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2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Karan Harit Content Writer Updated on: December 3, 2019


With the wave of electric vehicles coming to the US in the near future, it is about time that Mercedes got onboard the wagon. Not a concept or limited-production special edition, the EQC is the first of the fully electric vehicles that will see regular production by Mercedes-Benz. Based on the revered GLC-Class, the EQC 400 4Matic paves the way for one of the most opulent all-electric SUVs to enter the US market.

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Pros

Quieter and more luxurious than any GLC-Class

Very nimble for its size

Cutting-edge infotainment and safety features

Good driving range

Cons

Limited off-road capability

Low cargo volume

Exterior design is a bit bland

What's New?

The Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV comes brand new for 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$67900

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

horsepower

402 hp

torque

561 lbs.-ft.

chassis

suspension front

4-wheel independent double-wishbone front

suspension rear

multilink rear with selective damping

dimensions

wheelbase

113.1 in.

length

187.5 in.

width

82.5 in.

height

63.9 in.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/33 mpg


Pictures

Exterior
 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Rear View Mirror  2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 3 Quarter View  2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Left Side View  2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 3 Quarter View  2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Front View
Interior
 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC interior  2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Cargo Area  2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Rear Seats  2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Front Seats  2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Cockpit Area

Styles

 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC in Alpine White color
Alpine White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Base

Base

power
402
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$67,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr 4MATIC SUV AWD (electric) Starting at $67,900 MSRP TBD 402, Electric,
Single-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review


Not only does the EQC excel the GLC for honing more advanced technology but its performance and ride quality improves as well. Gone are the gas-guzzling V6 and V8 powertrains, replaced by a set of clean and silent electric motors that improve upon the acceleration as well as power efficiency. While the outside of the car has subtle hints of change here and there, the inside is much more elegant and futuristic. With an MSRP starting at $67,900 the Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 might be the best deal for an EV.

However, there are several competitors that may hinder its foothold. Tesla has been in the game long enough to get its own Model X SUV going. While it may not compare with the Merc in terms of quality, it is certainly a contender in the matter of technology. As far as ride quality is concerned, the Audi e-Tron and Jaguar I-Pace give the EQC 400 some stiff competition. With so many fronts being challenged, it will be interesting to see how the EQC holds up when it goes on sale early in 2020.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV Front View
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV Front View
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV Rear View
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV Rear View

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Features

The Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 comes in three different trim levels. Though several packages go as optional, Mercedes has been kind enough to include most of them as part of Design Options. This means you won’t have to spend hours browsing through the features list ticking exactly what features you want. Instead, spend time customizing color schemes and panel finishes. All trims share the same drivetrain and battery pack, along with a state-of-the-art electric 4Matic AWD system. While most Mercedes-Benz vehicles skyrocket in price as you go up the trim level, the EQC seems consistent with its price across the trims.

Trim Progressive Premium Advanced
MSRP $67,900 $72,270 $76,620
Key Features 80 kWh Li-ion Battery Pack AMG Line Exterior Package Driver Assistance Package
  3-Phase Asynchronous Dual Motors with Intelligent 4Matic AWD Surround-View Camera >Heated and Ventilated Front Seats with Memory
  MBUX Infotainment System Aluminum Running Boards AMG Line Interior Package
  Dual 10.25-inch Touchscreens with Voice Control Wireless Phone Charging with NFC Pairing Pre-Safe Plus Package
  Nappa Leather upholstery   Route-Based Speed Adaptation
  19-inch Twin 5-spoke Aero Wheels    

What would we recommend?

The Progressive trim is the best value for money. It gives you most of the standard features and doesn’t feel lackluster in any aspect. You would be wise opting for the Driver Assistance package, though.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Engine

Two 150-kW 3-phase Asynchronous electric motors on each axle make up the powertrain for the Mercedes-Benz EQC. The power delivery is managed by an upgraded version of Mercedes’ 4Matic AWD system. There is only a single gear, so you don’t have to worry about shifts. The motors produce a combined output of 402 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque, all of it available as soon as you put your foot to the pedal.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV Engine
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC produce a combined output of 402 horsepower

The AWD system continuously monitors the driving habits and conditions, fine-tuning the power to the front and rear wheels so as to provide maximum stability. The EQC also uses a Torque Vectoring system that balances the power between right and left wheels to counteract understeer.

