2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB Review

Ron Sessions, Independent Expert | Nov 29, 2022

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As Mercedes-Benz continues to roll out new models to populate its new Mercedes-EQ line of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), it introduces the compact EQB SUV. Derived from the gas-powered GLB SUV, the new Mercedes-EQB joins the existing EQS flagship sedanEQS SUV, and the just-introduced 2023 EQE midsize sedan in U.S. showrooms.

The Mercedes-Benz EQB is the automaker's least expensive EV offering in the U.S., positioned to appeal to families and EV-intenders moving up from mainstream brands. For the 2022 model year, the Mercedes-Benz EQB is available solely with all-wheel drive (AWD) in EQB 300 4Matic and EQB 350 4Matic configurations. Including the $1,050 destination fee, the EQB 300 4Matic in base trim is priced at $55,550; the EQB 350 4Matic base trim retails for $59,100.

Notable standard equipment for the base EQB 300 4Matic includes:

  • Dual electric motors totaling 225 horsepower
  • 70.5-kWh lithium-ion propulsion battery
  • 4Matic AWD
  • 5-passenger seating
  • New-generation MBUX Multimedia with Augmented Reality Navigation
  • Dual 10.25-inch dash displays
  • Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 6-speaker AM/FM/HD Radio
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • MB Tex faux-leather seat coverings
  • Power front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

The EQB 350 4Matic upgrades to dual electric motors with a combined 288 hp.

Regardless of the model, opting for Exclusive trim adds Keyless Go, a wireless phone charger, NFC phone pairing, and an advanced audio system. Upgrading to Pinnacle trim gains a panoramic roof, a Burmester surround-sound audio system, and a surround-view camera.

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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB Base Denim Blue Metallic Front Quarter View

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The Mercedes-Benz EQB competes in the Compact Premium SUV market segment. According to data collected from verified new-vehicle buyers for the J.D. Power 2022 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, 62 percent of new Compact Premium SUV buyers are male (vs. the same percentage for all segments), and the median age of a new Compact Premium SUV buyer is 55 years (vs. 54).

As part of the APEAL Study, owners rated Compact Premium SUV models in 10 primary categories. Listed below in descending order, you'll find their preferences from their most favorite thing about the vehicle to their least favorite:

  • Powertrain
  • Exterior styling
  • Driving feel
  • Feeling of safety
  • Setting up and starting
  • Interior design
  • Getting in and out
  • Driving comfort
  • Infotainment
  • Fuel economy

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In the sections that follow, our independent expert analyzes an EQB 300 4Matic in base trim equipped with the following options:

  • Denim Blue Metallic premium paint
  • Walnut wood interior trim
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 19-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels
  • Heated front seats
  • Augmented video
  • Speed limit assist
  • Charging cable

The test vehicle's price came to $59,325, including the $1,050 destination charge.

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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB Base Front Seats

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As with the Mercedes-Benz GLB with which it shares a platform, the 5-passenger version of the new electric Mercedes-Benz EQB is a comfortable place for four passengers—five in a pinch—despite its compact dimensions. Mercedes amply bolstered the power-operated front bucket seats for lateral thorax support, while the lower cushions find a happy balance of lateral thigh support and easy ingress and egress. Extendable, slide-out thigh bolsters are a quality touch.

With a relatively long wheelbase for a compact SUV, the EQB features long rear doors that ease access to the second row, and in the optional 7-passenger configuration, the two third-row seating positions. A tallish, squared-off roofline helps with headroom and is good for the class, even with the optional panoramic sunroof.

The second-row bench seat is divided 40/20/40, and you can individually fold each section flat for cargo or recline them to any of seven positions for comfort. With just four aboard, a flip-down center armrest with slide-out cupholders aids comfort. Also, the second-row seat sections can slide fore and aft up to 5.5 inches to accommodate cargo needs or, in the case of the 7-passenger version, add some sorely needed third-row legroom.

In the EQB 7-passenger version, the small, two-person third-row seat has minimal legroom and is best for children or, as Mercedes-EQ says, adults no more than 5 feet, 4 inches tall. Note that a maximum of four child safety seat ISOFIX and TOP tether anchor points are available for the aft perches.

