Mercedes EQC review - Interior, design and technology
The EQC has a familiar Mercedes family look, but comes with plenty of standard kit and useful tech features.
The EQC sits on a reworked version of Mercedes’ GLC platform, and there’s more than a hint of the family relationship when you view the two side-by-side.
Inside, the cabin of the EQC is equally familiar, with the latest dual-screen infotainment and digital dial displays from Mercedes, along with a centre console and switchgear taken straight from the GLC.
Consequently, the interior of the EQC feels a bit conventional when compared to the electric SUV competition. There’s some redesigned air-vents, copper-coloured accents and a decorative panel of louvred lines running behind the dash, but that’s about it.
Standard equipment is good, with the entry-level Sport model including 19-inch alloys, LED headlights, rear privacy glass and a keyless entry and start function. Other highlights include two 10.25-inch display screens, heated seats and Artico man-made leather upholstery.
Moving up to the AMG Line versions brings 20-inch wheels, AMG-specific exterior trim and sports seats, while upgrading further to Premium and Premium Plus cars adds a further inch to the wheel size, a sliding sunroof, a Burmester premium audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration and a head-up display among a host of other tech enhancements.
Sat-nav, stereo, infotainment
As ever, the infotainment presents a bit of a missed opportunity. The MBUX system is pinpoint sharp, feature packed and loads rapidly, but it’s a complex system to navigate – you may find yourself relying on the ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice control functions more often than you’d imagine.
The top-spec Premium Plus models include the MBUX Interior Assistant feature, which is able to detect and interpret your hand and arm movements so that you can activate selected functions more easily. The system is also capable of distinguishing between the driver and front passenger to help with more precise controls.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Mercedes EQC luxury SUV delivers good electric range and superb levels of comfort and refinement, but it’s expensive and a little uninspiring to drive.
- 2Engines, performance and drivePlenty of power and usable electric range add to the Mercedes EQC’s luxury SUV appeal.
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running costsOnce you’re past the steep asking price and insurance costs, the EQC provides a practical range and all the usual benefits of a zero-emissions vehicle.
- 4Interior, Design and Technology - currently readingThe EQC has a familiar Mercedes family look, but comes with plenty of standard kit and useful tech features.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceMercedes has delivered premium levels of comfort for the EQC, although practicality and boot space could be better.
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe EQC offers excellent safety credentials, while reliability shouldn’t be an issue.