Mercedes EQC long-term test review: 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 one larger, petrol or diesel-engined car and an electric car. It suited us well, the electric car covering us day-to-day, and the combustion engined car doing anything that needed more space or a longer range.

Fast forward five years, and we’ve alighted on a new arrangement. Range has improved sufficiently that the Mercedes EQC is now our main car; thanks to developments during the intervening time, it delivers enough room and range to be a great all-rounder for all our needs, albeit with the very occasional drawbacks of charging on a longer trip.

Mercedes EQC 2021 right tracking

Meanwhile, with a second new electric car beyond our budget, and concerns over used how electric cars will fare in terms of residual values and falling battery capacities over time (so far largely unfounded, it must be said), our second car is now a bit bigger, because the kids are growing, and combustion engined, because that gave us so much more for what we want to spend.

Give it another five years, though, and I suspect the equation will change again in favour of two EVs. When it’s happening on your driveway, the pace of change feels very real.

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