While traditional people carriers are being devoured by crossovers and SUVs, Mercedes-Benz is not abandoning this segment.
Thus, depending on what type of ride families are looking for, they have several options to choose from, including the latest entry, which is called the EQV.
Essentially an electric version of the V-Class, with the occasional stylistic updates, it has a 90 kWh battery pack that gives it a 213-mile (343-km) range on the WLTP cycle. It supports fast charging and powers an electric motor that generates 201 HP (204 PS / 150 kW) and 268 lb-ft (364 Nm) of torque.
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Now, since it weighs over 5,700 pounds (2,600 kg), it stands to reason this not a fast vehicle, even with the instant thrust available via the right pedal. The 0 to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) is estimated to take around 12 seconds, whereas flat-out, it will do 87 mph (140 km/h). The top speed can be increased to 99 mph (160 km/h) as an option.
The strong points of a proper MPV are its interior space, generous leg- and headroom, a very decent cargo area and child-seat mounting points, and the EQV has them all. It also has an MBUX infotainment system, ambient lighting, smartphone integration, premium sound system, Airmatic suspension, electric sliding doors and others, though many of these features are reserved for the higher specs.
In the UK, where the following review took place, the EQV is offered in three trim levels. These are named the 300 Sport, 300 Sport Premium and 300 Sport Premium Plus, with pricing ranging between £70,665 ($94,633) and £77,145 ($103,311). The standard V-Class, on the other hand, starts at £55,165 ($73,876).
If money was no issue, would you consider getting the EQV over the ICE-powered V-Class? And, better yet, could it be an alternative to the ultra-popular SUVs? Let’s see what the reviewer had to say about it.