Mercedes EQC 400 4MATIC – Electric Car Review

Overview – Mercedes EQC 400 4MATIC

The Mercedes EQC 400 4MATIC is the first all-electric vehicle from the German manufacturer and is a compact luxury SUV. It was first introduced in 2019 and has become one of the most comprehensive EV lineups currently available on the market. In this review, we discuss the powertrain, performance, interior comfort, cargo dimensions, infotainment, tech, safety features and warranty information with our final thoughts.

Mercedes EQC is available only in Europe and not the US due to consumer differences and strategic reasons

The Mercedes EQC is an upmarket electric car that has a spacious and well-built cabin and is very comfortable to drive. It was released in 2019 as a way to compete with other electric SUVs on the market such as the Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace, and Tesla Model X.

Mercedes EQC 400 4MATIC – Energy And Carbon Efficiency

The Mercedes EQC 400 4MATIC has a fairly high carbon emissions figure of 121 gCO2/mi (75 gCO2/km). This is higher than the Ford Mustang Mach-E SR AWD, BMW i7 xDrive60, and Jaguar I-Pace EV400, and much higher than the Volkswagen ID5 and Hyundai IONIQ 6. This means that the EQC 400 4MATIC is not going to be the top choice for eco-conscious drivers looking for a vehicle with a lower impact on the environment. The EQC 400 4MATIC also has a range of up to 286 miles on a single charge, so it is a good option for long-distance travel.

EV Engine, Power and Performance

The Mercedes EQC 400 is equipped with dual electric motors, one each for front and back axles, and has a combined output of 408 horsepower and 560 pound-feet (760 Nm). It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and has an electronically-limited top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h).

The 80 kWh battery alone weighs 1,433 pounds (650 kg) and the EQC has a range of 280 miles (450 km) according to the WLTP standard. It can be charged from 10 to 80 percent battery charge in 40 minutes with DC fast charging. The average energy consumption is rated at 34.3 kWh per 100 miles.

Interior Comfort and Cargo Dimensions, Boot Space

The interior is spacious and comfortable, with ample room in both the first and second-row seats. Our test car had a black leather interior with soft-touch materials. The boot space / cargo area has a minimum luggage space of 17.7 cubic feet (500 liters) and can increase to 51.6 cubic feet (1,460 liters) once the rear seats fold down. The boot has a large load opening, a low load lip, and storage under the floor.

The Mercedes EQC’s driver’s seat is electrically adjustable, with adjustable thigh support and four-way lumbar adjustment. The back seat also has plenty of headroom and knee room.

Infotainment, Tech and Connectivity

The Mercedes EQC features a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen. It also comes with a variety of physical buttons. Most functions are accessible through the touchscreen or the touchpad controller in between the front seats. It includes a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the car for easier parking and the Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) produces a subtle sound to let others know it’s coming.

The system is powered by Mercedes’ MBUX operating system and is voice activated with the “Hey Mercedes” feature. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available.

Safety Features

The Mercedes EQC is equipped with driver-assistance features such as Active Parking Assistance, Blind Spot Assist, Active Brake Assist, and Active Lane Keeping Assist. It also has five drive modes – Comfort (default), Sport, Eco, Maximum Range, and Individual.

The Mercedes EQC was awarded five stars by Euro NCAP in 2019, with scores of 96% for adult protection and 90% for child occupant protection. Standard safety kit includes automatic emergency braking, tow-away protection, an interior motion sensor, and a three-year vehicle tracking subscription.

Mercedes EQC400 view from rear

Warranty Information

The Mercedes EQC comes with a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty, while the battery is covered for 100,000 miles or eight years.

Final Thoughts – Mercedes EQC 400 4MATIC

The Mercedes EQC is an impressive electric SUV that offers a familiar luxurious package with relatively sporty manners, and the inherent advantages of electric propulsion. It is a stylish and comfortable electric SUV that has a good range and is well-equipped with modern tech, offering plenty of interior space and cargo capacity. The starting price of the EQC is $67,900, but it can reach up to $100,000 depending on the options chosen. It is cheaper than the Audi e-tron and offers a more traditional Mercedes feel than the BMW iX, although the BMW has the most range.

Technical Specifications

Basic Information
Make  Mercedes
Model  EQC 400 4MATIC
Car Body  SUV
Number Of Seats5
Estimated Energy Efficiency
Efficiency (mi/kWh)3.2 mi/kWh
Efficiency (km/kWh)5.1 km/kWh
Horsepower402 HP (408 PS)
Acceleration 0-100 km/h    5 seconds
Towing Weight  1700 lbs (750 kg)
Charge PortType 2
Charge Time8h45m
Fast Charge Power Max  112 kW DC
Fast Charge Time  35 min
Adult Safety Rating96%
Child Safety Rating90%
Available CountriesUnited Kingdom,The Netherlands,Germany
Date Of Availability  Since November 2020
Estimated Price    £72,335
Estimated Carbon Efficiency (Grid/Country Dependent)
USA121 gCO2/mi (75 gCO2/km)
Iceland10 gCO2/mi (6 gCO2/km)
Canada27 gCO2/mi (27 gCO2/km)
France33 gCO2/mi (20 gCO2/km)
Efficient Gas Car272 g CO2/mi (170 g CO2/km)
Size (kWh)80.0 kWh
Voltage (V)350 V
WLTP Range (km)411
Car Length187 inches (4762 mm)
Car Width74 inches (1884 mm)
Car Height64 inches (1624 mm)
Cargo (Trunk or Boot) Volume18 cu ft (500 L)
Frunk Volume0 cu ft (0 L)
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