MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ EQC ESTATE EQC 400 300kW AMG Line Premium Plus 80kWh 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelElectric

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph5.1s

WLTP - Pure Electric Range

Electric Range251 miles

The Mercedes EQC is a large luxury SUV that's fully electric but it's very much a product typical of the Three Pointed Star. It's extremely class-competitive in terms of things like driving range, cabin practicality and charging time replenishment. And arguably segment leading in terms of interior finish and driving refinement.

C-CHANGE

The EQC represents Mercedes' first serious foray into the full-EV market. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The Mercedes EQC is a large luxury SUV that's fully electric but it's very much a product typical of the Three Pointed Star. It's extremely class-competitive in terms of things like driving range, cabin practicality and charging time replenishment. And arguably segment leading in terms of interior finish and driving refinement.

Background

As the biggest premium automotive brand in the world, Mercedes has been a little slow off the mark when it comes to full-electric technology. A decade ago, an 'E-Cell' version of the A-Class was piloted with a few buyers; a few years on from that, there was a battery-powered version of the old MK2 model B-Class co-developed with Tesla; and there've been various battery-powered smart models. That's been about it though, for full-EVs from the Three-Pointed Star. Until the launch in the Spring 2018 of this EQC Crossover. It's directly aimed at three arch-rivals, the Audi e-tron, the BMW iX3 and the Jaguar I-PACE. How does it stack up? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

This EQC's 80kWh battery is of slightly lower capacity than the one you'll find in either of its two biggest rivals, the Jaguar I-PACE and the Audi e-tron quattro 55, but it doesn't affect the eagerness of this car's drive dynamics in comparison to these key competitors, thanks to a slightly greater torque output. Because this Mercedes is lighter than the Audi, the EQC can also slightly improve upon that Ingolstadt model's total potential driving range, managing a potential 259 mile WLTP-rated figure that's 10 miles higher. On the move, all electric vehicles are of course very quiet, but this one is particularly silent, Mercedes having taken great trouble to reduce the levels of road and tyre roar that always become more evident at the wheel of any EV. There's plenty to get to grips with if you're to make the most of the EQC driving experience. There are five driving modes ('Comfort', 'Sport', 'Eco', 'Individual' and 'Maximum range'); and five different battery regeneration programs (the latter selectable via paddles behind the steering wheel). There's also an 'auto' regeneration mode that uses the car's speed limit detection, navigation systems and radar cruise control to blend the regenerative braking of the electric motors up and down automatically. Switch to 'Sport' and it's certainly quick, thanks to a 408hp total output and 765Nm of torque. As a result, 62mph from rest occupies just 5.1s, but the top speed is limited to 111mph.

Design and Build

Size-wise, the EQC sits between the Mercedes brand's mid-sized GLC and large GLE SUV models. It shares most with the GLC, though is 100mm longer but, like its main European rivals, can only take two rows of seats. Though the outward styling may be somewhat generic, the car is more recognisable as a Benz when you take a seat within. The brand's usual twin widescreen dashboard displays feature again here. In addition, there are a few fresh design details, some extra ambient lighting features, some eco-orientated trimming materials, plus of course you get a range of EV-specific displays. There's a significantly higher-set driving position than you get in, say, a Jaguar I-PACE, which helps with all-round visibility. And there's the neat MBUX Mercedes infotainment system with its clever "Hey Mercedes" voice-controlled functionality, though it's very far from being infallible. In the rear, it's reasonably spacious, though headroom isn't helped by the raised floor (necessary to accommodate the large battery pack beneath) and what is a relatively low roofline for a family-shaped SUV. There's a 500-litre boot out back, which is reasonably large by class standards, but some way off the 660-litre trunk size of an Audi e-tron. It's easy to fold the 40:20:40-split rear bench.

