Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV: Electrical + Luxurious

Does this super-sized and supremely snug new-generation Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV hit the mark as a luxurious SUV for EV patrons?

What we love
  • In-cabin serenity is supreme, spacious too
  • Intelligent expertise enhances the driving expertise
  • Eats miles like a loungeroom on wheels
What we don’t
  • Brakes could be inconsistent at low speeds
  • One-pedal driving system flawed, would not at all times carry the automobile to a cease
  • Weight impacts power effectivity and dynamics when pushed

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS450 4Matic

The Mercedes-EQ EQS SUV joins a fast-growing household of electrical autos from the world’s oldest carmaker because it accelerates into its EV-led future. 

It’s honest to say that Mercedes-Benz began its electrical car revolution timidly by changing present petrol SUVs into electrical autos, first with the GLC-based EQC after which with the EQA and EQB.

The EV technique stepped up with the April 2021 launch of the EQS sedan constructed on Mercedes’s all-new Electrical Automobile Structure (EVA) that additionally underpins the EQS SUV we’re testing right here, and the smaller EQE sedan due in Australia in 2023. 

The EVA platform, like most versatile EV architectures lately, has a ground filled with batteries and electrical motors at one or each ends. It’s basic to Mercedes-Benz’s acknowledged ‘Ambition 2039’ purpose of a carbon-neutral automobile fleet by 2039. 

This purpose is especially daring as a result of it additionally accounts for the components provide chain. Mercedes-Benz acknowledges that the manufacturing of EV autos is “twice as CO2 intensive” as conventional combustion autos, “primarily due to the lithium-ion batteries”.

Specializing in the EQS SUV now, this car is the posh flagship of the Mercedes-EQ vary. Mercedes’s international gross sales boss and board member Britta Seeger says it’s aimed toward well-heeled households, adventurers and music lovers. 

“The goal teams are various, however they share widespread floor in having fun with an energetic life-style … We subsequently consider that the EQS SUV will drive ahead luxurious and expertise for our prospects on this essential phase.”

How a lot does the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV value in Australia?

The five-door EQS SUV is obtainable in three mechanical specs in abroad markets: the EQS450+ with 265kW and 568Nm, the EQS450 4Matic with 265kW and 800Nm, and the EQS580 4Matic with 400kW and 858Nm.

Mercedes-Benz claims a driving vary of as much as 671km for the EQS450+, 610km for the EQS450 4Matic, and 609km for the EQS580.

As for accelerative efficiency, the rear-drive EQS450+ can hit 100km/h from relaxation in a claimed 6.7 seconds. The EQS450 4Matic drops that to 6.0sec, and the flagship EQS580 can do it in 4.6sec. All three variants have a high velocity restricted to 210km/h. 

All EQS sedans and SUVs have a completely excited synchronous motor on the rear axle driving the rear wheels. 

4Matic variants’ all-wheel-drive system provides a second motor on the entrance axle, and has an clever Torque Shift perform that distributes the drive torque between the entrance and rear electrical motors.

Cabin configurations of 5 seats and 7 seats (2-3-2) can be found on all variants.

We’ve been advised Australia will get the EQS450 4Matic initially, supplied with a alternative of five- and seven-seat configurations. There’s no phrase on pricing but, however we consider the EQS450 4Matic will land with a price ticket round $260,000.

The EQS450+ isn’t within the plan for Australia, and neither is the EQS580 – Mercedes-Benz Australia is ready for a extra luxurious and extra highly effective Maybach model to deal with $300K-plus demand.  

In comparison with the EQS sedan with which the SUV shares its 3210mm wheelbase, the EQS SUV’s roof line is 206mm larger, the physique is 33mm wider, but general size is a shocking 91mm shorter. 

A extra acceptable comparability could be to the Mercedes-Benz GLS seven-seat SUV, in opposition to which the EQS SUV is 94mm shorter in general size, 71mm narrower and 105mm decrease, however its wheelbase is 75mm longer, maximising inside house.

