The Mercedes EQS SUV: The Electric Luxury at Its Zenith

Having previously delved into the intricacies of the Mercedes EQE, an electric prestige sedan and the electric equivalent of the E-Class, we were eager to discover what the EQS SUV had to offer. These two vehicles share the EVA2 platform, an architecture specially designed for electrification, signaling the arrival of SUV variants. In this review, we’ll explore why Mercedes’ EQS SUV, as a pioneer in this new electric range, stands out as a model in its own right.

Sleek and Functional Electric Design

Inside the Mercedes EQS SUV, you’ll find the optional Hyperscreen, a true technological marvel that connects the driver’s, central console, and passenger’s screens, creating a breathtaking futuristic atmosphere. The controls, due to their numerous options, may seem complex at first glance, but they seamlessly integrate into the design. The build quality is undeniable, with retro details such as round radiator grilles that add a touch of sophistication. At the rear, the EQS SUV offers more space compared to the EQS sedan. The rear bench is electronically adjustable by 13 cm, facilitating access to optional rear seats while providing adequate legroom for passengers. The trunk volume ranges from 195 liters (with all seats in the upright position) to 2100 liters when the third-row seats are removed.

Impressive Electric Performance

Under the hood, the Mercedes EQS SUV 580, which we had in our hands, shines with its two electric motors delivering a combined power output of 544 hp (400 kW) and a torque of 858 Nm. The 450+ version is equipped with a single rear motor, offering 360 hp (265 kW) and 568 Nm. For all-wheel-drive enthusiasts, a 4Matic version is also available, increasing the maximum torque to 800 Nm. Performance does not disappoint, with maximum speeds of 210 km/h for the 450+ and 580 versions. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h ranges from 6 to 6.7 seconds, with the 580 4Matic version breaking this figure in just 4.6 seconds.

Convenient Range and Charging

The EQS SUV’s battery has a capacity of approximately 108 kWh. In Europe, you have the choice between a standard 11 kW onboard charger and a 22 kW option, significantly reducing charging time. Fast-charging stations allow you to add approximately 250 km of range in just 15 minutes, depending on the available infrastructure. Mercedes boasts an impressive WLTP range of 710 km for the EQS SUV 580 model. However, in real-world conditions, it is more realistic to aim for between 500 and 600 km, depending on driving style and road conditions.

Silent and Sophisticated Driving

Driving the Mercedes EQS SUV is both smooth and quiet, as one would expect from a high-end electric vehicle. The electric motors provide instantaneous and linear acceleration, making highway overtaking and rapid starts a breeze. Mercedes’ semi-autonomous driving system is impressive, managing steering, acceleration, and braking under certain conditions. However, the driver must always remain attentive to the road.

Conclusion: Electric Luxury at Its Peak

The Mercedes EQS SUV is undoubtedly a welcome addition to Mercedes’ electric vehicle lineup. With its elegant design, luxurious interior, strong performance, and impressive range, it targets drivers seeking a high-end electric SUV. However, its high price clearly places it in the luxury vehicle category, making it inaccessible to many consumers.

Mercedes’ EQS SUV perfectly embodies the combination of luxury and electric performance, redefining industry standards. From the first glance to the final acceleration, it transports us into an electrified future while preserving the essence of luxury that Mercedes-Benz has accustomed us to.

 

 

 

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