As the brand's entry-level BEV, there's more hard plastic in the EQB than in most Mercedes-Benz products, but the overall design is tidy and handsome. However, the aluminum-look plastic trim on high-traffic areas, such as the interior door handles and center console edges, makes a crunchy sound when you press against it and may be prone to scratching. Optional natural-grain Brown Walnut trim on the doors and dash of the EQB test vehicle added warmth.

The standard power-operated front bucket seats get adjustable lumbar, and the driver's seat has three-position memory. Heat is optional for the front seats and the four-way tilt/telescoping steering wheel, with ventilated multi-contour massaging front chairs another available upcharge. Mercedes covers the seats in leather-like MB-Tex material. Also, the standard fare is rain-sensing windshield wipers, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, and basic, non-adaptive cruise control. A festive, 64-color ambient interior lighting package turns sections of the dash, doors, and console into a light show.

Interior storage space is less than that offered by some competitors due to the surface area the console-mounted remote-touch infotainment interface takes up. However, the EQB provides a pair of cupholders and an open tray for small items forward of the infotainment controller. There are pockets and bottle holders in the doors and a fairly deep cubby under the center armrest with nifty bomb-bay doors that make the cubby's contents more easily accessible.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB MBUX Infotainment System Review - Find the best Mercedes-Benz deals!

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB Base Walnut Wood Interior Dashboard

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The 2022 EQB comes with the same MBUX infotainment components as other compact-size Mercedes-Benz models, such as the GLA and GLB SUVs and the CLA 4-door coupe. Standard elements include:

  • 10.25-inch center touchscreen (adjacent to 10.25-inch driver display)
  • Console-mounted remote touchpad controller
  • Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring
  • Voice control with natural-language understanding and keyword activation
  • 100-watt, 6-speaker AM/FM stereo with HD Radio
  • Embedded navigation with Electric Intelligence (finds charging stations along the selected route)
  • MBUX Augmented Reality
  • Four 100-watt USB-C ports

While the dramatic presentation of the 5-foot-wide Hyperscreen from the flagship EQS doesn't filter down to the new EQB, the latter's dual horizontal-format 10.25-inch flat screens butting against one another under a single lens are attention-grabbing as well. The left screen, configurable in classic, sport, and electric art themes, handles driver-related information. Meanwhile, the right one, which is also a touchscreen, handles infotainment duties and can simultaneously display as many as three panels (such as phone, audio, and navigation). Both offer sharp graphics and bright colors, with good contrast for quick glances on the fly.

The main infotainment interface is the console-mounted remote touchpad controller, which, like the systems in several other luxury models, can be a bit awkward to operate at first. To make things easier, flanking the touchpad are hard shortcut buttons for quickly accessing phone, navigation, or audio functions, selecting favorites, the home screen, or the ever-important back function. More home and back buttons are on the steering wheel spokes. There is no audio volume knob, but Mercedes kindly located thumbwheels for that function on the steering wheel and center console.

One of the best features of the MBUX system is its enhanced voice control, which allows the driver and front passenger to bypass all those touch controls and simply tell the EQB what you want to do. You can access voice control, now enhanced with natural-language understanding, by tapping the steering wheel button or simply uttering a wakeup phrase such as "Hello, Mercedes" or "Hey, Mercedes." You can ask it to do things like check the weather anywhere on the planet, adjust the audio volume, locate the nearest pet-supply store, find and navigate to a point of interest, or even select an audio source by artist, station, or genre. It works with the climate control system as well. The artificial intelligence associated with it can respond if the voice command is something like, "Hello, Mercedes, I'm hot," by dropping the cabin temperature by two degrees on the side of the cabin from which the voice request came.

Augmented Reality is another stellar MBUX feature. If navigation is active, the technology gives a split-screen display of the selected route and shows a real-time view of the road and traffic ahead using the front camera. Augmented Reality then adds animation showing navigation instructions, lane guidance, major cross streets or highways, and the direction of any upcoming turns layered atop the camera view. When planning routes with the EQB, the system factors in available charging stations.