The EQS SUV’s styling is clearly associated to its EQS sedan sibling, with comparable design cues in its curved entrance finish, full-width entrance and rear gentle bars, and flush doorhandles.

An AMG Line bundle – with sportier exterior styling parts – could be optioned, as can alloy wheels of between 20 and 22 inches in diameter, and the identical Digital Mild headlights because the EQS sedan, with 1.3 million micro-mirrors and a couple of.6 million ‘pixels’.

Styling areas optimised for aerodynamics embrace a closely raked windscreen, these flush-mounted doorhandles, specifically designed wheels, distinctive ‘wheel spoilers’ to handle airflow, and particular bumper, facet skirt and working board designs. 

The Mercedes-EQ EQS SUV is assembled in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, utilizing batteries produced down the highway in Bibb County. The EQS sedan, nevertheless, is in-built Germany.

Key particulars 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS450 4Matic
Worth $260,000 (estimated)
Color of take a look at automobile Excessive-Tech Silver
Choices Australian specification not finalised
Rivals Audi E-Tron | Vary Rover | BMW iX

How a lot house does the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV have inside?

EV luxurious, thine SUV has arrived. 

The EQS SUV’s cabin doesn’t disappoint on first appearances. It’s luxurious within the excessive. When you get previous the fantastically crafted, primarily leather-based surfaces, it’s the large infotainment screens that seize your eye, shortly adopted by the very excessive dashboard line.

The dashboard is so excessive it instantly makes you’re feeling like a child who’s snuck into dad’s automobile. However as soon as settled within the driver’s seat, the temper transforms into one among cossetted indulgence slightly than imposing claustrophobia.

The deeply snug entrance seats are totally electically adjustable, and have reminiscence perform normal, in addition to four-way lumber assist, seat heating and soft-cushion head restraints. Seat cooling and therapeutic massage capabilities are elective.

The turbine-style air vents are a pleasant contact, as are the extremely machined chrome covers for the Burmester sound system’s in-door audio system. 

Storage choices abound, beginning with a deep bin underneath the armrest and one other forward of it that comprises two cupholders and a cellphone charging mat. It additionally has a retractable arduous cowl to cover objects inside.

The second row of seats on all fashions is electrically adjustable for slide (130mm) and tilt (18deg) to regulate the steadiness between house within the second and third rows. Legroom is past beneficiant, as is headroom beneath the double-pane panoramic sunroof (presumably an choice in Australia).

They’re additionally ridiculously snug, particularly when paired with the fold-down central armrest. On an EQS580 we sat in at launch it contained a second smartphone charging mat, although we’re undecided that can come on Australia-spec EQS450s.  

Entry to the third row is through an Straightforward Entry perform that robotically slides the second-row seat ahead by 290mm and folds the backrest. It additionally slides the front-row seat ahead to make room for the sliding second-row seat – offered there’s no occupant. As soon as the third-row occupant is in situ, the system returns first- and second-row seats to their authentic place.

House within the third row is greater than sufficient for adults underneath 180cm. There’s even sufficient room underneath the seat in entrance for toes. Adults taller than 180cm may discover headroom restricted and legroom changing into cramped.

There are air vents for each second- and third-row passengers.

It’s price noting that every one EQS variants have a most payload of as much as 570kg, which should account for as much as seven occupants and their baggage. 

The EQS450 4Matic five-seat model affords 645L of boot house, dropping to 565L for the seven-seater when configured for 5 occupants. If the second row of seats are slid all the way in which ahead, these capacities develop to 880L (five-seat) and 800L (seven-seat), which Mercedes claims is ample for 4 golf luggage, giving us additional perception into the goal market.

Most baggage house with the second rows folded is 2100L for five-seaters and 2020L for seven-seaters. In each cases, the seats could be folded in a 40:20:40 configuration. 

As for the way a lot boot house is obtainable within the seven-seater when all seven seats are in use, the reply is 195L

The EQS has an electrical tailgate as you’d anticipate, which opens to a peak of 198cm.

