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Mercedes-Benz EQV

£ 71,590 - £ 78,160
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Published: 14 Oct 2021
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Driving

What is it like to drive?

The EQV lends itself well to the electric life, it’s not a particularly sharp drive and acceleration is blunted, but in an EV you tend towards eco driving anyway so that you can eke the most out of your battery. The ride is soft and pillowy, providing a plush drive for passengers. But of course that comes with a side dish of body roll and bounce, which means a tentative approach to corners and gingerly making your way across roundabouts. The car will do a 12.5secs 0–62mph run, which is boosted by flicking to Sport mode, although feels like an unnecessary move.

Paddles behind the steering wheel let you flick between four levels of regen, from pure coasting to nose prints on the steering wheel. You’ll want to use the energy recovery as much as possible, mainly because the brakes are so terrible. When you hit the pedal there’s a portion of regen and then the mechanical brakes bite in suddenly with a graunch. You’ll at least have the satisfaction of trying to master a smooth stop, at which point you’ll have earned your EQV black belt. 

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Behind the wheel you can understand why people go for such high-riding beasts – you have an imperious view of the road ahead matched only by other van drivers, There are downsides to the size of the EQV – it doesn’t fit in normal parking spaces and you have to leave a load of space behind it to make sure the boot can open. It can also be a bit of a squeeze getting in and out of multi-storey car parks. But then if you’re in this much need of a seven-seater then you’ve no doubt already made peace with the consequences of your life choices. 

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Highlights from the range

the fastest

Mercedes-Benz EQV EQV 300 150 kW Sport 90 kWh 5dr Auto
  • 0-6212.1s
  • CO2
  • BHP204
  • MPG
  • Price£ 71,590

the cheapest

Mercedes-Benz EQV EQV 300 150 kW Sport 90 kWh 5dr Auto
  • 0-6212.1s
  • CO2
  • BHP204
  • MPG
  • Price£ 71,590
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