Mercedes-Benz EQB vs Volvo XC40 Recharge vs Kia EV6 vs Others

If you’re out shopping in this segment, wait for the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Just got unveiled, with the launch coming up in January.

Mercedes-Benz EQB

Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 4Matic Pros

  • Fantastic CBU build quality, with GLS-inspired styling. Fits the ‘Baby GLS’ moniker
  • Top-notch performance with dual electric motors and 4MATIC AWD. Regen mode can enable single-pedal driving
  • 423 km WLTP range is sufficient for urban commutes and medium-distance highway drives
  • Impressive ride & handling for a 2+ tonne SUV. Great real-world ground clearance adds practicality
  • Zero tailpipe emissions & green image will appeal to the environmentally-conscious
  • Tastefully appointed cabin. Loaded to the gills with features, safety kit & technology
  • Road tax exemptions in many states are likely to make it a compelling proposition in its segment

Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 4Matic Cons

  • Range not quite enough for long-distance touring. Range anxiety will be a factor on road-trips
  • Third row has awkward accessibility and limited space. Not a true 7-seater
  • DC fast charging is unlikely to be widely available in near future. 11 kW AC charging takes overnight for a full charge
  • Missing features like a spare tyre (!!!), ventilated seats which cheaper cars get, etc.
  • Boot space with all rows up is a measly 110 litres. A better 465 litres with 3rd row down, but the optional spare tyre will chew away useable space

Link to Review

Volvo XC40 Recharge

Link to launch thread

Kia EV6

Link to Review

BMW i4

Link to launch thread

MINI Cooper SE

Link to launch thread

Here’s what GTO had to say on the matter:

All good EVs on the list, and some well-priced too (e.g. BMW i4). That being said, the most unimpressive EV on this thread is the Cooper SE. Too expensive for what it offers, and even a Nexon EV has a better range. The real-world range of the Cooper SE will be <200 km.

My pick is the Kia EV6. Head-turner styling, fast powertrain, superbly engineered, dedicated new EV platform (unlike most other ICE to EV convert vehicles).

If you’re out shopping in this segment, wait for the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Just got unveiled, with the launch coming up in January. As a CKD, it will naturally be priced under the CBU EV6.

Here’s what BHPian msdivy had to say on the matter:

Voted for EV6, since it is the best-looking one out there. Mini is good but limited by range. Rest are trying to hide the electric motor under the IC engine hood. They need to work out the bonnet design.

Check out BHPian comments for more insights and information.

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