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The Top Gear car review: Mercedes-Benz EQC
Running costs and reliability
On a route consisting mostly of very gentle 50mph-limited A-roads, TopGear.com managed to reach close to the WLTP-rated efficiency and range. In British conditions and faster motorways I’d not be optimistic of getting far beyond 200 miles, just as we’ve found with the Jag, the Audi and standard-range Tesla.
If you can find a DC charger that’ll go to 110kW, it can go from 10 per cent to 80 per cent charged in 40 minutes. That’s adding about four and a half miles of range for every minute you’re hooked up.
Mercedes provides owners with an app that allows roaming – the use of lots of different charge networks, consolidated into a single monthly bill. If your destination is beyond the battery range, the nav system calculates a route that takes in vacant chargers.
Even the base ‘Sport’ model has multibeam LED headlamps, 19in wheels (big enough), and the big-screen infotainment system with navigation including live parking, traffic and charge-point info.
There’s a superb active safety package called Driving Assistance Plus for £1,695. Annoyingly, neither CarPlay nor the Burmester sound system are separate options. To snare them you have to upgrade to AMG Line Premium, which is £6,640 over base.
At the time of writing we don’t have finance deals, but your target would be to make sure any extra monthly lease or PCP cost is offset by the saving in energy compared with diesel – possible if you charge at home.