Mercedes EQC running costs, insurance, warranty & tax
The EQC is competitively priced, both in terms of on-the-road pricing and finance offers
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|50||3yrs / unlimited mileage||1yr / 15,000 miles||From £131 / £263|
The Mercedes EQC is keenly priced against the Audi e-tron, BMW iX and Jaguar I-Pace, in terms of both 'sticker price' and finance deals, which are likely to start at around £700 per month. Regardless of equipment and style accoutrements, the EQC feels overpriced at £70,000 in a way that it doesn’t at £60,000. We've found that the option packages for the EQC can easily push the cost of the car up, but we hope to find out which are worth your money as we spend more time living with our Mercedes EQC.
It almost goes without saying that company-car tax is very low, so if you’re in the privileged position to be able to squeeze such an expensive car through the company books, you’ll pay very little BiK for such a powerful and premium-feeling SUV. Most domestic electricity tariffs in the UK cost around 17p per kWh, at which rate it'll cost around £14 to fully charge the EQC.
With a real-world range of around 200 miles per charge, that works out at less than 30% the fuel costs of an equivalent high-performance diesel SUV. Anyone living near a low-emissions zone could also stand to save a considerable amount in tariffs compared to running a combustion-engined model.
Mercedes EQC insurance group
The EQC falls into insurance group 50, the highest of the lot, so no matter which trim level you go for cover will be pretty pricey.
Mercedes offers a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty on all its new cars, while the EQC’s batteries are warrantied for eight years or 160,000 kilometres (which is just under 100,000 miles). That means the company will also replace or refurbish the batteries if they fall to below 70% of their as-new performance.
The EQC will ping a message on the dashboard when it requires a service, and you can expect that to happen every year or 15,000 miles.
The Mercedes EQC is currently zero-rated for road tax (VED) thanks to its zero tailpipe emissions, much like every other purely electric car.
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 & chargingThe Mercedes EQC is competitive with its key rivals in terms of range, although a Tesla Model X will go further
- 3Running costs & insurance - currently readingThe EQC is competitively priced, both in terms of on-the-road pricing and finance offers
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Mercedes EQC has a different character to any of its rivals: it majors on comfort more than fun
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Mercedes EQC has a striking interior focused on an impressive infotainment system, plus generous standard equipment
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Mercedes EQC is a good family car, but isn't as roomy as the larger Audi 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
- 8Mercedes EQC: Living 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