Advantages: Third row available as an option; Relaxed and comfortable driving attitude with responsive handling
The inconvenients: Small third row compromises cargo space; electric autonomy just OK; no performance variant
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz The EQB is an all-electric compact luxury SUV that offers an excellent balance of handling and interior space at an entry-level price for the segment. And it’s not just a cool three-pronged badge you get for mercedes silver in the EQB. You also get a comfortable cabin, sleek yet user-friendly technology, and a calm, quiet ride on the road. It’s basically an electric GLB-classreplacing this car’s mid-range powertrains with a refined, yet fast and engaging electric drive.
Besides the sleek and accessible design, sleek technology and EV efficiency, the EQB’s biggest party trick is probably its optional third row, providing seating for seven occupants. It’s small and probably only useful on rare occasions and for your smaller occupants, but it’s available for customers who request additional seating.
What’s new for 2023?
The Mercedes-Benz EQB was an all-new model for 2022 and is expected to remain unchanged for 2023 except for the addition of a unique engine. EQB 250+ to programming.
The EQB’s interior is luxurious without being ostentatious, at least for the most part – those many ambient LED lights really make it feel like you’re inside a nightclub at night. Otherwise, it’s a simple and comfortable interior with materials ranging from practical and comfortable – genuine leather or MB-Tex and high-grade plastics – to slightly more opulent with touches like microfiber padding and backlit wood trim or natural grain.
A dual digital display for instrumentation and infotainment is standard, along with the Mercedes MBUX voice assistant, but things like a head-up display and augmented video for navigation can be optioned. You can navigate the infotainment via the touchscreen or by using a touchpad on the center console. While the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be staples for many customers, the onboard infotainment and navigation are good, and can even show you the most efficient route to save your car. battery charging on your way to your destination. We don’t like some of the steering wheel controls, like the touch-sensitive thumb buttons that make it too easy to accidentally change the radio station when turning hand-over-hand.
The Mercedes EQB is the same size as the compact GLB crossing on which it is based. Although compact on the outside, the EQB’s surprisingly spacious interior is one of the GLB’s strongest assets. The EQB can comfortably carry four adults and their gear in its five-passenger configuration, though the rear passengers are taller. An optional third row presents a compromise, allowing you to carry two small passengers while reducing usable trunk volume from a roomy 27 cubic feet to 22. Unlike some electric vehicles, the EQB does not not offer a “frunk” for additional storage space under the hood.
But its compact footprint makes it feel like a car on the road, without feeling tiny compared to all the other crossovers around you. A relatively high stance, seating position and large windows provide excellent visibility, and the wheelbase is long enough to make it quiet and stable when cruising at highway speeds. Even better, when you get to a tight parking lot, you can still park the thing hassle-free.
The EQB offers two powertrain options that will carry over from 2022, both fully electric and both offering all-wheel drive through a pair of electric motors. The base powertrain comes in the EQB 300, which offers 225 horsepower and 288 lb-ft of torque. That’s good enough for a respectable run to 60 in 7.0 seconds. Its 70.7 kilowatt-hour battery is rated to travel 243 miles on a single charge.
For a little more throttle urgency, the EQB 350 delivers a total of 288 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. This will push the vehicle to 60 mph in 6 seconds. You do sacrifice some range for that extra power, though, delivering 227 miles of driving on a charge from that same battery.
Both versions of the EQB feature a 400-volt electrical architecture, allowing them to charge at a peak of 100 kW, replenishing the battery from 10% to 80% in 32 minutes on a DC fast charger. On a 240-volt Level 2 charger, they can go from 10% to 100% charge in your garage in 7 hours and 45 minutes.
Mercedes will release a less powerful single-motor EQB 250+ for the 2023 model year. Mercedes says it will offer 188 horsepower and an expected range of 250 miles. Further details have not been announced at the time of this writing.
Unlike the GLB or other Mercedes EQ vehicles, there is no high performance AMG version of the EQB available, unfortunately.
Relatively small, the GLB on which the EQB is based lends itself well to electrification. Like almost all battery-powered cars, the EQB is quick and offers smooth, linear acceleration in near silence. While it doesn’t have the hum and buzz of a gas engine to drown out the squeals and rattles, the EQB’s quiet ride and tuned suspension make cruising a smooth and quiet experience, even on rough roads.
The EQB’s battery gives it a low center of gravity, allowing it to handle more like the GLK we’ve known and loved than the larger, artificially smoother SUVs in Mercedes’ lineup. It’s generally relaxed to drive, but put it in Sport mode (Comfort is the default) and find a twisty road, and it’ll respond well. There’s also an Eco mode to save the range and an Individual mode to mix and match others. Paddles on the back of the steering wheel can increase or decrease regeneration braking, but Auto mode behaves intelligently, preventing you from driving down a hill too quickly or too close behind another car. The EQB also doesn’t give off a funny feeling from the brake pedal when the automatic regeneration is working, like other EQ models do.
What other Mercedes-Benz EQB reviews can I read?
This is our first drive of the EQB, in which we find it benefits from being essentially an all-electric version of the Mercedes GLB, retaining its good qualities while improving with its favorable EV powertrain. .
While Mercedes hasn’t finalized 2023 pricing at the time of this writing, the 2022 EQB 300 starts at $55,550 for the base Premium trim, including a $1,050 destination charge, while the EQB 350 starts at $59,100. Standard features include power front seats with memory, dual digital displays, navigation with range-saving intelligence, 64-color ambient lighting, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and adaptive high beams. More features are available as you level up in the Exclusive and Pinnacle versions. Although details haven’t been fully revealed, Mercedes will offer a new EQB entry with the 250+, starting at $53,450. You can learn more about EQB 300 and EQB 350 features and price here on Autoblog.
- Premium: $55,550
- Exclusive: $56,800
- Peak: $59,350
- Premium: $59,100
- Exclusive: $60,350
- Peak: $61,400
Standard safety and driver assistance features include automatic emergency braking, attention monitoring, adaptive high beam assist, blind spot warning with exit assist and crosswind assistance. Features like adaptive cruise control, speed limit assist, lane centering assist, lane change assist, evasive steering assist, and a view parking camera panoramic are also available.