Mercedes EQB 2022 review – why ICE cars are DEAD

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This is the new mercedes eqb and it’s a little bit like astatine right you don’t know what astatine is didn’t you get the skull it’s the rarest element on earth only about 25 grams of the stuff is present on the earth naturally at any one time this is rare too it’s an electric seven seat suv there ain’t many of those you can just think of the tesla model x in

The tesla model y right now if you can think of some others let me know in the comments below anyway in this video i’m going to talk around the mercedes eqb the styling upgrades the changes on the inside and take it for a drive see what it’s like anyway i’m matt watson and you’re watching carway ask the team who knew i didn’t know and i did a chemistry degree i

Just looked it up on google buying a new car then head to car wow and my team will help you find your next car at a fair price car wow your one-stop car buying comparison site let’s start this video by talking about the main thing that separates this eqb from the glb on which it is based and that’s the fact it comes with two electric motors there’s two versions

As well there’s the eqb 300 which has a combined output of 228 horsepower and is good for 960 in 7.7 seconds or there’s this one the 350 which has a combined output of 292 horsepower and can do not 60 in six seconds now the starting price of the eqb range is 52 000 pounds and if you want to see the very best offers on the latest electric cars click on the pop-up

Banner up there for the link in the description because i found some through car wow now if you’ll do that later you can just simply google help me car wow my team and i’ll help you choose the right car for you and get it for a fair price for one of our trusted dealers because there’s no internal combustion engine that needs cooling the eqb has a blanked out grill

Now there’s some other differentiators for this electric version of the glb such as this strip here which illuminates when you turn your lights on in fact the headlights have these blue elements in them to signify electricity and there’s some more blanked out parts there as well because you don’t need all those cooling vents now there’s something i’ve noticed just

Been down here and it appears there’s heating elements just in this mercedes badge and that’s to stop it getting condensation and ice in there so you can always see the three-pointed star that’s a really clever solution but it looks like the engineers gave up on clever solutions when it came to fitting the surround view cameras and the camera at the front because

Look at this it’s just there so it looks like the car’s got a big horrible mole next to its nose what’s even more horrible is that obviously this car isn’t fitted with the surround view camera package because this camera is blanked out it’s horrible at the side there are very little changes over the normal glb apart from some slightly different aloe wheel designs

Started at 19 inches these are the snazzy optional 20s and you get an eqb badging there on the wing here at the back the eqb gets this rather snazzy light bar and this affects the design of the rest of the rear you see because they’ve got that light bar there they’ve had to move the mercedes badge which is on the glb there down to here and as the badge is now there

They’ve had to then move the number plate which was here down to here which has required a new lower bumper section and obviously because it’s electric there’s no exhaust pipes like on the standard glb though there’s still like hints where they might have been there a little bit of fakery continuing here on the inside the eqb is very similar to a normal glb but

There are some differences for instance you get a standard the larger infotainment screens and you have some battery information here as well and your energy consumption in kilowatt hours there’s also an eq mode here on the main infotainment screen so it gives you details and charging options your consumption energy flow and all that kind of things there’s some

Blue electric stitching there on the seats and some more blue electric stitching on the center console and some blue electric piping on the mat you’ve also got blue electric inserts on the fence as well and there’s some blue electric eqb badging on the sills other than that nothing has changed so you’ve got decent practicality in here big door bins look there we

Go enough space for my bmw flask in my mercedes vehicle how can i help you can help by not interrupting me when i’m trying to blooming piece to camera go away i’m sorry can you say that again please just go away go shoo you’re just interrupting me slowing down this video people be clicking out piss off i’m sorry but i can’t help you with that right now anyway

Like i was saying how very similar to the glb so the infotainment system is good apart from when the voice commands you it only happens if you say the m word yeah very easy to use nice clear display lots of information though the reality is you’re just going to plug in your phone and either use apple carplay or android auto here in the back in the ekb once again

You’ve got these blue electric bits other than that though it’s identical to the normal car in terms of knee room and headroom which is good what is different though is the fact that because you’ve got the batteries underneath the floor the footwells aren’t as recessed as in the normal glb so your feet are a little bit higher so your knees are also a little bit

Higher which means you’ve got less under thigh support so it’s not quite as comfy on a longer journey though it’s not a deal breaker after all the big thing about this car is that it’s an eevee suv that you can get with seven seats though i’ve handily got the five-seater version to review so i’m gonna have to illustrate what it’s like as a seven seater by doing

