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Brand New Mercedes-Benz EQC 300kW AMG Line 80kWh 5dr Auto

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (max range, ECO, comfort and sport)Easy-pack tailgate
Electronic Power Steering (EPS)EQ navigation services - map (range display), display charging stations, programming of charging settings and pre entry climate control
Hard-disk navigationMercedes Benz emergency call system

Entertainment

DAB Digital radioMBUX multimedia system with widescreen cockpit (2x 10.25" displays with touchpad)
Mercedes benz sound system with 4 mid range speakers, 2 tweeters, 2 Frontbass speakers, 1 centre speaker and 225 W amplifier output 

Exterior Features

Aluminium running boardsAMG brushed stainless steel sports pedals with black rubber studs
AMG specific black panel radiator grille with twin blade design and high gloss black surroundAMG specific front apron with jet wing design, visible air intakes with chrome trim parts and high gloss black inserts and air curtains
AMG specific rear apron with visible air outlets, black diffuser insert and chrome trim elementsBadge on the wing in high gloss black with chrome stripes and blue EQC lettering
Front and rear LED light bandHeat and noise insulating acoustic glass
High gloss black exterior mirror housingMultibeam LED headlights with inner housing and high gloss black tubes/blue stripes, adaptive highbeam assist +, cornering and cross traffic functions
Privacy glass 

Interior Features

12 v socket in the load area3 spoke AMG multifunction sports steering wheel in nappa leather with touch controls and a flattened bottom section with perforated grip area
40:20:40 split folding rear seatsAMG floor mats
AMG sports seatsBlack fabric roof liner
Dashboard in ARTICO man-made leather with metallised look finish and rose gold pipingFront and rear head restraints
Heated front seatsInterior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
Leather upholstery 

Packs

Anti theft protection package - EQCInterior light package - EQC
Keyless go comfort package - EQCMirror package - EQC
Parking package with active park assist with reversing camera - EQCSeat comfort pack - EQC
Stowage package - EQC 

Safety

3 rear seatbelts6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side airbags
ABS 

Technical

3 pin charging cable for household - mode 24MATIC all wheel drive

Trim

Anthracite carbon fibre look trim with high gloss centre console 

Wheels

20" AMG multispoke alloy wheelsSummer tyres
Tirefit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity in kWh80Battery Charge Slow kW2.3
Battery Charge Slow Percentage10-100Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)2445
Battery Charge Fast kW7.4Battery Charge Fast Percentage10-100
Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)660Battery TypeLithium-ion
Coupler/Connector TypeType 2NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles259
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage100000Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years8

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)0Noise Level dB(A)68
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Engine and Drive Train

CC1Gears1 SPEED
TransmissionAUTO 

General

Alternative Fuel QualifyingTrueBadge Engine CC0
Badge Power408Coin Description80kWh
Coin SeriesAMG LINEGeneration Mark1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0750ENCAP Adult Occupant Protection %96
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %90NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %75NCAP Safety Assist %75
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)5.1Engine Power - BHP408
Engine Power - KW300Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Torque - LBS.FT561Engine Torque - MKG77.5
Engine Torque - NM760Top Speed112

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front235/55 R20
Tyre Size Rear255/45 R20Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleAMG MULTI SPOKEWheel Type20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1623Length4761
Wheelbase2873Width1884
Width (including mirrors)2096 

Weight and Capacities

Gross Vehicle Weight2940Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1060
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)500Max. Loading Weight445
Max. Roof Load75Max. Towing Weight - Braked1800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750Minimum Kerbweight2495
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.8
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Mercedes-Benz EQC

The EQC represents Mercedes' first serious foray into the full-EV market. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The Mercedes EQC is a large luxury SUV that's fully electric but it's very much a product typical of the Three Pointed Star. It's extremely class-competitive in terms of things like driving range, cabin practicality and charging time replenishment. And arguably segment leading in terms of interior finish and driving refinement.

Background

As the biggest premium automotive brand in the world, Mercedes has been a little slow off the mark when it comes to full-electric technology. A decade ago, an 'E-Cell' version of the A-Class was piloted with a few buyers; a few years on from that, there was a battery-powered version of the old MK2 model B-Class co-developed with Tesla; and there've been various battery-powered smart models. That's been about it though, for full-EVs from the Three-Pointed Star. Until the launch in the Spring 2018 of this EQC Crossover. It's directly aimed at three arch-rivals, the Audi e-tron, the BMW iX3 and the Jaguar I-PACE. How does it stack up? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

This EQC's 80kWh battery is of slightly lower capacity than the one you'll find in either of its two biggest rivals, the Jaguar I-PACE and the Audi e-tron quattro 55, but it doesn't affect the eagerness of this car's drive dynamics in comparison to these key competitors, thanks to a slightly greater torque output. Because this Mercedes is lighter than the Audi, the EQC can also slightly improve upon that Ingolstadt model's total potential driving range, managing a potential 259 mile WLTP-rated figure that's 10 miles higher. On the move, all electric vehicles are of course very quiet, but this one is particularly silent, Mercedes having taken great trouble to reduce the levels of road and tyre roar that always become more evident at the wheel of any EV. There's plenty to get to grips with if you're to make the most of the EQC driving experience. There are five driving modes ('Comfort', 'Sport', 'Eco', 'Individual' and 'Maximum range'); and five different battery regeneration programs (the latter selectable via paddles behind the steering wheel). There's also an 'auto' regeneration mode that uses the car's speed limit detection, navigation systems and radar cruise control to blend the regenerative braking of the electric motors up and down automatically. Switch to 'Sport' and it's certainly quick, thanks to a 408hp total output and 765Nm of torque. As a result, 62mph from rest occupies just 5.1s, but the top speed is limited to 111mph.

