Mercedes delivers us the market's first mid-sized seven-seat EV. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the EQB.

Ten Second Review

It's very difficult to package a mid-sized EV so effectively that up to seven people can sit inside it. But Mercedes has pulled off that feat with this car, the EQB, which usefully broadens its electric vehicle line-up. It's based of course on the combustion-engined GLB crossover and shares much of that car's premium appeal.


There's a flood of mid-size Crossover electric vehicles out there at present. So any fresh class entrant had better have something fairly unique to offer. Fortunately, this one does: the Mercedes EQB. It's one of what seems like a continual stream of different Mercedes EQ electric models, with the 'B' in this case standing not for the brand's mini-MPV but designating instead something you may already have guessed from a quick glance at this car: the fact that this is the full-battery version of the Stuttgart maker's GLB mid-sized SUV.

Engineering and technology-wise, this car shares everything that matters with its smaller EQA hatch stablemate - including a slightly compromised MFA2 chassis not originally designed for EV use. This model hails from quite a different production facility though. Instead of Rastatt in Germany, it's screwed together at Kecskemet in Hungary, where the GLB is built. A change from the original plan, which would have seen the EQB produced in Daimler's French Hambach plant alongside little smart cars. Regardless of provenance though, what we've got here looks as if it might be a smart choice for a forward-thinking family.

Driving Experience

From launch, this EQB was only available in twin motor '4MATIC' AWD form and if you cast a glance around the segment, you'll find that most rivals believe around 300hp is necessary to properly propel a 4WD EV in this class. Well to approach that with this Mercedes, you've to stretch to the rather pricey top '350' version we tried, which offers 292hp. The EQB 300 model that more customers are likely to choose has only 228hp. This model's close relative, the EQA, sells best in front-driven 190hp '250' form but from the launch of the EQB, the brand wouldn't tell us whether this car would also be offered with that more affordable powerplant.

Still, you won't be choosing an EQB as an autobahn burner - and if you did, the 'burning' in question would primarily be through this model's rather restricted driving range, WLTP-rated for these two 4MATIC variants at a best of 257 miles - in a class where better versions of comparably priced rivals regularly deliver figures well over the 300 mile mark. Mercedes says it's developed an EQB variant capable of a 500km (310 mile) range, but that will only match the current class standard.

Design and Build

You'd certainly pick up this car's similarity to its GLB combustion-engined counterpart if you happened to know the Mercedes product range. As with the EQA, the EQB delivers a subtle reworking of the combustion engined car it's based on. Which means a boxy profile embellished here with a more aerodynamic front end featuring the usual Mercedes EQ-specific closed-off grille and headlight signature. In the same way, the tailgate gets a full width LED tail light bar, as with other EQ models.

Inside, it's also much as you'll find in a GLB, apart from a few trimming changes and the addition of specific 'EQ' electric vehicle menu for the centre screen, which is 10.25-inches in size, like the adjacent instrument binnacle display. Fold the rear seats down and you'll get 465-litres of boot space.

Market and Model

OK: what'll you pay for this seven seat, family-sized all-electric battery-powered Mercedes-Benz? Because this car bears the Three Pointed Star, you won't be expecting it to be inexpensive: it isn't. From launch, the brand was only offering the two 4MATIC AWD versions of this car, which at the time of this test in Summer 2022 started with the EQB 300 at just over £53,500 and culminated with the EQB 350 variant we tried, priced from just over £55,000.

So, premium pricing - but then you probably expected that. At least you get plenty of kit for that, including the ritziest version of the brand's Widescreen MBUX infotainment set-up, with twin 10.25-inch displays for the central screen and the instrument cluster, both of which feature EQ branding and special graphics. Top models get niceties like an electrically-operated panoramic glass sunroof, a Keyless-Go Comfort package, an augmented reality navigation system, an advanced sound system and wireless charging for compatible smartphones.

Cost of Ownership

The elephant in the room here is driving range, so let's get straight to it. For either of the 4MATIC variants offered at launch, the EQB 300 and the EQB 350, Mercedes was quoting a range figure between 250 and 257 miles. A figure which wouldn't be much improved if the brand were to decide to also import the front-driven EQB 250 variant - at least if our recent test of the similar EQA 250 model is any guide. Whichever EQB variant you select, you're going to need to make pretty proactive use of the brake regenerative settings to what is possible.

The 100 kW DC on-board charger allows the car to charge from 10 to 80 per cent in around 40 minutes, and from 10 to 100 per cent in five hours and 45 minutes using an 11kW wall box. Navigation with Electric Intelligence - included as standard - calculates the route that will get the driver to their destination fastest, taking into account charging times, and taking the stress out of route planning.

A three-year subscription to the Mercedes me Charge public charging service is also included.. Mercedes me Charge allows customers convenient use of the charging stations of various providers, even when travelling abroad.


What'll they find here? The usual eye-catching Mercedes front-of-cabin experience, classy screen technology and the rather smug sense of self satisfaction that comes in having a car with the Three Pointed Star on your driveway. On top of that, the brake regeneration system is excellent. All of which means that right here, right now, this is the best affordable EV Mercedes makes. And that makes it a difficult car to ignore.


CAR: Mercedes-Benz EQB

PRICES: from £53,610 – £62,710 on the road



PERFORMANCE: {350 4MATIC} 0-62mph 6.2s / Max Speed 99mph


BOOT CAPACITY: [litres] 465 {7-seat model}

WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: Length/Width/Height mm 4687/2020/1667 mm