Market and Model

There's a single 'EQC 400' package on offer at present, but it's available in six different trim packages at prices starting at just under £66,500 and range to just under £80,000. The spec options start at 'Sport' and range through 'AMG Line', 'AMG Line Premium', 'AMG Line Premium Plus' to 'Edition 1' and 'Edition 1886'. Even base 'Sport' models come as standard with Multibeam LED Headlights, 19-inch five-twin-spoke alloy wheels and Active Parking Assist with a reversing camera. Inside, there's a 10.25-inch touchscreen media display and instrument cluster, a Seat Comfort package with electro-pneumatic four-way lumbar support for the front heated chairs, plus you get ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours. Blind Spot Assist and a Keyless-Go Comfort keyless-entry package also feature. The various 'AMG Line' trims add an AMG black panel radiator grille in a twin-blade design, running boards, 20-inch multi-spoke AMG alloy wheels, an AMG front apron in a jet-wing design, plus chrome and high-gloss black-trimmed air inlets high-gloss black. Inside at this level, there are AMG sport seats in leather upholstery, along with carbon fibre trim. Ritzier versions add niceties like a surround view camera system, a wireless charging mat, a powered sliding roof, leather upholstery and a premium Burmester sound system.

Cost of Ownership

Much of the secret when it comes to creating the ideal luxury EV lies in the delicate balance between battery capacity and weight. The EQC's 80kWh battery is larger than that of a BMW iX3 (70kWh) but smaller than that of a Jaguar I-PACE (90kWh) or an Audi e-tron quattro 55 (95kWh). The EQC's WLTP-rated 259 mile operating range compares well to those rivals. Measured under the same WLTP cycle, an iX3 goes 249 miles and an e-tron 55 just 241 miles, though the I-PACE manages a 292 mile reading thanks to its slightly lighter weight. As for the Tesla Model X, well at the time of this test, the most comparably-priced 'Standard range' version of that car could go just 230 miles, but Tesla mostly focuses on the 'Long range' 100kWh versions of this design, which can go up to 315 miles. As usual with an EV, steering wheel paddles help you vary brake energy regenerative harvesting and there's a selectable 'Maximum Range' driving mode too. To further help you maximise distance you can travel on a single charge in this Mercedes, the EQC's MBUX multimedia system has numerous EQ-specific functions, such as range display, charge status and energy flow. EQ-optimised navigation can also be set via MBUX, which bases its calculation on the fastest route taking into account the shortest charging time. It also informs the driver of nearby charging points. When you're charging the car from a typical 7.4kW garage-mounted wallbox, you'll need around 11 hours to fully replenish it from empty.

Summary

It's fortunate for Mercedes that its premium brand rivals have been equally tardy about joining the EV revolution. Can they provide a better large electrically powered luxury SUV than this one? After trying an EQC, you might decide not. It might not be as boldly innovative as, say, a Jaguar I-PACE or a Tesla Model X, but in some ways, it's a more appealing package. After all, you get a nicer cabin than the Jag offers and better build quality than is found in the Tesla. And both of the other two key contenders in this segment (the BMW iX3 and the Audi e-tron) offer a shorter potential operating range. So the EQC looks like a very complete package. It doesn't have the handling prowess of an I-PACE or the streetside wow factor of a Model X but you might think this Merc to be an arguably more complete product than both these two rivals. Just as perhaps you expected it to be.

  • Privacy glass
  • Heat and noise insulating acoustic glass

  • Radar-based recuperation
  • Anti-lock brake system

  • AMG floor mats

  • Comfort suspension with self levelling rear air suspension

  • Hard-disk navigation
  • Wireless smartphone charging

  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (max range, ECO, comfort and sport)
  • Electronic Power Steering (EPS)

  • Easy-pack tailgate

  • Mercedes me connect
  • MBUX Interior assistant
  • EQ navigation services - map (range display), display charging stations, programming of charging settings and pre entry climate control
  • Traffic sign assist
  • MBUX augmented reality for navigation
  • Mercedes Benz emergency call system
  • Acoustic ambient protection
  • Smartphone integration
  • Head up Display

