MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ EQB ESTATE EQB 300 4M 168kW AMG Line Launch Ed 66.5kWh 5dr At

Fuel

FuelElectric

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.7s

WLTP - Pure Electric Range

Electric Range257 miles

It's very difficult to package a mid-sized EV so effectively that up to seven people can sit inside it. But Mercedes has pulled off that feat with this car, the EQB, which usefully broadens its electric vehicle line-up. It's based of course on the combustion-engined GLB crossover and shares much of that car's premium appeal.

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Mercedes delivers us the market's first mid-sized seven-seat EV. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the EQB.

Ten Second Review

It's very difficult to package a mid-sized EV so effectively that up to seven people can sit inside it. But Mercedes has pulled off that feat with this car, the EQB, which usefully broadens its electric vehicle line-up. It's based of course on the combustion-engined GLB crossover and shares much of that car's premium appeal.

Background

Think you know the EV market? OK, here's your starter question. What's the one thing that all the recently launched compact-to-mid-sized full-electric models out there all have in common? Answer: none can be ordered with seven seats. Except one: this car, the Mercedes EQB. If you do know your EVs, then you might have guessed (a) that this is the electric version of the brand's conventional GLB SUV. And (b) that this car shares all its engineering with Mercedes smallest electric vehicle, the GLA-based EQA. Right on both counts. The EQB was originally going to be assembled alongside little smart citycars at the Mercedes-owned factory in Hambach, France, but now that this plant has been sold to British manufacturer Ineos for production of its new Grenadier SUV, the EQB instead rolls down the same production line as its GLB stablemate in Kecskemet in Hungary. Enough background. Time to check out what this car is all about.

Driving Experience

Mercedes launched this car with the two perkier powertrain packages available in the EQA, both of which feature 4MATIC four-wheel-drive. The EQB 300 4MATIC uses a 219bhp dual motor set-up, while the EQB 350 4MATIC has a 288bhp version of the same drivetrain. If you need a more affordable option, you can talk to your dealer about an EQB 250 variant with front wheel drive and 188bhp. As in an EQA, all models use a 66.5kWh battery, which in the '300' and '350' variants delivers up to 257 miles from a full charge. Mercedes promises that a longer range model with around 300 miles of range will be with us shortly. Both of the 4MATIC variants offer rapid acceleration, particularly the EQB 350, which gets to 62mph in 6.0 seconds, 1.7 seconds quicker than its 4MATIC stablemate. As with most EVs, maximum speed is restricted, here to 99mph. Setting off in this Mercedes feels all very normal. There's the same kind of starter button and column-mounted auto gear lever that you'd find in any normal combustion engine model in the Stuttgart maker's range. To maximise range, you'll need to make proactive use of the various brake regenerative energy harvesting modes on offer. The most aggressive setting is 'D - -', in which you feel sharp retardation whenever you come off the throttle. That's useful in town, meaning you hardly ever need to use the brakes, except when coming to a complete stop. The least aggressive setting is 'D+', in which the car coasts without any perceptible off-throttle braking, maintaining momentum.

Design and Build

You'd certainly pick up this car's similarity to its GLB counterpart if you happened to know the Mercedes product range. As with the EQA, the EQB delivers a subtle reworking of the combustion engined car it's based on. Which means a boxy profile embellished here with a more aerodynamic front end featuring the usual Mercedes EQ-specific closed-off grille and headlight signature. In the same way, the tailgate gets a full width LED tail light bar, as with other EQ models. Inside, it's also much as you'll find in a GLB, apart from a few trimming changes and the addition of specific 'EQ' electric vehicle menu for the centre screen, which is 10.25-inches in size, like the adjacent instrument binnacle display. There's comfortable space for a couple of adults on the back seat - and room for three at a squash. The key difference with an EQB though, is its relatively lengthy 2,829mm wheelbase, which allows it to offer an optional third row of seats, though Mercedes warns that these are only really suitable for children. Fold those seats down and you'll get 465-litres of boot space. If you opt not to have them, that rises to 495-litres of carriage capacity. Think in terms of about 75-litres less than you'd get in a GLB.

Market and Model

Expect to pay around £52,000 for the EQB 300 4MATIC; you'll need a budget of around £54,000 for a top EQB 350 4MATIC. That's with base 'AMG Line' trim in each case; there's a £3,000 extra to pay for plusher 'AMG Line Premium' trim. The front-driven EQB 250 model you can talk to your dealer about will probably require a budget in the region of about £48,000. You'll need to pay extra for the addition of the third seating row that most buyers will probably want. So, premium pricing - but then you probably expected that. At least you get plenty of kit for that, including the ritziest version of the brand's Widescreen MBUX infotainment set-up, with twin 10.25-inch displays for the central screen and the instrument cluster, both of which feature EQ branding and special graphics. Top models get niceties like an electrically-operated panoramic glass sunroof, a Keyless-Go Comfort package, an augmented reality navigation system, an advanced sound system and wireless charging for compatible smartphones. There's plenty of cutting-edge driver assistance technology too, including 'Lane Keep Assist', which subtly corrects your steering on the highway if necessary; and the usual 'Active Brake Assist' system. If you want more, then as usual Mercedes offers an optional 'Driving Assistance Package' which includes the choicest parts of its camera assistance technology and autonomous driving tech. The usual range of Mercedes me connected services are also available.

