Mercedes EQC interior
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, but it’s a shame that it isn’t more competitive for space.
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.
There are also some different materials than you’ll find in Mercedes’ traditional SUVs, such as a rubberised finish on the dash, but the overall sense of quality is extremely high. The EQC’s air vents and switches also feel chunky and well-made, plus the use of chrome and piano black brings a sense of traditional class to this otherwise futuristic cabin.
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The EQC’s infotainment system 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. 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.