The Mercedes Benz EQC 2021: An Electrifying Machine

The Mercedes Benz EQC 2021: An Electrifying Machine

If you’re wondering if EVs will be the future, then the view of massive players such as Mercedes should be more than enough to convince you. The Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 2021 is the machine that can certainly gain your confidence easily.

The Mercedes ECQ is the first electric vehicle of the German brand. It doesn’t come with a diesel nor a petrol version. The model will be leading the way for Mercedes’s purely electric models in the coming years. Even though it’s the first offering of Mercedes when it comes to the EV department, it can certainly stand side by side with its competitors.

The Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 2021 ranks high in a very competitive market. It rivals vehicles such as the Tesla Model X, BMW iX3, Jaguar I-Pace, and Audi E-Tron. You have plenty of choices when it comes to luxury electric vehicles. However, if you’re looking for a powerful engine, the Mercedes ECQ is certainly the top choice.

The Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 2021 has twin electric motors that can deliver up to 402bhp. It’s the most power that any Mercedes vehicle has, except maybe for Lewis Hamilton’s.

So, how can the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 2021 compete? Does it stand out with its electric range? Safety? Practicality? Comfort?

Here’s the breakdown of what The Towbar Guys love and don’t love about Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 2021:

What We Love:

  • Comes with an app that can locate chargers and lets you arrange payment
  • Has one of the most controlled yet comfortable ride
  • Well-detailed design in the cabin

What We Don’t Love:

  • The vehicle’s weight can dull the handling
  • Its style is a bit colour sensitive
  • The voice recognition function can become invasive

What’s New With The Mercedes Benz EQC 2021?

It was first intended that the Mercedes-Benz EQC will be an all new vehicle in 2021. However, the German company decided to make changes and make the car unavailable in the US market.

The Mercedes-Benz EQC comes with a progressive trim that can keep any luxury-SUV owner more than happy. It comes with plenty of standard features that every pricey car has. The SUV has a sunroof and rain-sensing wipers. With the swipers on, you’ll have a clear view even during rainy days while the sunroof lets natural light in. There are also LED headlights and power liftgate.

Mercedes Benz EQC 2021’s Key Features:

  • Coming Soon: Starting MSRP
  • LED Intelligent Light System headlamps
  • A digital widescreen cockpit that comes with a 10.25-inch multimedia and a 10.25-inch instrument cluster
  • Two asynchronous motors that come with 4MATIC® all-wheel drive and compact electric drivetrains at every axle
  • Has ECO Assist and Active Range Monitoring System with an exhaustive support for electric driving
  • Comes with Standard Active Brake Assist, Speed Limit Assist and PRE-SAFE® system
  • Has an 80kWh lithium ion battery that can go from 10% to 80% in just 40 minutes at a 110 kW DC charging station

with standard DC Fast Charging for a 40-minute charge from 10 to 80% at a 110 kW DC charging station

  • Equipped with the standard Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) with Natural Voice Control multimedia system based on artificial intelligence

What’s It Like Inside?

The interior layout of the Audi E-tron is a bit larger than the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021. However, once you’re inside, you’ll notice that it has a proper feel of an SUV, especially once you’re behind the wheel.

So, what’s the secret?

It’s all thanks to the driver’s seat properly mounted far from the road. You can electrically adjust the seat on different trim levels and can even accommodate lumbar support. The seat can help prevent back pains, especially when you’re going for a long drive. And if you want to automatically reposition anything, you can enjoy the memory function. It will allow you to make changes according to what you’re most comfortable with. However, this function is only available in the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021’s AMG Line trim.

With the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021’s thin front pillars and lofty driving position, drivers get to have a great view of the road. As a result, the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 gets a massive advantage over other electric vehicles. The ECQ however have high haunches doesn’t have over-the-shoulder visibility. It prevents the driver from seeing the rear area. However, every Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 trim level comes with parking sensors and a reversing camera. And if you choose to get the Premium Plus package, you can enjoy the 360° camera. With it, you can have a bird’s eye view of the vehicle making it easier to manoeuver.

