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The Mercedes Benz GLC 300 e 4MATIC

The Mercedes Benz GLC 300 e 4MATIC

The new Mercedes Benz electric EQV

The new Mercedes Benz electric EQV


The Mercedes Benz GLC 300 e 4MATIC

Mercedes Benz – GLC PHEV and EQV 300

Mercedes Benz is on a massive electric offensive lately and there seems to be no sign of them putting a ‘Halt!’ to the number of new electric and plug-in hybrid models rolling off the ­production lines in Germany these days.

I had the pleasure of driving two very different models recently – one of

which is certainly bucking the plug-in hybrid trend.

You see, most plug-in hybrid cars these days are matted to a small or mid-sized petrol engine.

However, the brains in the Mercedes factory have decided that diesel and electric could be the way to go for even better fuel consumption figures, in its updated GLC family crossover.

The premium brand does offer a petrol plug-in hybrid version too but we are going to concentrate on the diesel

plug-in GLC, which was our test drive for the week.

This model has been available for a number of years across Europe but this is the first time Mercedes Benz introduced it to the Irish market.

On the outside, the revised GLC has been given a few nips and tucks to

keep it fresh ahead of a brand-new ­model, which is believed to be in the pipe line for 2023.

To the untrained eye there isn’t much to distinguish it from its petrol/diesel sibling, apart from a charge port that’s located neatly at the rear of the car, disguised in the bumper.

We have said it before that plug-in hybrids make the most sense for families, as they give you the best of both worlds and you’ll never have to worry about range anxiety that full electric cars and SUVs can cause. This GLC combines Mercedes’ trusty two-litre diesel engine with a 13.5 kWh battery pack which, when combined, packs a powerful punch on the motorways.

The company says it can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 6.2 seconds, which is ­extremely fast for a bulky, family SUV.

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It also claims that fuel economy figures of as little as 1.8l/100km can be achieved with careful driving but this was way off the mark during our week-long test drive.

Sometimes we wonder where the manufacturers get their figures from, as they can never be achieved under normal, everyday driving conditions.

Still though, the claimed electric range of 45km should be more than enough for most drivers who are using the GLC for daily commutes to get to work and back on a single charge, without ever having to dip into the diesel reserve.

On the road, the Mercedes Benz GLC plug-in hybrid offers a refined mix of electric and diesel power.

Even with the additional battery weight on board, the unmistakable Mercedes’ handling is very unforgiving and we were averaging just a little over 4l/100km during our week-long test drive.

It is exactly what we’ve come to expect from a brand that has been reborn in recent years, and is producing some of the most stylish cars on the market.

Prices for the GLC plug-in hybrid start at €62,300 for the petrol model and our test car came in at €62,843, with a few little extras here and there.

Yes, you might, like me, think that is a little on the pricey side for a GLC but when you look around at its close competition you’ll see it is actually ­reasonably priced.

As well as that, it is a serious contender in diesel/electric guise and just goes to prove the Japanese are wrong – and that there is still life in the old diesel yet!


The new Mercedes Benz electric EQV

The new Mercedes Benz electric EQV

The new Mercedes Benz electric EQV

Meanwhile, Mercedes has also put an electric spark into its plush ­people carrier – the V-Class (or Vito as some still call it).

The EQV is the second Mercedes-Benz from the all-electric EQ brand.

With seating for up to seven people, the EQV combines practicality with all the advantages of an electric vehicle.

Thanks to its 90 kWh battery, the EQV’s electric motor can generate a very generous 204bhp.

It has a claimed range of up to 418km and can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in only 45 minutes, using a rapid DC charger.


Mercedes-Benz EQV

Mercedes-Benz EQV

Mercedes-Benz EQV

Because the battery is installed in the underfloor area, where it saves space, is protected and beneficial to the vehicle’s centre of gravity, the EQV offers the same level of interior versatility and functionality as its conventionally powered sibling, the V-Class.

It can seat up to seven occupants in multiple configurations and also boasts a substantial and flexible luggage capacity of up to 1,410 litres.


Mercedes-Benz EQV

Mercedes-Benz EQV

Mercedes-Benz EQV

The EQV is well suited to family and leisure applications as well as for use as a prestigious company vehicle or VIP and hotel shuttle.

My test model for the week was the AVANTGARDE Line which came with a list of standard equipment as long as your arm.

Some of these features included: 17-inch, five-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, acoustic presence indicator, adaptive brake lights, ambient interior lighting, ambient lighting in exterior mirrors, attention assist, blind-spot assistant, comfort seats in Lugano leather, cruise control and Traffic sign assist.

However, the EQV does come with a price-tag to match all its luxury.

Starting prices for the new EQV comes at €99,995 and my test model came in with small pocket change from €100k.

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