Mercedes’ EQC is latest premium SUV to plug in rather than fill up at pumps

    IT feels like there are more premium SUVs that plug in rather than fill up these days. And here’s another – the Mercedes EQC.

    It goes head to head with the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron, which also start around £65,000 and cover 200-250 miles per charge in real-world driving. The Merc is the only one of the trio that is a re-designed version of an existing SUV, not designed from the ground up to house two electric motors and a 80kWh battery in the floorplan.

    The Mercedes EQC is the latest SUV to plug in rather than fill up
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    The Mercedes EQC is the latest SUV to plug in rather than fill up[/caption]

    But this is a seriously sumptuous car and few will care that it shares some of its gubbins with another Merc.

    What’s more upmarket than a near-silent, 392bhp SUV capable of 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds, dispatched with nonchalant brutality while you adjust your rose-gold airvents?

    Even by the high standards of its electric rivals, the EQC is quiet. There’s no whine from the electric motor and minimal wind and tyre noise.

    This refinement – and impressively cushy ride comfort – makes it clear that the EQC is here to soothe your brow rather than raise your heart rate.

    Being a big SUV (bigger than an Audi Q5, smaller than an Audi Q7), the EQC is a great family motor with a usefully big boot and some underfloor storage for the charging cables.

    Itll cover 200-250 miles per charge in real-world driving
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    It’ll cover 200-250 miles per charge in real-world driving[/caption]

    For all that, it’s worth noting that the Audi e-tron is roomier still, while the Jaguar I-Pace is on another level when it comes to being fun. That makes the EQC “the comfy one”, then.

    So if you don’t mind the rather brash looks and you want to save your money and your posterior, in as plush and as rapid an SUV as most of us could possibly imagine – never mind need – the suave EQC is the electric SUV for you.

    The refinement – and impressively cushy ride comfort – makes it clear that the EQC is here to soothe your brow rather than raise your heart rate
    press photo, do not use for advertising purposes

    The refinement – and impressively cushy ride comfort – makes it clear that the EQC is here to soothe your brow rather than raise your heart rate[/caption]

    The 392bhp EQC SUV is capable of 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds
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    The 392bhp EQC SUV is capable of 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds[/caption]

    KEY FACTS: MERCEDES EQC

    Price: £62,140

    (after £3,500 grant)

    Battery: 80kWh

    0-62mph: 5.1sec

    Top speed: 110mph

    Range: 259 miles

    CO2: 0g/km

    Vicky Parott is the editor of driving electric.com


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