Models

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4matic

Tesla Model X Standard AWD

Audi e-Tron Premium Plus

Jaguar I-Pace S AWD

MSRP

$67,900

$84,990

$74,800

$69,500

Engine

Dual 3-Phase Asynchronous Motors

Dual Electric Motors

Dual Coaxial Asynchronous Electric Motor

Dual Electric Motors

Transmission

Single-Speed Automatic

Single-Speed Automatic

Single-Speed Automatic

Concentric SIngle-Speed Automatic

Drive

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Power output(hp)

402

518

402

394

Torque(lb-ft)

561

N/A

490

512

While the power figures are certainly impressive, they don’t exceed the all-electric benchmark for SUVs set by the Tesla Model X. While it may lag in power, the Jaguar I-Pace uses its power more efficiently thanks to its unique transmission system. But then again, you wouldn’t brag about power figures with the EQC anyway, since it exceeds all other EV SUVs in terms of range.

Does it have a lively acceleration?

With so much power going to the wheels, you might be expecting a breakneck rush as soon as you mash the accelerator. Thankfully, that is not the case. It is very difficult to get wheelspin out of the EQC since the AWD system delivers a pleasant and quiet start. The Mercedes-Benz EQC takes a leisurely 4.9 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill. It may be faster than a regular GLC 300 but never feels like it. Although it is fast enough to overtake most traffic, its top speed is limited to 112 mph. And if we’re being honest, you will never need more than that if you’re going for an electric SUV.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV Acceleration
Mercedes-Benz EQC takes a leisurely 4.9 seconds to reach 60 mph

Model

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4matic

Tesla Model X Standard AWD

Audi e-Tron Premium Plus

Jaguar I-Pace S AWD

0-60 mph

4.9 sec

4.4 sec

5.5 sec

4.0 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

13.8 sec

14.1 sec

12.6 sec

Engine

Dual 3-Phase Asynchronous Motors

Dual Electric Motors

Dual Coaxial Asynchronous Electric Motor

Dual Electric Motors

Emissions(Tons/yr of CO2 at 15k mi/yr)

0

0

0

0

Since it is a new entry in the US market, you get a lot of tax returns from the EPA as compared to a Jaguar I-Pace or a Tesla Model X. Still, you are buying a slower car. The Tesla Model X is famed for holding records for its class. While the Performance trim does a 0-60 run in 2.7 seconds, the Standard doesn’t fall too far. The I-Pace has a more efficient concentric transmission system that lets it gain the edge despite possessing less power.

How well do the brakes work?

Large 14.1-inch electromagnetic disc brakes sit behind the wheels of the Mercedes-Benz EQC. These are perforated and internally ventilated to help dissipate the heat caused due to repeated braking, The EQC also features a regenerative system that stores the kinetic energy lost during braking back into the battery. The paddles behind the steering wheel are for adjusting the degree of regen. At the highest setting, you can effectively drive the car with just the accelerator pedal. The system can also be made to take over, providing maximum regen or braking power depending on the driving conditions.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV Braking
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC has 14.1-inch electromagnetic disc brakes

Model

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4matic

Tesla Model X Standard AWD

Audi e-Tron Premium Plus

Jaguar I-Pace S AWD

Front Brakes(in.)

14.1

14.0

15.7

13.8

Rear Brakes(in.)

14.1

14.4

13.8

12.8

Curb Weight(lbs)

N/A

5307

5476

4784

60-0 mph(ft.)

106

128

112

Though Mercedes-Benz has not officially released the curb weight, the EQC will certainly weigh more than the GLC 300 owing to its 1437-lb battery pack. The Tesla Model X leads the pack with stopping within 106 feet, bringing it more towards the supercar territory than an electric SUV. While the Jaguar I-Pace holds good due to its lighter body, the Audie-Tron makes do with a regular gas SUV-Esque braking performance.

