In the last two years, a relatively large number of electric cars have entered the market in various categories, but the category of large-scale vehicles for more than 5 people was still missing. In the premium class, it is now catching up with the Mercedes EQ with its new electric MPV EQV 300.
We had it for testing in a 7-seater configuration, but depending on the requirements, it is possible to choose 6 seats with four comfortable seats in the rear or also in an 8-seater version with a pair of 3-seater benches. As the name suggests, the EQV 300 is the tallest and most luxurious model in the V-Class and shares a common platform with the eVito. The design of the front part belongs to the family of electric models with the designation EQ. The typical front grille with ribbing and a large manufacturer’s emblem is completed by the graphics of the front LED headlights with adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus technology with selective coverage of other road users. The charging connector door is located in the left front corner of the body. Well, probably the most interesting thing about the whole vehicle is the drive system. It consists of a 100 kWh battery, located under the floor. The usable capacity is 90 kWh and it is currently one of the largest batteries located in electric cars. There is an electric powertrain (eATS) on the front axle. It works with a constant power of 70 kW, but at peak times it reaches up to 150 kW. The eATS unit integrates an energy converter, a fixed gearbox, a cooling system as well as power electronics in a compact design. In the standard equipment you will find a water-cooled three-phase AC charger with an output of 11 kW and DC charging with an output of up to 110 kW. The three-phase charger has a great advantage, especially for home charging, for its full use you only need a 16 A three-phase supply, so you don’t have to pay unnecessarily for a higher reserved capacity. You can charge the battery to 100% from a discharged state in less than 10 hours. On a powerful ultra-fast charger, you can charge from 10 to 80% in 45 minutes, on a 50 kW charger it will take almost 100 minutes. However, the manufacturer states a combined range of 355 km according to WLTP, which guarantees that you will not spend time on the chargers as often. During our testing, we reached a distance of 416 km when driving through districts + city, you can count on 250 – 340 km on the highway, depending on the weather and outdoor temperature. However, when driving within the city and in districts with easy legs, it is not a problem to reach more than 450 km. In this respect, Mercedes shows that even such a large electric car can be efficient.
Basically, the maximum speed is limited to 140 km / h, but in the tested version it was extended to 160 km / h under the option. Of course, with such a large car, it cannot be assumed that you will drive on it like a sports car, with an acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 12.1 s, but the car drives sufficiently dynamically and even at full load there is no bigger problem with running around . In this case, however, the total weight can reach up to 3.5 t and this should definitely be taken into account. The load also affects the consumption, but due to the fact that the car in that case also has greater inertia, it also recovers more energy.
The digital cockpit is based on passenger cars and, thanks to the modernized MBUX system, provides a wide range of options. The instrument panel combines mechanical power and speed indicators and a medium color display with the display of other parameters. The mid-range 10.5 “display of the multimedia system is touch-sensitive, but touchpad control is also available. The MBUX system also includes navigation with so-called electrical intelligence, which you could read about in the EQA 250 review. It allows intelligent route planning taking into account charging times and on the basis of continuous range simulations, taking into account topography, weather, traffic density and driving style, it continuously calculates charging breaks, including the time required for charging.In short, after entering the route, the navigation shows the expected remaining capacity in addition to distance and travel time. When planning a multi-point route, the battery level in each is displayed, and the system automatically includes a charging pause on a particular charger along the route for a longer journey and displays the required charging time, preferring higher-performance chargers. In the test of the second model with this system, I have to admit that it is definitely not just about marketing trick, but a system that works perfectly and reliably. Of course, if driving conditions (number of people, driving style, weather …) change during the journey, the system adjusts the estimated battery balance in real time. The EQV 300 was basically fully equipped, so it did not lack an active Distronic speed control system, although unlike the EQA, it does not have automatic speed transfer. However, this does not interfere in this case. The system worked very reliably, although when stopped completely, it was sometimes felt when braking to zero when the mechanical brakes were applied. Recuperation can be controlled manually, with paddles under the steering wheel in 4 levels from sailing to significant recuperation, after holding one of them, automatic recuperation is switched on, which responds to the vehicle in front of you, downhill, but also approaching a sharp turn. The rich equipment will also please a 360 ° camera system with an excellent image even at night.
The EQV 300 can also meet the highest demands for functionality and variability and covers a number of purposes. In the tested 7-seater configuration, we had a front pair of electrically adjustable seats with three memories, two separate seats in the second row, which can also be installed against the direction of travel, and three seats in the third row. The equipment also included a sliding folding table, which will serve well in a conference setting. The center console was equipped with an integrated refrigerator that could hold three narrow cans or two 0.33 liter beverage bottles. True, we would take a bigger one, but this one will also serve well. In the rear of the console at the top, there are also two holders with the possibility of cooling or heating for passengers. The rear part has an air conditioning control panel in the ceiling, but it can also be operated from the driver. I really liked the pair of sliding doors with electric control. They can be operated from the driver’s seat, but also from the passenger’s seat, one of them (according to choice) can also be operated with a remote control, as well as a large, up-and-over tailgate. In addition, they have the option of opening the top with glass separately. The luggage compartment has a volume of 1310 l, which in the case of full occupancy is rather on the border, if more space is needed, there is also a 230 mm longer version of the EQV 300 Extra Long with a trunk volume of 1410 l.
As I mentioned at the beginning, the EQV 300 is the first premium large vehicle on the market and it must be said that the bar was set high. We will see if it finds competition in the given category. Despite its size and weight, the vehicle was pleasantly surprised by the drive efficiency, thanks to which we recorded a combined consumption of 24 kWh / 100 km after driving 1,450 km, including motorway journeys and the use of air conditioning. That really deserves praise. In addition to the role of a family MPV, I can imagine the vehicle mainly as a luxury car for hotel or airport transfers, but also for the transport of important people or as a VIP taxi.
Battery capacity 100 kWh (usable 90 kWh), front axle driven, permanent motor power / max .: 70 kW / 150 kW, 375 Nm, DC charging max. 110 kW, AC 11 kW 3f, CCS socket, acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h 12.1 s, max. speed 160 km / h, combined range WLTP 355 km
+ Range over 400 km, charging options, transport capacity, technological equipment, comfort
– Lack of additional ventilation of leather seats, sometimes noticeable onset of mechanical brakes
Price from 73 968 EUR, test vehicle: 100 202 EUR
• Consumption in the test (kWh / 100 km): 24
• Range in the test (km): 416
• AC charging power on 11 kW 3f charger (kW): 11
• AC charging power on 22 kW 3f charger (kW): 11
• Max. DC charging power, charger 50 kW (kW): 50
• Charging time 10-80% (min): 99
• Max. DC charging power UFC charger 350 kW (kW): 110
• Charging time 10-80% (min): 47
Source: Nextech by www.nextech.sk.
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