Compared: Mercedes EQC, I-Pace, Tesla Model X, Audi e-tron, BMW iX3


The Germans are coming for Tesla, and it may not be long before a hard-fought battle begins.

The Mercedes-Benz EQ line is finally brought to life thanks to the reveal of the fully-electric EQC crossover. The segment, although in its early stages of life, promises big things for every car maker. Some of the competitors for the EQC are the newly revealed Jaguar I-Pace, the Audi e-tron and the upcoming BMW iX3. Certainly, none other than the Jaguar have actually been released to the customers, but all of these vehicles are supposed to enter production and arrive on the market in the next 24 months or less.

Even though it’s a bigger car and might not strictly fall under it, the segment is currently controlled by the impressive Tesla Model X. However, with the advent of some new competition from some old carmakers, it makes sense to do a short comparison between these. After all, they are all similarly high priced exert high levels of performance and fall into the luxury utility category.

Below, you will find a chart showcasing all the specifications for these direct competitors. Mind you, the Audi e-tron data is collected from the bits and pieces revealed either through official company statements or simply by quoting the upper echelon people from the German car maker. You’ll also notice the absence of the BMW iX3 in the specifications sheet. That we understand and we will update the chart with the BMW iX3 data once it becomes available.

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 Jaguar I-Pace Tesla Model X 75D Audi e-tron
MSRP $TBA $70,495 $79,500 $95,000 (German Pricing)
Motor Dual motors Dual motors Dual motors Dual Motors
Battery capacity 80 kWh 90 kWh 75 kWh 95 kWh
All-electric range 279 miles (NEDC cycle) 240 miles – EPA Est 247 miles 249 miles (WLTP)
Length 187.4” 184.3” 198.3” 192.1″
Width 82.5” 84.2” 81.5” 76″
Height 63.9” 61.3” 66” 60.6″
Wheelbase 113.1” 117.7” 116.7” 114.6″
Curb weight (lbs) TBA 4,784 lbs. 5,307 lbs. TBA
Drive configuration AWD AWD AWD AWD
Performance 402 hp, 564 lb-ft 394 hp, 512 lb-ft 328 hp, 387 lb-ft 355 hp, 414 lb-ft
0-60 mph 4.9 sec. (est.) 4.5 sec. 4.9 sec. 5.9 seconds
Top speed (mph) 112 mph 124 mph 130 mph 124.3

With similar power, performance and range, these present a rather interesting dilemma for most would-be electric SUV/Crossover buyers. All of these come with dual motors. In several categories, you’ll note that the differences are so close it’s like splitting hairs. And, of course, if you’ve got the extra cash and want to spring for a higher level Model X, then that vehicle will outperform all of the others listed, but it’s unfair to include the far more expensive versions of the X here.

Count in the vast Supercharger network and the advanced Autopilot, and it’s hard to beat all the positive aspects of the Tesla Model X, but perhaps it’s styling isn’t to your liking. That’s fine, as there will soon be lots of other highly capable options in the luxury utility segment. And choices are always a welcome addition to the world of electric cars.

It may not be long before some different or more powerful and range-happy versions of these three (four if you include the BMW iX3) competitors, take the Model X down from the throne. Clearly, the German onslaught is brewing and we wouldn’t be surprised if some of the upcoming models from the Big German Three actually shuffle things around fully. It’s bound to happen, the only question is when?

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X at Supercharger
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Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace
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Audi e-Tron

Audi e-tron prototype
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Mercedes EQC

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC
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51 Comments on "Compared: Mercedes EQC, I-Pace, Tesla Model X, Audi e-tron, BMW iX3"

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I like the Model X, but one big strike against it is the falcon wing rear doors. Even if I could afford the car, I couldn’t park it in my garage due to the low ceiling height.

Have you not seen the videos showing falcon doors in tight spaces?? They have sensors that determine how far they can open, and open them to the maximum extent possible.

Yes, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility that someone has a garage with such a low ceiling that the falcon wing doors can’t open to a useful degree. Also I’ve seen those doors malfunction more times than is really conducive to a confident purchase.

For me though, it’s the inability to mount a roof rack that kills the TMX. Well, that and the price being about 400% out of my range. But in any case, I’m a practical dude; despite how they’re perceived I just can’t stop thinking that sliding doors could do everything that the falcon wing doors can do, but better and more cheaply. Everything except wow people, that is. I’m mostly interested in doors for the ability to put things in the car and take them out again, but I understand that opinions may differ.

The laws of aerodynamics dictate a sloping rear end for a car. There is no way of integrating a sliding door in such a design (or they have to be very low only being useful for dogs)

Tesla’s would-be competitors would like nothing more than their customers thinking a car they cannot get is better.

Roadster 2, Electric Pickup, Model Y, Semi Truck…

Note that the German pricing for Model X 75D is $105 k, and German pricing for the I-pace is $90 k.

Just leave the illusion to the haters for now. The etron will start at around $72000 in the US.

Bear in mind that the base version of the e-Tron has a 70 kWh battery pack

Why is that big difference?

