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Mercedes EQB review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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  • Mercedes EQB 2022 front
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  • Mercedes EQB 2022 interior dashboard
  • Mercedes EQB 2022 interior rear seats
  • Mercedes EQB 2022 interior infotainment
  • Mercedes EQB 2022 front right tracking
  • Mercedes EQB 2022 right tracking
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  • Mercedes EQB 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Mercedes EQB 2022 charging socket
  • Mercedes EQB 2022 interior front seats
  • Mercedes EQB 2022 interior driver display
  • Mercedes EQB 2022 interior front seats
  • Mercedes EQB 2022 interior detail
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Compared with similar four-wheel-drive electric SUVs, the Mercedes EQB is quite reasonably priced. The 350 4Matic EQB costs a little more than the mid-range Volvo XC40 Recharge Plus and Tesla Model Y Long Range, and a bit less than the Audi Q4 e-tron S-Line.

If you don’t mind doing without four-wheel drive and couldn’t care less about a premium badge, the Kia EV6 is available for far less and has the benefit of much faster charging and a greater EV range.

All EQBs come with automatic emergency braking (AEB), traffic-sign recognition and lane-keeping assistance. The optional Driving Assistance packages adds blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.

As with the closely related Mercedes GLBEuro NCAP gave the EQB five stars, and it scored higher marks for child and pedestrian protection than the Volvo XC40. The Q4 e-tron also scored five stars, but it was tested under a newer and tougher regime which makes comparison impossible.

In terms of reliability, Mercedes finished in a rather poor joint 22nd spot (shared with Peugeot and Vauxhall) out of the 30 brands included in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey – behind Volvo (19th) and Audi (18th).

Charging up the EQB takes around 34 hours from a domestic three-pin plug, so you’re better off installing a dedicated wall box if you can, to cut that down to 11 hours. Rapid charging from a 150kWh charger can top up the battery from 10-80% in a mere 30 minutes, but a far more common 50kWh charger will take just over an hour.

Every Mercedes has a standard three-year warranty with unlimited mileage. The EQB also gets an eight-year/100,000-mile policy for the battery pack.

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Mercedes EQB 2022 interior infotainment

Overview

The Mercedes EQB is a competent seven-seat electric car that's competitively priced against its main electric SUV rivals. It's not the swiftest choice out there, though, and there are several cheaper alternatives with longer ranges.

  • Electric tech doesn’t hamper seven-seat capability
  • Good level of refinement
  • Striking interior
  • No cheaper front-wheel-drive option
  • Could do with more range given the price
  • Slightly disconcerting brake-pedal feel
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