A couple of days ago, Telugu movie star Mahesh Babu, added a brand-new all-electric SUV to his garage — the Audi e-Tron. From the EVs on sale in India, this one is priced at Rs 1.18 crore (ex-showroom), and why not? The German SUV comes with all the creature comforts you could ask for, including a 360–degree camera, a B&O 3D premium sound system, and digital matrix LED headlamp, a heads-up display and a panoramic sunroof!
In case you’re in the market but are confused which one to pick from the list of EVs and money isn’t a constraint, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best and most expensive all-electric offerings available in India
Audi’s first all-electric offering in India, the e-Tron SUV is available in two body styles — Standard (SUV) and Sportback (SUV-coupe), and in three different variants — e-Tron 50, e-Tron 55, and e-Tron 55 Sportback.
As suggested by the variant name, the EVs have different power outputs. For instance, the standard e-Tron 50 gets a 71.2kWh battery pack, which helps the two electric motors in putting out 312hp and 540Nm. Meanwhile, the e-Tron 55 gets a larger 95kWh battery pack and more power and torque at 408hp and 664Nm respectively. As a result, the e-55 is much faster than the e-50, sprinting from 0-100kph in just 5.7 seconds, compared to the latter’s 6.8 seconds. Speaking about the features, the standard equipment here consists of a 10.1-inch Audi MMI infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, wireless charging, and a panoramic sunroof.
Retailing for a whopping Rs 1.04 crore, the Mercedes-Benz EQC has somewhat earned its asking price. We had the chance to take the electric SUV for a spin around Lonavala,and here’s what we thought about it. The EQC comes with features expected of an SUV, which include an electric sunroof, 64-colour ambient lighting and smartphone connectivity.
Under the hood, it packs a combination of two electric motors, which put out 408hp and 760Nm of torque. Powering the two motors is a generous 80kWh battery pack with a claimed range of 450km with a 0-100 percent charging time of just 90 minutes (with a 50kWh fast charger). In case you want to put the EQC through the paces, the SUV does the job well as it can sprint from 0-100kph in just 5.1 seconds and can reach an electronically limited top speed of 180kph.
If you’re not too keen on the Mercedes offering, how about owning a Jag. Priced almost on par with the EQC, the Jaguar I-Pace offers a little extra over the German car. It sits on a longer wheelbase which means more comfortable seating, and a couple of additional features, like a head-up display, a climate control system and a 16-speaker Meridian sound setup.
Powering it is a bigger 90kWh battery pack, which returns a claimed range of 470km. Its twin electric motors, on the other hand, churn out a respectable 400hp and 696Nm of torque, mated to Jaguar’s all-wheel drivetrain. It is also quicker on its feet, with 0-100kph coming up just in 4.8 seconds, with a top speed of 200kph! Considering the package on offer and a “small” premium over the Merc, we’d say it’s a pretty tempting deal.
If the Merc or the Jag doesn’t catch your fancy, how about a Beemer instead? For an asking price of around Rs 1.15 crore, you can drive home BMW’s first ‘M’ electric SUV, the iX M60. Getting straight to business, the ‘M’ badged electric SUV packs a serious spec sheet, and this includes a dual-motor setup capable of 619hp and 1100Nm of torque.
Put these numbers to test and you’ll see the 100kph figure approaching from a standstill within 3.8 seconds. To make sure you don’t fly off, the German carmaker has electrically limited the SUV to 250kph. Powering all this though is a 76.6kWh battery pack, which offers a claimed range of 425km. BMW claims the battery can be charged from 0-80 percent in 73 minutes with a 50kW DC charger.
The feature list here consists of all the bells and whistles you’ve seen on the first three entries. However, BMW does offer some extra goodies, including four-zone climate control, wireless charging and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) features like automatic vehicle deceleration, lane departure warning, and blind-spot detection.
The words ‘Porsche’ and ‘electric’ may seem a little odd together, but the result is nothing but spectacular. Last year, Porsche launched its first-ever all-electric vehicle in India, the Taycan.
Starting at Rs 1.50 crore, the Taycan SUV not only looks the part but also offers a performance package worthy of its badge. The top-of-the-line Turbo S variant here makes a whopping 751hp, which can propel it from 0-100kph in just 2.8 seconds!
As expected, the equipment list is impressive with a dual 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 16.8-inch instrument cluster, and an 8.4-inch centre console on offer. Porsche has also equipped the Taycan with adaptive air suspension, electronic damper control, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control and many more features.
Along with the e-Tron SUV, Audi also launched a more performance-focused e-Tron GT last year. Priced at around Rs 1.80 crore, the grand tourer offers the best of both worlds in terms of performance and functionality.
Staring with the performance, the e-Tron GT gets two electric motors, powered by a 93.4kWh battery pack. It puts out a respectable 530hp and 640Nm of torque, mated to Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
Thanks to these numbers, the GT can go from 0-100kph in just 4.1 seconds. As far as range is concerned, Audi claims the e-Tron GT is capable of doing up to 500km on a single charge. Charging options here include a 22kW AC charger, and a 270kW DC charger that can juice up the GT from 5-80 percent in 23 minutes.
Being a top-shelf Audi, the e-Tron GT is packed with features like a 10.1-inch MMI touch infotainment system, adaptive cruise control, panoramic glass roof, and climate control.
If the regular e-Tron GT didn’t cut it for you, folks at Audi also brought us the ‘RS’ version of the grand tourer. And as the badging implies, the focus here is on performance.
It gets the same dual-electric motor setup but churns out a whopping 646hp and 830Nm of torque. Audi claims, the RS can dash from 0-100kph in 3.3 seconds, and hit a top speed of 250kph! All of this is powered by a 93.4kWh battery pack with a claimed range of 500km on a single charge. And just like the standard e-Tron GT, the RS too can be charged from 5-80 percent in 23 minutes via a DC charging unit
While the feature list on offer here is the same, the RS variant comes with a sportier-looking bumper, larger alloy wheels and RS-badged brake callipers.