It was in early November 2021 when Mercedes made the EQS more affordable by introducing a “350” variant priced from less than €100,000. It’s now the EQB’s turn to receive a new base model that does away with the 4Matic setup. Consequently, it loses the rear-mounted electric motor to drive down the starting price to €49,367 at home in Germany. It makes it approximately €3,000 cheaper than the all-wheel-drive, dual-motor EQB 300 model.
The new Mercedes EQB 250 has an FWD setup with a single electric motor good for 190 horsepower (140 kilowatts) and an instant torque of 385 Nm (284 lb-ft). As expected, the entry-level version is not the most athletic electric crossover out there, needing 9.2 seconds to hit 62 mph (100 km/h). Flat out, it will reach 100 mph (160 km/h).
Nearly €50,000 before EV-related incentives doesn’t make the EQB 250 exactly cheap, but then again, it is a compact luxury crossover. It’s also immensely practical if you need to carry more people as Mercedes offers an optional three-row layout for an extra €1,416. We should also mention the cheapest trim level has the highest range by covering 472 kilometers (293 miles) between charges thanks to its 66.5-kWh battery pack. The EQB 300 and EQB 350 4Matic both have a significantly shorter range, at 422 km (262 miles). All figures are based on the WLTP test cycle.
Customer deliveries of the new Mercedes EQB 250 have already commenced in Germany, with other European markets to get the electric crossover in the coming months. If the EQB’s boxy styling is not your cup of tea, there’s also the mechanically identical EQA 250 available from just under €44,000. That makes it €5,000 cheaper than the equivalent EQB, but torque drops by 20 Nm (15 lb-ft) to 370 Nm (272 lb-ft).
The EQA 250 is quicker in the sprint since it needs 8.9s to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill or 0.3s less than the EQB 250. It shares the same 66.5-kWh battery, but the range drops to 428 km (266 miles) or 44 km (27 miles) less than its EQB counterpart.
Source: Mercedes-Benz Germany