  • High gloss black exterior mirror housing

  • Anthracite carbon fibre look trim with high gloss centre console

  • Charging system - AC charging system rated at 7.4kW and 110kW DC charging system
  • Charging cable for wall box and public charging station - Type 2(mode 3) 5m
  • Combined charging system CCS-2 connector

  • MBUX multimedia system with 10.25" instrument and 10.25" media display with touchscreen
  • Burmester surround sound system - 13 high performance speakers and 9 channel DSP amplifier + total 590 W output power
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Aluminium running boards
  • Electric sliding sunroof
  • AMG specific rear apron with visible air outlets, black diffuser insert and chrome trim elements
  • AMG brushed stainless steel sports pedals with black rubber studs
  • AMG specific black panel radiator grille with twin blade design and high gloss black surround
  • Badge on the wing in high gloss black with chrome stripes and blue EQC lettering

  • Multibeam LED headlights with inner housing and high gloss black tubes/blue stripes, adaptive highbeam assist +, cornering and cross traffic functions
  • Front and rear LED light band

  • Charging socket
  • 3 spoke AMG multifunction sports steering wheel in nappa leather with chrome control panels and flattened bottom section with perforated grip area
  • 12 v socket in the load area
  • Black fabric roof liner
  • Dashboard in ARTICO man-made leather with metallised look finish and rose gold piping
  • Leather upholstery

  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting

  • Parking package with active parking assist and 360 degree camera - EQC
  • Interior light package - EQC
  • Energizing package - EQC
  • Keyless go comfort package - EQC
  • Stowage package - EQC
  • Air balance package - EQC
  • Mirror package with heated door mirror - EQC
  • Memory pack with Driver and passenger seat with memory - EQC

  • 6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side airbags
  • 3 rear seatbelts

  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • AMG sports seats
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats

  • Urban guard vehicle protection

  • 4MATIC all wheel drive

  • Summer tyres

  • 21" AMG mutli spoke alloy wheels painted black with high sheen finish

  • Tirefit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 2445
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 10-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 660
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 7.4
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 10-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): 40
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: 110
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: 10-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 80
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles: 259
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 404
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Min: 404
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Max: 399
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min: 22.6
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max: 23
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max: 2.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min: 2.7
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 251
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Max: 248
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Min: 251

  • Noise Level dB(A): 68
  • CO: N
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N

  • Engine Code: N
  • 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
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • CC: 1

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

  • Coin Series: Amg Line Prem Plus
  • Coin Description: 80kWh
  • 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 %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 90
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 75
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 75
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 408
  • Badge Engine CC: 0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 50E
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • AdBlue: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 77.5
  • Engine Power - KW: 300
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4100
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 561
  • Engine Torque - NM: 760
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2000
  • Engine Power - BHP: 408
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.1
  • Top Speed: 112

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Front: 235/45 R21
  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/40 R21
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 21" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: AMG MULTI SPOKE
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 2096
  • Height: 1622
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4774
  • Width: 1884
  • Wheelbase: 2873

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2495
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2940
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 500
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 445
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1460
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.8

  • Active brake assist: Included

  • Active lane departure warning system: Included
  • Cruise control: Included
  • Blind spot assist: Included

  • Designo Magno Paint: £1,795
  • Designo metallic paint: £895
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £685

  • Driving assistance pack - EQC: £1,695

  • Metallic - High tech silver: £685
  • Metallic - Brilliant blue: £685
  • Metallic - Mojave silver: £685
  • Metallic - Cavansite blue: £685
  • Metallic - Graphite grey: £685
  • Metallic - Obsidian black: £685

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Designo metallic - Diamond white: £895
  • Designo metallic - Hyacinth red: £895
  • Designo magno - Selenite grey: £1,795

  • Trailer coupling with ESP trailer stabilisation: £750

  • Leather - Black: £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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