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Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4Matic review

Words by Nathan Irvine

Electric dream

A silent Mercedes is still something that takes getting used to. The signature roar from an AMG engine is worth a fair chunk of the price of the overall car. It’s a goosebump maker. The Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4Matic on the other hand is almost silent apart the somewhat high-pitched whir of the battery-powered engine getting up to speed. It’s not the same, no, but that doesn’t mean this luxury, environmentally sound car is incapable of offering thrills.

Firstly, it looks great. This mid-sized SUV takes its primary looks from the gas-powered Mercedes GLC and then refines them for a smoother appearance. It comes in the stunning “designo selenite grey magno” (read: matte silver) and the apt electric blue around the vehicle, including the headlights and the EQC logo, add a great flourish. And sitting on enormous black and silver rims, the EQC 400 gives off the vibe of a trendy parent.

In Pictures. Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4Matic

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Luxury is at the forefront of the interior

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Luxury is at the forefront of the interior

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Super-sleek design

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Attention to detail means smooth lines all over

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Attention to detail means smooth lines all over

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Bright blue logo fits wonderfully

Specifications

Full charge time

8-10 hours

Output

300kW/408hp

Torque

760 Nm

Battery range

Appox. 400km

0-100 kmh

5.1 seconds

Top Speed

180 kmh

Price

From 290,311

Tech touch

The cockpit is as futuristic as the technology used to power the EQC 400. Soft and luxurious napa leather is used throughout and provides supreme comfort. And the velour floor mats might be an unnecessary touch for your dirty shoes, but they show that Mercedes-Benz is treating its luxury line seriously. My favourite part about the car is the super widescreen.

Stretching from the driver’s side to passenger seat, the hi-tech screen is a marvel. It’s a touchscreen that responds rapidly with a satisfying click, or you can use the touchpad in the centre console to control things too. It’s a crystal-clear display and you can customise it with whatever you like. Music, navigation, cameras around the vehicle and more. It’s the type of screen you wouldn’t mind watching a movie on… when carefully parked, obviously.

To drive, the EQC 400 is a bit of a mixed bag. The responsive steering makes manoeuvring around the streets a breeze. However, it certainly feels its weight at times. It’s not like it ever feels it will roll, but cornering at certain speeds does feel like you’re tilting into the other lane at times. In a straight line, it feels very satisfying, mind.

The sense of speed is great

Driving range

As I said, there’s no rip-roaring noise to accompany the acceleration, but it’s still very quick. 5.1 seconds from 0-100 kmh is not to be sniffed at and I did find myself appreciating the squeal that the car makes as it hits faster speeds. It even has a Sport mode to throw you back into the racing seats as you plunge the pedal. I’d advise you use it sparingly mind, because it drains the battery much quicker than the other modes.

Speaking of battery, the range of the Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 is roughly 400km between full charges at regular speeds. I did notice that leaving it standing overnight would take around 5-10km off the overall range when I fired it up in the morning though. No doubt Mercedes will improve with every electric vehicle it sends down the production line.

Overall, the EQC 400 is a very good car and delivers that unparalleled Mercedes-Benz style and desirability with a solid driving experience. If you’re looking to future proof yourself and invest in a planet saving car, you won’t go wrong with this.

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