Mercedes EQV Review

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Price: £70,655-£77,145

The Mercedes-Benz EQV mixes fully electric power with a full-sized people carrier. It makes for a compelling, practical mix. 

Score

7.5/10

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  • Battery size: 90kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 2.34
  • E-Rating™: E

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  • Max charge rate: 110 kW
  • Range: 211-213 miles
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  • Mercedes EQV interior dashboard and display
  • Mercedes EQV rear seats with child seat
  • Mercedes EQV electric van connected to Ionity charger
  • Electrifying.com E-Rating E
Driven and reviewed by Electrifying.com・ Published: 18/09/2020・Updated: 15/06/2022

Ginny Says

“I reckon posh vans like the EQV are becoming just as fashionable as SUVs. If you don't believe me, drive through any posh glamping site in Cornwall. With an electric powertrain they make even more sense as they are refined and cheaper to run.”

Tom Says

“Forward-thinking taxi firms with short-hop executive airport transfers take note: the EQV could be for you. Ok, so it’s a specific set of requirements, but you can’t fault the ambition. Also good for big families who like electric vans. Again, pretty specific...”

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Mercedes EQV electric van

It’s an electric multi-seater, so performance is pegged to adequate rather than exciting. That's not something we could complain about on a vehicle like this. 

  • 0-60mph:12.1 secs
  • Top speed:98 mph

Performance

This isn’t a conventional EV, so there’s no supercar rivalling 0-62mph times, indeed the 12.1 seconds it takes is pretty slovenly these days. It doesn’t feel it on the road, though, that helped by the immediacy of the response, and the decent torque on offer from the electric motor. It’ll not excite, then, but nor is it meant to. 

There’s a proviso - use Eco to maximise range and the EQV will peg the performance back to levels that are uncomfortably slow in traffic, so it’s best left on Comfort - it will still get near to the quoted range. It's best to ignore the Sport setting though, which adds pace but chews through the battery quicker. 

Drive 

The battery might be low in the floor and there’s 204hp on tap, but forget about fun - from a performance point of view at least. The EQV is satisfying though as it runs so quietly, even at speed. There’s some pleasure to be had eking out the best from its powertrain, with the paddleshifters on the steering wheel allowing you to pick your preferred choice of brake regeneration. With no recuperation it will glide on the motorway, or set it to max and it's possible to use just one pedal in stop-start traffic. 

It all becomes easy and natural to use with a bit of familiarity, too. It soaks up bumps well, particularly on the air suspension of the Sport Premium Plus model, and while it’ll go around corners adeptly, don’t push it too hard, because it quickly reveals its substantial bulk with squeaks of protest from the tyres. It's enjoyable in a peculiarly van and EV way, which might sound odd, but it’s really rather good. 

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