Test Mercedes EQT – only practical for in and around the city

What about the Mercedes T-Class again?

It is no surprise that Mercedes-Benz comes with a T-class. When the manufacturer announced the arrival of the new model series two years ago, it was done with a study model that served as a precursor to the EQT. The production stage has now been reached and in Germany it is given a showroom spot next to the conventionally driven T-classes, in the Netherlands only the fully electric variant is used. The T-class is the successor to the Citan Tourer, the passenger version of the Citan commercial vehicle. Incidentally, the company car is still called Citan, and like the previous generation, it is based on the Renault Kangoo.

Mercedes Benz EQT

Do you see a difference between the EQT and the normal T class?

Only connoisseurs will see the differences. Where the study model still had some futuristic features, the designers did not experiment with the production version. You can only recognize the EQT by the high-gloss black grille that, contrary to what is usual with electric cars, is not completely sealed. And of course the logo on the back. Even the pricey electric version just gets halogen headlights from the factory, you have to pay extra for LED ones.

How many of Mercedes-Benz’s other EQ models do you see in the EQT?

In the interior, especially the lack of a rev counter indicates that you are in an electric T. Like the regular models, the EQ gets analog gauges and a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen that sits atop the dash. Initially, the somewhat clumsy selector lever of the machine causes frowned eyebrows. It emits a clear clacking sound when selecting the R, N and D modes. Pretty amazing, especially in an EV. Normally, Mercedes-Benz mounts the selector lever on the steering column, but given the Renault basis, this is solved differently with the T-class. After all, this is a twin brother of the Kangoo, it rolls off the production line at Renault.

Mercedes Benz EQT

What do you notice about the relationship with the Renault Kangoo?

Apart from the basic shape, you don’t notice much of the relationship with the Kangoo. Stuttgart has done everything to make it feel like a real Mercedes. Yet the materials used are not quite up to the level we are used to from Das Haus, even though the frequently used hard plastic makes a good impression and there is little to be said about the finish. You should not forget that the T-class and the EQT derived from it are in fact vans. If you want to spend a little less money, you can of course opt for the more soberly decorated Citan and E-Citan. The latter will soon make its showroom debut together with the EQT.

Is the battery pack at the expense of space?

The rear passengers do not miss the fact that there is a battery pack in the floor. You sit on the split-folding and sliding rear seat considerably higher than in the regular T-class. According to the manufacturer, it is only 5 centimeters, but emotionally the difference is considerably larger, and taller rear passengers have to pull their knees up considerably.

Mercedes Benz EQT

What about the space supply of the EQT?

By definition there is little room for their legs, but due to the high body there is certainly no shortage of headroom. There is also no lack of space in the luggage compartment. The large tailgate – rear doors are available as an alternative – cannot be operated electrically. Behind that flap or doors there is always room for at least 551 liters of luggage and if you fold the backrests of the rear seat, the EQT swallows almost 2,000 liters. Although the loading floor certainly does not become flat when you fold those railings, it is therefore an excellent car for transporting your family, including a good amount of luggage or your hobby attributes. Whether it concerns golf bags, skis, a mountain bike (with the front wheel removed) or a sup-board, you can store a lot. The modest lifting threshold of 56 centimeters contributes to effortless loading and unloading.

How much can you load and tow with the Mercedes EQT?

The six lashing eyes, present ex works, keep everything neatly in place. With a maximum of 516 kilograms, the payload is not huge, but you have to take that into account. On the other hand, the towing weight is manageable with a maximum of 1.5 tons. The question is how big the effect of a heavy trailer on the range is.

What does the EQT consume and how far does it go on a charge?

Without a trailer, the EQT consumes just under 19 kilowatt hours at a distance of 100 kilometers according to the WLTP standard. The not too large battery capacity of 45 kWh guarantees a range of approximately 250 kilometers. Under ideal conditions, you can get 282 kilometers away, according to Mercedes-Benz. During our test drive, with a calm driving style, we actually succeed in consuming less power than the manufacturer specifies: after our test round, the on-board computer reports a consumption of 15 kWh/100 km. We should also note that we drove very relaxed on Swedish provincial roads, where the maximum speed was 70 km/h.

Mercedes Benz EQT

What about electrical performance?

As standard, the EQT has a 22-kW charger on board, neat. This allows you to fully charge the battery at a wallbox or charging station in two and a half hours. However, fast charging with direct current is possible with the EQT with a maximum of 80 kW. According to the manufacturer, this is a normal charging capacity in this segment, but you have to be patient if you want to charge the battery to 80 percent again along the highway. Then you are almost 40 minutes further. It is mainly the combination of the relatively slow charging and the small battery that stands out in a negative sense. At Mercedes they say that this is not a problem, because the electric T is mainly intended for families who mainly spend their time in and around the city. That may be the case, but those who spend at least €47,753 on a car also want to make longer journeys. During the holidays, for example.

Mercedes Benz EQT

And how does the Mercedes EQT drive?

We have little to criticize about the driving itself. The 122 hp electric powertrain makes the EQT the best-driving T-class. The torque of 245 Nm provides smooth acceleration, despite the weight of approximately 1.9 tonnes. The engine makes a more harmonious impression than the petrol and diesel engines with which the regular T-class is available. In addition, the heavy battery that is placed low in the car also benefits driving behavior. The EQT handles unevenness comfortably. If you want a sporty driving car, you have to look a little further. In corners, the EQT prefers a relaxed driving style and at 132 km / h the cake is over. Anyway, the clientele seems to be mainly in the city …

Mercedes Benz EQT 200

Dimensions (lxwxh) 4.50 x 1.82 x 1.86 m

Drivetrain electric motor

Battery capacity 45 kWh

max. assets 90 kW / 122 hp

max. couple 245 Nm

Drive front wheels

Empty weight from 1,874 kg

0-100km/h go

Top speed 132 km/h

Load capacity 22/80kW (AC/DC)

Avg. consumption 18.99 kWh / 100 km

Range 282km (WLTP)

CO2 emission 0g/km

Price €47,753

All data according to factory specifications

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