Mercedes-Benz EQC Review
The Mercedes-Benz EQC is finally here. After some feeble efforts too few and far between to count, Daimler has finally brought its very first proper production electric vehicle to market – that is the advent of its new EQ range of cars. The car is a midsize SUV and tries to go to the heart of the market by cashing in on a segment that really counts. Hardly surprising, given that it was preceded by the Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X – pretty much in that reverse order. And that is the immediate rival set it must take on – even though all those cars are of varying sizes, not quite the same as the EQC. But they are all EVs and therefore form the consideration set for any potential buyer. The EQC is also an SUV after all – and yes – is all wheel drive. In terms of shape, size and silhouette and most important – even platform, the Mercedes-Benz EQC is very similar to the GLC. That is because its pretty much based on that car!
Is this an electric GLC?
Now you could argue that Mercedes Benz could have gone back to the drawing board and started from scratch, developing an all-new platform for this car like some it’s rivals have. But there are advantages, which really speak to why this decision was taken; and why an existing platform was adapted to produce the first EQ model.
The bigger thing here is this car hits that sweet spot – it had to be an SUV with a lot of flexibility in terms of space, cargo carrying capacity and also where to put the battery. The 80 kWh battery is placed in the floor, is slim, and not extended all the way to the car’s side edges. Mercedes says that is a safety precaution, even though it meant compromising on the battery’s size somewhat. The car puts safety ahead of all other development, and there are many thoughtful design elements that become obvious as a result, since the aim was to make the car as crash safe as the GLC. As a result you still get a generous 500-litre boot too.
What does it look like?
It is that face that is going to get your attention straight away because it is different to the rest of the Mercedes-Benz line-up, and yet at first glance you straight away know it’s a Mercedes. It is what we’ve seen with the concept car and it’s pretty much the same styling that has been carried into the production version. Lots of LED lighting, a new signature for the DRLs, and lots of use of blue elements as well (though a lot of that depends on what trim you choose to go with).
The car with me also has some blue in the alloy wheel pattern, and that’s kind of nice because that’s a little bit like the concept car too. And then of course the EQC badging, also done in blue. I don’t love that front grille, especially the big thick chrome surround, but the EQC will get you to look twice for sure. The rear is beautifully proportioned, and that LED taillight across the whole rear door – well that’s in keeping with the new styling trend across several brands really.
How is it on the inside?
The EQC’s cabin is familiar Mercedes territory though the use of colours and materials – again with a blue bias – is specific to this car. It’s also the use of great materials and an offering of great fit and material quality that you will notice right away. That’s to be expected from Mercedes-Benz. There are lots of bits that will remind you of all the other Mercedes Benz cars (especially the newer ones). That of course means the twin-screen dash display, and we also get the new MBUX interface and not Comand.
To set it apart from the combustion engine versions in the family, there are also some bits that are distinct. The use of a bronze element through the AC vent and also around the dash is likely an EQ family motif. I didn’t like it at first, but as I spent time with the car, its distinctiveness and quality grew on me. Besides that, you get pampered by the Burmester sound system, the new full colour head-up display with its wide and very detailed view (as seen on the new generation GLE), and of course, the v