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Mercedes-Benz EQB Review

  • Seven-seater EV

  • SUV body style with all-wheel drive

  • 205 miles range

  • Good to drive

Mercedes-Benz EQB

Mercedes-Benz EQB Design & Powertrain

The Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 4MATIC has a 66.5 kWh battery and two electric motors producing 228 hp and 370 Nm of torque and giving all-wheel drive.

The SUV body style is relatively compact, yet Mercedes has managed to squeeze in seven seats. The second row of seats slides forwards and backwards to allow access to the third row. There’s a useful 495 litres of boot space with the third row of seats folded, or 1,710 litres with the second row of seats also folded.

The cabin design is similar to that of other Mercedes models, with a wide screen stretching from the driver’s display to the central touchscreen.

 

What is the Mercedes-Benz EQB like to drive?

Seven seaters aren’t renowned for being good to drive, and when you also throw an SUV body style into the mix, things can get even worse. But the Mercedes-Benz EQB is actually good to drive, and the secret behind this is its all-electric powertrain.

The basic key ingredient is the battery being located in the floor, giving a low centre of gravity, which helps to avoid the body roll that seven-seater petrol or diesel SUVs are prone to exhibit when cornering.

The EQB features all-wheel drive thanks to its two electric motors, which provides more grip than would be the case with a two-wheel drive EV.

The EQB also has good responses thanks to the instantly-available torque from the electric motors, and whether the EQB is overtaking at motorway speeds or negotiating a hill, progress is effortless.

In order to achieve low levels of body roll in an SUV, the suspension is often quite firm, but the EQB manages to offer comfortable ride quality.

In normal Mercedes fashion, the gear selector is a stalk on the right-hand side of the steering column, and you can adjust the level of brake regeneration by using steering wheel-mounted paddles.

Mercedes-Benz EQB interior

You can also select from Sport, Comfort, Eco or Individual drive modes using a switch between the front seats, and the same location also offers shortcut buttons and a touchpad for the infotainment system.

The main visual feature on the dashboard is a very wide screen housing the central touchscreen and the driver’s instrument display. Below the touchscreen are physical buttons for the heating and ventilation system.

The driving range is shown in the driver’s instrument display, together with a second figure - for what the range could potentially be extended to with careful driving.

Charging the Mercedes-Benz EQB

The Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 4MATIC has an official WLTP electric driving range of 250-257 miles. The real-world range is likely to be around 215-235 miles.

The EQB can be rapid charged at up to 100 kW, when a 10-80% charge should take 32 minutes. A home wall box should give a 10-100% charge in 5 hours 45 minutes. It can also be charged at up to 11 kW at a workplace.

The Mercedes-Benz EQB price and model range

The EQB 300 4MATIC AMG Line is available from £52,145; the EQB 300 4MATIC AMG Line Premium costs £55,145. There’s an EQB 300 and an EQB 350.

Conclusion

If you want a seven-seater electric car, the Mercedes-Benz EQB is your only choice at the moment (there are van-based seven-seater EVs, and there’s the Tesla Model X, but this isn’t on sale in the UK at the moment).

The EQB also features an SUV body style, and all-wheel drive. The ride quality is comfortable, and there’s the normal levels of response and refinement from the electric powertrain. So overall the Mercedes-Benz EQB is very good - and practical - but the price reflects this.

Choose your EQB

SUVRange 205 miles

Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 4Matic 168kW AMG Line 66.5kWh 5dr Auto

  • £6,469 Initial rental (inc. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
  • £5,391 Initial rental (ex. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£719 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
£599 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)
SUVRange 205 miles

Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 4Matic 168kW AMG Line Launch Ed 66.5kWh 5dr Auto

  • £7,506 Initial rental (inc. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
  • £6,255 Initial rental (ex. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£834 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
£695 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)
SUVRange 205 miles

Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 4Matic 168kW AMG Line Premium 66.5kWh 5dr Auto

  • £6,847 Initial rental (inc. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
  • £5,706 Initial rental (ex. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£761 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
£634 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)
Mercedes-Benz EQB
SUVRange 205 miles

Mercedes-Benz EQB 350 4Matic 215kW AMG Line 66.5kWh 5dr Auto

  • £6,631 Initial rental (inc. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
  • £5,526 Initial rental (ex. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£737 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
£614 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)
SUVRange 205 miles

Mercedes-Benz EQB 350 4Matic 215kW AMG Line Launch Ed 66.5kWh 5dr Auto

  • £7,668 Initial rental (inc. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
  • £6,390 Initial rental (ex. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£852 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
£710 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)
SUVRange 205 miles

Mercedes-Benz EQB 350 4Matic 215kW AMG Line Premium 66.5kWh 5dr Auto

  • £7,020 Initial rental (inc. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
  • £5,850 Initial rental (ex. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£780 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
£650 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)
Mercedes-Benz EQB
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