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Mercedes-Benz EQS review: effortless luxury and performance

Were you aware that Mercedes-Benz has two leading sedan models? Apart from the well-known traditional gasoline-powered S Class, the brand has introduced a fresh, battery-operated model called EQS that was built from scratch.

Both vehicles offer luxurious features, but their intended audiences vary. The S Class caters to Mercedes’ typical clientele, while the EQS showcases the brand’s forward-thinking approach through innovative design and technology.

The EQS is the leading car model of Mercedes-Benz’s fully electric EQ range and utilizes the recently developed EVA battery-electric architecture, which will also serve as the foundation for upcoming vehicles like the mid-size EQE sedan and EQS and EQE SUVs.

We’ve recently driven the RWD EQS 450 for a week and got behind the wheel of both AWD EQS 580 4Matic and AMG EQS 53 4Matic for a day, all of which are in US specifications.

The EQS series comprises of various models, starting from the Mercedes-Benz EQS 450 with 329hp (able to go from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds) and going up to the AMG version with 649hp (able to go from 0-60mph in only 3.4 seconds). The minimum EPA range for all models is at least 340 miles (translated to around 671 kilometers using WLTP).

Throughout our time with the EQS 450, we determined that its actual range in everyday use was around 385 miles, which was a pleasant surprise.

We anticipate that you have a fondness for eggs since the EQS resembles one. Despite its highly aerodynamic exterior (measuring 0.20 Cd), it appears awkward, especially when contrasted with the stunning EQS Concept showcased in 2019 or the graceful S Class currently available.

Essentially, the front of the car has incorrect proportions that make it look more like an affordable front-wheel drive vehicle, rather than a top-of-the-line sedan. In contrast, the back of the car looks much better and is well-designed.

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The interior of the EQS is incredibly thrilling. It exudes a luxurious feel with top-quality materials and excellent attention to detail, offering the best amenities in its class. For example, it boasts front seats that are quilted, heated, cooled, and even have massaging capabilities. Additionally, it features 4-zone climate control combined with aromatherapy to create a relaxing atmosphere. The design of the interior is extravagantly Mercedes-like – truly charming and over-the-top. The place exudes an air of refinement while still managing to feel roomy and hospitable.

However, the main attraction is the advanced 56-inch Hyperscreen ($7000) with a futuristic design.

The special feature of the EQS is its rear-wheel steering, which minimizes the turning radius of this big sedan to that of a small vehicle and enhances maneuverability at faster rates.

Until you actually experience it, the difference it makes might not seem significant at first. However, the EQS’s standard air suspension provides exceptional comfort regardless of the state of the road.

No matter which EQS you choose, there is an ample amount of power available. The AMG variation especially stands out in terms of its performance and agility. Although it is sportier than the other variants, it still provides a comfortable ride without compromising on this aspect.

The driving experience of the EQS is pleasurable and perfect for extended travel. Additionally, Mercedes’ advanced driver assistance system, Level 2 ADAS, enhances this experience.

Android Auto compatibility, and a large, curved 56-inch digital dashboard display. Additionally, the EQS boasts advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and 10 airbags. The EQS is equipped with all of the technological features that are commonly seen in modern electric vehicles. These include self-parking capabilities, a 360-degree view camera system for increased safety and convenience when parking or reversing, LTE connectivity for seamless internet access while on-the-go, support for WiFi hotspot connections so passengers can stay connected during their journeys. The vehicle also supports over-the-air software updates which are delivered automatically without requiring physical visits to the dealership or service center. Furthermore, drivers can use their smartphones as keys through phone-as-a-key functionality as well as remotely control certain vehicle functions using the Me Connect app. Other notable features of this vehicle include both wired and wireless compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems and a large 56-inch digital dashboard display that curves around the driver’s line of sight. Finally, advanced safety features such as adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality that keeps pace with traffic flow during highway driving; forward collision warning assisted by automatic emergency braking; pedestrian detection; and ten airbags provide added peace-of-mind to drivers and passengers alike. The Hey Mercedes voice assistant, internet audio streaming, wireless phone charging through Qi technology for Android Auto.

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The Hyperscreen, which costs $7000 and comes automatically installed in AWD models, encompasses virtually the entire dashboard and contains three individual screens situated behind a large, curved glass panel. Its appearance is incredibly advanced and it offers haptic feedback upon contact.