This oh yes here we are in the back of the eqb oh yes it may be a seven seater but it is quite tight back here if you would like to see a review of another seven seater ev suv that is a bit more room in the back click on the pop out button up there or for the link in the description below now if you get the seven seat version of this car the beat capacity

Is 465 liters whereas for this five-seater version it is 495 liters which may seem pretty decent however it’s about 100 liters down on the normal glb and it’s still quite a lot less than some other electric suvs one in particular is my favorite if you want to see what that car is click on the pop-up button up there for the link in the description below there

Are some other slightly frustrating things about this boot you see while you do have like storage areas like art net there and another net here oh look i wonder i’ll put my lexus hat pretty handy on a cold day like today and while you get things like a 12 volt socket some strapage there’s no releases for the back seats here in the boot so to lower the backseats

Have to walk around here and pull the tabs on the seats down here which is a bit annoying and that brings down to five other annoying things about this eqb as we all know because electric cars don’t have big internal combustion engines under the bonnet there is usually room for some storage in a front boot so let’s just use the front boot of this eqb to store my

Audi bag uh right yeah because this car is based on a normal internal combustion engine model it’s not quite so well packaged as bespoke built from the ground up electric cars that should be fine there i’m sure it’s going to be fine and it won’t suddenly burst into flames if the thought of sitting on dead animal skin makes you feel a bit you can get a vegan

Interior on this car in fact it’s the only option available in the uk the only thing is that you still have to have your hands on dead animal because even with the vegan interior the steering wheel oddly is still leather the tank capacity of the mercedes eqb is 1.8 tonnes which is 200 kilograms less than the diesel glb so that could be the difference between only

Being able to tow a 4 berth caravan rather than a 6 burst one this is a 50 000 pound car yet if you want adaptive cruise control with lane keeping assist you have to pay an extra 1500 pounds i don’t know why it’s not standard you know what i mean i would recommend that if you do a lot of mars you need active cruise control with lane keeping assist it just makes

Driving so much easier and you get it as standard that kind of thing on a toyota yaris to to turo to yaris to hear this noise it’s like there’s someone with a dremel multi-tool just shaving away bits underneath the bonnet it’s something to do with the electric motor system or the invert it just makes this whirring sound sometimes that’s not the only annoying

Thing also this car is really heavy weighs in at 2.1 tons because of all the batteries when you compare that to the heaviest glb which comes in at 1.8 tonnes don’t worry there’s still plenty to like about this car here’s the car wow five call features you see these steering wheel mounted paddles here in a normal internal combustion engine car they are for changing

Gears not here though they’re for altering the amount of regen you get from the car when you lift off the accelerator so you can put it into a real severe one pedal driving experience where it’ll basically break the car when you lift off the accelerator quite abruptly or you can just ease it off slightly and actually have it so it’ll freewheel like you just put in

Neutral when you lift off and just coasts that’s not the best thing to do the best thing to do though is to put it into auto mode because then the car will actually judge the traffic conditions the roads you’re driving on and how you’re driving and it will apply either regen or coasting for maximum battery efficiency you can get an app for your phone which allows

You to monitor various functions on the car remotely you can also pre-heat it which is ideal on a day like today when it’s freezing so you can get in it and it’s actually nice and warm and all defrosted now the good thing is that if you are pre-heating the car when it’s plugged in charging it won’t take energy from the battery or take it straight from the grid so

You have percent battery when you get into the car if you’re doing a long distance the car sat nav will actually plot in your route to account for charging times and tell you where to stop and how long to stop for so that you can get there as quickly as possible but with enough charge so that you don’t start pulling your bands thinking you’re going to run out of

Battery now i’ll put in a route to edinburgh it says i’ll get there at about quarter past eight however i did the same thing as if i was driving direct without stopping you know if i had a diesel glb which we do on a full tank of diesel then i’ll get there at just after five o’clock anyway shut up thanks for this blanked out grill on a flat underfloor the new eqb

Is more aerodynamic than the glb on which it is base it has a drag coefficient of 0.28 cd compared to 0.3 for the standard car that not only helps improve efficiency but it might also help reduce the amount of wind whistle you get when driving at high speed you can stop come on the load cover underneath the false floor now there is space under there for your cables

