To answer that question, NextMove pitted a Tesla Model 3 Performance against an E63 to see which of these spacious family cars accelerates the quickest off the line. Oh, and they threw in a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, too, because whatever.
As soon as the race gets underway, the three cars get off the line at roughly the same time and are neck-and-neck for the first few feet. However, the launch control system of the E63 S is able to ensure it quickly pulls ahead of the Tesla despite the Model 3 benefitting from the instant torque provided by its two electric motors.
The Mercedes pumps out in excess of 600 hp and is able to pull away from the Tesla as the race progresses. However, the Mercedes doesn’t disappear into the distance and the Model 3 maintains a respectable distance behind the more powerful and more expensive E63. As for the Jeep, it was left trailing well behind, recording a quarter mile time of 12.78-seconds compared to the 11.61 of the E63 S and the 11.79 of the Tesla Model 3. No surprise there, then.
So, what did we learn from this? Just that the instant torque available to all-electric cars is not always enough to beat each and every ICE-powered model just yet – and that the Grand Cherokee shouldn’t have been there in the first place.