2024 Mercedes-Benz EQB

A Blend of Style, Practicality, and Electrifying Performance

The small to mid size luxury EV SUV market is not, how should I say, flush with options.  The choices are largely limited to BMW, Genesis and Mercedes (Lexus has one offering).  The pickings are slim with each company offering one or two models.  The revised 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQB is an example of Mercedes continued transition to EV and Hybrid based vehicles.  It seamlessly combines the practicality of an SUV with the eco-consciousness of an electric powertrain in a budget conscious luxury option.

At first glance, the EQB might appear strikingly similar to its gas-powered sibling, the GLB-class SUV. And that’s intentional! The EQB embraces a design philosophy that doesn’t scream “electric” but rather exudes sophistication and familiarity. The front grille now features the signature star pattern seen across Mercedes’ EQ models, subtly hinting at its electric heart. The sleek lines, bold proportions, and LED lighting elements make the EQB an elegant presence on the road.

The EQB offers three variants, each catering to different driving preferences:

  1. EQB250+: The entry-level model boasts 188 horsepower and front-wheel drive, making it an efficient choice for city commuting with a 0-100 km time of 8.9 seconds.
  2. EQB300: Stepping up, the EQB300 delivers 225 horsepower and comes with an all-wheel drive. It strikes a balance between performance and practicality with a 0-100 km time of 8.0 seconds.
  3. EQB350: The range-topping EQB350 packs a punch with 288 horsepower, ensuring spirited acceleration and confident highway cruising with a 0-100 km of 6.2 seconds.

All variants share the same 70.5 kWh battery pack, providing an estimated driving range of up to 356-394 km per charge, depending on whether you opt for the 250 or 350. Real life numbers are not as impressive.  My time in the top tier EQB350 returned numbers closer to 319km, although I tend to have heavier foot and if I massaged the accelerator better you would likely get a range closer to 330 km.

Inside, the EQB continues to impress. The cabin is well-appointed, with high-quality materials and attention to detail. Although some of the switch gear and touch points show that this is not an S-Class.  The screen is a familiar 10.25-inch central design with a full digital instrument cluster.  The system is powered by Mercedes latest MBUX software, with a more natural voice activated system that allows you to access most features without ever having to touch the screen or use hands.  It does produce a very satisfying hands free experience, with the ability to control climate, and open the sunroof without ever having to let go of the steering wheel or move your eyes away from the road.  Seating allows for adults to comfortably occupy the first two rows of seats, the third row is best suited for children or for the occasional use in a pinch.  The driving experience is further enhanced in the interior with 4 sound scape modes that alter the vehicle noise based on drivetrain demand.

Also, a new shift which is conveniently available in electric platforms is the option to buy additional features over-the-air (OTA).  A convenient although somewhat unscrupulous way of selling features after the vehicle has been sold.  That stated, in a world that offers everything on subscription, why not your car. 

The EQB’s cargo space is slightly reduced compared to the GLB due to the battery placement, but it still offers practical storage for everyday needs. Fold down the rear seats, and you’ll have ample room for larger items, and up to 1,700 L of cargo room depending on which seat configuration you go with.

Unlike other EV’s that prioritize uniqueness, cutting edge design and futuristic style, the EQB takes a different approach. Its similarities to the GLB, make it an appealing and safe alternative. If you’re tired of EV’s that try too hard to stand out, the EQB’s understated elegance and well-rounded performance gives you an easy option to enter into the luxury EV segment. With a price point starting at $54,200 CAD the question becomes do you tick the additional option boxes and go full EQB350 Premium which gives you 288 horsepower, all-wheel drive, panoramic sunroof, high-end Burmester stereo system and additional AMG style packages which give the EQB a very aggressive stance and 20inch wheels to boot.



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