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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB Review, Pricing, and Specs

Overview

As Mercedes-Benz prepares to roll out a comprehensive lineup of electric vehicles, the boxy EQB—based on the gasoline-powered GLB-class SUV—is among the first offerings under the new EQ sub-brand. Two different all-electric powertrains are offered, with EQB300 models delivering a combined 225 horsepower and EQB350 models bumped up to 288; four-wheel drive is standard. Similar to the GLB-class SUV, the EQB offers a spacious cabin with luxurious materials; a third row of seats is available, but it’s extremely snug and most adults won’t find it comfortable.

What’s new for 2022?

The EQB is an all-new model for the Mercedes-Benz lineup and should go on sale in North America sometime this summer.

Prices and which one to buy

Both the EQB300 and the more powerful EQB350 will be offered in either Exclusive or Pinnacle trim levels. The 225-hp EQB300 will probably be too powerful for most drivers, but the Pinnacle trim level really amps up the luxury with a panoramic sunroof and a Burmester premium stereo system.

EV motor, power and performance

The entry-level model will be the EQB300, which has a 225 hp electric motor that also produces 288 pound-feet of torque. The bigger offering is the twin-motor EQB350, which makes 288 horsepower and 324 lb-ft. The EQB shares chassis components with the petrol-powered GLB, but is significantly heavier, giving it a more sedate ride. In a short drive in the EQB350 it felt quicker than the GLB250 and more on par with the AMG GLB35. At our test track, the EQB350 hit 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, which is half a second behind the 302-hp GLB35 but slightly faster than the Audi Q4 e-tron.

Range, charging and battery life

The EQB uses a 66.5-kWh battery located under the floor, but its range varies depending on which model you choose. The more powerful EQB350 is said to deliver 227 miles of range per charge, but the entry-level EQB300 boasts a slightly longer range of 242 miles. The EQB can be recharged at home on a level 2 connection or at a DC fast charging public station; on the DC connection, Mercedes says it can charge from 10 to 80 percent in as little as 30 minutes.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe

The EQB350 is rated by the EPA for up to 98 MPGe city and 93 MPGe highway. We haven’t had the chance to take the EQB on our 75 mph highway fuel economy route, but when we do, we’ll report the results here. For more information on the EQB’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, comfort and cargo

Mercedes carried over the cabin from the GLB-class SUV to the EQB with few changes that help differentiate it from its petrol-powered counterpart. There are five seats across two rows with an optional pop-up third row of seats. Nicely finished door panels, soft leather upholstery and bright metal trim all lend a luxurious look to the EQB’s cabin. The EQB, also like other EQ models, also features lovely rose gold interior accents. Adding the battery pack does intrude somewhat on cargo space, with the EQB losing up to 5 cubic feet of cargo space, depending on how the rear seats are folded.

Infotainment and connectivity

Mercedes-Benz’s latest MBUX infotainment system is featured in the EQB. It offers a touch screen, voice command and steering wheel controls for its audio, navigation and other functions. We found this new interface frustrating to use at times, especially its overly enthusiastic voice assistant that pops up every time you say the word Mercedes. The navigation offers a feature to help drivers find EV charging stations more easily.

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

The EQB offers some standard driver assistance features, including lane keeping assist and automatic emergency braking, but more desirable and higher-tech ones are optional. For more information on the EQB’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features are likely to include:

  • Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard lane departure warning with lane keeping assist
  • Available adaptive cruise control with a lane centering function

Warranty and Maintenance Cover

The EQB offers the same warranty coverage as the EQS and other Mercedes models. While some rivals, such as the Jaguar I-Pace, offer complimentary scheduled maintenance as part of the standard warranty package, EQB buyers will have to pay out of pocket for maintenance.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Hybrid components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

Specifications

Specifications

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB350 4Matic Premium
Vehicle type: front and mid-engine, four-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $59,100/$60,380
Options: Mountain Gray Metallic paint, $750; garage door opener, $280; charging cord, $250

POWER TRAIN
Front motor: induction asynchronous AC
Rear motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC
Combined power: 288 hp
Combined torque: 384 lb-ft
Battery pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 66.5 kWh
On-board charger: 9.6 kW
Peak DC fast charging rate: 100 kW
Transmissions, F/H: direct-drive/direct-drive

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.0-inch ventilated disc/12.6-in disc
Tires: Continental ProContact 6XSSR
235/50R-19 103T M+S Extra Load MOE

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 111.3 inches
Length: 184.4 inches
Width: 72.2 inches
Height: 65.6 inches
Passenger volume: 102 feet3
Cargo volume, rear seats up/down: 22/62 ft3
Curb weight: 4815 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 5.4 sec
1/4-mile: 14.3 sec @ 93 mph
100 mph: 20.1 sec

Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.3 sec. away.
Roll start, 5–60 mph: 5.5 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.2 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.6 sec
Top speed (gov ltd): 100 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 178 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot skid road: 0.85 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY AND CHARGE
Observed: 84 MPGe

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 96/98/93 MPGe
Range: 227 miles

C/D TEST EXPLAINED

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