Mith the EQB, Mercedes will be launching its second compact electric SUV on the market at the end of November. The 4.68 meter long car should also take families with more space for themselves. Not only is it 22 centimeters longer than the EQA, it is also available as a seven-seater with two retractable individual seats in the third row. As a five-seater, the high-quality EQB is very spacious, and the loading compartment is also generous with 495 to 1710 liters. If you order the rear seat, which can be moved lengthways by 14 centimeters, you can accommodate up to 190 liters more luggage.

Initially, two all-wheel-drive versions, also offered in the technically closely related EQA, will be launched, which differ in terms of performance, but not in terms of consumption and range. Both the 300 4Matic with 228 PS and the 292 PS strong 350 4Matic are powered by two electric motors on the front and rear axles. The 100 km / h mark is reached after 8.0 and 6.2 seconds, and the top speed is limited to 160 km / h in both versions. The 66.5 kWh battery corresponds to that of the EQA, it is supposed to provide energy for up to 419 kilometers of driving, Mercedes specifies the power consumption at 18.2 kWh per 100 kilometers.

On our first long trip with the 300 4Matic, which allows you to move quickly despite a mass of 2.2 tons, we noted a requirement of 22.2 kWh per 100 and thus a range of around 300 kilometers. Compared to the sportier EQA, the EQB springs more comfortably, and the chassis can be equipped with adaptive dampers on request. The quiet in the well-insulated interior is remarkable; the increasing wind noise from 100 km / h is not really annoying. Fast charging is possible with a maximum of 100 kW, as the Škoda Enyaq and VW ID.4 with 125 kW or the BMW iX3 with up to 150 kW can handle significantly more.





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Mercedes promises a consistently high charging capacity over a wide range, ideally the battery should be filled from ten to 80 percent in 32 minutes. On a wallbox with 11 kW alternating current, the battery is back to normal after just under six hours. The navigation system calculates the most favorable charging strategy in each case, names suitable charging stops with free charging stations and not only takes the topography into account, but also the weather on the most efficient route. Five different degrees of recuperation can be selected using the steering wheel paddles; in the strongest, the brake pedal is hardly needed.

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