The Mercedes-Benz EQS has additional features worth noting. One is a sizable HUD that shows colors and includes AR technology, which is impressive in its precision and usefulness. Another standout feature is V2X, which displays details pertaining to traffic lights and more specifically relates to vehicle-to-everything communication. A phone app is utilized to make toll payments and to park remotely in a combined system.

No infotainment system is complete without quality audio, and Mercedes’ 15-speaker Burmester sound system is simply fantastic. Adding to the sensory experience is an array of 190-color LEDs that provide customizable and interactive interior ambient lighting.

passengers alike. In addition to its impressive technology, the EQS stands out as a well-rounded flagship model from Mercedes. It not only represents the future of the brand, but also offers exceptional comfort, a luxurious interior, excellent craftsmanship and – due to its competitive range and performance – provides an enjoyable electric vehicle experience for both drivers and passengers. Fellow travelers.

To put it differently, the EQS is the best electric luxury sedan among all, and we say this with affectionate praise.

The EQS has only one major flaw, which is its outer appearance. The author disapproves of Mercedes’ chosen design path, particularly since the Porsche Taycan, Lucid Air, and Tesla Model S – although not without flaws – are vehicles with more appealing appearances.

Comparing the EQS with the internal combustion S Class, which is much more attractive, makes it even worse. However, if you overlook this aspect, the EQS is undoubtedly among the top electric vehicles currently on offer.

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Mercedes EQS price and availability

  • The cost of EQS is starting at $102,310 (without any incentives) or £99,995.
  • The basic model comes with an additional cost of $7000 for the Hyperscreen display.
  • Three models and three trims

Mercedes currently has two EQS models available in the United States: the EQS 450 (with single motor and rear-wheel drive) priced at $102310 before incentives, and the EQS 580 4Matic (with dual motors and all-wheel drive) priced at $119110 before incentives.

In early 2022, a third version of the AMG EQS – the AWD (dual motor) model – will be released with pricing yet to be determined. The Hyperscreen feature will come standard on both the EQS 580 4Matic and AMG EQS 53 4Matic models, but is an optional add-on ($7000) for the EQS 450 .

Moreover, the US EQS versions come in three variations: Premium, Exclusive, and Pinnacle. The Premium option encompasses nearly all the comfortable amenities mentioned in our brief two-minute overview above.

Exclusive includes front seats with massage feature, air purification with ionization, and 4-zone climate control along with aromatherapy. On the other hand, Pinnacle is like a luxury limousine and offers heated and cooled rear seats which are powered, wireless phone charging on the rear end of the car and also side-impact airbags for added safety.

There are two options available in the United Kingdom. The EQS 450 model with one motor and rear-wheel drive is offered in five variations, namely AMG Line (priced at £99995), Luxury or AMG Line Premium (priced at £106995), as well as Exclusive Luxury or AMG Line Premium Plus (priced at £113995).

Moreover, the AMG EQS 53 4Matic variation is up for grabs in two options, namely Night Edition or Touring, both priced at £154995. The Australian market can expect the arrival of the AMG EQS 53 4Matic by mid-2022 and its cost is yet to be determined.

We had the opportunity to test drive the EQS 450 which was equipped with several luxurious features. These included the Hyperscreen which cost $7000, the Exclusive trim that added an extra $3400, as well as a few additional extras. The interior of the car was particularly stunning, boasting Neva Grey / Biscaya Blue Nappa leather seating that cost $4450 and Natural Grain Yacht-design Brown Walnut wood accents that came at an additional cost of $1515. All together, these features amounted to a total price tag of approximately $121000.

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Mercedes EQS design

  • Ungainly egg-like exterior
  • Luxurious and spacious interior
  • Best-in-class amenities

In terms of design, the EQS has its pros and cons. While the outside appearance is stylish and modern, the overall look of the car is somewhat uncomfortable, a significant difference from its impressive Vision EQS Concept that amazed us at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2019.

The EQS has an unusual shape, particularly at the front. The A pillars are tilt forward, the hood is short, and the cowl and front quarter windows are high. This gives the car a resemblance to a front-wheel-drive economy vehicle, which is not appropriate for a large luxury sedan.

The egg-shaped design is highly effective for aerodynamics, with the EQS 450 and 580 4Matic having a coefficient of drag (Cd) as low as 0.20, and the AMG EQS 53 4Matic having a Cd of only 0.23.

