BMW iX v/s Mercedes-Benz EQC: Which is a better option?
German automaker BMW will introduce its iX SUV in India on December 11. The car has an aggressive design and a spacious cabin with many tech-based features. It is fueled by an electric powertrain and delivers a range of up to 611km. However, at an expected price of around Rs. 1 crore, should you buy the iX or the savvy Mercedes-Benz EQC?
Why does it matter?
- BMW iX will arrive in India as a completely built unit (CBU) and shall be the brand's first fully electric SUV here. Its debut on our shores will increase the competition in the premium EV segment.
- On the other hand, the Mercedes-Benz EQC has been on sale since October last year. Its good looks and great performance draw in a lot of buyers.
The iX has larger proportions
The BMW iX is longer, taller, and wider than the Mercedes-Benz EQC. It flaunts a massive kidney grille with sensors and radar, narrow LED headlights, and frame-less doors. In comparison, the EQC sports a chrome-surrounded grille, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, and a full-width taillamp. Its wheelbase is also much less than the iX (2,873mm v/s 3,000mm).
The iX gets a sportier cabin
The BMW iX and Mercedes-Benz EQC have a spacious cabin with space for five passengers and a hexagonal and circular multifunctional steering wheel, respectively. The interiors of the iX are made of recycled materials. It flaunts a high-mounted front armrest and silver accents on the doors and dashboard. In contrast, the EQC uses muted colors to opt for a more driver-focused appearance.
From ambient lighting to lane-departure warning
Both the BMW iX and Mercedes-Benz EQC are equipped with features such as auto climate control, multiple airbags, ambient lighting, cruise control, and a sunroof. They pack a curved display for the digital instrument cluster and touchscreen infotainment panel. The iX offers automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist, while the EQC gets a 360-degree-view camera and adaptive high-beam assist.
The iX can travel more distance on a single charge
BMW iX's xDrive40 version has a 71kWh battery, while the xDrive50 variant gets a 105.2kWh unit. Mated to two motors and an all-wheel-drive setup, the former generates 326hp/630Nm, while the xDrive50 makes 523hp/765Nm. The car delivers a range of up to 611km. The EQC houses an 80kWh battery and two electric motors. The powertrain generates 402.3hp/760Nm and promises a range of 455-471km per charge.
Which one should you buy?
The BMW iX is expected to cost around Rs. 1 crore, while the Mercedes-Benz EQC sports a price-figure of Rs. 1.06 crore (both prices, ex-showroom). Our vote goes in favor of the iX as it offers better looks, larger proportions, a stylish cabin, and lots of tech-based features. It also delivers a much better range as compared to its rival.