German manufacturer, Mercedes, were slow off the mark in producing any all-electric vehicles. Finally, they’re catching up and adding a pure electric model for nearly all of their conventional models. Here at EVision Electric Vehicles, we love the Mercedes EVs! We already have the EQC and EQV models available, but now we’re adding another. Our customers can now hire a Mercedes EQB here.
Mercedes are known for their high-quality vehicles, and their electric range is no exception. The Mercedes EQB is a luxury, small-ish, seven-seater SUV. It almost resembles a scaled down G-Wagon without the front grille.
Being built on the same platform as Mercedes’ conventional GLB models, you’d expect the pricing to be similar… Well, think again! The Mercedes GLB starts from roughly £37,000, whereas the Mercedes EQB is just slightly more expensive at £53,000. Of course, you are paying for an electric motor and battery, which are generally more expensive than conventional vehicles.
Also, the Mercedes EQB has one of the best interiors and technology to date. It even gives Tesla a run for its money. Overall, the Mercedes EQB is one brilliant electric vehicle. But don’t take our word for it, hire a Mercedes EQB and keep reading to learn more!
Performance, range and charging
Electric seven-seaters are still few and far between, but the Mercedes EQB does a great job of transporting the entire family in comfort.The EQB is dripping with premium appeal, and while some of you might like more range and a more affordable entry model, it is by far one of Merc’s best electric vehicles to date.
Let’s get into some specs! At the moment, there are two models to choose from; the EQB 300 and the EQB 350. Both of which have a 66.5kWh battery, and offer around 260 miles of range on a full charge. They also both have two electric motors providing 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
The only real difference is with acceleration. The EQB 300 has 225bph, and therefore does 0-60mph in 7.7 seconds. Whereas, the EQB 350 model cuts that to 6 seconds with 288bph. Other than that, the models are almost identical inside and out.
The acceleration and range on the Mercedes EQB are pretty good for an electric SUV. However, the (much more affordable) Volkswagen ID.4 does outperform the EQB with over 300 miles of range.
In terms of charging, the EQB is class-leading. The Mercedes EQB has a 100kW maximum rapid charge rate, meaning you can top up to 80% in just 32 minutes. Charging at home with a 7kW wallbox takes roughly 11 hours, but those with three-phase electrics can cut that to 5 hours and 45 minutes.
Handling in the EQB is best described as safe and secure, rather than fun or exciting. But, that isn’t really a bad thing, nor is it the fault of the EQB itself. Electric SUVs certainly aren’t known for their dynamic, engaging handling. That being said, the torque is more than enough to put a smile on your face.
Refinement on the whole is great! But one brilliant feature is the EQB’s regenerative brakes. While these come on all electric models, they seem to be really effective in the EQB. In their strongest setting, you can bring the car to a stop by lifting off the accelerator. Meanwhile, a coasting mode makes for simple and efficient motorway driving.
Technology and infotainment
It’s likely that the main reason you’ll be considering the Mercedes EQB is due to the fact that it has seven seats. At the moment, you’ll be lucky to have a wide choice of all-electric seven-seater cars. While the Tesla Model X and Mercedes EQV spring to mind, there aren’t many others.
As the Mercedes EQB is built on the same platform as the GLB, you can imagine how gorgeous the interior is. In all honesty, it is almost identical to the GLB interior – which is arguably one of the best on the market.
Inside, you’ll find the same 10-inch infotainment screen as the GLB range. This is a large, horizontal screen, but doesn’t feel too overpowering in the car. The technology is brilliant with crisp graphics. You can use the infotainment screen via touchscreen, voice activation or by using the touchpad. There’s also plenty of buttons on the steering wheel which control your basic features.
You will have to level up to a pricer model to enjoy features such as keyless entry and a glass panoramic roof. However, we think the standard models come with more than enough, including 18-inch wheels, LED lights and 64 colour ambient lighting.
Space and convenience
In terms of space and comfort, you’re getting a lot of both in the EQB. Despite being a smaller SUV, the EQB surprisingly has a lot of space in the second row of seats. These give more than enough head and legroom for adults. Given, the rear two seats are not as spacious.
The additional two seats are definitely built for children and adults would find them uncomfy. There’s ISOFIX points in the two rear seats and the whole second row, meaning you can travel in safety.
Of course, if you are making regular use of all seven seats, you aren’t left with much boot space. When you fold down the two furthest seats, things dramatically improve, with the EQB now offering 465 litres. Need more space? Fold down the second row of seats as well to enjoy 1,710 litres of space.
Hire a Mercedes EQB today!
Are you ready to hire a Mercedes EQB?! Here at EVision, we have some brilliant rental deals on Mercedes’ electric models, including the EQB, EQC and EQV. Hire today here to see what all the fuss is about!
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* All information correct as of 30/03/2022.