Mercedes EQB 650 4MATIC

Mercedes-Benz EQB: 7-seater electric SUV test

With EQE and EQS, Mercedes-Benz has demonstrated that it is possible to launch an electric vehicle that is not affected by any thermal model. However, in order to expand the range as quickly as possible, the star manufacturer does not hesitate to convert gasoline models with the addition of batteries. So was born the EQB, the electric cousin of the GLB SUV, available in petrol and diesel. It is the same size as the Peugeot 5008 (length 4.69m), and it has the taste of maintaining 7 seats even when the battery is installed on the floor… It is the only successful model indeed. in the category. Simple. There is no alternative on the market unless you opt for utility derivatives like the Peugeot e-Traveller or the much more expensive and impressive Tesla Model X. At this time, the 7-seater version of the Tesla Model Y is not yet available in Europe. GLB is a family version of GLA, so it was logical that each version was technically close. So EQB takes over EQA’s engine, which we already tried in our column. The battery has announced a useful capacity of 66.5 kWh (we measured a total capacity of 69.8 kWh with technology partner Moba), and two versions are available. The traction EQB 250, front engine 190 hp and the EQB 350 4MATIC tested here have four-wheel drive with two motors, one on each axle for a total output of 292 hp. The real electric family model EQA disappoints us in terms of cabin life due to a flaw in the raised floor to house the batteries and imposes an uncomfortable position in the back seat. I was worried it would be the same with EQB, but it isn’t. Here, the engineers utilized a higher height (1.70 m versus 1.62 m for the EQA) to raise the rear seats. Headroom remains right, and second-row passengers can finally benefit from a comfortable posture. Best of all, a sliding bench seat with reasonably easy access to the rear seats allowed us to maintain real modularity. Obviously these places are used above all for troubleshooting, but less comfortable than the GLB, which is kind of a feat. And the 465 liter trunk in the five-seat configuration looks pretty decent. In short, the architects of Mercedes-Benz have achieved real achievements in the design of this electric family SUV. Naturally, the EQA has a lot in common behind the wheel. This Mercedes EQB 350 4MATIC features fairly linear acceleration despite its smooth handling. The top speed is limited to 160 km/h, and one cannot but marvel at a model of such power, especially in countries where speed is not limited on highways. The disappointment comes from the fairly high consumption. We found consumption figures for EQA with all-wheel drive. That is, 19 kWh/100 km on the city and road, and 27.5 kWh/100 km on the highway. We hope for true autonomy of 350 km and 240 km respectively. However, in traction, the EQB 250 needs to return to the same good numbers as the EQA 250, so it needs the highest working radius in its category. This SUV with a fast-charging star charges very quickly like its sibling, and its maximum output is slightly higher than the 110 kW promised in the technical documentation. This power is unbreakable. Even at up to 60% load there is still 100 kW. We hit the 80% threshold in 30 minutes and barely slow down after that. The entire tank is completed in 45 minutes. It is absolutely excellent. To this rather convincing balance sheet is added balanced road behavior associated with good comfort. Despite the absence of pilot suspension and its very high weight (2,175 kg), the EQB 350 4MATIC swallows curves with almost agility, while the suspension clears the road’s imperfections when applied. We complain about a bit of pumping on the big bumps on the road, but it’s not overdone. The most annoying thing is the brakes. As with all-electric Mercedes-Benz, the transition between regenerative and mechanical braking lacks fluidity, producing jerks, especially in traffic jams. Thus, Mercedes-Benz succeeded in electrifying its family SUV, allowing the model to be offered for a while without competition in the market. In the four-wheel drive version, you will have to bear the high price of 68,150 euros. However, due to their high consumption, they are most irrelevant. We prefer the EQB 250, which sells for 58,200 euros. It is one of the most exciting family electric SUVs on the market. Mercedes EQB 350 4MATIC 7-seater fast charging Neat comfort Comfortable pickup Uncomfortable braking High fuel consumption on highway High price Slightly loose damping Autonomy/Versatility2/5 Comfort4/5 Road handling4/5 Performance4/5 Presentation quality4/5 Practical Aspects4 /5 Price/ Equipment2/5

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