EQB models upgraded to Exclusive trim replace the base 6-speaker, 100-watt audio system with a 10-speaker, 225-watt unit. Moving up further to the top Pinnacle trim adds the immersive 12-speaker, 590-watt Burmester surround-sound system. Another nice byproduct of the EQB's silent-running electric drivetrain is that you don't have to turn up even the base sound system quite so loud to hear every word of one's favorite newscaster or podcast narrator. A six-month trial of SiriusXM satellite radio is a free-standing option.

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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB Base Denim Blue Metallic Side View

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As one might expect, the new EQB EV drives much like the gas-powered GLB but is smoother, much quieter, and frankly, more premium. Credit the turbine-smooth electric propulsion that replaces the GLB's perky but at times intrusive and uneven-accelerating 4-cylinder turbo powertrain.

The EQB is substantially heavier than the GLB—nearly 1,000 pounds. But because the former's electric motors develop their maximum torque instantly instead of waiting for the gas engine to reach the fat part of its torque curve at 1800 rpm, the accelerator pedal response of the EQB is satisfyingly brisk. According to Mercedes, the 225-hp, 288-pound-feet EQB 300 4Matic can accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in approximately 7 seconds. This is about the same as the gas-powered 221-hp GLB 250 but without the stair-step surges of its rorty 4-cylinder as the 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission shifts up through the gears. The EQB 350 4Matic, with its larger electric motors producing 288 hp and 384 pound-feet of torque, can accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in about 6 seconds.

Mercedes equips both 2022 EQB models solely with dual electric motors and 4Matic AWD—a definite plus in regions that experience slippery winter weather. However, the German automaker is adding a "long-range" EQB 250+ with a single 188-hp motor, front-wheel drive (FWD), and 250 miles of range (just 7 miles more than the dual-motor EQB 300 4Matic) for the 2023 model year.

As with other EVs, the underfloor placement of the EQB's large propulsion battery gives the vehicle a stabilizing low-center-of-gravity feel that also tends to damp body fore/aft pitching and side-to-side head toss with changes in road camber.

The chassis is standard compact SUV-segment fare with a MacPherson strut front/multi-link coil-spring rear suspension. There are no fancy adaptive dampers or air springs, yet like the GLB, the EQB has tidy, balanced handling, rapier-sharp steering with light effort, and feels cool, calm, and absolutely planted at speed, even on its all-season tires.

Regenerative braking that extends the driving range and adds electrons to the big, 70.5-kWh lithium-ion battery (66.5 of which is usable) blends with the available retardation from the mechanical wheel brakes. Regeneration is driver-adjustable in steps via a pair of steering-wheel paddles repurposed from their manual-shift function in the GLB. At the maximum setting (the writer's favorite), most of the time, you can drive the EQB using just the accelerator pedal, applying the footbrake only to stop faster or come to a complete halt. If the driver needs to brake suddenly, it saves precious fractions of a second in reaction time. The driver can slow the EQB immediately by lifting off the accelerator instead of waiting to apply the brake pedal. Don't worry; tailgaters on your six see the EQB's brake lights the moment the driver lifts off the accelerator.

Recharging the EQB at home with standard 120-volt AC power can take more than three days, but buyers who upgrade to a 240-volt, 32-amp AC charging system can top off the battery overnight. Mercedes says fast charging at a 100-kilowatt DC station (provided you can find one that's operational) can take the EQB propulsion battery from 10- to 80-percent charge in 31 minutes.

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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB Base ADAS Menu

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Standard advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) features are on the skimpy side for the EQB. That said, Mercedes-EQ makes pretty much all of the topline technology trickled down from the S-Class and EQS flagships available in a single $1,300 Drive Assistance package that's a good value.

The EQB's standard shortlist of ADAS tech includes:

  • Active Brake Assist with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking (AEB)
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Reversing camera
  • Active parking assistance (can help move the EQB into a perpendicular or parallel parking spot while operating the steering, gearshift, and brakes)

Not included with the EQB test vehicle but a recommended option is the Drive Assistance Lite package. It is a comprehensive suite of ADAS technologies and a wise addition to any EQB that includes:

