Since its inception, Mercedes-Benz has been a car company synonymous with automotive excellence and continuous innovation, making it a firm favourite with the well-to-do. As the german giant now enters the electric era, those traits appear present and correct in the Mercedes-Benz EQC. Here are five things we really like.
1. The EQC is leading the way for Mercedes-Benz
Karl Benz may have created what is generally acknowledged as the world’s first motor car in 1886, but the three-pointed star has since become revered for pioneering more automotive technology like electronic ABS and adaptive cruise control. Now it’s hoping to lead the electric vehicle revolution, too.
The EQC is the first mainstream Mercedes-Benz electric car
After years of small-scale flirtations with electric cars, including a very sporty SLS Electric Drive and a more practical, A-Class E-Cell, the EQC is the first properly mainstream electric car from the world’s largest premium automotive brand.
The five-seat SUV is four-wheel drive and based on a heavily modified platform from the Mercedes GLC, though it’s marginally lower, longer and boasts a 500-litre boot. You can throw a lot of stuff in a 500-litre boot.
2. An EQC offers great range and operating efficiency
An 80kWh battery may not be the biggest capacity battery you’ll see on offer in the family electric SUV category, but the Mercedes-Benz EQC still benefits from a 245-mile driving range thanks to plenty of efficiency technology that increases the car’s ‘miles per kWh’ figure - that’s basically how electric cars measure fuel economy.
This is partly down to both front and rear electric motors providing very different functions: the front is tuned for operating efficiency and provides drive at cruising speeds, while the rear motor helps to provide that instant shove of torque. The EQC can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 5.1 seconds.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC boasts multiple driving modes
Multiple driving modes and brake regeneration settings help boost efficiency further, including some techy witchcraft that uses the car’s cameras, radar sensors and navigation to predict when the battery can save the most energy.
The driver can play a role, too, following dashboard symbols that instruct you when to lift or coast when driving downhill.
3. The EQC is refined and sophisticated
Mercedes-Benz is famous for creating smooth-riding cars and cosseting cabins, and the EQC is no exception. The aerodynamic body has helped to minimise wind intrusion at speed, while supple suspension ensures the ride comfort is always serene.
Up front, there’s a typically glitzy interior with piano black inserts, rose gold air vents and the now customary recycled materials applied to both dashboard and seats.
It’s all complimented with customisable lighting, a huge widescreen infotainment system, head-up display and optional Burmester sound system and panoramic roof for a truly premium feel.
4. A Mercedes-Benz EQC is super safe to drive
Alongside Volvo, Mercedes-Benz is synonymous with safety and in addition to a raft of active safety systems including Emergency Brake Assist, the EQC’s battery pack is also narrower than rivals.
The EQC has excellent towing strength
It’s been designed to provide an additional 10cm of impact-absorbing structure around the perimeter of the car, so it can perform better in a crash. It also has enough strength to pull anything from boats to horseboxes, with a maximum towing capacity of 1800kg - impressive for an electric SUV.
5. The EQC makes public charging easy
The Mercedes-Benz EQC can take advantage of our High Power EV chargers because it has a maximum 110kW charging rate. That means that 100 miles of driving range can be added in around 20 minutes, which is just enough time to grab a coffee.
The Mercedes mobile app also means you’ll be able to check the car’s charging status remotely.
Mercedes-Benz EQC options
The Mercedes-Benz EQC has three different model & spec types to suit all your electric car needs:
1. Sport - high specification as standard.
2. AMG Line - sports styling courtesy of AMG.
3. AMG Line Premium - elevating the EQC to the next level - available now.
Mercedes-Benz EQC AMG Line Premium 400 Key Features
0-62mph: 5.1 seconds
Range: 245 miles
Max charging speed: 110kW
Boot space: 500 litres
If you like the look of the Mercedes-Benz EQC, why not jump the waiting list and order through GRIDSERVE Car Leasing? Order your EQC in November, and we’ll have it delivered to your door in December, and with three months of free EV charging included.*