Mercedes EQC long-term test: report 9

The Mercedes EQC is the brand's first mainstream all-electric car. Can it eclipse the rival Audi E-tron, Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X? We've got six months to find out...

Mercedes EQC and Honda Civic

The car Mercedes EQC 400 4Matic AMG Line Premium Plus Run by Jim Holder, editorial director

Why it’s here We want to discover if Mercedes' first mainstream EV is a match for the opposition, worthy of its near-£80,000 price tag and fits into everyday life

Needs to Deliver a wow factor befitting its price, without any limitations resulting from its mode of propulsion that compromise its everyday usability

Mileage 2991 Price £74,610 Target Price £74,610 Price as tested £77,200 Test range 176 miles

7 May 2021 – Looking to an EV future

Five years ago, my family's arrangement was to have a large petrol or diesel car as our main vehicle and an electric car for shorter trips. However, today, ranges have improved sufficiently that the fully electric Mercedes EQC serves as our main vehicle.

With a second new electric car beyond our budget, and us reluctant to buy a used electric car due to concerns about battery capacities falling over time (so far largely unfounded, it must be said), it’s our second car that now has a combustion engine; it allowed us to get so much more for our money.

Mercedes EQC 2021 right tracking

Still, give it another five years, and I suspect the equation will have changed again in favour of having two electric cars. When it’s happening on your own driveway, the pace of change feels very real indeed.

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