  • Distronic adaptive cruise control (ACC) with active steering assist and speed adaptation ahead of curves, exits, and tollbooths
  • Active Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Function (upgrades the standard AEB to include cross traffic at intersections)
  • Lane-centering assistance
  • Active Lane-Keeping Assist (can buzz the steering wheel if the vehicle drifts over lane markings and pulse single-side braking to pull the vehicle back into its lane)
  • Automatic emergency stop assistance
  • Active Speed Limit Assist (automatically adjusts to the posted speed based on navigation map data when Distronic ACC is engaged)
  • Active Lane Change Assist (can execute a semi-autonomous lane change with Distronic activated on a 4-lane highway if the lane is clear with turn signal application)
  • Active Blind-Spot Assist (in addition to warning the driver, it can also pulse single-side braking if they attempt an unsafe lane change)

Not in the big package but available separately and included with the top Pinnacle trim is a surround-view camera display that provides a 360-degree overhead view of the vehicle and its immediate surroundings.

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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB Base Cargo Area

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How much cargo space does the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB have?

Despite its trim exterior proportions, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB offers cargo space that's competitive with other compact premium SUVs. For the standard 5-passenger version of the EQB, that means 23.7 cubic feet of space aft of the 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat and as much as 60 cubic feet with the back seat folded flat. However, the 2-passenger third-row seats of the optional 7-passenger version are too small for average-size adults and take away more than half of the available cargo space behind them when raised.

There are handy netted pockets along the sides of the EQB cargo area for holding half-gallon jugs of liquids such as milk or wine, as well as hidden storage under the cargo floor for the charge cord or valuables such as a purse, camera, tablet, or small shopping items.

Access to the cargo area is via a power-operated liftgate.

The EQB does not have a small front trunk or "frunk" where the engine would be in a gas-powered SUV for additional, easy-to-access hidden storage as found in some other electric SUVs such as the Ford Mustang Mach-EHyundai Ioniq 5Genesis GV60Jaguar I-PaceKia EV6, or Volvo XC40 Recharge.

Does the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB have a good driving range?

At 243 miles for the 225-hp EQB 300 4Matic and 227 miles for the 288-hp EQB 350 4Matic, both versions of the 2022 Mercedes-EQB offer a competitive driving range among compact premium SUVs. A longer-range EQB 250+ model with FWD, 188 hp, and a 250-mile range will be available in the 2023 model year.

EPA-estimated MPGe for the EQB 300 4Matic is 104 mpg city, 98 mpg highway.

Is the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB safe?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has posted crash-test ratings for the 2022 Mercedes EQB. However, the NHTSA did give the similar gas-powered 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB 5 out of 5 stars overall for crashworthiness in its testing.

How much is the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB?

The base prices of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB range from $54,500 for the EQB 300 4Matic to $58,050 for the EQB 350 4Matic. The additional destination fee is $1,050.

What are the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB competitors?

In the J.D. Power 2022 Initial Quality Study (IQS), the BMW X3 ranks highest in the Compact Premium SUV segment. The Genesis GV70 and the BMW X4 are the next highest-ranked models.

In the 2022 APEAL Study, the Genesis GV70 ranks highest in the Compact Premium SUV segment. The BMW X4 and the Porsche Macan are the next highest-ranked models.

As far as battery-electric SUVs in the Mercedes EQB's price range are concerned, other competitors to the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB include the Audi Q4 E-tronCadillac LyriqGenesis GV60, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Nissan AriyaTesla Model Y, and Volkswagen ID.4.

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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB Base Denim Blue Metallic Rear Quarter View

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Bookending the Mercedes-EQS flagship SUV, the brand's no-nonsense compact EQB SUV gives aspirational entry-luxury and first-time EV buyers a path to go carbon-free under the three-pointed star without breaking the bank. The good news is the new EQB feels and drives more like a product from a luxury brand than the gas-powered GLB upon which it is based, with a whisper-quiet cabin, ample acceleration, and tidy handling. Saving the planet has a cost, however, and as with other EVs, the new EQB costs more (some $13,000 in this case) than its gas-powered GLB counterpart.

Ron Sessions is a seasoned vehicle evaluator with more than three decades of experience. He has penned hundreds of road tests for automotive and consumer websites, enthusiast magazines, newsletters, technical journals, and newspapers.

The opinions expressed in this review are the author’s own, not J.D. Power’s.

No portion of these reviews may be reproduced, distributed, publicly displayed, or used for a derivative work without J.D. Power’s written permission. © 2023 J.D. Power

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