Mercedes EQB SUV - Electric motor, drive & performance
The EQB offers nippy acceleration but won’t entertain keen drivers
The Mercedes EQB prioritises refinement over sportiness; it has a smooth driving experience but the heavy batteries mean there’s a bit of body lean and not much in the way of agility. You get plenty of grip, thanks to the four-wheel-drive system. Driving on one pedal is just about possible with the brake regeneration function in its highest setting, but it can be dialled down if that’s your preference. There is also a coasting mode too, which is handy on motorways helping to maximise the cars battery range.
Mercedes EQB electric motors
Both versions available from launch have 4Matic four-wheel drive, but there are two power outputs. The EQB 300 gets 225bhp and an eight-second 0-62mph time, while the 288bhp EQB 350 manages the same sprint in 6.2 seconds. We found this one a bit unnecessary, because the standard EQB 300 model is quick enough - and this isn’t a car for keen drivers anyway.
On the road, the difference between the two models is barely noticeable once up to speed, with each having near identical pulling power, meaning both feel potent when accelerating from a standstill. Overtaking is swift and easy in both cars too, with plenty of acceleration available to get you up to motorway speeds. While the handling doesn’t offer much in the way of engagement or fun, the car does feel secure. It drives very predictably, with accurate steering, a well-balanced suspension setup and decent feel and feedback from the brake pedal.