Prices in Germany and many other countries are stated including sales tax by law since this is the price you have to pay. For Germany that is 19% at the moment.
When Audi announced a below 80k€ starting price this means the car is 62k€ before tax.

Tesla Model X 75D is 518 hp, 328 hp is the rear motor alone. It can also tow, and be configured to seat 7. Why does every publication leave these line items out when comparing it to other EV SUVs?

Although the motor power front and rear summed together equal 518 HP, the battery can’t necessarily deliver that. Tesla was sued and ended up settling in Norway with some claims on earlier cars (going by sum of peak motor power front/rear instead of max battery can deliver and fact they are at different RPMs so both don’t peak at same time). However, I think HP is close in this case. Given 0-60 of lighter Jag and similar EQC, it definitely makes more than 400, probably 460 or so.

thx for putting that table together Vanja!!

The information in the table needs to be in Metric measurements.

We’re you able to scroll the table? I was unable to see more than the first 1.5 collums

Second that.

A critically missed line item is the charging options. The Model X has access to the Supercharging network AND any other that comes out (like the Electrify America network). The rest don’t. As much as I’m painted as a (gag) “fanboi/boy,” I’m just the messenger. And charging is a big deal.

It doesn’t have any access to CCS networks. Nobody even promised it for the future. People may dream about it, but it is just dream, until Tesla does it, assuming it can do it at all technically and practically, as it isn’t so simple as dumb low power adapter.

Electrify America may have only single Chademo plug per staion for “brand neutral” checkbox compliance, as far as I understand. It would be crowded and of little use in practice. Neither Tesla Chademo adapter supports anything more than 50 kW. Again, people may dream that Tesla will make new adapter, but nobody ever promised it despite higher power Chademo available for years.

The only place where Tesla has access to other charging networks is China, where government forced single standard. But new tariffs make Tesla cars pricing exorbitant there now.

The Germans are coming…. Obviously, someone doesn’t know how to count. Perhaps the better question is how many EVs can these competitors supply? Given that we know that Jaguar’s I-Pace isn’t going to exceed 40,000 units worldwide, if that, how is the competition going to build the EVs to compete against Tesla?

Each of these forthcoming models are going to be production constrained simply because the automakers don’t have the battery pack capability. Until these automakers come up with a real firm number of batteries they have contracted from third parties, we can all question the committment of these companies. It is true that VW supposedly has firm contracts, but for some odd reason, I don’t really trust the word of VW.

How many Model X and S are produced a year? Is that a lack of commitment?

Some of these EVs, like the I-Pace, are more like competitors to the Model 3, so far as size and performance is concerned. If these are expected to “beat Tesla,” than they will need the numbers to do so.

Considering price, they are not in Model 3 league.

Considering size, they are not in Model S&X league.

They are Model Y size with a Model X price.
P.S. The Model Y will also be on the market in 24 months.

The way the market is now, they don’t have to “beat Tesla”. They have to offen an EV that is OK, look OK and they will probably sell all they can manufacture. That goes for the Jaguar, as a small brand with low production volumes.
Mercedes have made a different choise, so they can change EV/ICE volume after sales (more or less). They will probably not produce that many to begin with. Audi will probably produce more, as they use a factory that produced about 100K cars a year before. Time will tell on that one. Price is also important. All the manufacturers can regulate sales volumes with the price.
As of now, about all EVs under production produce close to max volumes of what they can or want. The growth is huge.

It is interesting that the Tesla Model X is quite a bit bigger than the rest of them. The Model Y may end up being a better comparison.
Merc-B EQC 400 I-Pace X 75D Audi e-tron
Length 187.4” 184.3” 198.3” 192.1″
Width 82.5” 84.2” 81.5” 76″
Height 63.9” 61.3” 66” 60.6″
Wheelbase 113.1” 117.7” 116.7” 114.6″

Yeah, I think Model X is too big (and expensive) for some customers.
Model Y (if everything is OK and normal) will compete with the other models AND it will sell a lot more then Model X too.
It has the advantage that they know what Jaguar, MB and Audi is offering. They car still change the design and features I guess. When will they reveal Model Y? Will it be for sale in 2022?
Would be cool if they offered it in aluminium.

That’s the nature of the automobile industry though. If released in 2022 and announced next year then that means the updated versions of the cars being released next year by the Germans will be near their mid life refresh and they can be updated to compete with the Model Y in 2023.

Great for the consumer!

Please be carefull with car width. Model X is 1999mm, while EQC is 1884mm.
1999mm are 78.70079 in
1884mm are 74.17323 inches.
Please note: there are different car width: without, folded and “normal-mode” side mirrors.
i.e. Switzerland max car width is meassured without side mirrors, while germany measures it with unfolded side mirrors.
so, in switzerland I may use those lanes with max 2m (2000mm), while in germany I may not use 2.2m (2200mm) max-width-lanes.
(Model X with unfolded side mirrors is 2272mm)
Model X datas I’ve got from the official drivers manual.
ECQ from


I don’t think the Supercharger network will be as big an advantage for Tesla as it is now. At the very least there is also a benefit in having a car with a universal plug. Also, the competitors all have some self driving technology, most at the level of current Autopilot features. And all keep innovating (for example, Audi plan to offer Level3 next year for the A8, so probably also the e-tron). The big advantage Tesla has is that they are able to retrofit the cars with new soft- and hardware. This is certainly a benefit for the user that the others do not offer (OTA updates on the other hand are avaliable on several legacy cars).
And lastly, the 95k$ for the Audi is probably directly converted from the 80 k€ figure floating around. But as is mentioned, that is german pricing, so it includes value added tax of 19%. So if 80 k€ is correct, the american pricing might be lower than stated above.

