100kW seen in this country), while charging to 100 per cent from a typical residential wall box (11kw) will be an overnight job, with the EQB claiming to do it in under 8 hours.

Volvo XC40 Recharge | 2 PSM Motors | 402 bhp | 660 Nm 
₹ 56.90 lacs (ex-showroom)

Mercedes-Benz EQB 350 4Matic | 2 PSM Motors | 288 bhp | 520 Nm 
₹ 77.50 lacs (ex-showroom)

Audi e-Tron 55 | 2 PSM Motors | 402 bhp | 664 Nm 
₹ 1.19 crores (ex-showroom)



TopGear Magazine June 2024