2018 Paris Motor Show: Can the Mercedes-Benz EQC take on Audi e-tron?

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Now that the Audi e-tron is finally here, it’s one of three German electric SUVs that will be on the road within the next few years. The other two are the BMW iX3 and this, the Mercedes-Benz EQC. All three are going to be impressive SUVs but the e-tron has a few advantages over both of its new competitors. But let’s look at one of them, the EQC, as it’s just made its debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

Mercedes’ new naming scheme for electric cars combines its current naming structure (C, E and S variations) with its new “EQ” naming structure for electric vehicles. So the Mercedes-Benz EQC will be an electric SUV that’s GLC-Class size-ish. It’s a bit longer than the GLC-Class and you can tell by its stretched out C-pillar and window frame. So it will be sized about the same as the BMW iX3, if maybe a bit longer.

There are some criticisms to its design, though. The the front, it looks like a Mercedes GLC that had a literal facelift and a bit too much plastic surgery, like a Beverly Hills divorcée. Out back, it gets a slick looking light bar but that’s about it, as the rest of it is a bit dumpy looking. Overall, it’s not a bad looking car, just an unexciting looking one. If its looks were to be summed up in a word, it’d be “meh”.

Inside, it looks very similar to that of the GLC-Class, just with some bronze air vents and Mercedes’ new Siri-like voice control system. Aside from that, it’s a pretty typical Mercedes interior, which is to be expected, honestly. Though, that’s not a bad thing, as it’s a handsome enough interior, even if it isn’t very electric looking.

That “meh” feeling continues with its electric powertrain as well. Packing two electric motors, one at each axle, the Mercedes-Benz EQC makes an admittedly impressive 402 hp. However, it maxes out at 200 miles of range. Which means in the real world it will get around 160-170 miles of range. That’s compared to the Audi e-tron that gets a maximum 245 miles of range, so real world figures will land at around 200 miles, which is the magic number for EVs.

While the EQC won’t be a bad car, it’s just not as exciting, capable or advanced as the Audi e-tron and that’s disappointing. The more good electric cars we get to the market, the better off customers are. Unfortunately, it looks like Mercedes came up a bit short with the EQC.

Stay tuned for more from the 2018 Paris Motor Show.