It is noteworthy that the EQS has a power retractable panoramic moonroof, accompanied by a power sunshade. This feature was offered by Tesla in the Model S for a few years but discontinued in 2018; also, it is not present in many electric cars.

In certain regions, the EQS shares similarities with the Tesla Model S rather than the S Class. These similarities include the motorized slide-out door handles and frameless windows. Although it is a hatchback, it lacks a front trunk.

The truth is, the hood cannot be opened. Instead, there exists a small rectangular compartment on the left front fender which opens up to hold windshield wiper fluid. In all honesty, this is not a very sophisticated feature for a car that costs over $100,000.

The EQS boasts an interior design that is attractive, luxurious, and roomy. It also features advanced technology, including a 56-inch Hyperscreen. While this screen comes standard on all-wheel drive models, it can be added as an optional feature for $7,000 on the EQS 450 .

The centerpiece of the futuristic interior in the EQS, which covers a large part of the dashboard, is different from that of the Lucid Air. Unlike the blending of luxury and minimalism in the Lucid Air, Mercedes’ S Class cabin is given a contemporary update in the EQS.

The Exclusive trim that we evaluated contains high-end features such as heated, cooled, and massaging front seats with headrest pillows, advanced air quality monitoring and purification systems including aromatherapy, and a 4-zone climate control system.

The EQS offers outstanding construction and artistry through the use of top-notch materials like Nappa leather, open-pore wood, and machined aluminum. Even the window switches are exceptional in appearance.

Regrettably, there is no front trunk, however the rear trunk offers plenty of space for storage. It can hold up to 63 cubic feet (1770 liters) when the back seats are folded down in a 40/60 split and 22 cubic feet (610 liters) when the seats are up.

There are numerous compartments for storage located in the central console, as well as a small glove box. Certain models (such as the AMG EQS 53 4Matic we tested) feature soft-close doors, and certain trims have automatic opening and closing doors.

Mercedes EQS drive, range and charging

  • Comfort meets performance
  • Generous range
  • Sporty AMG version

The EQS 450 has a single motor located in the rear and can accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds (0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds). Additionally, it boasts an EPA range of 350 miles (768km WLTP) and has a horsepower of 329.

The EQS 580 4Matic, which has two motors and a horsepower of 516, can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.1 seconds (or from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 4.3 seconds). Additionally, it has an EPA range of 340 miles (while the WLTP range is at the distance of 671 kilometers).

There is currently no official EPA range set for the AMG EQS 53 4Matic, which boasts a powerful 649 horsepower engine and can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in only 3.4 seconds (or from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in just 3.8 seconds).

Each of the three models comes equipped with a substantial 107.8kWh battery and enables rapid DC fast charging up to 200kW, allowing for a 10-80% charge in just 31 minutes. Additionally, Level 2 AC charging up to 9.6kW is supported, allowing for a complete charge in approximately 10 hours when using a 240V and 40A source.

We utilized a 150kW Electrify America station located in San Francisco’s Mission district to DC fast charge the EQS for roughly 25 minutes. The charging rate reached its maximum of 138kW as we charged the vehicle from 37% to 80%.

During our limited time with the EQS 580 4Matic and AMG EQS 53 4Matic, we are unable to comment on their distance coverage. However, during our week-long experience with the EQS 450, we can confirm that its range exceeded EPA’s estimate of 350 miles by approximately 10%, even after driving it aggressively.

Mercedes seems to have played it safe by stating a modest range for the EQS, but this is actually a positive attribute that enhances its reputation as an excellent car for lengthy journeys.

The EQS in America offers the convenience of up to thirty minutes of charging per session, at no extra charge, for a period of two years on Electrify America’s network. The charging process is easy with plug-and-charge support.

The automobile includes a Mercedes NFC tag that can be utilized with the ChargePoint charging network. This network grouping is referred to as Charge by Mercedes. In Europe, it meshes with the Ionity charging network.

Due to its large size and extended wheelbase, the EQS model is equipped with rear-wheel steering as a standard feature on American models, allowing for up to 10 degrees of steering (9 degrees on the AMG version). This enhancement significantly enhances the vehicle’s maneuverability at both low and high velocities.

The EQS provides a remarkably comfortable driving experience with the regular air suspension, which also lowers the ride height at high speeds to improve its already impressive drag coefficient.

The EQS is quite impressive in terms of performance. Even though the RWD EQS 450 has fast acceleration, the AWD 580 4Matic and AMG versions are even faster, feeling like they are as powerful as the Tesla Model 3 Long Range (AWD) with Acceleration Boost.

