From a distance, the 2021 Mercedes EQC400 looks like a stylish show in the company’s lineup. In fact, it reminds us of the 2021 Mercedes GLE450, which we drove a few weeks ago.
But the EQC400 is actually an all-electric vehicle, which is something you’d never expect with a Mercedes. However, these are bold, powerful cars that run on motorways with loud engines, so would the EQC 400 sound so cowardly in comparison?
The absence of a flammable petrol engine does not mean that the EQC 400 should be considered in any way.
It’s still as fast as any car in the lineup, and the matte finish of our review model is a great look for this vehicle. Sitting on a lightweight 21-inch elevated wheel, the EQC 400’s overall look is definitely style and substance.
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It doesn’t fit the Mercedes inside either, and the Nappa leather finishes in black and white. The cabin is well spaced out, and you’ll find some great support and comfort from the driver and front passenger seats. The rear seats are a bit narrower than ours, but still enough for most of the trip. There is still plenty of room in the boat to handle everyday items like sports bags and groceries, but it’s also where you’ll store charging cables. The two 5-meter cables can be used on a Diva charging point (or compatible), or plugged into a standard 3-pin wall socket in the home for slow charging. The charging time is about 80 minutes at the 80% battery charge point, and about 10 hours if you’re charging from a standard socket at home.
Engine or not, technology is definitely not something that EQC 400 jumps on. You can include a fully automated road driving and driving assistance package, as well as cruise control and steering assist. Parking cameras are also offered along with a driver’s side display
Mercedes’ MBUX also returns, with voice control and integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An added bonus is that if you’re navigating with the Mercedes system by default, your route will be automatically calculated based on battery performance and constant updates based on your location. The free Mercedes-Me app also enables features like remote engine start, pre-entry climate control, and battery charge status.
The threshold for any electric vehicle will of course be the first question, and the same is true for the EQC 400. . The choice between Comfort, Eco, Max Range and Sport will give you different results – all the time in Eco mode with air conditioner, we could reach 380 km before needing to charge the battery. It’s usually okay to drive in the city, as long as you keep an eye on the various driving tips in the car. To maximize each charge, you need to know when to start acceleration or braking, and the EQC 400 helps whenever possible.
Drive the EQC 400 on the road and you’ll soon feel the sacrifices. Although the maneuverability is still fairly effective in general, the car struggles a little when bending over, and you can definitely feel the struggle when you step out of the bend.
The air noise outside is hard to hear, and the Burmaster surround sound system can definitely overwhelm anything else you can hear. Acceleration is 0-100 km / h in 5.1 seconds, which is slower than you get as a Tesla Model X. But by contrast, the EQC 400 won’t be the real culprit here, but it will be something that hits the ground between style and performance.
Pricing will be a critical factor in the popularity of the EQC. The starting price for the GCC countries (incl. 5% VAT) is around 290,311 AED, and the price for our review form is 346,317 AED. It’s still cheaper than the Model X, but the business deals for a more elegant and well-built car would be a small limitation. If you’re a fan of EV and want something that looks a lot more premium, the EQC 400 is the perfect vehicle for getting around town.