autoX Awards 2023: The Mercedes-Benz EQB fared much better in our test than what most of us were expecting. I, for one, became a fan when we tried to push this EV to its limits. Surprisingly, this seemingly sensible family electric car delivered thrilling performance, securing a spot among the top five fastest lap times recorded this year. While one would expect the likes of the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus Performante to make the list, the EQB’s presence is a testament to the potential of not only the AMG Mercedes but also the EQ range.
Powered by an asynchronous motor at the front and a permanent synchronous motor at the rear, the EQB 350 4Matic produces a total of 288bhp and a massive 520Nm of torque. According to Mercedes, the car is capable of going from 0 to 100km/h in a matter of just 6.2 seconds and has a top speed of 160km/h. However, it isn’t just the raw power of the drivetrain – it scored a perfect 5 – that sets the EQB apart but also the way this car handles all that power.
The Mercedes-Benz EQB also does well in terms of practicality and embodies the quintessential Mercedes-Benz craftsmanship, characterised by the use of high-quality materials throughout. That said, its design leaves a bit more to be desired. While it’s not bad in any sense of the term, it isn’t exemplary either. And a car of this calibre warrants the modern Mercedes treatment, like other cars in the EQ range. The interior tells a similar story. While it has a well-built and practical cabin, perfectly adequate for your needs, we couldn’t help but feel that this spectacular car could do with a bit more oomph.
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However, let’s not forget that the EQB is supposed to be the B-class equivalent of electric cars in the Mercedes-Benz line-up. And if I remember correctly, that latter is also a car that appeals more to the head than the heart.
- Mercedes Benz EQB (Lap Time: 01.08.9)
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