You might think to yourself that there seems to be more new models of Mercedes. Indeed, Mercedes has EV models hitting the roads and, over the next few weeks, we will sample two more of them.
First up is the EQB 250, the entry level EV from Mercedes with a price that’s more obtainable for buyers looking for a smaller electrified SUV. The EQB 250 isn’t going to wow you with big power. This little SUV makes 188hp and a large dose of torque helps it feel peppy as you drive. It has a hushed cabin, so it’s a relaxed daily driver without added noise. The EQB 250 battery is placed low on this SUV so it handles nicely with the boxy Mercedes, enjoying a corner or two. It isn’t as big on mileage as smaller EVs it competes with, but I beat the range on the sticker by about 10 miles.
The EQB provides good space for people in the front and back seats. The boxy design provides loads of headroom, something the curvier competition doesn’t provide. Front seats are comfortable with power adjustments, and the material is a convincing looking faux leather. The rear seats could benefit from added cushioning on the seat bottoms.
The cargo space is generous for a smaller SUV and you can easily carry larger items. The infotainment system is easy to use and the 10.25 inch-touchscreen responds quickly.
Outside, the Mercedes EQB 250 is boxy, so it tends to get noticed compared to the sea of curves and coupe-like styling in crossovers and SUV these days. The EQB’s upright stance and straighter lines makes it look larger than it is. It doesn’t really look like an EV either, as this is based on the GLB all-gas SUV. The special 18-inch wheels and front grill give away that this is no normal gas-powered SUV.
Cost: $52,750; as tested $56,835
MPG: 113 mpge city and 97 mpge highway
Safety: active brake assist; attention assist; adaptive highbeam assist; electronic stability program; blind spot assist; rear view camera; pre-safe/pre-safe sound; active park assist
Options: $325 Natural grain black linden wood trim; $275 LED logo projectors; $170 all-season floor mats; $35 first-aid kit; $250 charging cable; $280 garage door opener; $150 SirusXM radio; $200 heated windshield washer; 1,250 Exclusive package $1,150 destination and delivery
Things to know: The EQB 250 is this least costly way to experience an all-electric Mercedes with space in a smaller package that’s easy to drive.
- The all-EV Mercedes that more people can afford
- Lots of space for a smaller SUV
- Hushed cabin makes this a serene cruiser
- Not very quick when compared to other EV competitors
- Slower to charge when using higher-speed DC charging compared to others
- Some might find the styling a bit plain