MERCEDES-BENZ Eqv Estate

EQV 300 150 kW Sport 90 kWh 5dr Auto

MERCEDES-BENZ Eqv Estate - EQV 300 150 kW Sport 90 kWh 5dr Auto

Vehicle Information

List Price
£70,665.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Electric
Fuel Consumption
N MPG
0-62 mph
12.1 secs
Engine Size
0.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
0 g/km
By Line

The Mercedes EQV is the planet-saving People Carrier, a full EV that can carry up to seven folk in real Zero Emissions luxury. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The Mercedes EQV brings full-battery power to the super-large MPV segment. This is the People Carrier of the future, with zero emissions and a 213 mile WLTP-rated range. There are few practical compromises with the battery installation and quality levels are way higher than you'd expect from a van-derived product. It's not inexpensive though.

Background

In a world of electrified Ferraris, Porsches and Aston Martins, you might not think the idea of an electric Mercedes V-Class MPV too significant. We disagree. It's models like this that will help drive a grass-roots change to electric driving, running families and business folk around and, as they do, underlining just why full-battery motion is now completely sustainable option for modern transport. So let's welcome warmly this model, the Mercedes EQV. It's based on the V-Class, which in case you weren't aware, is the Stuttgart brand's super large People Carrier, based almost entirely on its mid-sized Vito van. The recent emergence of an e-Vito variant made the launch of this EQV inevitable and this MPV, like its LCV counterpart, manages to make the switch to full electrification with very few practical compromises. To start with, it's probably going to be quite a rare sight, given the prices start at around £70,000, about £20,000 more than an equivalent combustion-engined V-Class. But with a decent annual mileage, even that premium could make sense for some business operators and forward-thinking families.

Driving Experience

Here, a 100kWh lithium-ion battery develops a 201hp total output with 362Nm of torque and can offer a claimed driving range of up to 213 miles between charges. As with most EVs, the top speed is rather limited - in this case to 98mph. Otherwise, this EQV will be much like any other V-Class to drive. Numerous engineering changes differentiate this Mercedes MPV from the Vito commercial model it's based on, alterations having been made to such things as the spring rates, support bearings, strut towers, dampers, anti-roll bars and bearings to create more car-like standards of ride and handling. Most importantly, standard 'Agility Control' adaptive suspension has been added in, a set-up able to tweak the damping to suit road conditions. It's not enough to make this feel like an S-Class luxury saloon - especially not if you're in a version of this model fitted with the largest 19-inch wheel rim size - but given what the German engineers had to work with, the supple, well-controlled quality of the ride is very commendable. And there's certainly a much lighter, airier feel than you'd get in an S-Class - or any other boardroom-level limo come to that.

Design and Build

Visually, the EQV looks very little different to that of a standard V-Class, the main difference being an EQC-like black front panel in place of the usual front grille. And bespoke 18-inch alloy wheels, as well as gold and blue interior trim accents. This model can be used as a 6, 7 or 8 seater. Only the biggest long wheelbase 'Extra Long' variant is being sold in the UK. It has to be said that the V isn't a bad looking thing for a big box. The headlights are fashionably smeared back and even the slab sides have had some swage lines and shape built into them. You don't buy a V-Class for its sexy styling though. You buy it for its space and solidity. Mercedes has clearly worked at improving the look and feel of the cabin, with fine Nappa leather finishes available and a simple but extremely elegant dashboard that has more than a hint of S-Class about it. In this regard at least, it's like no van you've ever seen before. There are no interior packaging compromises with the battery installation. As standard, you get seven seats - two at the front, a three-person middle bench and two chairs at the rear. Very little effort is required to move the individual seats and the middle bench fore and aft or to position the seats in the quick release seat rails. There's also a standard separately opening rear windscreen which is handy in tight parking spaces.

Market and Model

Expect pricing around £20,000 above what you'd pay for an equivalent combustion-engined V-Class. The figures in question from launch started at just over £70,000 the EQV 300 Sport. There's a premium to pay of just over £2,000 more for Sport Premium trim and the top Sport Premium Plus version from launch was priced at just over £77,000. The EQV features the brand's MBUX infotainment system with EQ-specific features, including important information such as charging current and energy flow. 'Mercedes me Charge' can also be accessed via MBUX which provides access to charging points across Europe without the need for multiple accounts and RFID cards. 'Mercedes me Charge' comprises multiple charging networks, including Polar which is the UK's largest charging network. 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. The Sport model line comes as standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED Multibeam LED headlights, the brand's 'Driving Assistance' safety package. There's also the 'MBUX with Navigation Plus' infotainment system. And a reversing camera, electric sliding doors, an easy-pack powered tailgate, ambient lighting and an eight metre charging cable. For another £2,230, Sport Premium adds a 360-degree camera, a Memory package, an EQV Exterior Design package a 'Table package' and smartphone integration. At £77,145, the range-topping Sport Premium Plus includes a Burmester surround sound system, Airmatic suspension; and 18-inch wheels.

Cost of Ownership

As mentioned earlier, the EQV uses a 100kWh lithium-ion battery that can offer a claimed driving range of up to 213 miles between charges. The length of time those charges take will vary as usual on the type of charging point you visit. With an AC charging 11kW charge point, which is what you'd have with a garage wallbox and is the kind of thing you'd find at most public charging stations, your charging time from empty to full in an EQV would be around 10 hours. Find yourself a fast charging station though, with a DC charging 110kW supply, and your EQV could be charged from 10-80% in just 45 minutes. Should you miss a planned charging stop, an active range monitoring system will activate in your EQV to try and ensure safe completion of your journey. This is assisted by an incorporated 'E+' driving mode, which optimises the vehicle's parameters to maximise the range. Residual values ought to stand up well, as this car pioneers a new market niche, namely that for full-sized People Carrier EVs. Here, you get loads of space, a properly club-class feel and zero emissions. That sort of formula sounds as if it will have legs and the efficiency measures future proof it to a reasonable degree.

