Mercedes EQB for the U.S.: Here’s what’s currently on sale

  • Mercedes-Benz's most affordable EV in the U.S., priced from USD 52,750
  • Delivers an EPA-est. range of up 245 miles
  • Sold in 5- and 7-seat versions
  • Competes with the Volvo XC40 Recharge and Audi Q4 e-tron

The Mercedes-Benz EV line-up starts with the Mercedes EQA globally, but in the U.S., the Mercedes EQB serves as the entry point. Unlike its closest rivals, the Volvo XC40 Recharge and the Audi Q4 e-tron, it allows customers to choose between two different seating layouts. Take a look at what we know about the zero-emissions compact crossover:

Design & Interior

Compared to its donor model, the Mercedes GLB, the Mercedes EQB doesn’t look very different. However, the unique grille, split headlamp, ‘softer’ bumpers, and wheels enhance the car’s look and aerodynamics. Mercedes-Benz Group (formerly Daimler) has employed extra LED lighting set over the grille and a blue accent in the headlamps for the front’s customary distinction. The registration plate enclosure is relocated from the tailgate to a lower position for a clean appearance at the rear.

The interior of the Mercedes EQB has fewer differences, mostly related to the color coding and EQ branding. Like the GLB, the Mercedes EQB is available in five-seat and seven-seat versions. The third-row seats suit people with a height of up to 5 ft. 4 in. and are best suited for children. The new electric SUV’s maximum cargo volume is 61.8 cu. ft.

Range & Performance

The Mercedes EQB is available in the U.S. in ‘EQB 250+, EQB 300 4MATIC, and EQB 350 4MATIC variants.

The Mercedes EQB 250+ has a single-motor powertrain producing 188 hp and 284 lb.-ft. of torque. The battery pack is a 70.5 kWh unit that delivers an EPA-est. range of just 245 miles. The maximum charging power is 9.6 kW (AC)/100 kW (DC).

The Mercedes EQB 300 4MATIC and EQB 350 4MATIC share an asynchronous motor at the front and a permanently excited synchronous motor at the rear. In the EQB 300 4MATIC, these motors generate a combined power of 225 hp and a combined torque of 288 lb.-ft. In the EQB 350 4MATIC, the maximum power and maximum torque increase to 288 hp and 384 lb.-ft., respectively.

The EQB 300 4MATIC can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.0 seconds, while the EQB 350 4MATIC can accomplish the same in 6.0 seconds. Both variants share a 66.5 kWh battery pack and have the same maximum charging power – 9.6 kW (AC)/100 kW (DC). The EQB 300 4MATIC and EQB 350 4MATIC have an EPA-est. range of 232 miles and 221 miles, respectively.

Aspect/SpecificationEQB 250+EQB 300 4MATICEQB 350 4MATIC
Length184.4 in.184.4 in.184.4 in.
Width72.2 in.72.2 in.72.2 in.
Height65.6 in.65.6 in.65.6 in.
Wheelbase111.3 in.111.3 in.111.3 in.
Battery Pack Energy Storage Capacity (Usable)70.5 kWh66.5 kWh66.5 kWh
Drivetrain LayoutFWDAWDAWD
Motor(s)OneTwoTwo
System Power188 hp225 hp288 hp
System Torque284 lb.-ft.288 lb.-ft.384 lb.-ft.
Maximum AC Charging Power9.6 kW9.6 kW9.6 kW
Lowest AC Charging Time (10 – 100% SoC)7.75 hours7.75 hours7.75 hours
Maximum DC Charging Power100 kW100 kW100 kW
Lowest DC Charging Time (10 – 80%)32 minutes32 mins 32 mins
EPA-est. Range245 miles232 miles221 miles
Mercedes EQB specifications in the U.S.

Driving impressions

More than half a year has passed since the Mercedes EQB’s U.S. launch, and many local publications have reviewed the electric SUV. According to Cars.com‘s Aaron Bragman, the 300 4MATIC variant is quick enough in both urban and highway driving, but it’s not that impressive in ride and handling. The heavy weight of the batteries does take a toll on the driving experience. However, the EQB does brakes well, and unlike the EQE and EQS, it doesn’t take control of the brake pedal in high-regen modes, which novice EV drivers will appreciate.

Kelley Blue Book’s Lyn Woodward drove the 350 4MATIC variant and said (via YouTube) the EQB offers a comfortable ride and is very stable around corners. The steering is precise but doesn’t feel quite connected and lacks feedback. Redline Reviews’ Sofyan Bey took the 350 4MATIC variant on a spin and said (via YouTube) the EQB feels a lot more responsive and fun than the GLB. He felt it’s really easy to drive, and its ride is well-controlled and well-damped.