Can you see the cables there and there’s actually no dedicated space for this load cover well you think there’s not look but if you wedge it in there and put it in there you can still shut this and it will lock shut look so it sort of works bit of a cheat but it’ll do let’s talk batteries and charging so the eqb has a 66 kilowatt hour battery pack which is good for

Up to 257 miles on a single charge now if you’re charging off a seven kilowatt wall charger it’ll take you 11 hours to go from empty to completely full now it also has dc charging lock dc charging ports and you can charge up to 100 kilowatts which isn’t that fast by today’s standards still you can go from 10 4 to 80 full in just 35 minutes anyway let’s drive this

Thing okay let’s try out this eqb first thing to do test that electric car performance yep yep it picks up good so good i shocked the safety systems did you think i was going to crash into the car in front i’ve got it set up with a sporty throttle response but i’ve got everything else set to comfort because if you don’t have the spoiler throttle response say if

You’re in eco or comfort mode it really dulls the responsiveness of the accelerator pedal you don’t want that everything else that you need in comfort including the suspension because this is a heavy car they’ve had to beef up the springs over the normal glb as a result feels a little bit firmer but with the adaptive suspension fit on this car in the comfort setting

It’s actually pretty good over bumps now i was worried about what it would be like because the eqa which is the sister car to this when i drove it it just seemed a little bit too firm whereas this one is much better it is comfortable and of course you’ve got a really good raised driving position so visibility out here is really nice big back window great view out

Of that really big side mirrors as well it’s a nice car and the electric powertrain does suit it especially when you’re driving around town because obviously you’ve got no gears to mess around with you can put it into maximum regen mode which i have so you can do one pedal driving and really just control it on the throttle it’s quite a relaxing driving experience i

Actually prefer it overall to the internal combustion engine car now as electric cars go it’s not cutting edge in terms of efficiency and how far you can get out of it from a single charge but as an overall car it’s really really nice and you know what when you’re driving around town it actually runs in rear drive mode most of the time it only goes into four-wheel

Drive and sends power to the front when you really put your foot down and you can sometimes feel once again look so you put your foot down it does respond because the safety system is getting concerned again you really can feel the power going to the front because the fronts even start to lose a bit of traction as they scrabble for grip in terms of grip go around

The corner there’s plenty of it it’s not the sportiest feeling car you do notice that it responds quite quickly to initial steering input but then because it’s a heavy thing the rate of turn that you get doesn’t quite match the amount of initial response you get now this is where electric cars really come into their own just driving around residential areas or

In town and this is fine you know over speed humps it’s all very comfy the steering is super light i’m loving the serenity the fact that there’s no petrol diesel engine rattling away in front of me and so too probably the people around here you know when you start your car in the morning all they’re ever going to hear is bling-bling bling as it sort of boots up

Nice cold start of an engine and when you’re on the motorway as well all you notice is a bit of wind noise and tire noise it’s actually a relaxing car to travel a long distance in apart from obviously the range but thankfully you’ve got something not only to help you plan your route so that you go by charging points if you’ve got the budget and you want a glb this

Would be the one to get though you do have to pay quite handsomely for going electric last thing to do let’s just check one pedal driving please stop properly please stop no it didn’t so it looks like you don’t have full on one pedal driving so it won’t bring the car to a complete stop it will slow it quite dramatically when you lift off the accelerator but it’s

Not like in a tesla where it will actually stop you completely see look i’m just doing it again lifted off we’re still coasting a bit just a bit just a bit i’m still coasting still coasting not accelerating yeah off we go the front wheel’s scrapping again it’s weird now it’s not pushing right back into your seat acceleration but it’s as fast as you ever need oh

God i keep setting this thing off calm down mercedes i’m not going to crash i’ve got this still it’s better to be safe than sorry right so there was our final verdict on the mercedes eqb should you avoid it should you consider it should you shortlist it or should you just go right ahead and buy it well i reckon you should shortlist the eqb i mean the normal glb

Is a really good car and this is a very nice electric version and really if you want a seven seat suv you basically got the choice of this a model y or a model x that’s it anyway i hope you enjoyed the video if you did give it a like let me know some other videos you’d like to see in the comments below click on those windows there to watch some more videos and if

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Mercedes EQB 2022 review – why ICE cars are DEAD! By carwow