A Norwegian automotive outlet has put 32 electric vehicles through a real-world range test in good weather, covering a range of driving scenarios, from coastal to mountain driving to highlands highways. While Tesla’s Model S Long Range AWD had the longest legs, the test becomes far more interesting when you compare WLTP range to the real-world results.
Norwegian automotive publication, Motor, has put 32 electric vehicles to the test to get a more realistic look at what sort of range they get in a highway driving scenario. The results of the test were somewhat disappointing, given less than half of the pack managed to match or exceed their assigned WLTP estimates. While far from a scientific test, the methodology involved driving along the same route with good weather and at roughly the same speed.
At the top of the pack in terms of raw range numbers was the Tesla Model S Long Range AWD, defiantly coming to a stop after 672 km (~417 miles). Although this figure is impressive, and the Model S Long Range AWD outperformed its range estimate by 6%, the XPeng G9 AWD managed to beat out its WLTP range estimate by 13%.
The XPeng G9 managed a stellar 587.8 km (~364.8 miles), compared to its WLTP range of 520 km (323 miles). The front-wheel-drive Nissan Ariya also put up a strong showing, outperforming its 533-km (~331-mile) range estimate by 9%, coming to a halt at 580.8 km (~361 miles).
The AWD Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV 580 was the only vehicle to reach exactly the WLTP estimate, running out of juice at 577 km (358.6 miles), while the Kia EV6 GT AWD scored a negligible 0.1% higher than its WLTP, reaching 0% after 424 km (~264 miles).
The worst performers of the lot were the front-wheel-drive Toyota bZ4x and Subaru Solterra AWD, scoring 13.7% and 13.3% less than their WLTP estimates of 503 km and 416 km, respectively. The Solterra also scored the worst overall range, stopping after just 360 km (~224 miles).
You can peruse the full table of results sorted by performance compared to the WLTP range below:
|Model||WLTP Range||Range test result (km)
||Difference vs WLTP (%)|
|Xpeng G9 (4WD)||520 km||587,8||+13|
|Xpeng P7 (4WD)||505 km||557,0||+10.3|
|Nissan Ariya (2WD)||533 km||580,8||+9|
|Tesla Model S Long Range (4WD)||634 km||672,0||+6|
|MG 5 (FWD)||380 km||396,0||+4.2|
|Voyah Free (4WD)||500 km||510,0||+2|
|Mercedes-Benz EQB 250 (FWD)||452 km||460,0||+1.8|
|Nio ET7 (4WD)||580 km||589,0||+1.6|
|MG 4 (RWD)||435 km||439,6||+1.1|
|Tesla Model X Plaid (4WD)||543 km||546,0||+0.6|
|Kia EV6 GT (4WD)||424 km||424,3||+0.1|
|Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV 580 (4WD)||577 km||577,0||0|
|Mercedes-Benz EQE 350 (4WD)||579 km||578,0||-0.2|
|MG Marvel (RWD)||402 km||397,0||-1.2|
|Audi Q8 e-tron Sportback 55 (4WD)||536 km||529,0||-1.3|
|Tesla Model Y Standard Range (RWD)||455 km||449,0||-1.3|
|BMW iX1 xDrive30 (4WD)||428 km||419,6||-2|
|Polestar 2 (RWD)||615 km||601,7||-2.2|
|BMW i7 (4WD)||594 km||580,7||-2.2|
|Hongqi E-HS9 (4WD)||515 km||500,2||-2.9|
|Volkswagen ID.Buzz (RWD)||408 km||396,0||-2.9|
|Toyota bZ4x (4WD)||459 km||443,5||-3.4|
|DS 3 E-Tense (FWD)||403 km||383,0||-5|
|JAC e-JS4 (FWD)||433 km||400,0||-7.6|
|Hyundai Ioniq 6 (RWD)||614 km||566,9||-7.7|
|Jeep Avenger (FWD)||395 km||363,0||-8.1|
|Nio ET5 (4WD)||590 km||541,7||-8.2|
|Nio EL7 (4WD)||509 km||443,9||-12.8|
|BYD Han (4WD)||521 km||452,0||-13.2|
|BYD Atto 3 (FWD)||420 km||364,0||-13.3|
|Subaru Solterra (AWD)||416 km||360,5||-13.3|
|Toyota bZ4x (FWD)||503 km||434,2||-13.7|
Julian van der Merwe – Magazine Writer – 195 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2022
My interest in tech started in high school, rooting and flashing my Motorola Defy, but I really fell down the rabbit hole when I realised I could overclock the i7 930 in my Gigabyte pre-built PC. This tinkering addiction eventually lead me to study product design in university. I think tech should improve the lives of the people using it, no matter the field. I like to read and write about laptops, smartphones, software and trends in technology.
Julian van der Merwe, 2023-06- 7 (Update: 2023-06- 7)