The EQS doesn’t have an under-bonnet cupboard space, not like another EV fashions. Mercedes-Benz says that’s for numerous causes, primarily that Mercedes house owners don’t like opening the bonnet. Secondly, on some fashions a high-capacity HEVA air purifying system takes up room beneath the bonnet.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS450 4Matic
Seats Seven
Boot quantity 195L to 3rd row
565L to second row
2020L to first row
Size 5125mm
Width 1959mm
Top 1718mm
Wheelbase 3210mm

Does the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV have Apple CarPlay?

Fitted as normal within the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is a 12.3-inch digital instrument show and 12.8-inch multimedia touchscreen – shared with the S-Class limo – working Mercedes’s MBUX software program with a ‘zero layer’ method that makes use of AI to put the most-used capabilities on the house display.

The social gathering piece is the elective MBUX Hyperscreen, which mixes a 12.3-inch driver show, 17.7-inch central touchscreen and a 12.3-inch passenger show (additionally touchscreen) into one 144cm glass panel stretching throughout the complete dashboard, shared with the EQS sedan.

This provides the front-seat passenger the power to look at dynamic content material whereas the car is on the transfer. The system has the smarts to detect if the motive force tries to sneak a peek and can dim the show in response.

The central and passenger screens use OLED expertise, and incorporate software program house to bespoke in-car music streaming, a ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice assistant, as much as seven driver profiles, and a mixture of fingerprint, face and voice recognition expertise.

The Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan was the primary mannequin collection from Mercedes to have OTA (Over The Air replace) capabilities that enable owner-requested practical updates (Sound Expertise audio and Digital Mild projections, as an illustration). The EQS SUV expands on this permitting prospects so as to add technical options to their automobile at a later date, comparable to Trailer Manoeuvring Help and Augmented Actuality Navigation.

The augmented actuality head-up show measures a digital 1.96m diagonally and seems to be floating 10m in entrance of the car. We tried it and it really works brilliantly, making it simple to navigate even probably the most complicated of freeway interchanges. 

The EQS SUV’s satellite tv for pc navigation system has been tailored to swimsuit the car’s EV wants, and may robotically add a charging station to a route if the car’s vary is insufficient.

Lastly, the EQS SUV’s Dolby Atmos sound system has the facility to let listeners place sure devices or vocal tracks across the listening space. Due to course it does.

Is the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV a secure automobile?

ANCAP hasn’t examined an EQS SUV or sedan but, however the sedan was examined by Euro NCAP in 2021 and acquired a powerful five-star score.

Whereas the ground-breaking rear-passenger airbags of the brand new S-Class haven’t carried throughout into the EQS, the sedan nonetheless has a number of security methods that result in a 96 per cent grownup occupant and 91 per cent youngster occupant score.

We can not blindly assume that the EQS SUV will carry out equally effectively as a result of it has a distinct physique construction. All we all know is that Mercedes-Benz has been steadfast in its dedication to security for a lot of a long time now. So, if its flagship SUV had been to attain poorly, it could come as a shock to each the corporate and the business.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS450 4Matic
ANCAP score Untested

Mercedes-EQ Australia has not formally confirmed Australian specs, though it’s probably we are going to get adaptive cruise management with navigation integration, lane-keep help, lane centring, site visitors signal recognition, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and autonomous emergency braking with intersection assist.

Obtainable auto parking methods vary from conventional hands-free parking to a function permitting drivers to face beside the automobile and manoeuvre it into an area utilizing their smartphone, and a reminiscence perform that remembers and may repeat tough parking manoeuvres.

The EQS SUV can also be able to navigating itself autonomously via multi-storey automobile parks, and positioning itself in or eradicating itself from a parking house, all with the motive force standing out of sight in a pre-determined drop-off/pick-up bay.