What is the ride and handling like?

All-electric SUVs are expected to be quiet, but the Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 is something of a monk even in its class. Even if you’re pushing the car hard around turns, it the hum of the motors and tire noise is all that fills the cabin. There is a drive selector switch that lets you select one of five driving modes, depending on if you want more power or range. The fifth mode is customizable to perfectly suit your driving needs.

For its size and weight, the EQC is surprisingly agile. The steering is very responsive, keeping the car facing the exact direction you want it to go. There is next to no body roll around corners and the selective damping system ensures a smooth ride over any tarmac. The rear air suspension optimizes the EQC’s ride height depending on driving conditions and loaded weight. Therefore, you get the minimum deviation in driving dynamics even if you fill the back with a lot of heavy cargo.

How good is it off-road?

The Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 is a luxury SUV, so you might want to think twice about taking it off road. The selective damping system may perform well for bumpy roads, not so much for rocky or muddy conditions. The large 19-inch wheels mean the ride would be absolutely punishing on rough terrain, and good luck with your neck if you go wandering through a trail with the bigger 20-inch wheels.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Fuel Economy

Daimler AG has been handed the responsibility for producing all batteries that will be fitted for production EVs for Mercedes-Benz. For what the EQC is equipped with, it certainly looks like the future won’t be disappointing. The 80 kWh Li-ion battery pack offers the EQC a maximum driving range of 279 miles, which is something unheard of in this segment. Though the official eMPG figures are not in yet, we are sure it will be in the upper 90s. The battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent within 40 minutes from a DC fast charger. That time extends to 10 hours from a 240V Level 2 regular household or public charger.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV Fuel Tank
2020 Mercede-Benz EQC's battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent within 40 minutes from a DC fast charger

 

Model

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4matic

Tesla Model X Standard AWD

Audi e-Tron Premium Plus

Jaguar I-Pace S AWD

eMPG(City)

TBD

94

74

80

eMPG(Highway)

TBD

90

73

72

eMPG(Combined)

TBD

92

74

76

Maximum Range(miles)

279

257

204

234

Tesla has quite a monopoly when it comes to range and fast-charging stations. Even the Standard offers a driving range of 257 miles, which is extended to 354 miles in the Long Distance trims. Still, the EQC at least does better than both the Audi e-Tron and the Jaguar I-Pace. The latter takes about 12 hours to charge for a 30-mile driving range from a domestic outlet.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Interior

As with any other Merc SUV, the EQC takes special care of its occupants. The front seats are 12-way power-adjustable with 3 memory settings. The Advanced trim grants you multi-level heating and ventilation for both front and rear passengers. While the cabin looks toned down from any other Merc, it gives you the space to appreciate the outstanding leather or Alcantara upholstery on the panels and dashboard. With the AMG Interior package, you get aluminum pedals and metal finish around the dash, with all-season floor mats that perfectly suit your preferred color palette.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV Interior
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC front seats are 12-way power-adjustable with 3 memory settings

Some additional touches include a 64-shade ambient interior lighting system that sets the mood best suited for the drive ahead. The blue illuminated ‘EQC’ logos further add to the ambiance. The visibility is decent from inside the cabin. The few blind spots that persist can be easily taken care of with an array of cameras and ultrasonic sensors around the car.

Model

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4matic

Tesla Model X Standard AWD

Audi e-Tron Premium Plus

Jaguar I-Pace S AWD

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Room(Head/Shoulder/Leg)(in.)

41.4/57.2/40.8

41.7/60.7/41.2

39.8/58.6/40.8

39.9/57.6/40.9

Rear Room(Head/Shoulder/Leg)(in.)

38.6/56.5/37.2

40.9/56.8/38.4

38.6/57.2/39.1

38.1/54.6/35.0

What about the Infotainment?