Although the EQS prioritizes comfort, it has unexpectedly good handling for a vehicle that weighs 5600lbs (2450kg). It goes without saying that the ride quality is exceptional.

Similar to many modern cars, the EQS has a steering system that lacks significant response and is relatively easy to maneuver. However, when switched to Sport mode, the steering system and shock absorbers become slightly firmer.

The EQS has adopted a comparable technique to the Porsche Taycan by amalgamating regenerative and hydraulic braking, and the transition between them is quite smooth. It also allows the driver to choose from four different levels of regenerative braking using paddles on the steering wheel, including low, medium, high, and automatic (which allows for one-pedal driving).

The AMG EQS 53 4Matic delivers a sportier driving experience compared to the other two models. It has improved steering feedback and a suspension that is slightly firmer and more responsive in Sport and Sport modes.

It also offers optional carbon-ceramic brakes for maximum stopping power, as well as AMG-specific tweaks to the motor and battery design. These improvements make the AMG version a more fun and capable EV.

If there is one small issue we have with driving the EQS, it is the high dashboard which limits the view of the road ahead. However, this can be easily solved by adjusting the seats and steering wheel, although it may mean sitting slightly higher with slightly reduced headroom.

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The back view is good, but the front seats equipped with heating, cooling, and massaging functions are amazing in terms of their comfortable and customizable qualities such as lumbar support and side bolsters.

The EQS is a comfortable and enjoyable car to drive, especially on extended journeys. The Level 2 ADAS offered by Mercedes is also impressive, with similar reliability to Tesla’s Autopilot and better refinement than most other competitors. There are many things that one can find or experience in this place.

It is evident that the EQS comes equipped with an extensive range of safety and driver assistance functions.

Mercedes EQS specs and tech

  • Futuristic 56-inch Hyperscreen
  • Infotainment on steroids
  • Forward-looking tech

going the right way. Additionally, there are multiple high-resolution screens inside the car that offer an array of features such as climate control, entertainment options, and a digital assistant that can be controlled with voice commands. The car also has advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning to make your driving experience safer and more convenient. All in all, the EQS is a technology-packed car that offers a truly futuristic driving experience. The EQS is filled with technology. Other than being able to park itself and offering a complete view of the surroundings, there is an extensive color HUD (heads-up display). This HUD makes use of AR (augmented reality) to illustrate arrows and navigation directions right above the world outside in front of you, making it easier for you to tell if you’re on the right path or not. Furthermore, there are multiple high-resolution touchscreens inside the car which provide various features such as entertainment options, climate control settings, and even a digital assistant that you can command through voice control. Besides this functionality, the vehicle also includes advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning systems which enhances convenience and makes it safer for drivers while they’re on the road. The bottom line is that EQS packs modern technology into one futuristic driving experience. Choosing or entering the correct lane or exit.

This feature is highly intelligent, but it can only be accessed through the inbuilt navigation system and not through Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

To be frank, even though the EQS has the option for wired and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, we found Mercedes’ Hyperscreen-based entertainment and navigation system to be so satisfactory that we often chose to use it instead.

The device is equipped with numerous functionalities, such as LTE connectivity and support for WiFi hotspot, integration of V2X technology (allowing communication between vehicles and their environment), a dash camera, as well as an incorporated system for paying tolls.

V2X stands out as an intriguing technology because it enables vehicles to establish communication with a range of other objects, such as road infrastructure, by utilizing WiFi and cellular (LTE and 5G) technologies.

In San Francisco, the EQS is programmed to receive traffic light information at many intersections and show a timer for drivers. However, this feature can also be utilized to alert drivers about upcoming construction areas.

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Biometrics are also part of the technology tools used by EQS. They offer support for facial recognition and identification through voice and fingerprints. This functionality allows drivers to switch between their profiles easily, and in the future, make payments while inside the car.

Regrettably, the center console houses the fingerprint scanner and it can be inadvertently activated by your arm or hand. Consequently, a notification message appears on the Hyperscreen which needs to be dismissed.

When it comes to the Hyperscreen, it has a very futuristic appearance, especially during nighttime hours. The Hyperscreen itself is composed of three distinct displays that are fused together onto one large curved glass panel. These three displays consist of a 12.3-inch panel for the driver’s instrumentation needs, a 17.7-inch touchscreen located in the center and an additional 12.3-inch touchscreen that specifically caters to the passenger seated in the vehicle.

