Other than the expensive Tesla Model X, it’s hard to find an electric car for large families. With 8 seats and a huge trunk, the Mercedes EQV remains the best solution for emission-free troop transport. Even if it is based on an old concept.
The Mercedes EQV, which appeared at the end of 2020, represented only 19% of V-Class sales in France in 2021, i.e. 141 copies. There is nothing to throw at the ceiling. It should be said that this electric “Van” is limited to the utility range of the star manufacturer. If it manages to fool some people in Germany, EQV is mostly popular in our region with Taxi and VTC. Despite mixed success, it still performs like a better V-Class than its little brother, the eVito.
The electrified V-Class
Technically, the Mercedes EQV is based on the thermal Mercedes V-Class platform. Aside from a logo on the tailgate and a small connecting hatch on the front bumper, this non-emission version is also not to be seen. To accommodate its 100kWh battery (including 90kWh usable capacity) under its floor, the EQV is only available in Long (5.14m) or Extra Long (5.37m) versions, allowing for a large living space gives It is also a strong point of this EQV that it offers 6 seats and 4 independent seats as standard and can therefore be positioned facing or facing the road. Legroom, elbow room and headroom are unmatched among electric vehicles today.
Our test model had two additional seats, two rows of three seats cost 914 euros each. Standing on rails, these seats can be moved back and forth and placed back into the road to create a work area. The folding table is also available for €982 extension. If all those seats slid out, the modularity would be almost perfect. But they remain stable and require a lot of muscle (or four arms) to manipulate, especially since the three rows of seats have two solid foundations. And once those heavy chairs are removed, a place must be found to store them out of the car.
With a volume of 1,030 liters in a 6-seater configuration, the EQV’s trunk is a benchmark in the electric car market. Its limited depth is compensated by a huge loading height, and the space between the seats allows you to easily place a suitcase or install a large dog. Another major benefit is the huge tailgate with a very low load limit, which makes loading easy, provided you allow plenty of clearance to open it. Passenger accessibility is equally exemplary, thanks to the extra tall front doors and wide sliding left door as standard. However, consider €2,256 to benefit from the second sliding door on the right with electric openings.
It is in old containers…
Up front, the presentation is a bit dated with needle instruments and a digital on-board computer. A small multimedia screen seems to disappear at the top of the impressive dashboard. Behind this old-fashioned look lies excellent ergonomics. The controls make sense, and many physical buttons for important functions don’t have to use the tiny touchscreen. Finally, it is more reassuring and intuitive compared to the last EQ. Added to this are plenty of storage spaces, comfortable upholstery and a well-cushioned edge for the driver’s knee. A very rare note! Two downsides, however, are the lack of a hands-free key and the need to connect a cable to control AppleCar Play.
More than meets the eye!
Despite its size, the EQV proves to be a pleasure to drive in urban settings, where it offers fantastic visibility thanks to its commanding driving position, large mirrors and huge glass surfaces. The quiet operation of the engine, the absence of vibrations and lively acceleration contribute to the enjoyment of driving at low speeds. The turning circle (12.9 m) remains quite acceptable for the size of the car. Thick tire sidewalls protect the tires from curbs and a short hood makes maneuvering easier. As for the width of 1.93 m (excluding mirrors), this is not excessive compared to the Tesla Model X’s 1.99 m. Unfortunately, to benefit from the rear camera, you have to add €1,940 as an option on the EQV. 360° panoramic view.
Comfort in our test model, equipped with conventional suspension with thick sidewall (245/55 R17) tires, was quality but not without fault, as minor vibrations were felt under the hips and lower back. A phenomenon felt at idle and low speed. Variable regenerative braking can be adjusted manually or automatically via paddles. D+ mode becomes freewheeling, while D- emphasizes engine braking. D- mode allows you to stop almost, but not completely. Therefore, it is necessary to always use the brake pedal, which lacks stability and precision. In fact, the transition between regenerative engine braking and the activation of the pads on the discs lacks subtlety.
A colossus with feet of clay
Thanks to 204bhp and 362Nm of instant torque, the induction motor (asynchronous 3-phase and 6-pole) gets rid of the pachydermic mass and the EQV’s Norman cabinet profile well. Sufficient acceleration to fit in the fast lane and a top speed of 160 km/h is easily reached. But the elasticity of the suspension, like the limited grip of the tires, invites the adoption of a very ecological behavior. AIRMATIC air suspension is required to optimize directional stability and comfort (€2,659). These continuously adapt to the road profile or driving modes and can also change the ground clearance. Therefore, the EQV is rated at a maximum speed of 110 or even 120 km/h, at which time air and road noise are very well suppressed.
But it is consumption, and above all, that promotes wisdom. Calculate at least 35 kW/100 km at 130 km/h in good weather (18°) or only 250 km at maximum autonomy. This leads to stopping every 200 km to leave some space. Expect 300km of real autonomy in mixed city and highway use, or an average of 28kW/100km. Going on vacation is a bit tight, especially since this electrified version of the V-Class doesn’t allow you to tow a trailer. A peak! However, the rapid development of fast-charging infrastructure and the opening up of Tesla’s network now makes it easier to get away from it all these days. Thanks to the CCS combo socket conveniently located on the front left side of the shield, the EQV accepts a maximum charging power of 110kW to go from 10 to 80% in 45 minutes. The 11 kW AC charger allows you to charge a full tank in 10 hours.
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The price of nice neighborhoods.
Starting at €79,936 for the Long version and €80,830 for the Extra Long version, the Mercedes EQV isn’t cheap, especially since you have to add the very expensive options as we’ve seen above. Our test model in Avantgarde, which included 8 leather seats, two electric sliding doors and automatic rear air conditioning, cost €90,880 including tax. A lower price than the Tesla Model X, of course. The American luxury SUV is certainly faster, safer with a larger driving radius and first-class connectivity. But if we consider that luxury is a place, then the price of m2 It is more interesting in Mercedes.
- Solid build quality
- 8 individual imperial seats
- Quiet and smooth ride
- Very clumsy basic chassis (without AirMatic)
- High consumption
- Backup is not possible