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MERCEDES-BENZ Eqc Estate

EQC 400 300kW AMG Line 80kWh 5dr Auto
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Vehicle Information
List Price
£67,715.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Electric
Fuel Consumption
N MPG
0-62 mph
5.1 secs
Engine Size
0.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
0 g/km
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Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
BODY GLASS
  • Heat and noise insulating acoustic glass
  • Privacy glass
BRAKES
  • ABS
  • Active brake assist
  • Radar-based recuperation
CARPETS/RUGS
  • AMG floor mats
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
  • Comfort suspension with self levelling rear air suspension
COMMUNICATION
  • Hard-disk navigation
DRIVER AIDS
  • Active lane departure warning system
  • Blind spot assist
  • Cruise control
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (max range, ECO, comfort and sport)
  • Electronic Power Steering (EPS)
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Easy-pack tailgate
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • Acoustic ambient protection
  • EQ navigation services - map (range display), display charging stations, programming of charging settings and pre entry climate control
  • Mercedes Benz emergency call system
  • Mercedes me connect
  • Traffic sign assist
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • High gloss black exterior mirror housing
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Anthracite carbon fibre look trim with high gloss centre console
ENGINE
  • Charging cable for wall box and public charging station - Type 2(mode 3) 5m
  • Charging system - AC charging system rated at 7.4kW and 110kW DC charging system
  • Combined charging system CCS-2 connector
ENTERTAINMENT
  • DAB Digital radio
  • MBUX multimedia system with 10.25" instrument and 10.25" media display with touchscreen
  • Mercedes benz sound system with 4 mid range speakers, 2 tweeters, 2 Frontbass speakers, 1 centre speaker and 225 W amplifier output
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Aluminium running boards
  • AMG brushed stainless steel sports pedals with black rubber studs
  • AMG specific black panel radiator grille with twin blade design and high gloss black surround
  • AMG specific rear apron with visible air outlets, black diffuser insert and chrome trim elements
  • Badge on the wing in high gloss black with chrome stripes and blue EQC lettering
  • Solid paint
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Front and rear LED light band
  • Multibeam LED headlights with inner housing and high gloss black tubes/blue stripes, adaptive highbeam assist , cornering and cross traffic functions
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12 v socket in the load area
  • 3 spoke AMG multifunction sports steering wheel in nappa leather with chrome control panels and flattened bottom section with perforated grip area
  • Black fabric roof liner
  • Charging socket
  • Dashboard in ARTICO man-made leather with metallised look finish and rose gold piping
  • Leather upholstery
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
PACKS
  • Interior light package - EQC
  • Keyless go comfort package - EQC
  • Mirror package with heated door mirror - EQC
  • Parking package with active park assist with reversing camera - EQC
  • Seat comfort pack - EQC
  • Stowage package - EQC
SAFETY
  • 3 rear seatbelts
  • 6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side airbags
SEATS
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • AMG sports seats
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
SECURITY
  • Urban guard vehicle protection
TRANSMISSION
  • 4MATIC all wheel drive
WHEELS
  • Summer tyres
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 20" AMG multispoke wheels painted black with high sheen finish
WHEELS - SPARE
  • Tirefit
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
  • CO: N
  • CO2: 0
  • HC: 50E
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): 68
  • NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N
  • Bore: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • CC: 1
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Cylinders: N
  • Engine Codes: N
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Fuel Type: N
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Stroke: N
  • Valve gear: N
  • EC: N
  • EC Combined: N
  • EC Extra Urban: N
  • EC Urban: N
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Badge Engine CC: 2445
  • Badge Power: 2.3
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: 80kWh
  • Coin Series: AMG LINE
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes: N
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 2
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 75
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 5
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 408
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 0
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 96
  • Service Interval Mileage: N
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 75
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 90
  • VAT qualifying vehicle - Seek advice from HMRC: 660
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: 10-100
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 5.1
  • BHP: 408
  • Engine Power KW: 300
  • Engine Power RPM: 4100
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 561
  • Engine Torque MKG: 77.5
  • Engine Torque NM: 760
  • Engine Torque RPM: 2000
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 112
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/55 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/45 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: AMG MULTI SPOKE
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Height: 1622
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4774
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.8
  • Wheelbase: 2873
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1884
  • Width (including mirrors): 2096
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 500
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2940
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 1460
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2495
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 445
By Line

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.

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Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Electric
Fuel Consumption
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0-62 mph
5.1 secs
Engine Size
0.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
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Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
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MERCEDES-BENZ Eqc Estate

EQC 400 300kW AMG Line 80kWh 5dr Auto

MERCEDES-BENZ EQC ESTATE
Your Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£601.66
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£5,414.90 inc VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
8000 miles
Maintenance
Not included
List Price
67,715.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC