Too bad Tesla doesn’t make such a super practical electric people-hauling machine.
What hasn’t been negatively stated about Mercedes’ electric strategy: The EQC is only being sold at a manageable low level, other EQ models have been in the pipeline for too long. But wait! Now Mercedes is surprising us with a type of electric vehicle that Tesla does not have: the EQV based on the V-Class minivan.
Of course, the Mercedes EQV is not the only electric minivan: from Opel, for example, there is the Zafira-e Life including its PSA group brothers. Electrifying a van does not seem unwise. There is enough space for the battery, and many drive mainly in urban areas. Does the EQV make sense? We tested it to find out.
***Editor’s note: This first drive review comes from our colleagues in Germany. The EQV is not offered in the U.S. and, as such, we’ve left the specs, pricing, etc. in European formats.
What is it?
The new Mercedes EQV is, as the name already suggests, born from the ordinary V-Class that is built in Vitoria, Spain. Perhaps you have already seen the EQV’s van brother: Amazon delivers its goods with the e-Vito.
Which target group does Mercedes have in mind with the EQV? It is suitable as a family and leisure vehicle as well as a representative company car or as a VIP and hotel shuttle. Using it as a large-capacity taxi could also make sense.
There is an abundance of space: at the front two individual seats in the style of American captain chairs, at the rear either four individual seats or two benches. Whether you order the EQV with 6, 7 or 8 seats is up to the customer. In order to have enough space for the ample battery in the underbody, the EQV is only available in “long” (5.14 meters) and “extra long” (5.37 meters).
Up to 1,410 liters fit in the luggage compartment with full seating, just as much as in the conventional V-Class. How much with removed seats in the rear is not stated though.
After sitting in the high driver’s seat and looking around, there is almost as much space here as in a tram, only more elegant, more comfortable and better. The EQV is striking both outside and inside and the EQV does not scream “electric car!” I look at analog instruments, the wide, but rather flat MBUX touchscreen emblazoned in the middle.
The materials used and the workmanship are really high quality. But details like the fine Burmester sound system are not available for free. As usual with Mercedes, the list of options for the EQV is not short either.