Mercedes EQC review: boot space, seating & practicality
The Mercedes EQC is a satisfactory family car, but isn't as roomy as the larger Audi Q8 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 should be enough room for people and paraphernalia in the EQC. Up front, there are fixed cup-holders under a glossy panel at the base of the dash, as well as a net in the passenger footwell, a useful cubby (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 under the carpets) and a seat that doesn’t feel like it drops low enough in relation to the wheel and window line, you can feel like there’s never quite the perfect position for your legs.
Those in the back will be comfortable provided they’re in the outer seats. Although you can sit someone in the middle of the rear bench, there’s a high tunnel in the floor – something that, despite being based on a diesel SUV, isn’t an issue in the Audi Q8 e-tron. 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 and the central armrest incorporates cup-holders.
While the EQC’s 500-litre boot will be more than capable of dealing with most family dog and/or buggy duties, it falls short of the 569-litre boot in the Audi Q8 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 wires out of sight when you’re fed up of wrestling them into tight-fitting cases.
In This Review
- 1VerdictA 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 & practicality - currently readingThe 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