2020 Mercedes EQV electric MPV revealed: price, specs and release date

Mercedes is expanding its portfolio of electric vehicles with a luxurious eight-seater MPV based on the V-Class...

Mercedes EQV front

On sale: 2020 | Price from: £62,000 (est)

You might think that the humble people carrier is holding up about as well as the personal pager at the moment, but the truth is that for big families who don’t fancy an SUV, these cars still make a lot of sense. And since two of the world’s largest car makers – Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz – are both planning on bringing electric people carriers to market in the next few years, there’s clearly life in this class yet. While Volkswagen’s ID Buzz harks back to its past and the iconic split-screen T1, though, the Mercedes EQV is all about the future.

Mercedes EQV interior

2020 Mercedes EQV battery and range

First unveiled in concept form at this year’s Geneva motor show, the EQV is powered by a single 201bhp electric motor that draws power from a 90kWh battery mounted along the floor. The EQV has a range of 251 miles according to the official WLTP test – that’s 49 miles less than the Tesla Model X large SUV. Where the Tesla has room for seven on board, however, the EQV has space for eight.

Alternatively, should buyers favour luxury and space over carrying capacity, they can swap benches for six individual seats across three rows. Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system – which we’ve praised in other models both for its ease of use and impressive graphics – is presented on a 10in screen on the centre console. It features natural speech recognition, so you can say ‘Hey Mercedes’ to issue a command to the car, for example to change the temperature or plan a route.

Mercedes EQV rear

Paddles to control the strength of the EQV’s regenerative braking (where energy usually lost under braking is sent back to the battery) sit behind the steering wheel. Mercedes says that when this is set to its strongest, you can drive using only the accelerator pedal. As well as various driving modes to adjust how the car feels on the road, there’s also an E+ mode that maximises the EQV’s range.

Mercedes EQV interior

2020 Mercedes EQV charging and price

Drivers also get access to the Ionity rapid-charging network, which is currently available at around 400 locations across Europe – although only two of those are in the UK. Using the fastest chargers, the EQV can be charged to 80% of capacity in about 45 minutes. Using an 11kW domestic charger or public charging station, that time rises to around 10 hours.

Prices are expected to start at around £62,000, which is substantially more expensive than the regular V-Class, upon which the EQV is based, but still a lot cheaper than the Model X.

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The best (and worst) electric cars 2019

If the idea of the Mercedes EQV has got you thinking about going electric, then you'll want to know which zero-emission models are worth considering, and which you should steer clear of. Well, in this next story, we've done the hard work for you and named the best and worst electric cars.

10. Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid 2019 rear wide tracking

The Ioniq is really three cars in one – it's available as a conventional hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and as a fully electric car. The latter we're including here has a range of 182 miles, and enough torque to make acceleration feel brisk around town. The interior is smart, too, and our recommended Premium models get sat-nav and heated front seats as standard.

Read our full Hyundai Ioniq review or see our latest Ioniq deals

9. Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X

On paper, Tesla's all-electric family SUV seems to be the dream all-rounder, combining the luxury of a Range Rover Sport with the green credentials of an electric car. In practice, its low running costs and practical interior are hard to fault, and even entry-level versions aren't short on pace, but parts of its interior do feel a little low-rent.

Read our full Tesla Model X review or see our latest Model X deals

8. Volkswagen e-Golf

Unlike purpose-built electric cars such as the BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf, the e-Golf is based on a conventional hatchback. However, this is no bad thing, because it means it has all the good points of the regular regular Golf, along with greatly reduced running costs. It's just a shame its Real Range is so limited.