BMW i5 Gets Rated Against Tesla Model S, Mercedes EQE

The BMW i5 sedan, recently unveiled, boldly challenges the Mercedes-Benz EQE and Tesla Model S, as Autocar reports. Despite debates over premium segment exclusivity, Tesla leads in electric sedans. BMW counters with its strongest 5 Series, the i5 M60, while Mercedes offers the EQS 53 AMG Performance Package. Additionally, the American Model S Plaid enters the fray.

The 2023 BMW i5 M60 impresses not only with its striking design but also with its advanced technology. As the 5 Series’ top model, it features xDrive all-wheel drive and dual electric motors. It generates an impressive 590 horsepower and 549 pound-feet of torque. Its Sport Boost/Launch Control allows a swift acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. The i5 M60 also boasts an EPA-estimated range of about 265 miles per charge.

The EQS 53 AMG 4MATIC+, Mercedes’ first all-electric AMG model, boasts impressive features sure to excite car enthusiasts. Equipped with dual electric motors, one on each axle delivers 649 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque. The optional AMG Dynamic Plus package temporarily increases power to 751 hp and 752 lb-ft, enabling a 0 to 62 mph sprint in just 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph, or 168 mph, with the package. Using the same 108.4-kWh battery as the standard model, the AMG version’s increased power slightly reduces efficiency, offering an EPA-estimated range of 277 miles.

The Tesla Model S Plaid, from the Americans, stands out as a true powerhouse. It has three electric motors, generating 1006 hp and 1420 Nm of torque. This power enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.1 seconds, reach 100 mph in 3.5 seconds, and hit 124 mph in 6.1 seconds. Its top speed is capped at 200 mph, ranking it among the world’s fastest production cars. However, the Model S Plaid isn’t just fast and offers an impressive range of 348-390 miles per charge.

The British magazine rigorously tests the three cars, focusing on design, technology, performance, and driving dynamics. Acknowledging subjectivity in design, their final verdict ranks the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 first, followed by the Tesla Model S Plaid and BMW i5. They highlight the BMW i5’s refinement and versatility.

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