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Interior

What is it like on the inside?

The cabin is normal Mercedes pre the whole Hyperscreen era, so there are two joined-up displays mounted on top of the dash for your digital dials and infotainment. Both screens are 10.25-inches in size and that’s your only option – no monster dash-filling displays are available, even on top spec AMG Line Premium Plus iterations.

That may annoy some folk and may make you think that the EQC has been forgotten about, but actually much of the cabin is easier to use thanks to the presence of proper buttons. 

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Although the same can’t be said for the useability of the steering wheel. It gets Merc’s over-twitchy touchpads that can be used to control the left and right screen respectively. You’ll likely use them once to set up your favourite displays, then leave them well alone for the rest of time. Unless you accidentally glance one with your palm that is – then you’ll be in a world of pain trying to return to the setup you had before. 

Anyway, the only real difference from the GLC (the pre-facelift one, remember) is some progressive-looking rubberised fabric stuff that’s on the dash and seats (recycled, natch). The colours are livelier too, with signature copper vents available on certain trims.

The front seats are high up enough to satisfy the SUV thing. But the back ones suffer versus rival EVs because the wheelbase is comparatively short. And the centre tunnel remains, despite the prop shaft and exhaust having been evicted. The boot's not bad at 500 litres but again, unlike rivals, there's no frunk.

A brilliant head-up display comes with the most expensive trim level, while the 64-colour ambient interior lighting is standard on everything from base spec and above. Oh, and the silence lets you enjoy the awesome hifi.

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