We take a look at whether you should order a new 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC or not.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC hasn’t quite arrived on the market, it’s still about another year or so before seeing EQC’s driving around on the roads. But, you can order an EQC. So, should you? As Mercedes-Benz’ first all-electric mass production vehicle and taking SUV form, the EQC will compete with the likes of the Audi e-tron that’s just arriving on the market, the Jaguar I-Pace which has been around for a few months now, and the Tesla Model X which launched the electric luxury SUV trend a few years ago.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC is powered by an all-electric powertrain with two electric motors pushing 402 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels. 4Matic all-wheel drive is standard, and there are various driving modes that change the behavior of the EQC from more comfortable to even more efficient to sportier. An 80-kWh battery powers the EQC and provides a range of roughly 350 to 400 kilometers. That’s our expectation at least since we have yet to get an official North American range confirmation. You can read all about that in our 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC review.
After driving the new EQC all over the electric vehicle capital of the world, Olso, we look at reasons why you should think of buying one, and why you should look elsewhere.
Why You Should Buy a 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC
- The comfort level in the EQC is really impressive. The electric motor makes the cabin extra quiet, and the vehicle itself does an incredible job of filtering out road imperfections and vibrations and keeping them away from passengers.
- Every electric vehicle is fast off the line and the EQC is no exception. What’s nice about the electric Mercedes-Benz SUV is that you can make it as sporty or as efficient as possible using different driving modes, and you can really tell the difference between the various modes. It’s not as fast as a Model X, but it felt quicker than a I-Pace.
- The interior feels like a Mercedes-Benz GLE or any other mid-level or top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz product. It’s ultra luxurious in there, more so than in an I-Pace that has a beautiful cockpit, but a few too many gimmicks for some.
- There’s tremendous interior space in the EQC, both in the cargo area and the rear seats which offer plenty of head room.
- The automatic regenerative braking mode does a good job of applying the right amount of pressure based on the braking force needed when you lift your foot off the accelerator.
Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC
- We like the EQC’s regenerative braking modes, but some are a bit too intense to be used regularly. They also take a bit of time to get used to.
- Some may not feel like the EQC is unique enough for a first, high-luxury electric SUV. The I-Pace feels different from any other Jaguar and so does the Audi e-tron. The EQC feels like just about any other Mercedes-Benz SUV both inside and out.
At the moment, we can’t really give any other reasons not to buy the EQC given that we don’t know how its price and range will stack up to its competition. Chances are, the EQC will have less range than the I-Pace and more than the e-tron which is something to keep in mind. Until we know for sure, however, we can’t really comment.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC would be a great luxury SUV even if it wasn’t electric. It’s comfortable and refined, and will give its owner the chance to get the most out of their electrified luxury vehicle experience. It may just not be noticeable or different enough to please first adopters. That’s up to the buyer to decide.