Both of the touchscreens have a feature where they provide physical feedback and each screen has its own instance of the entertainment system, creating unique possibilities for use.

In the EQS car, the person in the front passenger seat can use their screen to surf the internet and hear SiriusXM satellite radio via Bluetooth headphones. At the same time, navigation information appears on the center display and music from the driver’s phone plays through the excellent 15-speaker Burmester audio system.

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The person sitting in the front passenger seat has the ability to change the settings for the 4-zone climate control through their screen, while the driver can choose a different seat massage program using the center display.

The Burmester sound system is remarkable and produces splendid audio. It also provides support for the usual audio sources such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB, AM/FM terrestrial radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, and internet radio.

The most notable aspect is the Equalizer Matrix that provides 121 preset options for EQ settings. The presets are arranged in a square shape with an emphasis on bass-heavy speech and brilliant sound quality at the four corners, allowing you to choose your preferred setting.

The EQS is capable of supporting audio streaming services such as Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, and Tidal.

It does not have video streaming like Tesla cars do, which means you can’t watch Netflix on the Hyperscreen while it charges. This is unfortunate. However, there is a positive side: the Hey Mercedes voice assistant can distinguish between the driver and front passenger and allows you to manage everything from cabin temperature to… The hue of the light that is present in the environment.

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The EQS excels in terms of lighting (a play on words with the word “shines”). Alongside adaptive matrix headlights, its tail lights boast an exclusive 3D helix design.

The inside lighting is impressive, featuring over 190 LEDs which are sequenced to create 64 different colors and are installed throughout the entire cabin. In addition to creating a pleasant atmosphere, these lights also provide visual indicators for safety features, the voice assistant, and other features.

again. The EQS comes with an auditory system that produces sound similar to a traditional car engine, in case the driver misses it. Although it is well-executed, we chose to turn it off as simulated sounds are unnecessary, especially with electric vehicles. Instead, embrace the serene atmosphere and smooth ride while outpacing other cars repeatedly. I am sorry, but there is no paragraph provided for me to paraphrase. Please provide the original paragraph that needs to be paraphrased.

You will be frequently utilizing this feature in the Mercedes-Benz EQS model. However, it is unfortunate that the simulated sounds on the AMG variant cannot be entirely turned off.

The me Connect app by Mercedes provides typical functions for remote control of the vehicle, such as remote parking, and also offers the capability to use one’s phone as a key.

Of course, the EQS allows for software updates to be downloaded remotely through OTA. By the way, have I mentioned the Qi wireless charging pad and six USB Type-C ports for charging electronic devices in this electric car? It’s quite impressive how much technology is packed into one vehicle.

Should I buy a Mercedes-Benz EQS?

Buy it if…

You are seeking the perfect vehicle for extended journeys.
The EQS stands alone in its ability to provide exceptional comfort while also offering an impressive driving range among electric vehicles.

You desire luxury and superior performance that requires little to no effort.
The EQS offers a satisfying electric vehicle experience that is enjoyable for both the driver and passengers.

You want forward-looking tech
The EQS contains cutting-edge technology, such as the Hyperscreen and augmented reality HUD.

Don’t buy it if…

You want a good looking car
The shape of the EQS resembling an egg is unappealing, and the outside appearance does not do justice to a large, luxurious sedan.

You want an understated cabin
Although the interior of the EQS is both spacious and inviting, it possesses a certain level of extravagant display.

You want minimal tech
The EQS, though relatively easy to use, is a Mercedes car that contains a great deal of advanced technology and is intended to demonstrate the company’s forthcoming innovations.

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Myriam Joire, also known as tnkgrl, has seemingly always had an affinity for technology and adventure. She was born with combat boots on her feet and a keyboard in her hands, and quickly learned to use a soldering iron. In her free time, she would participate in rally car racing with her father. Myriam has continued to pursue her interests and skills in typing, hacking, and driving throughout her life journey; including working in the video game industry for several years as a code-monkey. As a Senior Mobile Editor, she began working for Engadget before moving on to become the Chief Evangelist of Pebble. Currently, she hosts a weekly podcast about mobile technology while also producing videos for YouTube and writing articles about technology and cars for prestigious publications such as TechRadar. Additionally, she provides advice to startups regarding product and media strategy. She has diversified expertise in various areas related to tech with her impressive portfolio of work. Situated in San Francisco.

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