Mercedes EQC practicality & boot space
The Mercedes EQC is a good family car, but isn't as roomy as the larger Audi e-tron or Tesla Model X
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It can be hard to grasp how big some of these chunky SUVs are, so for context the EQC is a bit larger than an Audi Q5 but smaller than an Audi Q7. The 500-litre boot is a decent shape, and benefits from underfloor storage that’s great for cables, as well as a floor that’s flush with the boot lip and rear seats when they’re folded flat. While those with child seats and writhing toddlers to faff with might wish for wider-opening rear doors, generally the EQC will be a very fine family car.
Mercedes EQC interior space, storage & comfort
There’s lots of room for people and paraphernalia in the EQC. Up front, there are a couple of fixed cup-holders hidden under a glossy panel at the base of the dashboard, as well as a net in the passenger footwell, a useful cubby (complete with USB ports) for your phone and other gubbins under the armrest and sizeable doorbins in addition to the glovebox.
The seats are supportive and offer a good range of adjustment in most directions, although between the high floor (a result of the batteries lurking under the EQC’s carpets) and a seat that doesn’t feel like it drops low enough in relation to the steering wheel and window line, you can feel like there’s never quite the perfect, natural position for your legs.
Those in the back will be comfortable provided they’re sat in the outer seats. Although you can legally sit someone in the middle of the EQC’s rear bench, there’s a high tunnel in the floor and the raised seat base and firm backrest aren't going to be good on a long journey, either. Still, even taller adults in the ‘proper’ rear seats have room to get comfortable, and there’s also space for a big bottle in the doorbins, while the standard centre armrest incorporates cup-holders.
While the EQC’s 500-litre boot will be more than capable of dealing with most family-related dog and/or buggy duties, it falls short of the 660-litre boot in the Audi e-tron, let alone the vast, seven-seat interior of the Tesla Model X. On the plus side, the seats fold down completely flat in the EQC when you press switches in the load bay, leaving a long, uninterrupted boot floor. There’s also a cubby off to the side of the boot that’s just the right size for one of the cable bags, or there’s underfloor storage that's ideal for keeping loose cables out of sight when you’re fed up of wrestling them into tight-fitting cases.
In This Review
- 1VerdictA great all-round premium electric SUV, the Mercedes EQC is nonetheless slightly overshadowed by other models in its class
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Mercedes EQC is competitive with its key rivals in terms of range, although a Tesla Model X will go further
- 3Running costsThe Mercedes EQC is competitively priced, both in terms of on-the-road pricing and finance offers
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe Mercedes EQC has a different character to any of its rivals, but it majors on comfort more than fun
- 5Interior & comfortThe Mercedes EQC has a striking interior focused on an impressive infotainment system, plus generous standard equipment
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingThe Mercedes EQC is a good family car, but isn't as roomy as the larger Audi e-tron or Tesla Model X
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Mercedes EQC did very well in independent Euro NCAP crash-testing, scoring the maximum five-star result