Cabin

The cabin is a mix of genuine leather seats, gloss black plastic, and polished metal highlights. With the interior, the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 have a luxurious feel. The quality can be compared to the likes of BMW iX3, Tesla Model X, and E-Tron. However, features such as central air vents with plastic surrounds can be a bit disappointing.

Infotainment System

The Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 comes with an infotainment system you can control through a screen. You can choose between the touchpad mounted between the front seats or the 10.3 in. screen. The touchpad is easier to use and safer when you’re behind the wheel. With it, all you need to do is swipe right or left and scroll through the icons. Then, you can simply press on the screen when you’ve made your selection. The Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 even has haptic feedback that vibrates and informs you that your chosen commands have been registered. However, if you want Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring are only available if you pay for the Sport/AMG Line models.

Aside from the above features mentioned above, the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 also comes with a Siri-style personal assistant. You can simply say, “Hey, Mercedes.” if you want to wake the assistant up.

The Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 have different aspects of the car that you can take advantage of using normal speech. With the feature, you can control aspects such as interior temperature and sat-nav. The feature is not only useful but also fun to use. However, at times, it can fail to recognize your voice or misunderstand what you say.

Cannot Be Easily Disregarded

Overall, the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021’s interior may not be the top of the line. However, it can compete fairly with other luxurious electric vehicles. Its infotainment system is not as intuitive as Tesla Model X’s but preferable over I-Pace and E-Tron.

How The Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 Handles People And Jumble?

With the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021’s front space, you can’t see any issue, especially with how massive it is. However, if you’re very tall, maybe 200 cm or more, then its space may not be enough.

You’ll find inside the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 good-sized door pockets. It also has storage space under the middle armrest and a lidded cubby underneath the air-con controls. All these available space makes the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 great for anyone who enjoys driving with friends and family.

What’s It Like At The Back?

The Audi E-Tron may be more accommodating than the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 when it comes to backspace. With the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021, you’ll have a more restrictive leg and headroom. However, with more space in its rear bench seat, the vehicle can accommodate three people. The Mercedes Benz EQC 2021’s 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats are easy to fold. It’s practically easier to fold since all you need to do is flick a switch and they will drop off their own accord.

If you’re going to choose the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 trim that comes with a sunroof, you’ll have a smaller headroom. With the vehicle, you can only enjoy a five-seater vehicle, unlike the Tesla Model X’s seven seats.

The Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 has a smaller space than other electric vehicles. It has a more hollow room. However, most parts of the load bay and the underfloor storage space both have uniform shapes, wide entrances, and deep recesses.

How Well Does The Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 Perform?

Its Performance

When it comes to the acceleration, you’ll surely have no complaints with the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021. The vehicle can go from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds. It’s faster and more to the point than some electric vehicles such as BMW iX3 and Audi E-Tron. However, a little slower than the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace.

If you’re more concerned about ride comfort, then Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 is a great choice. It topples the competition when it comes to calmness and comfort while on the road. The vehicle can take the initial blow of potholes since it has a soft and absorbent set-up.

Unfortunately, the vehicle doesn’t deal with aftershocks that well. When you drive on a country road or offroad, the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 may wobble because of unevenness. If you’re looking for a smoother ride, you’re better off with the iX3 and I-Pace.

The Mercedes Benz EQC 2021, however, is one of the quietest electric vehicles. It’s even quieter than most electric vehicles. You can barely hear any whine from its electric motors, especially when you decelerate or accelerate. When you’re on the motorway, you can only hear mild wind noise when driving the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021. The road noise, on the other hand, will seem like a distant background sound. Unfortunately, the suspension can be irritating when you hit over bumps.

If you like driving around corners quickly, the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 is not an ideal choice. The vehicle does not enjoy being hustled while on the road. Compared to the iX3 and the Tesla Model 3, the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 is better for driving straight roads.

The Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 sways when you change directions with gusto. It’s quite light and adequate when driving normally though. The vehicle’s steering is well-suited, precise, and light that’s best suited for going around town. If you’re a spirited driver, it’s worth noting that the SUV doesn’t have a brilliant sense of connection with its front wheels.

