Mercedes has made progress with electric drive. After a false start with an electric class B that could not charge faster than 22 kW, the EQC and now there is EQA, EQB, EQC, EQE, the EQS and EQV is for sale. EQE and EQS are the only two models built on a specially developed electric platform, all the others are retrofits: cars that have been developed with a petrol engine and have been further developed to focus on the battery and electric motor. The same applies to the EQB that we are now running.
There are currently three types of EQB on sale: 250, 300 and 350. They cost 56,000, 64,000 and 67,000 euros respectively. Before you dive into the candy cane of options, then. We got the middle version, the 300 4matic. The 250 has the longest range; actual about 345 km, four-wheel drive and extra power will cost you 15 km of range. I don’t really understand where the numbers in the name come from, but the 250 produces 190 hp, the 300 produces 228 hp and the 350 no less than 292 hp.
You can charge the battery 66.5 kWh at an acceptable speed: 11 kW max on the street and 113 kW on the highway. Neat.
It’s tight at the back
The special thing about the EQB is that it has seven seats. Or actually the 5 + 2 seat type. It’s tight in the back, but with a few kids under 12 it’s possible. They should bring their luggage to school, because this is an SUV, not a bus.
EQB is based on CAP. Personally, I don’t always find the ‘alphabet soup’ from Mercedes easy to distinguish. But that G stands for Gelände and that means you’re dealing with an SUV. The last letter says something about size. So the B is bigger than the A and smaller than the C. Inside, the EQB feels more spacious than the EQC. That’s not a seven seater either. The whole model seems to stand more upright and that gives a sense of space.
As we’re used to from recent Mercs, the instrumentation is impressive. Nice buttons on the steering wheel, conveniently arranged, with a large screen behind the steering wheel and on the center console, and unlimited customization options.
It always takes me weeks to find everything, but when I did, I also put everything according to my personal preferences.
The EQB’s competitors are the Audi Q4 e-tron, BMW iX3, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Tesla Model Y and Recharging the Volvo XC40. If you want to load fast, take one of the Koreans or the Tesla Model Y. If you want luxury, go between the Germans, the Swedes and this one.
But if you want electric seats with six or seven, there aren’t many other options. The Tesla Model Y is more expensive and if you’re considering a Merc, your second choice probably isn’t the Citroën e-Berlingo.