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.

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Interior, Design and Technology Rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£66,525 to £75,415
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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. The BMW iX feels like a more special place to be.

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.

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