Mercedes EQC Review
The Mercedes EQC is an upmarket electric car that’s very comfortable to drive and comes with a spacious, well-built cabin but alternative SUVs have greater ranges and bigger boots.
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The Mercedes EQC is a bit like a mime at a Metallica gig. Traditionally the loudest large SUVs make the biggest statement, but a new raft of silent electric cars is starting to turn heads just as much. Indeed, the EQC is up against electric cars like the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron and Tesla Model X.
Of course, all these EVs are futuristic, but the EQC’s stood out enough for it to win the carwow Innovation Award for 2019.
And you certainly won’t mistake the Mercedes EQC for any of these cars on the outside. Rather than look overtly sporty or futuristic, the EQC looks like a slinkier, more elegant version traditional Mercedes SUVs. At the front, there’s a sweeping chrome grille which flows into two narrow headlights while at the side you’ll spot a curvier roofline and some more shapely window openings than on the likes of the Mercedes GLC and GLE.
It’s a similar story inside, where the Mercedes EQC doesn’t look or feel radically different from any other Mercedes on sale. Sure, you get some neon-blue details and a set of square air vents in place of the round turbine-like items in most Mercedes cars, but the metal switches on the centre console and dual-screen infotainment system look just like those in the GLC.
The infotainment system itself is very easy to use, and actually edges out the systems in the Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace for general intuitiveness. The central display works as a touchscreen, but there’s also a touchpad on the centre console and some touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel which makes it easier to sift through the high-resolution menus when you’re driving. The system’s party piece, however, is the ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice-control feature which understands commands said in plain English.
Less exciting – but arguably more important – is the Mercedes EQC’s roomy cabin. There’s more than enough space for four adults to stretch out and each seat has ample support to help you feel as fresh as a daisy after a long drive – unlike in some SUVs with oddly low rear seating positions.
The Mercedes EQC isn’t just a posh electric SUV that’s nice to look at and cheap to run, it’s also incredibly comfortable and exceptionally quiet to travel in.
There isn’t quite so much to shout about when you come to load the Mercedes EQC’s 500-litre boot. It’s smaller than the load bays you get in an I-Pace, e-tron and Model X, but there’s still space for a few large suitcases or a couple of sets of golf clubs.
The EQC officially goes 259 miles between full charges. It’ll take you around 75 minutes to get it to 80% charge on a 50kWh fast charger when out and about, or nearly 13 hours using a 7kWh charger at home. To give some context, charging it fully from empty at home will cost you around £12, which is some £18 cheaper than getting the same range from the average petrol car.
You’ll find the Mercedes EQC soaks up bumps and potholes impressively well around town and it takes uneven road surfaces in its stride once you’re out in the countryside too. It even has a clever all-wheel-drive system that’ll run in front, rear or all-wheel drive depending on your situation.
Turn onto a motorway and things get even better. Like a mouse hoarding loft insulation away in its nest, Mercedes’ engineers have packed the EQC with layer upon layer of sound deadening to eliminate almost all wind and tyre noise.
Still, the EQC’s advanced driver assistance systems help relieve the stress of long drives. Just like in other Mercedes models, these let the car accelerate, brake and steer for you to keep you within your lane – providing you keep your hands on the wheel.
All this makes the Mercedes EQC one of the best electric cars on sale. It’s noticeably cheaper than the Audi e-tron too, but it’ll still set you back significantly more than most petrol and diesel-powered alternatives. Still, you can save thousands when you buy the car through carwow. To see how much you could save, have a look at some of the latest Mercedes EQC deals.
The Mercedes EQC will seat four adults in lots of comfort, but its boot looks a bit stingy compared with some alternatives
There’s more than enough space for four adults to stretch out inside the Mercedes EQC and each seat has ample support to help you feel as fresh as a daisy after a long drive – unlike in some SUVs with oddly low rear seating positions.
The Mercedes EQC’s front door bins will take a 1.5-litre bottle, it’s glove box is a decent size and you’ll find generous cubbies both at the base of the dashboard (with a couple of cup holders) and beneath the front central armrest.
In the back, the door bins are slightly smaller but will still take a litre bottle and the pockets on the rears of the front seats feel substantial. There’s also a central rear armrest with a further two cupholders.
The Mercedes EQC’s 500-litre boot is smaller than the load bays you get in an I-Pace, e-tron and Model X, but there’s still space for a few large suitcases or a couple of sets of golf clubs.
The Mercedes EQC is very comfortable on all types of road and, being electric, supremely quiet too. If you enjoy going around corners quickly, however, a Jaguar I-Pace will do it better.
Mercedes claims the EQC can drive for 259 miles between charges – although you’ll have to drive pretty patiently to match that figure. It does come with some clever systems to help maximise your range by re-using energy from braking to recharge the batteries and disconnecting the motors entirely when you’re cruising downhill.
If you add a public charging station as a waypoint into the sat nav, the EQC will automatically pre-heat the batteries so they can be recharged as rapidly as possible when you get there, too.
But, if you aren’t feeling in a battery-saving mood, the EQC will also crack 0-62mph in less than five seconds and, where legal, carry on to 112mph.
The EQC’s advanced driver assistance systems also help relieve the stress of long drives. Just like in other Mercedes models, these let the car accelerate, brake and steer for you to keep you within your lane – providing you keep your hands on the wheel.
Mercedes has also developed a very clever all-wheel-drive system. Most of the time it’ll run in two-wheel-drive mode to save range, but depending on the situation can drive its front or rear wheels. Of course, when it’s needed, all four wheels can be driven to ensure maximum traction on tricky terrain.
The Mercedes EQC comes with rear air suspension as standard, so it can automatically raise its back end when you’ve packed its boot with lots of heavy luggage. This makes sure the headlights illuminate the correct parts of the road at night and has the added bonus of making the EQC very comfortable to drive.
You’ll find the Mercedes EQC soaks up bumps and potholes impressively well around town – even with the optional 21-inch alloy wheels fitted – and it takes uneven road surfaces in its stride once you’re out in the countryside.
Turn onto a motorway and things get even better. Like a mouse hoarding loft insulation away in its nest, Mercedes’ engineers have packed the EQC with layer upon layer of sound deadening to eliminate almost all wind and tyre noise. It works very well and means you won’t hear any clunks and whines like in some electric cars when you’re driving the EQC.
The Mercedes EQC’s interior looks and feels fantastic, which combined with its silent operation really creates a sense of luxury. It also has a fantastic infotainment system that visually impressive and easy to use.