When the Audi e-tron first hit the market, it didn’t have a ton of natural competition. To be honest, it still doesn’t. However, a new EV SUV has hit the scene since it’s been released and more are to come. So how does it cope with its new competitor, the Mercedes-Benz EQC, and its original rival, the Jaguar I-Pace? Top Gear recently found out.
In this recent comparison test, TG took the Audi e-tron and put it up against both the EQC and the I-Pace to see which was the better EV SUV. It’s an interesting test because all three have pros and cons that make them worth buying over the other. They’re also very different in the way they drive and operate, so they each have a unique flavor.
On paper, the Audi e-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQC are the most similar. It seems the Germans had similar mindsets when approaching their first branded EVs. For instance, both the e-tron and EQC are based on existing chassis, not ones developed specifically for internal combustion engines. They both have similar ranges and similar charge times. While the Jaguar I-Pace has been built on a bespoke EV architecture and prioritizes speed and performance over range.
Which one is the best, though? We won’t spoil it, as you should read TG’s coverage, but it’s an interesting test. The Mercedes is clearly the soft, calm luxury car of the bunch, with its uber-soft suspension. While the Audi e-tron is a typically Germanic, very serious but very well-rounded luxury SUV and the Jaguar I-Pace is a performance car that just so happens to be an all-electric crossover. So each car has its own unique flavor that makes it worth buying but each also has its own flaws that could hurt its sales. It will be interesting to see which car sells the best over the next couple of years.Top Gear]