Design and Build

Size-wise, the EQC sits between the Mercedes brand's mid-sized GLC and large GLE SUV models. It shares most with the GLC, though is 100mm longer but, like its main European rivals, can only take two rows of seats. Though the outward styling may be somewhat generic, the car is more recognisable as a Benz when you take a seat within. The brand's usual twin widescreen dashboard displays feature again here. In addition, there are a few fresh design details, some extra ambient lighting features, some eco-orientated trimming materials, plus of course you get a range of EV-specific displays. There's a significantly higher-set driving position than you get in, say, a Jaguar I-PACE, which helps with all-round visibility. And there's the neat MBUX Mercedes infotainment system with its clever "Hey Mercedes" voice-controlled functionality, though it's very far from being infallible. In the rear, it's reasonably spacious, though headroom isn't helped by the raised floor (necessary to accommodate the large battery pack beneath) and what is a relatively low roofline for a family-shaped SUV. There's a 500-litre boot out back, which is reasonably large by class standards, but some way off the 660-litre trunk size of an Audi e-tron. It's easy to fold the 40:20:40-split rear bench.

Market and Model

There's a single 'EQC 400' package on offer at present, but it's available in six different trim packages at prices starting at just under £66,500 and range to just under £80,000. The spec options start at 'Sport' and range through 'AMG Line', 'AMG Line Premium', 'AMG Line Premium Plus' to 'Edition 1' and 'Edition 1886'. Even base 'Sport' models come as standard with Multibeam LED Headlights, 19-inch five-twin-spoke alloy wheels and Active Parking Assist with a reversing camera. Inside, there's a 10.25-inch touchscreen media display and instrument cluster, a Seat Comfort package with electro-pneumatic four-way lumbar support for the front heated chairs, plus you get ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours. Blind Spot Assist and a Keyless-Go Comfort keyless-entry package also feature. The various 'AMG Line' trims add an AMG black panel radiator grille in a twin-blade design, running boards, 20-inch multi-spoke AMG alloy wheels, an AMG front apron in a jet-wing design, plus chrome and high-gloss black-trimmed air inlets high-gloss black. Inside at this level, there are AMG sport seats in leather upholstery, along with carbon fibre trim. Ritzier versions add niceties like a surround view camera system, a wireless charging mat, a powered sliding roof, leather upholstery and a premium Burmester sound system.

Cost of Ownership

Much of the secret when it comes to creating the ideal luxury EV lies in the delicate balance between battery capacity and weight. The EQC's 80kWh battery is larger than that of a BMW iX3 (70kWh) but smaller than that of a Jaguar I-PACE (90kWh) or an Audi e-tron quattro 55 (95kWh). The EQC's WLTP-rated 259 mile operating range compares well to those rivals. Measured under the same WLTP cycle, an iX3 goes 249 miles and an e-tron 55 just 241 miles, though the I-PACE manages a 292 mile reading thanks to its slightly lighter weight. As for the Tesla Model X, well at the time of this test, the most comparably-priced 'Standard range' version of that car could go just 230 miles, but Tesla mostly focuses on the 'Long range' 100kWh versions of this design, which can go up to 315 miles. As usual with an EV, steering wheel paddles help you vary brake energy regenerative harvesting and there's a selectable 'Maximum Range' driving mode too. To further help you maximise distance you can travel on a single charge in this Mercedes, the EQC's MBUX multimedia system has numerous EQ-specific functions, such as range display, charge status and energy flow. EQ-optimised navigation can also be set via MBUX, which bases its calculation on the fastest route taking into account the shortest charging time. It also informs the driver of nearby charging points. When you're charging the car from a typical 7.4kW garage-mounted wallbox, you'll need around 11 hours to fully replenish it from empty.

Summary

It's fortunate for Mercedes that its premium brand rivals have been equally tardy about joining the EV revolution. Can they provide a better large electrically powered luxury SUV than this one? After trying an EQC, you might decide not. It might not be as boldly innovative as, say, a Jaguar I-PACE or a Tesla Model X, but in some ways, it's a more appealing package. After all, you get a nicer cabin than the Jag offers and better build quality than is found in the Tesla. And both of the other two key contenders in this segment (the BMW iX3 and the Audi e-tron) offer a shorter potential operating range. So the EQC looks like a very complete package. It doesn't have the handling prowess of an I-PACE or the streetside wow factor of a Model X but you might think this Merc to be an arguably more complete product than both these two rivals. Just as perhaps you expected it to be.

Performance
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Handling
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Comfort
80%
Space
70%
Styling
60%
Build
80%
Value
60%
Equipment
80%
Economy
90%
Depreciation
60%
Insurance
60%

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Term (months)36
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