The Mercedes-Benz EQC has the most advanced infotainment system ever seen in a Merc. You can’t go wrong comparing it with the one on its Tesla rival. The system consists of dual 10.25-inch touchscreens that support input through voice or a COMAND touchpad on the console. No matter how you choose to interact with it, the response is swift and accurate. The screens support multitasking and it is very easy to get used to the interface. Just say “Hey, Mercedes” followed by what you want and the system does exactly that. Just like JARVIS, the system is consistent with natural speech recognition.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV Infotainment
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC has the most advanced infotainment system

For the sound system, there is a single option courtesy of Burmester. Known for their high-end audio expertise, they don’t leave anything out on the EQC, either. The surround sound system within this electric SUV boasts 13 speakers and a 590-Watt 9-channel amplifier. It fills the cabin with the most natural sound, regardless of the music genre, whilst compensating for ambient noise.

Some other notable infotainment features include:

  • Hands-Free Bluetooth Interface
  •  5 USB Ports
  • MB Navigation complimentary for the first 3 years
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration
  • AM/FM/HD Radio
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Inductive Wireless Charging with NFC Pairing

Can it carry some cargo?

Unlike most other EVs in its segment, there is not a hood storage compartment in the front of the EQC. Even the trunk feels a lot smaller than what you would find in regular SUVs. A cargo volume of 18.6 cubic feet might let you take home groceries but feel inadequate if you’re planning a family camping trip. Nevertheless, the 2nd-row seats can be folded down 60/40 to provide for 88 cubic feet of storage in the back.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC's cargo volume of 18.6 cubic feet

Model

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4matic

Tesla Model X Standard AWD

Audi e-Tron Premium Plus

Jaguar I-Pace S AWD

Cargo Volume(ft.3)

18.6

25.2

28.5

25.3

Towing Capacity(lbs.)

3968

4960

3996

1653

With a powerful electric motor, you can tow a lot of weight in the back of the EQC. With a maximum towing capacity of 3968 lbs, this Merc can easily transport a caravan, though a motorhome is out of the question. While the Mercedes-Benz EQC might not lead the segment with its towing capacity, it is a much better alternative to the Jaguar I-Pace.

Interior Features

  • Fine-Grain MB-Tex Upper Dash and Door Trim
  • Rose-Gold Air-Vent Fins
  • Natural Grain Black Ash Wood trim
  • Pre-Entry Climate Control
  • Power Tilt/Sliding Roof
  • Heated Power Side Mirrors
  • Keyless Entry and Ignition
  • Crystal Gray Seat Belts
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV Dashboard
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV Dashboard
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV Steering
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV Steering
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV Rear Seat
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV Rear Seat
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV Interior
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV Interior
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV Rear Seat Folded
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV rear Seat Folded

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Exterior

True Mercedes fans would be quick to notice the difference between the GLC 63 AMG and the EQC but it may take a while for the casual eye. The major difference is the more aggressive front profile that has a redesigned grille and fenders. At the back, the taillights are now slimmer joined together by a single brake light unibeam. The rest of the body is pretty much unchanged. Thus, even if the EQC looks a bit more catchy, it is still too bland in styling to be a good eye-catcher.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV Side View
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV looks a bit more catchy

Is it a big and heavy SUV?

There is no official figure yet from Mercedes regarding the curb weight of the EQC, but we can assume it will be heavier than the GLC 300 with its heavy battery pack. Being derived from a luxury crossover, it is fairly modest in its size. This enables its driver to fit in the tight confines of the city without having to worry about the paint being scraped off. 

Model

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4matic

Tesla Model X Standard AWD

Audi e-Tron Premium Plus

Jaguar I-Pace S AWD

Curb Weight(lbs.)

5400

5307

5476

4784

Length(in.)

187.5

198.3

193.0

184.3

Width(in.)

74.0

81.5

76.3

79.1

Height(in.)

63.9

66.0

65.5

61.6

Ground Clearance(in.)

5.1

5.4

6.9

5.5

Wheelbase(in.)

113.1

116.7

115.3

117.7

Track Width F/R(in.)

63.9/63.6

67.1/67.3

65.2/65.2

64.6/65.4

The Tesla Model X is the biggest electric SUV in this segment, which thereby allows it more passenger and cargo room. The shorter wheelbase improves on the handling of the EQC, while the e-Tron and I-Pace offer more practicality. The low ground clearance keeps the center of gravity of the EQC lower. Therefore, it is less wobbly around corners than a Model X Tesla.

