As appears to be the best way with the roll-out of the Mercedes-Benz EV line-up, the brand new EQB appears to be like and feels lots like the standard GLB, with which it so clearly shares its platform and inside.
You’re both going to be the kind of one who likes the sense of familiarity that this method engenders or the kind who finds it fairly uninspiring.
In case you’re the latter, you may hardly blame Mercedes for pursuing this technique. The GLB is a well-liked compact SUV, and even with the arrival of its structural underfloor 66.5kWh battery and rear-mounted motor, the EQB carries over its possibility of a 3rd of row seats. That makes it distinctive in its class, which is now a reasonably broad church, together with the Audi This fall E-tron, BMW iX3, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Volkswagen ID 4 and Volvo XC40 Recharge.
The GLB can also be competitively endowed within the drive division. Whereas the rear axle’s synchronous motor is favoured for each propulsion and regenerative braking, there’s one other, extra compact asynchronous motor within the nostril. Mixed output for this top-end EQB 350 4Matic model is 288bhp and 383lb ft (the lesser EQB 300 4Matic makes 255bhp and 288lb ft), that means it could possibly hit 62mph in 6.0sec. That signifies that, off the mark, it should dangle onto the coat-tails of one thing just like the Honda Civic Sort R.
Nonetheless, the EQB 350’s vary is rated at solely 257 miles, which is considerably underneath par. The Mustang Mach-E Prolonged Vary AWD, to take only one various, prices much less but can do 335 miles, and most premium-badged rivals may also go farther than the Mercedes.
Charging capability is one other space the place the EQB’s spec-sheet attraction is discovered wanting. The automobile’s most charging price is 100kW, whereas loads of rivals now provide nearer to 150kW and the Ioniq 5 as a lot as 350kW. It may possibly nonetheless recharge its battery from 10-80% capability in round half an hour, and presently within the UK we’re not precisely spoiled for alternative in relation to 100kW-plus public charging stations, however that may change in time, and so the EQB is rather less securely futureproofed than the others.
As for trim, the automobile you seen right here is the all-singing, all-dancing Version 1, therefore the 20in gold-tone wheels and varied bits of sporting physique trim. As soon as this has bought out, you should have the choice of both AMG Line (from £52,145 for the 300 4Matic) or AMG Line Premium (from £55,145).
The latter brings 19in wheels – up from 18in – in addition to the panoramic glass sunroof, wi-fi smartphone charging and varied different small extras. Nonetheless, all EQB fashions have the closed-off grille and full-width gentle bars each at the back and front of the automobile.