Automakers are continuing the transition to fully electric vehicles, and hybrids are the springboard. Today, hybrids are available in all body styles, although hybrid crossovers, including plug-in models, are proving popular. Volvo has the XC60 Polestar, and Audi has the Q5 E. You also have classic crossovers like BMW X3 M40i. To test hybrids against a conventional powertrain, Carwow hit the airstrip to pit the three against a few drag races.
The BMW is the trio’s least powerful crossover with its 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine developing 354 horsepower (263 kilowatts) and 368 pound-feet (500 Newton meters) of torque. The Audi sports a 2.0-liter turbo coupled to an electric motor that produces 367 hp (273 kW) and 368 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. The Volvo is the most powerful, developing 405 hp (302 kW) and 497 lb-ft (675 Nm) of torque.
The start drag race allowed the BMW to take first place, securing a fast lead over the other two with a time of 13.4 seconds over a quarter of a mile. The Volvo took second place with 13.6 seconds, the Audi 0.1 seconds behind the XC60. A progressive start race was led by the Volvo, followed by the BMW and the Audi. However, a second race with the start started with the gearboxes set to manual and the driving mode in Sport allowed Audi to win with BMW in second position. The Volvo followed the Germans.
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Electric motors are great for performance, but they come at a cost. 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. Technology added in the Audi and Volvo is also accompanied by a price increase over the BMW, although price parity between hybrids and classics is expected to occur in the coming years. Until then, however, those who want speed in their crossover have a ton of choice.