The hybrid is a rapidly expanding technology. It must be said that this is the first step before the total electrification of a model. If hybridization adds weight, it also serves performance. So can two hybrid SUVs beat a more conventional SUV? Video response!
Two hybrids oppose a real sportsman. Finally, all and relative, but the X3 M40i and its 100% thermal engine have long been the most sporty in the X3 range. At Volvo, it is the XC60 T8 Polestar which serves as a challenger and at and Audi it is the Q5 55 TFSI e.
Our colleagues from Carwow therefore have opposed these three vehicles in several dragrace: a stopped start, a launched start then a brake test. As surprising as it may seem, it happens that the classification is completely upset during these three exercises.
Who can beat the thermal?
The BMW is the least powerful crossover of the trio with its 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder developing 354 horsepower and 500 Nm of couple. But it is also the lightest because it has no battery to take. Audi hides an associated 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder to an electric motor developing 367 horsepower and 500 Nm of maximum torque
The Volvo is the most powerful. The association of its electric motor with the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo brings its power to 405 horsepower and 675 Nm of torque. Suffice to say that if there is one that we can see winning the race at the start, it is him!
Hybrid: really efficient?
Electric motors are great for performance, but they come at a cost. Both financially and on the scale. This gives the BMW a significant advantage over the other two, especially when it comes to the brake test at the end of the video. Sorry to spoiler, but it was obvious. The technology added in the Audi and the Volvo is also accompanied by a small price surplus compared to the BMW.
Even if this price difference between hybrids and thermal engines should soon smooth out with the help of the ecological penalty, this is not yet the case.