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Mercedes EQC

The Mercedes A-Class E-Cell was the first fully electric car to wear the three-pointed star. However, the EQC was the German brand’s first dedicated electric vehicle (EV) with no petrol or diesel versions on offer.

It was the first of what will eventually be many pure electric models that Mercedes is planning to launch over the next few years, under its EQ sub-brand, putting to rest any doubts you had about the take over or electric cars in the future. And considering the fact that most of the big guns in the industry are switching to the eco-friendly option, you need to at least consider making the switch.

EXTERIOR

The Mercedes EQC is a beautiful looking electric vehicle. It’s well proportioned, with a sleek and sophisticated design. Though at first glance, the look of the all new EQC might probably not have been the ‘striking’ type that many have wanted it to be, especially after seeing the fearless and gritty look of its competitors.

Based on the same wheelbase as the Mercedes GLC it also has a lot of exterior similarities. It looks like a more mature and clamer version of the GLC with less aggressive curves and edges giving it a more sophisticated look.

INTERIOR

The Mercedes EQC isn’t different from any other Mercedes on sale. Sure, you get some futuristic vibes from the  neon-blue details and the square air condition vents instead of the round turbine-like items in most Mercedes cars, but the metal switches on the centre console and dual-screen entertainment system look just like those in the GLC.

 

The seat is electrically adjustable on all trim levels and there’s also adjustable lumbar support to help prevent backache on longer journeys. Also if you pay for the Premium Plus package also known as the AMG line trim you can automatically reposition everything so it is just the way you like it at the touch of a button.

Rear seat passengers will find a decent amount of leg and head room. A couple of adults can enjoy sitting in the back for a long road trip. There is a middle seat, with a fold-down armrest when not being sat on, but its curvature back means it’s not comfortable to sit against for anything longer than short trips into town

The EQC’s entertainment system is very easy to use. The central display works as a touchscreen, but there’s also a touchpad on the centre console and some touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel which makes it easier to switch through the high-resolution menus when you’re driving.The main attraction, however, is the ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice-control feature which understands commands said in English. It lets you adjust the cabin temperature, change the mood lighting and set the standard sat-nav without moving your hands at all.

Overall, the interior of the EQC feels a bit conventional when compared to the electric SUV competition. There’s some redesigned air-vents, copper-coloured accents and a decorative panel of louvred lines running behind the dash, but that’s about it.

PERFORMANCE SPECS

Mercedes’ first all-electric vehicle has an 80kWh battery powering two individual motors – one at each axle. The maximum power output is 403 bhp which, along with the strong 760 Nm of torque, enables the EQC to travel at lightning speeds. Maximum speed is 180 kmph, which is about standard for electric cars as this helps to preserve battery charge while providing a prolonged range.

You certainly won’t have any complaints about its acceleration, because the EQC can hit 100 kmph from a standstill in just 5.1 seconds making it faster than most hot hatchbacks and its subsequent contenders.

DRIVING EXPERIENCE

 

Before we start going into detail about how comfortable the Mercedes EQC is and how it copes round corners, you will probably want to know how far  it can go between charges. Well, according to Mercedes, it should be capable of traveling up to 410 kilometers before it goes to sleep.

 

The EQC is not a great choice if you like going round corners quickly. If you corner sharply or ask it to change direction quickly, it sways about before running out of front-end grip faster than a speeding bullet. Drive normally, though, and it’s perfectly adequate, and the steering is light, precise and well-suited to motoring around town.

 

You’re more likely to be worried about ride comfort, which is something the EQC does well, up to a point. On a plain crisp road, the ride is smooth and comfortable. It will initially absorb the Dhaka potholes easily because the set-up is quite soft and absorbent, but it doesn’t d

OVERALL

 

The Mercedes EQC is a little more expensive than its adversaries only the Tesla Model X costs a bit more to buy, but it is a bigger car with seven seats. All of these electric SUVs make for seriously cheap cars, considering the tempting benefit in tax rates available on all pure electric vehicles. But considering the charging situation in Bangladesh and the current availability of superchargers, no electric vehicle gives you the ability to travel long distances without panicking about your big electric toy running out of battery. So would I purchase the Mercedes EQC? Not until there are public charging stations widely available in Bangladesh and i cannot see that happening anytime soon.

eal with the aftershock very well.

 

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