2020 Mercedes EQC Review Roundup: Posh And Refined Electric SUV Brims With Tech

The first 2020 Mercedes EQC video reviews have started to surface on YouTube and we’ve rounded up six of them to help you make up your mind about the premium electric SUV.

All the videos have been filmed in Norway where Mercedes-Benz has decided to organize the press driving presentation. A fitting venue as that the Scandinavian country is Europe’s No. 1 market for electric vehicles. So how does the EQC fit in what is most likely the best country in the world to own an EV?

Quite well, actually, at least as far as these reviews go. The EQC is a comfortable, luxurious crossover that feels equally at home on the motorway and in the city. It’s also very relaxing to travel in thanks to the cushy ride and silent cabin. Being an SUV, it’s practical as well; however, it has a smaller trunk than rivals and it lacks a frunk.

Also watch: Audi E-Tron Electric SUV Driven; Should You Cancel That Model X Or I-Pace?

Much like Audi with the e-tron, Mercedes-Benz has gone for a conventional look with the EQC. Both the exterior and interior look similar to other Mercedes SUVs that use internal combustion engines. This makes the EQC look familiar and the thinking behind that approach is that it may make the transition easier for buyers.

One thing customers will need time to get accustomed to is waiting for the batteries to recharge. The EQC charges at a maximum rate of 110 kW and while that’s pretty fast it can’t compare with the Tesla Model 3 which can currently charge at up to 250 kW using the latest V3 Superchargers. Then again, there’s no Tesla on the market that can get anywhere near the EQC when it comes to interior quality.

For more on the Mercedes EQC, check out the full reviews in the playlist below.

 

  • TheBelltower

    These vehicles were launched four model years apart, and the Mercedes doesn’t surpass the X in any measurable way. Mercedes had better hope that buyers really really want a conventional interior.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    basically a GLC with a class influenced interior and heavily revamped exterior. Doesn’t look like an independent model at all unlike E-Tron

  • europeon

    I’m not a fan of electric vehicles, quite the opposite, but the EQC looks like the first proper car with an electric power-train.

    All the other modern electric cars, be it Tesla, Jaguar, Nissan and so on, look like unfinished products compared to the Merc.

    • Christian Wimmer

      I would agree with you. But in terms of design I find the Audi e-Tron to be better-looking than the EQC, and I am a Benz guy.

      The thing that bothers me most about electric cars is the terrible range and long charging times. One of these has to improve in order for me to accept it (I do about 30,000 km of driving a year, time is of essence for me) and I think I would rather deal with quick charging than long range but slow charging. But… AFAIK quick charging wears down the battery faster. And this is why as of now EVs don’t interest me at all.

      • europeon

        The design is a subjective thing. I have watched some e-Tron reviews and it didn’t seem so well put together as a complete product, but I guess it’s very close – talking only from what I’ve seen on Youtube videos, haven’t seen either of them with my own eyes.
        As for the rest of the points you make… I’ve never even thought of those, electric vehicles don’t interest me at all.

  • Daniela Wolf

    Model X: outdated and ugly
    EQC: less range and slower charging in comparison to the e-tron.

    A easy decision for me!

    • DanSemering

      I would go with the E-tron just because of the reliability of the Audi

  • TheBelltower

    Not sure where you’re getting your information.

  • TheBelltower

    Thx for this. I’m unable to easily get pricing, but it doesn’t really matter since Mercedes options are going to drive the base cost up significantly while the X only offers a few options. MB also never positions their vehicles as budget alternatives to anything. So it’ll be interesting to see what the transaction price will end up being. The range of the top-spec EQC is comparable to the short range X, while the larger battery size of the X offers about eighty more miles. The X also has much more cargo space, and is available with two extra seats. The X is also offers much better acceleration with any battery option. I’ll agree that there are elements of the EQC that are very nice, but it appears to fall short in a lot of important areas that people care about. In the US, the public charging networks are still pretty feeble and not competitive with the Supercharger network. I’m looking closely at all of these vehicles because after the positive reviews of the iPace, I was surprised at how conventional and underwhelming it was when I drove it. Next up, the eTron and this.

  • Enter Ranting

    Those gauges are a mess. Luckily, because of the glare on the screen, you won’t have to look at them.

  • TheBelltower

    Looking forward to driving them all. While the e Tron may be going after the 5 seater Model X, it’s considerably smaller than the X. Maybe even more aligned with the upcoming Model Y. Frankly, the X is much larger than I generally prefer… I also have an i3 and an S4, which are much more nimble. And because there is no 360 camera system, I’ve curbed both wheels on the passenger side of my X. So I have a feeling these smaller options will suit a lot of people.

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