Mercedes-Benz EQC Vs Jaguar I-Pace – Range, Variants, Features, And Dimensions, Compared  – ZigWheels
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Mercedes-Benz EQC Vs Jaguar I-Pace – Range, Variants, Features, And Dimensions, Compared – ZigWheels

 

Since its launch in India in October 2020, the Mercedes-Benz EQC has been the costliest electric offering in the country. Now, after almost half a year, it finally has a competitor in the Jaguar I-Pace, which launched here on March 23, 2021

We try to find out which one is the better electric SUV (at least on paper).

 

Dimensions

 

Mercedes-Benz EQC 

Jaguar I-Pace 

Length (mm)

4762mm

4682mm

Width (mm) (with mirrors unfolded)

2096mm

2139mm

Height (mm)

1624mm

1566mm

Wheelbase (mm)

2873mm

2990mm

 

The two electric SUVs are nearly similar in size (and also similar to other electric SUVs on sale in the country), with minor differences. While the EQC is longer and taller, the I-Pace is wider and sits on a longer wheelbase. 

 

Powertrains

Specs

Mercedes-Benz EQC 

Jaguar I-Pace 

Electric motor setup

Twin-electric motors

Twin-electric motors

Battery Capacity

80kWh

90kWh

Power

408PS 

400PS

Torque

760Nm

696Nm

0-100kmph

5.1 seconds

4.8 seconds 

Top speed

180kmph

200kmph

All-wheel-drive

Yes

Yes 

Standard Charging Time (home charger)

7 hrs,30 minutes (10-100 per cent with with 11kW charger)

14 hrs (0-100 per cent with 7.4kW charger)

Fast Charging Time (50KW charger)

1 hrs 30 minutes (10-100 per cent)

1 hrs 25 minutes (0-80 per cent)

Range (WLTP)

417km

470km

 

Now, let’s get to the things that really matter. The EQC and I-Pace have a few commonalities, including a twin-electric-motor setup, an all-wheel drivetrain, and standard and fast charging options. 

 

While the EQC may have more grunt on tap, it’s actually slower off the line. The I-Pace has the edge both in top speed and the 0-100kmph sprint time, despite having less grunt than the EQC. Thanks to its larger battery pack, it can run longer on a single charge. 

 

Charging times for both SUVs may be similar when using a 50kW fast charger. However, the EQC’s new 11kW charger, introduced in November 2020, can charge the SUV at half the time of the I-Pace, which only comes with a 7.4kW charger in India. That said, the I-Pace benefits from an extensive charging network, thanks to Tata Motors providing a complimentary 7.4kWh home charging box as part of its tie-up with Jaguar.

 

Features

 

Mercedes-Benz EQC 

Jaguar I-Pace 

Infotainment

10.25-inch MBUX touchscreen 

10-inch Pivi-Pro touchscreen 

Digital Driver’s Display

10.25-inches

12.3-inches

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes

Yes

Climate Control

Tri-zone 

Four-zone

Wireless charging 

Yes

Yes

Audio system

Burmeister 13-speaker

Meridian 16-speaker

Electric adjustable front seats 

12-way

16-way

Head-up display

No

Yes

Connected Car Tech

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

Electric sunroof

Panoramic glass roof

Ambient lighting

64 colours

Yes

 

Both electric SUVs come loaded with features like connected car tech, premium audio, a large touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and wireless charging. But the I-Pace has that slight edge over the EQC, thanks to a better (read: more efficient) climate control system, a 16-speaker Meridian sound system (compared to the EQC’s 13-speaker Burmeister), a head-up display, and improved adjustability for the powered front seats. 

On the other hand, the EQC has a slightly bigger touchscreen, an electric sunroof, and 64-colour ambient lighting. 

 

Safety

 

Mercedes-Benz EQC 

Jaguar I-Pace 

Airbags

9

6

ABS +EBD

Yes

Yes

Park assist

Yes, automatic

Yes

360 degree camera

Yes

Yes

Cruise control 

Yes 

Adaptive 

Driver Condition Monitor

No

Yes

 

Neither SUV has compromised on safety. Both offer multiple airbags (the EQC has nine, the I-Pace has six), ABS with EBD, park assist (the EQC gets an automatic park assist), a 360-degree camera, and cruise control (the I-Pace gets adaptive cruise control). 

However, an essential and innovative addition in the I-Pace is that of a Driver Condition Monitor. This system detects if the driver is feeling drowsy (by analysing steering inputs, brake, and throttle pedal activity) and issues a warning accordingly. 

 

Price and Verdict

 

Mercedes-Benz EQC 

Jaguar I-Pace 

Price (ex-showroom)

Rs 1.04 crore

Rs 1.05 crore to Rs 1.12 crore

All prices ex-showroom, India

 

While the Mercedes-Benz EQC is the more affordable option, it is limited to only the one 400 MATIC variant. It also misses out on a few features but gets more airbags for passenger safety. On the other hand, the Jaguar I-Pace is available in three variants (S, SE, and HSE), brings more range and performance on tap, and is equipped with slightly more features. 

 

It is raining good news for premium electric SUV enthusiasts. The Audi e-tron and e-tron GT are expected to launch in the country around June 2021, which will then rival the EQC and I-Pace.


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