Mercedes EQC reliability & safety
The Mercedes EQC did very well in independent Euro NCAP crash-testing, scoring the maximum five-star result
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2019)||96%||90%||75%|
Euro NCAP awarded the EQC a five-star official safety rating and Mercedes is confident enough in the car’s safety standards to have released videos and details from its own crash tests, too. Unusually, blind-spot warning is standard on the EQC, but it’s a shame that adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and autonomous traffic driving are part of an optional pack.
Mercedes EQC reliability & problems
It’s very hard to comment on the reliability of the EQC at this point. It shares much of its architecture with the Mercedes GLC, but its powertrain is an unknown quantity at the moment and company executive aren’t willing to estimate how many cycles (where the battery is charged and discharged) the 80kWh lithium-ion battery pack will do before any significant loss of performance.
But the eight-year/160,000-kilometre warranty includes a guarantee that Mercedes will replace or refurbish the car’s batteries if they drop below 70% of their as-new performance within that period.
The Mercedes EQC comes with a full array of airbags and parking sensors, as well as a reversing camera, blind-spot assistance, autonomous emergency city braking, lane-departure warning and some impressive LED headlights as standard.
However, it’s disappointing that you have to pay £1,695 to get a safety pack that brings adaptive cruise control, autonomous traffic jam driving and lane-keeping assist (where the car actively steers to keep you in lane rather than sounding a warning, which is does as standard), which all add up to deliver a semi-autonomous drive mode best reserved for dual carriageways.
Nonetheless, the EQC performed very well in independent Euro NCAP crash-testing, securing the maximum five-star rating and a near-perfect 96% score for adult occupant protection. It also scored 90% for child occupant protection, 75% for pedestrian protection and 75% for safety assistance.
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 spaceThe Mercedes EQC is a good family car, but isn't as roomy as the larger Audi e-tron or Tesla Model X
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingThe Mercedes EQC did very well in independent Euro NCAP crash-testing, scoring the maximum five-star result