Price

Mercedes EQB side profile live image
The Mercedes EQB is chargeable with a maximum output of up to 100 kW, taking just over 30 minutes to go from 10 – 80 percent SoC at a DC fast charging station. Wallbox charging is via a 9.6 kW charger.

The prices of the Mercedes EQB start at USD 52,750 (250+)/USD 56,900 (300 4MATIC)/USD 60,550 (350 4MATIC), excluding USD 1,150 destination charge.

Standard features of the EQB include LED headlamps and tail lamps, a 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 64-color ambient lighting system, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats with 3-position memory, rain-sensing wipers, and a power liftgate. On the safety front, the new base variant of the EQB comes with a backup camera, Active Brake Assist, Active Park Assist, Adaptive High Beam Assist, Blind Spot Assist, etc.

Production

Mercedes-Benz Group makes the EQB for all the markets except for China at the Mercedes-Benz Kecskemét plant in Hungary since October 22, 2021. This factory will go carbon-neutral by using only green energy sources. America sources its electric SUV from the Hungarian factory.

Mercedes EQB production Hungary plant
The U.S. is sourcing the EQB from the Mercedes-Benz Kecskemét plant in Hungary. Image Source: Twitter/MB_Press

Sales

Mercedes-Benz Group sold 1,672 units of the EQB in the U.S. in 2022, with 739 of them shipped in the third quarter and the remaining 933 delivered in the final quarter. With improved and year-round availability, the sales figure for 2023 was much higher, 445.9% higher to be specific – 11,767 units. Globally, the Mercedes-Benz Group sold 24,200 units of the EQB in 2022. In 2023, the company said sales increased 109%, so it’s safe to assume it delivered over 50,500 units.

Mercedes AMG-EQB

The Mercedes EQB will have a future performance variant engineered by Mercedes-AMG. COO & R&D chief of Mercedes-Benz, Markus Schafer, interacted with journalists about Mercedes-AMG EVs during the unveiling of the EQA in January 2021. “An electrical platform in the direction of AMG is coming,” he said, as per an Autocar report. “There will be performance variants of the EQA, B, S, E,” he added. Shortly after, on March 31, 2021, Mercedes-Benz Group revealed the new drive strategy for Mercedes-AMG hybrid EVs and Mercedes-AMG pure EVs.

Mercedes-Benz Group visually subtly differentiates the Mercedes-AMG EQ models. Distinctive radiator grille with vertical louvers, modified front apron, side sill panels, exclusive rear with spoiler lip and diffuser, and unique wheels are some of the usual signature AMG design cues.

Mercedes-AMG EQ drivetrain that would support the Mercedes-AMG EQB
Mercedes-Benz Group has confirmed plans to release a spate of Mercedes-AMG EQ models, including the Mercedes EQB AMG. Image Source: Mercedes-Benz Group

Interior changes in Mercedes-AMG models typically include exclusive AMG seats, MBUX displays with AMG-specific functions, and an AMG Performance steering wheel with buttons for performance control. Power in Mercedes-AMG EQ models will come from two motors, one mounted on the front axle and one on the rear. High-end Mercedes-AMG EQ models like the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ offer charging with up to 22 kW of alternating current or 200 kW of direct current at public charging stations.

In addition to the AMG-specific 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive, the all-electric AMG Mercs boast AMG Ride Control+ chassis air suspension, an AMG-specific brake system, and a special wiring harness for their battery, adapted for higher performance. Lastly, a newly composed AMG Sound Experience is produced with loudspeakers, a shaker, and a sound generator to give the occupants a feeling similar to gas-powered AMGs.

TopElectricSUV says

The Mercedes EQB’s powerful electric powertrain and unique seven-seat capacity make it a standout in the SUV segment. The Merc’s pricing puts it in competition with mainstream brands like VW, Ford, and Hyundai. For customers who can stretch their budget, the EQB is a genuine alternative.

Mercedes EQB FAQs

What is the Mercedes EQB range in the U.S.?

The Mercedes EQB has an EPA-est. range of up to 245 miles.

What are the Mercedes EQB price & competitors?

It starts at USD 52,750 (excl. USD 1,150 destination charge). The Audi Q4 e-tron & Volvo XC40 Recharge are its rivals.

What is the Mercedes EQB release date?

The Mercedes EQB is now available at dealers in the U.S.