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MERCEDES-BENZ EQB ESTATE

EQB 350 4M 215kW AMG Line Premium 66.5kWh 5dr Auto

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Mercedes delivers us the market's first mid-sized seven-seat EV. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the EQB.

Background

There's a flood of mid-size Crossover electric vehicles out there at present. So any fresh class entrant had better have something fairly unique to offer. Fortunately, this one does: the Mercedes EQB. It's one of what seems like a continual stream of different Mercedes EQ electric models, with the 'B' in this case standing not for the brand's mini-MPV but designating instead something you may already have guessed from a quick glance at this car: the fact that this is the full-battery version of the Stuttgart maker's GLB mid-sized SUV. Engineering and technology-wise, this car shares everything that matters with its smaller EQA hatch stablemate - including a slightly compromised MFA2 chassis not originally designed for EV use. This model hails from quite a different production facility though. Instead of Rastatt in Germany, it's screwed together at Kecskemet in Hungary, where the GLB is built. A change from the original plan, which would have seen the EQB produced in Daimler's French Hambach plant alongside little smart cars. Regardless of provenance though, what we've got here looks as if it might be a smart choice for a forward-thinking family.

Driving Experience

The EQB sprints away from rest pretty quickly, despite tipping the scales at around 2.2-tonnes, a legacy of the fact that Mercedes makes this model run on an MFA2 platform originally designed for combustion models. That being the case, you might have expected the brand to have countered that extra bulk by fitting a more powerful propulsion system but if anything, the opposite is true here. From launch, this EQB was only available in twin motor '4MATIC' AWD form and if you cast a glance around the segment, you'll find that most rivals believe around 300hp is necessary to properly propel a 4WD EV in this class. Well to approach that with this Mercedes, you've to stretch to the rather pricey top '350' version we tried, which offers 292hp. The EQB 300 model that more customers are likely to choose has only 228hp. This model's close relative, the EQA, sells best in front-driven 190hp '250' form but from the launch of the EQB, the brand wouldn't tell us whether this car would also be offered with that more affordable powerplant. Still, you won't be choosing an EQB as an autobahn burner - and if you did, the 'burning' in question would primarily be through this model's rather restricted driving range, WLTP-rated for these two 4MATIC variants at a best of 257 miles - in a class where better versions of comparably priced rivals regularly deliver figures well over the 300 mile mark. Mercedes says it's developed an EQB variant capable of a 500km (310 mile) range, but that will only match (and in some cases still not equal) the current class standard. Whatever variant of this model you choose, you'll find it easy to drive and particularly in its element around town, where you'll appreciate the light steering; and the compact 11.4-metre turning circle you might need for getting into those tight charging bays.

Design and Build

You'd certainly pick up this car's similarity to its GLB counterpart if you happened to know the Mercedes product range. As with the EQA, the EQB delivers a subtle reworking of the combustion engined car it's based on. Which means a boxy profile embellished here with a more aerodynamic front end featuring the usual Mercedes EQ-specific closed-off grille and headlight signature. In the same way, the tailgate gets a full width LED tail light bar, as with other EQ models. Inside, it's also much as you'll find in a GLB, apart from a few trimming changes and the addition of specific 'EQ' electric vehicle menu for the centre screen, which is 10.25-inches in size, like the adjacent instrument binnacle display. There's comfortable space for a couple of adults on the back seat - and room for three at a squash. The key difference with an EQB though, is its relatively lengthy 2,829mm wheelbase, which allows it to offer an optional third row of seats, though Mercedes warns that these are only really suitable for children. Fold those seats down and you'll get 465-litres of boot space. If you opt not to have them, that rises to 495-litres of carriage capacity. Think in terms of about 75-litres less than you'd get in a GLB.

Market and Model

OK: what'll you pay for this seven seat, family-sized all-electric battery-powered Mercedes-Benz? Because this car bears the Three Pointed Star, you won't be expecting it to be inexpensive: it isn't. From launch, the brand was only offering the two 4MATIC AWD versions of this car, which at the time of this test in Summer 2022 started with the EQB 300 at just over £53,500 and culminated with the EQB 350 variant we tried, priced from just over £55,000. There's a choice of two mainstream trim levels, 'AMG Line' or, for an extra £3,000, the 'AMG Line Premium' spec level we sampled. If Mercedes decides to import the front-driven single motor 190hp EQB 250 model you can choose on the Continent, the entry price for this model line will be lower but realistically, you're still going to need a budget of around £50,000. Something else the brand offers on the Continent is a five-seat-only EQB, but for the UK market, you have to have three seating rows in this car. So, premium pricing - but then you probably expected that. At least you get plenty of kit for that, including the ritziest version of the brand's Widescreen MBUX infotainment set-up, with twin 10.25-inch displays for the central screen and the instrument cluster, both of which feature EQ branding and special graphics. Top models get niceties like an electrically-operated panoramic glass sunroof, a Keyless-Go Comfort package, an augmented reality navigation system, an advanced sound system and wireless charging for compatible smartphones.