Summary

Will the EQV catch on? You might wonder, given the prices being asked here. And the practical charging limitations. Mind you, 500 miles in a day could be achievable with careful lunch break charging from taxi driver and limousine operators. And of course, the further you drive, the bigger the chance you'll be able to recover initial up-front asking price investment, particularly if you regularly drive in the London Congestion Charge or Ultra-low Emission zones. Few would have guessed Mercedes would base its second all-electric model on the humble V-Class, but this is a comprehensively engineered and very forward-thinking product. In a decade or so, a combustion-engined People Carrier of this size will be very rare indeed. And when that happens, we'll look back at the EQV as being the originator of a very significant trend.

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
  • Automatic windscreen wipers with rain sensor
  • Electric rear windows
BRAKES
  • ABS
  • ESP
  • Hill start assist
  • Radar-based recuperation
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
  • Comfort suspension
DRIVER AIDS
  • Acoustic presence indicator
  • Attention assist
  • Cruise control
  • Lane keeping assistant (LKA)
  • PAS
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Easy pack automatic powered tailgate
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • Acoustic ambient protection
  • Live traffic information
  • MBUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio
  • Mercedes Benz emergency call system
  • Mercedes me connect
  • Navigation system plus
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Ambient lighting in door mirrors
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Electric heated/folding door mirrors auto dimming rear view mirror drivers exterior mirror
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Dark anthracite ebony trim
ENGINE
  • Charging system - AC charging system rated at 11kW and 110kW DC charging system
  • Combined charging system CCS-2 connector
  • Top speed limiter - 99 mph (160 km/h)
ENTERTAINMENT
  • 10.25" Digital media screen display
  • 2-way loudspeakers, front and rear
  • Mercedes-Benz sound system
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Anodised roof rails
  • Badge on the wing in high-gloss black with chrome stripes and blue EQV lettering
  • Electric sliding door in both side
  • Separately opening rear window
  • Solid paint
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Highbeam Assist PLUS
  • LED Intelligent Light System
  • LED tail lamps/brake lamps and indicators
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Air conditioning - semi-automatic, TEMPMATIC in rear
  • Electric auxiliary air heater
  • Pre-entry climate control
  • Thermotronic automatic climate control
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12 V outlets for rear seat row, right and left
  • 12 v socket in the load area
  • 2 detachable cup holders, in rear armrests
  • 3 spoke multi-function leather steering wheel
  • Black fabric roof liner
  • Charging cable for wallbox and public charging stations (mode 3) - 8m, 16A
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Illuminated Mercedes benz door sills with Mercedes Benz lettering
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • Lugano leather upholstery
  • Parcel net on driver and front seat backrests
  • Sliding cover to centre console
  • Touchpad
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Ambient lighting
  • Exit lights
PACKS
  • Anti-theft protection package - EQV
  • Driving assistance pack with Active park assist- EQV
  • Parking Package - EQV
SAFETY
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • Child safety locks in passenger compartment doors
  • Driver and front passenger windowbags
  • First aid kit
  • Front passenger airbag
  • Front thorax airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle
SEATS
  • 2 individual rear seats
  • 3 seat rear bench
  • Front and rear headrests
  • Front comfort seats
  • Front seat heating
  • Lumbar support for driver's and front passengers seat
VANITY MIRRORS
  • Illuminated sunvisor with vanity mirror
WHEELS
  • Summer tyres
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 17" 5 twin spoke alloy wheels
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+NOx: N
  • 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: 656
  • Badge Power: 7.4
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: 90kWh
  • Coin Series: Sport
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes: N
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 2
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 204
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 0
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • 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
  • VAT qualifying vehicle - Seek advice from HMRC: 48
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: 10-100
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 12.1
  • BHP: 204
  • Engine Power KW: 150
  • Engine Power RPM: 4500
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 270
  • Engine Torque MKG: 37.3
  • Engine Torque NM: 366
  • Engine Torque RPM: 300
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 98
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Height: 1908
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 5370
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.8
  • Wheelbase: 3430
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1928
  • Width (including mirrors): 2249
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 1410
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3500
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 5010
  • Max. Roof Load: 150
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2635
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Payload: 865
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Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£739.50
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£6,655.50 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£616.25
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£5,546.25 Ex VAT
Contract Term (9 + 47)
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
70,665.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
An Arrangement Fee will be applied. Charges for excess mileage and/or damage may apply at the end of the contract.
Personal lease
£739.50
Initial payment (Inc VAT)
£6,655.50
Business lease
£616.25
Initial payment (Ex VAT)
£5,546.25
Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£739.50
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£6,655.50 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£616.25
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£5,546.25 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
70,665.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Vehicle Information
List Price
£70,665.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Electric
Fuel Consumption
N MPG
0-62 mph
12.1 secs
Engine Size
0.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
0 g/km
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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£739.50
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£6,655.50 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£616.25
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£5,546.25 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC

MERCEDES-BENZ Eqv Estate

EQV 300 150 kW Sport 90 kWh 5dr Auto

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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£739.50
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£6,655.50 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£616.25
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£5,546.25 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC