Mercedes EQC review
A decent all-round premium electric SUV, the Mercedes EQC has become overshadowed by more up-to-date arrivals in the class
- Supremely quiet and comfortable
- Striking interior styling
- High-tech infotainment
- Jaguar I-Pace handles better
- Audi e-tron is more practical
- Divisive styling
Wallbox charge time
Rapid charge time
12hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)
40mins (10-80%, 110kW)
Mercedes EQC verdict
It’s amazing how quickly things progress; in just a few years the Mercedes EQC has gone from technological EV flagship to compromised also-ran. It’s still supremely quiet and comfortable, and the in-car tech is extensive and easy to use, but it feels heavy and isn’t particularly efficient. Newer rivals with more range make greater sense in the current market.
Range details, specs and alternatives
The Mercedes EQC is a large, luxurious electric SUV that kicked off a wave of new electric models from the German brand. It has a number of strong rivals, including the recently-updated Audi Q8 e-tron, as well as the Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-Pace and BMW iX, plus the new Polestar 3 that’s arriving later this year. The EQC is one SUV not really designed for off-road adventures, but instead refined and comfortable transport with no tailpipe emissions.
Unlike its rivals, which offer multiple battery and motor combinations, the EQC is only available with one powertrain layout. Every car comes with a pair of electric motors – one driving each axle for a combined 402bhp – plus an 80kWh battery good for an official driving range of 254 miles in ideal conditions. Unfortunately, while the range isn’t that impressive, neither are the EQC’s rapid charging speeds; a 110kW maximum (10-80% in 40 minutes) is somewhat off the pace these days.
In terms of specs, there are a few options to choose from. As of July 2022, the entry-level Sport version has been dropped, with the range now starting with popular AMG Line trim. This model gets 20-inch wheels, self-levelling air suspension, front and rear LED lights, keyless go, heated seats and Merc’s dual-screen infotainment system. Prices start from just under £75,000 – a good chunk more than the recently revised Audi Q8 e-tron.
Moving up through the range there are the familiar AMG Line Premium and AMG Line Premium Plus trims – each seen as individual specs rather than option packs. Frustratingly, you’ll need to step up to the mid-range trim (roughly an extra £4,500) to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, despite this tech being standard on many sub-£20k superminis.
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In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingA decent all-round premium electric SUV, the Mercedes EQC has become overshadowed by more up-to-date arrivals in the class
- 2Range, battery & chargingFour years since it launched, the Mercedes EQC has lost its competitive edge; many rivals will now go further on a charge
- 3Running costs & insuranceMercedes has dropped the entry-level Sport trim, and while that means every model gets extra kit, starting prices are high
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Mercedes EQC has a different character to any of its rivals: it majors on comfort more than fun
- 5Interior, dashboard & infotainmentThe Mercedes EQC has a striking interior focused on an impressive infotainment system, plus generous standard equipment
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Mercedes EQC is a satisfactory family car, but isn't as roomy as the larger Audi Q8 e-tron or Tesla Model X
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Mercedes EQC did very well in independent Euro NCAP crash-testing, scoring the maximum five-star result
- 8Living with itWe spend a couple of months living with the Mercedes EQC to find out of the world's oldest carmaker's first serious electric effort can justify its hefty price tag