2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB vs. 2022 Tesla Model Y Comparison
The luxury crossover SUV segment is one of the hottest in the industry. As American luxury car buyers increasingly exhibit their preference for crossovers over traditional sedans, auto manufacturers are responding by giving them more choices. And among those choices are members of the growing subset of battery-electric-powered crossovers. The subjects of this comparison—the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB and the 2022 Tesla Model Y—are two of the most prominent among them.
The Tesla predates the Mercedes by two years. It arrived as a 2020 model manufactured by the American company—Tesla Motors—that has vaulted to the top of the luxury vehicle segment in the United States. The Mercedes-Benz EQB was new for the 2022 model year and is one of the German luxury car brand's first efforts to capture the electric-vehicle (EV) magic that has propelled Tesla to the forefront in the luxury market. It comes from the brand that, arguably, invented the automobile.
The Tesla Model Y and Mercedes-Benz EQB have plenty of company in the battery-electric luxury crossover space. Their competitors include the Audi Q4 E-tron, BMW iX, Cadillac Lyriq, Genesis GV60, Jaguar I-Pace, and Rivian R1S. Non-premium brands would also like to think they can compete in this arena. Some of the most prominent are the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, and the Volkswagen ID.4.
What remains to be seen is how all this shakes out. Will the luxury battery-electric vehicle (BEV) buyer respond to the traditional look and feel of the EQB crossover that flaunts its Mercedes-Benz heritage? Or will that customer prefer the much more avant-garde Tesla Model Y that lacks a conventional instrument panel? The fact is there is room for both types of models in this burgeoning segment.
The Tesla Model Y and Mercedes-Benz EQB represent two very different approaches to the luxury crossover EV. But they also have plenty of similarities. They are about the same length and height. They are most typically configured to seat five, but you can equip each with a third row to enable the transport of seven passengers. With luck, the third-row passengers are small children. Both models offer all-wheel drive (AWD) with dual electric-motor systems. One interesting difference is price. The base EQB 250+ has front-wheel drive and is significantly less expensive than the base Tesla Model Y Long Range.
If you seek a battery-operated luxury crossover, looking at the Mercedes-Benz EQB and the Tesla Model Y is logical. Here is a detailed comparison of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB and the 2022 Tesla Model Y.