2020 Mercedes- Benz EQC SUV Right Side View
2020 Mercedes- Benz EQC SUV Right Side View
2020 Mercedes- Benz EQC SUV
2020 Mercedes- Benz EQC SUV Side View
2020 Mercedes- Benz EQC SUV Side View
2020 Mercedes- Benz EQC SUV Side View
2020 Mercedes- Benz EQC SUV Side View
2020 Mercedes- Benz EQC SUV Side View
2020 Mercedes- Benz EQC SUV Side View
2020 Mercedes- Benz EQC SUV Side View

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Safety

Just any other Merc, the EQC comes packed with several advanced safety features. Most of them are standard across the board, though the remaining few can be acquired as part of the Driver Assistance package. Even though the EQC has not yet been tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS, it has a body based on the GLC which passed all the tests with flying scores. So much so that it won the Top Safety Pick Plus award from the IIHS. We don’t expect the EQC to be any different.

There are enough safety features here that a whole weekend might be spent studying each one in detail. Instead, we’re just going to focus on a few highlights. The Pre-Safe system is a nice carryover from other Mercs. If the system senses an imminent collision, it does a few subtle changes like making the seat belts tight and locking all wheels to prepare the passengers better for the crash. The Driver Attention Alert monitors 70 different parameters that determine the signs of fatigue or drowsiness in the driver. It signals an alert if the driver is not paying enough attention to the road.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control(ESC) with Roll Stability Control
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact beams
  • Dual-Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Airbags
  • Front Collision Warning with Automated Emergency Braking
  • Car-To-X Communication
  • Blind Spot Monitoring System
  • Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
  • ParkSense Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Pre-Safe System
  • Dual-stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • First Aid Kit
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts
  • Surround-View Camera

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Competition

Mercedes-Benz EQC vs Tesla Model X

Going up against the leader in the EV segment of the USA is no joke. But the EQC not only does that but actually surpasses the Model X in some areas. Though it may not be as fast, the EQC is definitely more comfortable and boasts a more advanced infotainment system suited for both young adults and retirees alike. The single drivetrain on the EQC is more than enough for most commutes, although it causes a bit of a problem when you're planning an out-of-town trip. Not so with the Model X that gives you ample storage space and a few choices of batteries that let you decide how much driving range you require.

2020 Tesla Model X
2020 Tesla Model X

Mercedes-Benz EQC vs Audi e-Tron

Here we have the two Germans at it again. While both the e-Tron and the EQC offer comparable luxury, the tech on the Merc is considerably more intuitive and advanced. The Audi may lack the range, but it has a trick up its sleeve that makes it way more practical than the Mercedes-Benz EQC. It features a boost feature that delivers a sudden burst of voltage through the dual electric motors that grant it the ability to tow heavy loads easily. Combine that with a more spacious cabin and cargo storage, you may be thinking twice about saving those extra 7 grand.

2020 Audi E-tron
2020 Audi E-tron

Mercedes-Benz EQC vs Jaguar I-Pace

The Jaguar I-Pace is the one all-electric SUV that comes closest to the Mercedes-Benz EQC in terms of prices. Yet, there is a world of difference with regards to quality and features. The Mercedes EQC aces the Jaguar I-Pace in nearly every aspect. Be it comfort, passenger space, driving range or the charging time, the EQC comes out the better choice. The only aspect where the Jag overtakes the Merc is the cargo space. The I-Pace has two trunks with excellent cargo volume, while the EQC struggles with carrying enough luggage from just one.

2020 Jaguar I-pace
2020 Jaguar I-Pace

 

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Final Verdict

Now that the Mercedes-Benz EQC is about to hit the markets next year, we finally have on our hands an all-electric, slightly affordable luxury SUV. The EQC is engaging to drive and provides a lot of range with its batteries. It is Mercedes’ first EV that has seen the green light for a full-fledged production. And we keenly remain in wait what will be next.