Cost of Ownership

The elephant in the room here is driving range. The 260 mile figure you get from both the EQB 300 4MATIC and the EQB 350 4MATIC really isn't that much more than you'd get from a Renault ZOE supermini EV from the next class down. It's not improved upon that much by the more affordable EQB 250 front-driven model either. And whichever variant you select, you're going to need to make pretty proactive use of the brake regenerative settings to what is possible. The EQB will at least support both 11kW AC and 100kW DC charging. The 100 kW DC on-board charger allows the car to charge from 10 to 80 per cent in around 40 minutes, and from 10 to 100 per cent in five hours and 45 minutes using an 11kW wall box. Navigation with Electric Intelligence - included as standard - calculates the route that will get the driver to their destination fastest, taking into account charging times, and taking the stress out of route planning. A three-year subscription to the Mercedes me Charge public charging service is also included. With Mercedes me Charge, customers have access to what is currently the world's biggest charging network: this currently comprises more than 450,000 AC and DC charging points across 3 countries. Mercedes me Charge allows customers convenient use of the charging stations of various providers, even when travelling abroad. By registering just once, they can benefit from an integrated payment function with a simple billing process. Mercedes me Charge enables customers to charge at more than 175,000 public charging points throughout Europe; Mercedes-Benz ensures a subsequent offset with green power.

Summary

We feel much more convinced by this EQB then we did by its EQA stablemate. Mainly because this more versatile design has a unique selling point denied not only to the EQA but to every other compact-to-mid-sized EV out there: seven seats. You don't have to have them in a GLB, but we can't really see why you wouldn't. Larger families who don't want a hulking great van-based EV People Carrying bus can now join the electric vehicle revolution. What'll they find here? The usual eye-catching Mercedes front-of-cabin experience, classy screen technology and the rather smug sense of self satisfaction that comes in having a car with the Three Pointed Star on your driveway. EV range isn't particularly noteworthy here, but it's good enough in a car that's simply packaged better than its rivals; hence that seven-seat capability. In the best full-electric Mercedes model we've seen so far.

  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Rear wiper
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Heat insulating dark tinted glass

  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Radar-based recuperation

  • Velour floor mats with AMG lettering

  • Electrically adjustable damping suspension with speed sensitive power steering

  • Wireless charging system for mobile devices

  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (max range, ECO, comfort and sport)
  • Power assisted steering

  • Easy-pack tailgate

  • Mercedes Benz emergency call system
  • Mercedes me connect
  • MBUX Interior Assistant (gesture control)
  • Head up Display
  • Trip computer
  • Service indicator
  • Acoustic ambient protection
  • Smartphone integration
  • Hard-disk navigation
  • EQ nav services - map(range dis),dis charging stations,program of charging set/pre entry climate control incl remote retrival of charging status/range

  • Electric adjustable door mirrors

  • Black open pore linden wood trim

  • MBUX multimedia system with widescreen cockpit (2X10" displays with touchpad)
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Advanced sound system with 10 speakers and a total system output of 225 watts

  • Electrically operated panoramic glass sunroof
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Black panel radiator grille with twin blade design in chrome
  • AMG Line bodystyling including AMG front apron with integrated air curtain and AMG rear apron with diffusor optics
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Polished aluminium roof rails
  • Aluminium rubber studs

  • Front fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED third brake light
  • Surround lighting with projection of brand logo
  • Front and rear LED light band
  • LED High performance headlamps with adaptive highbeam assist

  • Thermotronic automatic climate control

  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Stainless steel sports pedals
  • Rear armrest with storage + through load
  • Roof lining - Black fabric
  • Artico man-made leather/ Dinamica microfiber upholstery
  • Stowage compartment with retractable cover
  • Double Cupholder
  • Illuminated door sills with EQB lettering
  • 3 spoke multifunction sports flat bottom steering wheel in nappa leather with galvanised shift paddles

  • Ambient lighting with choice of 64 colour settings

  • Driving assistance pack - EQB
  • Interior light package - EQB
  • Keyless go comfort package - EQB
  • Mirror package - EQB
  • Stowage package - EQB
  • Seat comfort pack - EQB
  • Parking package with 360 degree camera - EQB Launch Edition
  • Memory seat pack - EQB Launch Edition

  • Knee bags
  • Isofix child seat anchor points on outer rear seats
  • Electric child locks
  • 6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side airbags
  • 3 rear seatbelts

  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Third seat row with folding single seats
  • Single front passenger seat
  • Sports seats

  • Urban guard
  • Remote central locking

  • Charging cable for domestic plug socket, Type G (Mode 2) 5m
  • Charging cable for wall box and public charging station - Type 2(mode 3) 5m
  • Combined charging system CCS-2 connector
  • 11KW onboard charger
  • 100KW DC onboard charger

  • Summer tyres

  • 20" AMG multi spoke light alloy wheels

  • Tirefit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 345
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 11
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 10-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 30
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 100
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 10-100
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 66.5
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 414
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 18.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.4
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 257
  • Charging Port Location: Right Side Rear

  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): 66
  • CO: N
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Engine Code: N
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • CC: 1
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N

  • Coin Series: AMG Line Launch Ed
  • Coin Description: 168kW 66.5kWh
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 2
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 228
  • Badge Engine CC: 0.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 45E

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 37.7
  • Engine Power - KW: 168
  • Engine Power - RPM: 600
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 273
  • Engine Torque - NM: 370
  • Engine Power - BHP: 228
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.7
  • Top Speed: 99

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: N/A

  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: AMG MULTI SPOKE
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Length: 4687
  • Width: 1834
  • Wheelbase: 2829
  • Width (including mirrors): 2020
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1667

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 495
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 430
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2105
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2535
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1710
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.4

  • Metallic paint: £895
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Designo metallic paint: £1,195

  • Metallic - Rose gold: £895
  • Metallic - Denim blue: £895
  • Metallic - Mountain grey: £895
  • Metallic - Digital white: £895

  • Solid - Night Black: £0

  • Designo metallic - Patagonia red: £1,195

  • ARTICO man-made leather / DINAMICA leather - Microfibre black with red topstitching: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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