Mercedes EQC Review
The Mercedes EQC is an upmarket electric SUV that’s very comfortable to drive and comes with a spacious, well-built cabin but alternatives have greater ranges and bigger boots.
This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car
- Stylish looks
- Very comfortable to drive
- Lots of high-tech features
What's not so good
- Alternatives have bigger boots…
- …And can travel further between charges
- Petrol- and diesel-powered cars are cheaper
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The Mercedes EQC SUV is a stylish electric car with a flashy interior, a roomy cabin and plenty of high-tech features which help make it seriously relaxing to drive. It this respect, it’s similar to the likes of the Jaguar I-Pace, Tesla Model X and Audi e-tron.
You certainly won’t mistake the Mercedes EQC for any of these cars on the outside, though. 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 make 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. It lets you adjust the cabin temperature, change the mood lighting and set the standard sat-nav without moving your hands at all. Sure, it can be a little temperamental, but it’s leaps and bounds ahead of the voice-control systems in the likes of the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron and Tesla Model X.
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.
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.
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 Mercedes EQC does come with rear air suspension as standard though, 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.
On the subject of long journeys, Mercedes claims the EQC can drive for 280 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.
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.
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.