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Mercedes-Benz EQB

(2022 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

73
%
A

Used car score:

68
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

68
%
C

Safety Rating:

85
%
A

Eco Rating:

A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

58
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

73
%
A

Used car score:

68
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

68
%
C

Safety Rating:

85
%
A

Eco Rating:

A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

58
%
D

Summary


The Mercedes-Benz EQB is a compact SUV that is part of the Mercedes-Benz all-electric EQ family, available in both five-seat and seven-seat configurations. It arrived in the UK in early 2022.

Based on the regular Mercedes-Benz GLB, the EQB is powered by two motors connected to a 66kWh battery, providing an official battery range of 257 miles. The range is currently limited to two trims in the UK, both of which are all-wheel drive models.

A cheaper entry-level model that uses a single motor is planned to be added to the range eventually. This model will be front-wheel drive, and is expected to offer a longer battery range.

One of several electric models to recently emerge from the Mercedes-EQ pipeline, the EQB has received mixed media reviews, with scores ranging from below average to very good.

Journalists collectively agree that the EQB is a neat package with impressive build quality and interior refinement, as well as offering intuitive on-board tech features and infotainment. Performance is also praised, with Parkers particularly praising the top-spec EQB 350 in offering impressive pace for a seven-seat compact SUV.

However, the Mercedes-Benz EQB is not the preferred choice of a number of publications, including Autocar., which describes it as “average at best in all the ways that matter”. Battery space, ride quality and boot space are inferior to rivals like the Audi Q4 e-tron.

The EQB’s price tag – which surpasses £50,000 – is also higher than comparable rivals, with larger and more practical family cars available on the market.

That said, the Mercedes-Benz EQB is one of the only premium electric SUVs available with seven seats – its only true competitor being the more expensive Tesla Model X. As The Sun points out, “the EQB is still stupidly expensive, but its almost half the Tesla’s money.”

A facelifted EQB range was announced in September 2023, which is likely to arrive in the UK over the winter. This is an update to the existing model rather than an all-new vehicle.

As of January 2024, the Mercedes-Benz EQB holds a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 73. It gets points for its excellent safety rating and zero tailpipe emissions, but running costs are high and media reviews are merely average.

EQB highlights

  • One of the only seven-seat options in its class
  • Easy-to-use infotainment
  • Comfortable and high-quality interior
  • Strong performance

EQB lowlights

  • Still expensive despite lack of direct rivals
  • Average battery range
  • Third row seats not really for adults
  • Ride quality not as good as best rivals

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV
Power: electric, battery-powered
Price: From £55,310 on-road

Launched: Winter 2021/22
Last updated: N/A
Update due: Winter 2023/24


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: February 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 95%
Child protection: 91%
Vulnerable road users: 78%
Safety assist: 74%

Notes on safety rating

The EQB is structurally comparable to the combustion-powered Mercedes-Benz GLB tested in 2019 and shares the same level of safety equipment. Additional tests have been done where the performance of the cars might differ but, otherwise, test results are taken from the GLB.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Mercedes-Benz EQB has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an EV) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the EQB would be very likely to score highly in Green NCAP testing if and when it ever takes place.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Mercedes-Benz EQB to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the EQB, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models252 milesB246 – 257 milesB – B
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models3.7 m/KWhD3.6 – 3.8 m/KWhC – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models48D46 – 50D – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£236B
Year 2£552B
Year 3£866B
Year 4£1,038B
Year 5£1,351A
Overall£4,043B

Running costs for the Mercedes-Benz EQB are something of a mixed bag, according to numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

The SUV has an official battery range of 252 miles (which varies from 246 miles to 257 miles, depending on which model you choose) is above average, so you shouldn’t need to worry about running out of charge in normal day-to-day driving.

The EQB’s service and running costs are good, but insurance is expensive.

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The Mercedes-Benz EQB has received mixed reviews, with impressive build quality but average battery range and an expensive price tag.Mercedes-Benz EQB