Battery Life

Let’s take a deeper look at how many miles you can get from the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 for every charge. If you take what the German company promises, you can enjoy up to 410 kilometres before the battery runs out.

In our experience, driving the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 on motorways, in the city, and country roads, the vehicle maxed out at 340 kilometres. It has a higher capacity than the Audi E-Tron 55 Quattro, which maxes out at 315 kilometres. However, Mercedes Benz EQC 2021’s capacity is a bit lower than the Jaguar I-PAce EV400, which has 427 kilometres.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The German company has equipped the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 with plenty of safety features that aim to help drivers. With driver-assistance technology, you may be able to prevent accidents from happening.

Here are the different key safety features that the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 has:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-keeping assistance
  • Blind-spot monitoring

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

The Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 has one of the most competitive warranties available in the market. Here are the following coverages that they offer:

  • Powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • With hybrids, you’ll have coverage for 8 years or 100,000 miles.

Unfortunately, the German automaker doesn’t come with complimentary scheduled maintenance.

How Much Does It Cost To Own A Mercedes Benz EQC 2021?

The Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 is a little more expensive than other electric vehicles such as BMW iX3. It is, however, in line with most EVs such as Audi E-Tron and Jaguar I-Pace. The vehicle is much cheaper than the much larger seven-seater Tesla Model X.

Charging Costs

When it comes to efficiency per dollar, the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 is only a little less efficient than the Jaguar I-Pace. Charging your SUV will only take more or less than 11 hours using the regular 7kW home charging point. If you charge your Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 at a public charging point, you can fully charge the vehicle for only an hour. With a 110kW CCS charger, you’ll have an 80% battery in as little as 40 minutes.

If you want to enjoy the public charging points, you need to get a three-year subscription to Mercedes Me Charge. With it, you’ll have access to plenty of public charging stations all over the country. You can find the stations’ locations shown on the vehicle’s infotainment system.

It’s worth noting that charging at the charging stations is not for free. However, you can cover all the costs through a single contract. After signing, you’ll no longer need to sign up at every charging point provider you come into contact with.

Trims

The Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 comes in three different trims: the Progressive, the Premium, and the Advanced. Each trim comes with a warranty of 8 years or 100,000 miles for the electric parts.

You can buy each trim at the following price:

  • Progressive: $93,500
  • Premium:  $99,500
  • Advanced: $105,300

Every vehicle is powered by a 150-kW 3-phase Asynchronous motor. The motor can deliver a torque of 561 lb.-ft. and a power of 402 hp. Each Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 has been mated to a one-speed direct-drive transmission combined with the 4Matic AWD system.

As with every electric car, the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 comes with different driving modes. The modes are:

  • Eco
  • Comfort
  • Sport
  • Maximum Range

The ‘Sport’ mode comes with a full-range electric motor and battery. However, its range will be reduced dramatically if you’re an aggressive driver. The ‘Maximum Range’ mode is great if you mostly drive on motorways. It maximizes every charge, however, the throttle response is greatly limited.

Insurance

In Australia, $2,500 is the average annual premium cost of insuring hybrid and electric vehicles. The average annual premium applies to EVs and hybrids that have an average market value of $120,000. However, since the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 roughly costs $94,500, you can expect to shell out between $1,900 and $2,200 annually.

Our Verdict

The German company have calculated the CO2 released while making the batteries. Even though they’re large enough for this vehicle, the battery has more environmental proposition with its lifespan of more than 125,000 miles. According to calculations, the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021’s well-to-wheels emissions of about 70.4g/km. It means that if you drive a kilometre on Mercedes Benz EQC 2021, your emission is equivalent to half of a conventional diesel SUV’s emission. Here at The Towbar Guys, we see the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021 as a reliable and comfortable SUV, especially for an electric vehicle.

And if you decide to get a Mercedes Benz EQC 2021, make the most out of it with a towbar installed. We recommend that you choose towbars from GDW Towbar. In our experience, they’re the most compatible with the Mercedes Benz EQC 2021. If you need a competent company to work on your vehicle, get in touch with The Towbar Guys today. Call our number: 0452 669 227 or send us an email at sales@thetowbarguys.com.au and get a free quotation!

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