Mercedes EQC review

Category: Electric car

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:electric
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RRP from£65,720

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The EQC is priced broadly in line with the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi E-tron; the Tesla Model X costs a few thousand pounds more to buy, but then it is a bigger car.

It's little less efficient per mile than a Jaguar I-Pace, but we're talking only around one pence for every mile. Plug in at a regular 7kW home charging point and a full charge (0-100%) will take roughly 11 hours. You can, of course, charge your EQC much quicker at public charging points; the very fastest 110kW CCS chargers deliver a 10-80% top-up in as little as 40 minutes.

To help you with this, the EQC comes with a three-year subscription to Mercedes Me Charge. This gives you access to a multitude of public charging stations across Europe, along with their precise location and availability shown on the infotainment system. Charging isn’t free, but a single contract covers all billing, so you won’t need to sign up to umpteen different charging point providers.

Entry-level Sport trim is reasonably well equipped, with 19in alloys, climate control and heated front seats all standard. However, we’d recommend going for AMG Line trim, largely because it gives you access to the Premium Package, which you’ll need if you want smartphone mirroring (see infotainment), but also because you get plusher-feeling leather seats and some styling enhancements.

At the time of writing, the EQC hadn’t been appraised for safety by the independent experts at Euro NCAP.  However, all trims levels come with plenty of active aids to help prevent you having a crash in the first place, including automatic emergency braking (AEB), blind spot monitoring and lane keeping assistance.

Meanwhile, the optional Driving Assistance Plus package (available on AMG Line trims) adds loads more safety aids, including Pre-safe Plus, which can prime the safety aids if you’re about to be hit from behind, and will alert when you’re approaching pedestrian crossings.

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Overview

The Mercedes EQC is a solid effort and brilliant if you want to maximise the peace and quiet offered by going electric: it really is hushed on the move. But while it's generally comfortable on motorways, it doesn't ride as well as its rivals in other respects and the range is someway off an I-Pace's.

  • Supremely quiet
  • Comfortable motorway ride
  • Decent infotainment system
  • Range between charges could be better
  • The Audi e-tron is more practical
  • Jaguar I-Pace is faster and more fun