Cost of Ownership

The elephant in the room here is driving range, so let's get straight to it. For either of the 4MATIC variants offered at launch, the EQB 300 and the EQB 350, Mercedes was quoting a range figure between 250 and 257 miles. A figure which wouldn't be much improved if the brand were to decide to also import the front-driven EQB 250 variant - at least if our recent test of the similar EQA 250 model is any guide. To give you some perspective on that, even a little Renault ZOE supermini is rated at 238 miles between charges. For AWD versions of mid-sized Crossover EVs like this EQB, the current class benchmark is somewhere just over the 300 mile mark and the seven-seat version of Tesla's Model Y 'Long Range' (which when it finally makes our market will be this car's closest rival) manages 331 miles. Whichever EQB variant you select, you're going to need to make pretty proactive use of the brake regenerative settings to what is possible. The 100 kW DC on-board charger allows the car to charge from 10 to 80 per cent in around 40 minutes, and from 10 to 100 per cent in five hours and 45 minutes using an 11kW wall box. Navigation with Electric Intelligence - included as standard - calculates the route that will get the driver to their destination fastest, taking into account charging times, and taking the stress out of route planning. A three-year subscription to the Mercedes me Charge public charging service is also included. With Mercedes me Charge, customers have access to what is currently the world's biggest charging network: this currently comprises more than 450,000 AC and DC charging points across 3 countries. Mercedes me Charge allows customers convenient use of the charging stations of various providers, even when travelling abroad. By registering just once, they can benefit from an integrated payment function with a simple billing process. Mercedes me Charge enables customers to charge at more than 175,000 public charging points throughout Europe; Mercedes-Benz ensures a subsequent offset with green power.

Summary

We feel much more convinced by this EQB then we did by its EQA stablemate. Mainly because this more versatile design has a unique selling point denied not only to the EQA but to most other mid-sized EVs out there: seven seats. So larger families who lack a lottery win and don't want a converted van can now join the electric vehicle revolution. What'll they find here? The usual eye-catching Mercedes front-of-cabin experience, classy screen technology and the rather smug sense of self satisfaction that comes in having a car with the Three Pointed Star on your driveway. On top of that, the brake regeneration system is excellent. All of which means that right here, right now, this is the best affordable EV Mercedes makes. And that makes it a difficult car to ignore.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Emissions
Emissions0.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed99mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Acoustic ambient protection
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (max range, ECO, comfort and sport)
  • Easy-pack tailgate
  • EQ nav services - map(range dis),dis charging stations,program of charging set/pre entry climate control incl remote retrival of charging status/range
  • Hard-disk navigation
  • Mercedes Benz emergency call system
  • Mercedes me connect
  • PAS
  • Service indicator
  • Smartphone integration
  • Trip computer
  • Wireless charging system for mobile devices

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • 100KW DC onboard charger
  • 11KW onboard charger
  • Charging cable for domestic plug socket, Type G (Mode 2) 5m
  • Charging cable for wall box and public charging station - Type 2(mode 3) 5m
  • Combined charging system CCS-2 connector
  • Comfort suspension

Entertainment

  • Advanced sound system with 10 speakers and a total system output of 225 watts
  • DAB Digital radio
  • MBUX multimedia system with widescreen cockpit (2X10" displays with touchpad)

Exterior Features

  • Aluminium rubber studs
  • AMG Line bodystyling including AMG front apron with integrated air curtain and AMG rear apron with diffusor optics
  • Black panel radiator grille with twin blade design in chrome
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Electric adjustable door mirrors
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Electrically operated panoramic glass sunroof
  • Front and rear LED light band
  • Front fog lights
  • Heat insulating dark tinted glass
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED High performance headlamps with adaptive highbeam assist
  • LED third brake light
  • Polished aluminium roof rails
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Rear wiper
  • Surround lighting with projection of brand logo

Interior Features

  • 3 spoke multifunction sports flat bottom steering wheel in nappa leather with galvanised shift paddles
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Ambient lighting with choice of 64 colour settings
  • Artico man-made leather/ Dinamica microfiber upholstery
  • Double Cupholder
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Illuminated door sills with EQB lettering
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Rear armrest with storage + through load
  • Roof lining - Black fabric
  • Single front passenger seat
  • Sports seats
  • Stainless steel sports pedals
  • Stowage compartment with retractable cover
  • Thermotronic automatic climate control
  • Third seat row with folding single seats
  • Velour floor mats with AMG lettering

Packs

  • Interior light package - EQB
  • Keyless go comfort package - EQB
  • Mirror package - EQB
  • Parking package with reversing camera - EQB
  • Seat comfort pack - EQB
  • Stowage package - EQB

Passive Safety

  • 3 rear seatbelts
  • 6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side airbags
  • ABS
  • Electric child locks
  • ESP
  • Isofix child seat anchor points on outer rear seats
  • Knee bags
  • Radar-based recuperation

Security

  • Remote central locking
  • Urban guard

Trim

  • Black open pore linden wood trim

Wheels

  • 19" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels
  • Summer tyres
  • Tirefit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    66.5
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    11
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    10-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    345
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    100
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    10-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    30
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Charging Port Location
    Right Side Rear
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    18.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.3
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    403
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    250

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    66
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    Not Available

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    Not Available
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • AdBlue
    No
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
  • Badge Power
    292
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    215kW 66.5kWh
  • Coin Series
    AMG Line Premium
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    46E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    2
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    95
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    91
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    78
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    74
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15500
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    6
  • Engine Power - BHP
    292
  • Engine Power - KW
    215
  • Engine Power - RPM
    600
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    273
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    37.7
  • Engine Torque - NM
    370
  • Top Speed
    99

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    N/A

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1667
  • Length
    4687
  • Wheelbase
    2829
  • Width
    1834
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2020

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2535
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1710
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    495
  • Max. Loading Weight
    430
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2105
  • No. of Seats
    7
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.4
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

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"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

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Olivia Creemer

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"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

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