This is the car for you if… you want a luxury SUV that transforms into a sports car when you put your foot down.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC glided into the electric car world in 2019. This stylish SUV brings familiar touches from previous models. But puts an all-new electric spin on them.
With its streamlined shape, Mercedes is pushing the boundaries of conventional SUV design. There’s a sloping coupé-style roofline. The front headlamps seamlessly flow into the high-sheen black AMG radiator grille. And there’s a slick LED band that wraps around the front and rear of the vehicle. Illuminating the EQC at night – and giving this electric car real presence on the road.
The sweeping lines continue inside the EQC 400 AMG. The curved ARTICO dashboard and carbon fibre trim flow seamlessly into the doors. Blue lights flow around the controls and complement the leather upholstery and steering wheel. It’s trademark Mercedes: aesthetically pleasing – without compromising on comfort.
The AMG styling is subtly evident in the 20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels and branded floor mats. Aluminium running boards also come as standard on the AMG model, along with mirror caps that match the car’s colour.
Inside the EQC, the intuitive high-tech features bring the car to life. Simply say ‘Hey Mercedes’ or touch the high-resolution infotainment screen to choose a playlist or select a destination. Feeling cold? Just say ‘Hey Mercedes, I feel chilly’. And the air conditioning will turn down automatically.
As the system gets to know you, it’ll make suggestions based on your preferences. So it’ll jump to your favourite radio station for your commute home. Or suggest frequently-travelled routes.
Not keen on voice controls? Use the touchscreen or touch control buttons on the steering wheel instead. Or write on the touchpad in the centre console (which doubles as a handy wireless charging platform for your phone).
The EQC can be personalised however you like. So no two EQCs ever look quite the same inside. Re-arrange the displays in the instrument cluster. Choose your preferred design. And select the ambient lighting you want from a choice of 64 different colours and effects.
On the road, there’s a quiet gravitas to the Mercedes EQC. It drives effortlessly. There’s instant torque from a standing start. Robust power from two electric motors. And smooth acceleration from 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds.
The Mercedes EQC has an 80kWh battery, with a WLTP rating of 259 miles range. And comes with plenty of energy-efficient features to maximise your travel time. Switch to the Eco Assist mode and the EQC will anticipate when you can save energy (going downhill, for instance) and suggest when to take your foot off the accelerator. The pedal will even vibrate as a reminder.
The ECQ is a car made for comfort and convenience. It's roomy inside – with a 500-litre boot. But nimble enough to manoeuvre into the tightest of parking spaces. The multibeam headlights adapt to their surroundings and dim automatically for oncoming cars. And there’s a whole host of driver assistance and parking systems onboard the EQC to keep you and your passengers safe.
Our three favourite Mercedes EQC features
- The sleek widescreen cockpit – combining the digital instrument and media displays in one 26cm-long glass panel. Make it your own by customising what appears here, using touch or voice commands.
- The quirky gesture controls – Bamboozle your passengers by pointing your fingers and waving your hands around to change the lighting or alter the entertainment settings.
- And finally… Did you know the EQC contains 99 components made from renewable materials, such as hemp, kenaf, wool, cotton, paper and natural rubber? It’s not just an all-electric drive, it’s a sustainable car too.
You’ll like the Mercedes EQC if you… don’t believe you need to sacrifice performance, style or comfort when you switch to electric.