Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
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.