2022 Mercedes EQB review: price, specs and release date

The Mercedes EQB is a fully electric SUV with seating for seven and a range of more than 250 miles, but is it as good as it sounds?...

Mercedes EQB 2022 front

On sale Now | Price from £52,145

There’s been a piece missing from the electric car puzzle for years now, but the Mercedes EQB might just be the car to complete the picture.

You see, the only seven-seat electric SUV available until now was the Tesla Model X – a huge and hugely expensive car. However, the EQB is a seven-seater that costs around half as much and offers far more manageable proportions (it's about the same size as the Land Rover Discovery Sport).

This is because the EQB is based on the Mercedes GLB. However, it swaps that model's conventional engines and fuel tank for two electric motors and a 66.5kWh battery.

A front-wheel-drive model with a single motor and a longer range will arrive in the next year or so, but for now there are two four-wheel-drive variants that both officially deliver between 250 and 257 miles on a charge: the EQB 300, which produces 225bhp, and the EQB 350, with 288bhp.

Mercedes EQB 2022 side

Rapid charging tops out at 100kW, which is a tad slower than you’ll enjoy in the Audi Q4 e-tron and Tesla Model Y (the latter will be available as a seven-seater in the near future). But the EQB's battery can still go from 10-80% in as little as 32 minutes, while a full charge from a 7kW home wallbox will take a little less than 11 hours.

What's it like to drive?

Relaxing and confidence inspiring. True, even the EQB 350 that we drove can't match the performance of a Ford Mustang Mach-E or Model Y, but it's still more than potent enough to thrill when you want it to. Plus, its single-speed automatic gearbox and precise accelerator give you a smooth flow of power that's easy to control. You can even tow up to 1800kg.

The light steering responds in a predictable way, too, and is great for twirling about town, although the EQB will run out of grip a little earlier than the Model Y if you indulge in some spirited cornering on faster roads.

Ride comfort is mostly very good, despite the fact that our test car rode on optional 20in alloy wheels, with the EQB doing a great job of smoothing out pockmarked surfaces. Only big potholes and ruts send shudders through the car.

Road noise is also kept to a minimum, but you do hear a fair bit of wind noise on the motorway, probably due to the EQB's boxy shape.

Mercedes EQB 2022 dashboard

Like other electric models, the EQB features regenerative braking, which harvests energy that would normally be lost when you slow down. This offers three levels (with the stronger settings putting more energy back into the battery but slowing the car quicker when you lift off the accelerator) or an adaptive mode that automatically increases braking as you approach a junction or another car. Fortunately, no matter which setting you choose, it's easy to bring the car to a smooth stop – something that's not the case in the Mustang Mach-E.

What’s it like inside?

 The EQB offers the same seating layout as the seven-seat GLB, but there is a compromise in that the floor has been raised to accommodate the battery. This means that the driver’s seat doesn’t drop quite as low as it does in the GLB, although you do get electric adjustment as standard, including for lumbar, and most people will be able to find a comfortable driving position. 

That higher floor also means that there’s less foot room beneath the front seats for those sitting in the second row. Meanwhile, Mercedes itself describes the third-row seats as comfortable for anyone up to 5ft 4in tall.

Access to the third row is tricky, due to the narrow gap you have to climb through, although it's no worse than it is in a GLB or Discovery Sport. But even though they're cramped, many families will still find these extra seats useful – especially because they feature Isofix child seat mountings and the second-row seats can be slid forward in a 60/40 split to help you make the most of the available space.

Mercedes EQB 2022 rear seats

With the third row folded away, the EQB has a 465-litre boot that's big enough for a chunky buggy or a couple of bags of golf clubs, but you do get more boot space in five-seat alternatives such as the Q4 e-tron and Model Y.

The EQB is more generously equipped than the GLB, with even entry-level AMG Line models getting heated seats, ambient interior lighting, a powered tailgate, a reversing camera, cruise control and LED headlights that can automatically adjust their beams to avoid dazzling oncoming traffic.

AMG Line Premium adds keyless entry, wireless phone charging and a panoramic glass roof; the only frustration is that you have to pay £1495 extra for the Driving Assistance Pack if you want adaptive cruise control.

A 10.25in touchscreen infotainment system is standard across the EQB range, and it's more intuitive to use than the systems in most rivals, while the interior as a whole looks seriously swish.