Mercedes-Benz EQC (2019) Review
Mercedes-Benz EQC (2019) At A Glance
There’s currently a very impressive stable of electric premium SUVs on the market, each of which takes on a slightly different role and delivers its own unique character, but the 2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC is a worthy adversary to any of them. The car looks and feels sophisticated, and it’s supremely quiet and refined on the road, feels suitably posh inside and comes packed with technology. Okay, so some rivals like the Audi E-Tron and Jaguar I-Pace are more fun, more practical, more comfortable, more sturdily made and have a longer driving range, but the EQC is a very tempting package nonetheless.
Typical, isn’t it? You wait years for an all-electric prestige SUV, and then several come along at once.
Okay, granted, the Tesla Model X has been around since 2016, but all the other rivals for the EQC - those being the Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace - came along at a very similar time to Mercedes’ entrant in the class.
So how does the EQC mark itself out from the competition? Well, it’s smaller than most, so it struggles to match the best of them for practicality. Indeed, the Tesla even gives you seven seats as opposed to the five in the rest.
The Jaguar has the sporty side of things sewn up thanks to its eye-widening speed and sharp handling, whereas the Audi E-Tron majors on being an electric SUV that feels like a luxury limousine thanks to its cosseting ride, sensational refinement and impressive interior quality. So what trump card does that leave for the EQC to play?
Step forward, MBUX. This is Mercedes’ latest generation of infotainment tech, and it brings all sorts of different functionality together into one visually stunning and easy-to-use package.
Bear in mind that you’ll want to buy a car of AMG Line Premium level or above to get the most out of it on this score (because entry-level cars miss a few desirable bits of functionality, unfortunately), but if you do, and you love your gadgets, then this alone will be a reason for buying the EQC over its adversaries.
It’s good in other areas as well. It comes loaded with standard equipment, has a high quality interior and it has enough space and practicality for a family, even if it can’t do any of these things quite as well as the very best-in-class.
Likewise, it’s impressively quick, hugely quiet and refined on the road and the motorway ride is very smooth. However, it’s not so comfy in a few other situations, it doesn’t handle with the same precision or keenness as most of its rivals, and it can’t quite match the best of them for driving range, either.
The fact remains, though, that the EQC does a very solid job in every area, so it’s a good all-rounder. And, if tech is your thing, then it has the wow-factor to steal your heart, and more importantly for Mercedes, your custom. Well worth considering.