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Mercedes EQC - Best electric cars

First Mercedes in EQ line up is the EQC and it sets a good precedent

  • Price: £65,720-£74,310
  • Range: 259 miles
  • Charging time: 12h 45 min (wallbox), 40 min (10-80%, 110kW)
  • Rating: 4/5

In a similar situation to Audi, Mercedes was desperate to get a pure-electric model to market – and the EQC is the result. Eventually there will be a full range of bespoke electric EQ Mercedes, but in this case, the first model to wear the badge is an SUV that shares much with the mid-sized GLC range.

At the heart of the EQC is an 80kWh battery pack, which gives the car a range just shy of 260 miles; a clue that this car isn’t exactly light. However, there’s plenty of power and torque on tap to shift the bulk, with two motors – one on each axle – delivering a combined 403bhp and a whopping 760Nm of torque.

Performance is more than acceptable as a result, but the EQC isn’t the largest SUV on the market, so while the boot will be sufficient for most families’ needs, four adults won’t be entirely comfortable on a long journey. Some rivals offer faster charging, too.

As Mercedes’ first EV, the EQC is an accomplished effort, rather than a groundbreaking one.

Best electric cars to buy 2020

  1. Tesla Model 3
  2. Kia e-Niro
  3. Jaguar I-Pace
  4. Kia Soul EV
  5. Hyundai Kona Electric
  6. Renault Zoe
  7. Polestar 2
  8. Tesla Model S
  9. Peugeot e-208
  10. Mercedes EQC

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