Mercedes EQC review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Mercedes has delivered premium levels of comfort for the EQC, although practicality and boot space could be better.
The EQC doesn't offer as much interior space as its key rivals but there are plenty of storage options inside for everyday items and Mercedes has ensured there’s practical on-board tech, such as wireless smartphone charging and a head-up display, to help make journeys that bit smoother.
In terms of keeping the battery topped-up while on the move, the manufacturer provides the ‘Mercedes me Charge’ app, where either the nav system or the smartphone app can show the location, current availability and price of the selected charging station.
Customers can also take advantage of the manufacturer’s tie-up with the BP Pulse network and opt for home installation of a 7kW wallbox for around £900.
The EQC is 4,762mm in length, which is slightly longer than its GLC sibling. Width, not including mirrors, is 1,884mm, with overall height at 1,624mm. The Audi e-tron is quite a bit longer at 4,986mm, while the Jaguar I-Pace is the shortest of the electric trio at 4,682mm.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Space upfront is good and those in the rear seats should have enough legroom. There is an issue with rear headroom, however. Considering the size of the SUV it’s pretty poor, and taller passengers will find their heads touching the roof, which isn’t an issue in the BMW iX3.
Mercedes has clearly attempted to rectify the situation with a cut-out in the headlining that creates extra space above the rear seats, but it’s not enough. Compared to its competitors, the EQC feels darker and more confined in the back.
The EQC has a decent 500-litre boot capacity, although an Audi e-tron offers much more load space with 664 litres, while the iX3 has 510 litres. The boot size increases to a more practical 1,060 litres if you fold the rear seats down.
In this review
- 1Mercedes EQC reviewThe 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 TechnologyThe EQC has a familiar Mercedes family look, but comes with plenty of standard kit and useful tech features.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingMercedes 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.