Mercedes EQV Review
Luxury people-carrier ups the refinement with electric power, but it isn’t cheap.
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The Mercedes EQV is undoubtedly going to provide airport-transfer companies with a luxurious way to get people from, say, Heathrow to the centre of London in peace and quiet, without incurring the Congestion Charge.
The EQV has a 90kWh battery pack and an electric motor that generates 201bhp and 364Nm of torque. Combined, these give the EQV a perfectly acceptable range of 211 miles.
You can charge the battery to 80% in just 45 minutes using a commercial 100kW fast charger.
There are three trim-levels, called Sport, Sport Premium and Sport Premium Plus. Sport comes with LED headlights, electric sliding side doors, 17-inch alloys and a 10-inch infotainment set-up, and costs from £70,665.
There's no doubt it's costly but the EQV will provide a seriously quiet way to get home from the airport.
The Sport Premium model will set you back at least £72,895, but for the extra cash you add electrically adjustable front seats with a memory function that includes the door mirrors and steering wheel, plus fold out tables for rear passengers, a black radiator grille and a 360-degree parking camera.
The EQV Sport Premium Plus model starts from £77,145, and includes air suspension, different alloy wheels and a thumping Burmester sound system.
The platform from the Mercedes V-Class underpins the EQV, rather than a bespoke set-up. The battery pack is sited under the floor, so there’s no detrimental effect on overall carrying capacity.
The drivetrain offers three driving modes, which allow drivers to prioritise performance or driving range. There’s also a regenerative braking system that grabs back energy that would normally be lost under braking. You can adjust the level of regeneration, to the extent that in its most forceful setting you can even drive the EQV without ever having to touch the brake pedal.
The EQV features the brand’s MBUX infotainment system with EQ-specific features, including important information such as charging current and energy flow. Mercedes me Charge can also be accessed via MBUX which provides access to charging points across Europe without the need for multiple accounts and RFID cards. Mercedes me Charge comprises multiple charging networks, including Polar which is the UK’s largest charging network.
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.
We’ll be driving the Mercedes EQV very shortly indeed, so keep an eye out here to find out what it’s really like.