The most universal plug at the moment is the CHAdeMO plug.
Closely followed by the Tesla plug.
A smal minority offers the CCS plug.
In 5-10 years the CCS plug might be as universal as the other two systems.

Level 3 autonomous features are also called the suicide level. You either don’t have to pay attention at all, in which case it is level 4, or you have to be able to take over in an emergency, what is called level 2.
Waymo considers even level 2 too dangerous and goes directly to level 5.

OTA updates are for small parts of the infotainment system on some competitors, nobody beside Tesla has OTA for automotive functions.

That is incorrect, Level 2 was considered the worst by Waymo, as people assume the car is in control, but it can suddenly decide it needs intervention (the operator has to pay attention at all times, yet doesn’t need to do anything for perhaps hours on end). Level 3 means the person has a warning of 20-30 seconds before they have to Intervene, so attention is not “needed”, until requested with a reasonable warning.

Waymo do consider both dangerous, but they are skipping them in favour of jumping straight to level 4, not 5. Level 5 implies a vehicle can travel anywhere unaided whereas level 4 indicates a car can be used in specific areas unaided (in Waymos case certain georeferenced parts of towns and cities).

The overall quality cannot be compared in specification sheet. I am sure that there is a big difference how much service each car needs. Big factor when choosing a SUV for personal use.

EDIT: So apparently the website completely eats all paragraph formatting no matter how I try to do it. Welp, block of text it is. Original post: I’m sorry, but this comparison table desperately needs figure standardization. It’s one thing if the price for one of the cars isn’t known; it’s an entirely other thing to then go and give some of the prices with tax included and some without tax included. How’s that a useful comparison? Same thing about the range: you just managed to put numbers from three different rating cycles into a table with four different cars. Should the reader do math in their head to convert between them? Why not just pick the one which is available for the most cars, and if one of them isn’t, then convert that one for the reader? Even if it turns out to be NEDC, that’s okay, since all four figures will be equally wrong. You can still compare them amongst each other. With that trend, I half expected the length measurements and range/speed figures for the German cars to be in metric and the other two in imperial. I mean, if we’re randomly mixing units, why not go all… Read more »

The Germans don,t have access to the amount of batteries needed to set up mass-production of their EV’s. I believe we will see only small numbers of teeese cars the nearest years, probably partly handmade and with no hope of making a profit..

the future is electric

More to come….. Volvo, Nevs…… the future is electric.

The Model X is the only one available with 7 seats, right? That’s a pretty important difference.

Yes, but that also drives up the price. With the current comparison, it’s more “apples to apples” with all in the same 5 seat configuration.

Fair. The only reason I can imagine buying a big-ass car is to have 7 seats. So in the EV market there’s three options, the Model X, the Volvo XC90 T8, and the Chrysler Pacifica PHEV. Price chose the Pacifica for me.

(Yes, the Model S can have jump seats but they are height-restricted, I’m not sure my kids’ cousins would be allowed in them because they look kind of scary, and when you’re paying that premium it feels like you might as well get the X.)

Agreed, we’ll be in the market for a “family truckster” in 6-12 months and priority #1 is PHEV or BEV powertrain and then #2 cost. The Pacifica is a great vehicle, just hesitant on FCA quality, keep us posted on how you like yours.

Ditto on the jump seats, I’d be uncomfortable putting my kids back there, MIL is a different story though! >P

If many seats is important, I read there will come a minibus version of the e-Crafter and Sprinter next year.. 13-17 seats. So you can go from minivan to minibus.
Range on the other hand could be higher, and the price could be lower..

I-Pace seems the best of the options for people within this price range. The problem is that demand will greatly exceed supply.

i think the jag looks best.

I saw the EQC today, and looked at all the parts and construction. It is basically a skateboard design they marry to a modified GLC chassis. So the drivetrain unit is very different from the ICE version. They claimed a range of more then 450km, and looks like it will cove it at least two power versions. I don’t know if the EQC 400 with about 408hp is the smaller or larger of the two. The voice command system seems to work fine as well. Don’t really know if I would use a system like that… I don’t use it on phones, and don’t use it on the tablets.. The looks of the car is growing on me too, but I think the Jaguar looks the best. The interior of the MB was very nice, and they talked a lot about being the most quiet EV on the market. Tests will show if they’re right. I like the Audi from the back, and think the front should have some minor changes. I like the camo wrap more and more. . weird. The camo on the BMW looks ugly, as camo usually does. Just like the camo on Fords new electric… Read more »