Remember the bad old days, back when buying an eco-friendly car meant you'd be forced to wave goodbye to any hope of driving excitement - not to mention your social life - the moment you picked up the keys?

From the Toyota Prius to the Honda Insight, our earliest adventures into the world of efficient motoring were, almost without exception, every bit as exciting as an accounting seminar, and about as effortlessly cool as Scott Morrison's baseball cap.

Happily, though, those days are behind us.

Take this all-new Mercedes-Benz EQC; the brand's first full-production EV, and the first model to arrive under its Tesla-rivalling EQ sub-brand.

It's fast. It's fashionable. And it's pretty damn practical, too.

So, is it finally easy being green?