Mercedes-Benz says the EQS SUV has ‘Stage 3’ semi-autonomy, which permits drivers to take their arms off the wheel and eyes off the highway on particular sections of freeways or at speeds under 60km/h. Once more it’s unclear whether or not this technique shall be fitted to Australian-spec automobiles, or certainly whether or not it’s authorized to make use of in Australia.

European variations of the EQS SUV function a primary for Mercedes. They’ve rear-seat occupant and seatbelt detection complementing the front-seat occupant detection system normal on all Australian-spec automobiles.

European and Australasian EQS SUVs can have an occupant presence reminder that alerts an exiting driver if youngsters might have been forgotten within the rear seats. 

There are two ISOFIX mounts within the second row, and high tethers in all three second-row positions.

How a lot does the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV value to keep up?

Mercedes-Benz affords a five-year guarantee on all passenger autos and SUVs, together with electrical autos. Servicing intervals are 12 months or 25,000km, however the price of these providers is unknown at this early stage.

Mercedes-Benz Australia affords three years of free recharging on the ChargeFox community for the EQS sedan, a proposal that’s prone to be repeated with the SUV.

As a result of this automobile remains to be 12 months from arrival in Australia, we had been unable to acquire an indicative complete insurance coverage quote. We suspect that gained’t be a purchase order stress level, nevertheless. Anybody who can afford a $260K automobile pays regardless of the insurance coverage firm requires.

At a look 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS450 4Matic
Guarantee 5 years, limitless km
Service intervals 12 months or 25,000km
Servicing prices Unknown
Power cons. (claimed) 20.2–24.3kWh/100km
Power cons. (on take a look at) 19–28kWh/100km
Battery dimension (usable) 108.4kWh
Driving vary declare (WLTP) 610km
Cost time (11kW) 10h
Cost time (50kW) 2h 10m
Cost time (max charge, 200kW) 31m

Is the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV energy-efficient?

Mercedes-Benz claims the EQS450 4Matic will obtain between 20.2 and 24.3kWh per 100km of driving relying on power recuperation alternatives. 

Nonetheless, if we take the corporate’s WLTP take a look at most vary of 610km into consideration, that implies an power consumption of simply 17.8kWh per 100km, which is impressively low for such a bodily imposing and heavy car – the 4Matic model weighs 2730kg earlier than occupants. 

Throughout our 150km take a look at drive in Denver, Colorado, we noticed electrical energy consumption figures as little as 19kWh per 100km and as excessive as 28kWh/100km. Given this car’s power regeneration capabilities, precise power consumption averages shall be closely depending on the motive force’s proper foot and their working theatre. 

The Mercedes EQS SUV has a one-pedal driving mode that may carry the automobile to an entire cease if the motive force releases the accelerator. The driving force also can regulate the extent of off-throttle deceleration utilizing paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. The three modes are D+ (gliding), D (normal recuperation) and D- (enhanced recuperation).

There may be additionally a D-Auto mode that gives situation-adapted power restoration recommendation to the motive force through an in-dash show.  

Mercedes-Benz claims the EQS’s 108.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack will retain 70 per cent of its useable cost after 10 years or 250,000km of life.

What’s the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV prefer to drive?

How would you assume a $260,000 luxurious SUV weighing 2735kg earlier than occupants would drive? Like an opulent oasis of calm cruising elegantly and impervious to the world exterior. 

Consider the EQS450 4Matic as an SUV limousine and also you gained’t be disillusioned. Its controls are seamless and clean, its journey is cosseting and ridiculously snug, and the sound isolation is among the many finest I’ve ever sampled.

Driving this automobile elevates your sense of calm and – it should be stated – your sense of self-worth. It is a automobile that spoils its occupants with all the things it has and all the things it does. 

It’s clearly at its finest wafting serenely via life, but when it’s worthwhile to hurry, the 4Matic’s 800Nm of torque supplies ample shove to elevate this 2735kg beast’s skirts. 

All EQS SUV fashions come normal with air suspension with repeatedly adjustable damping and adjustable journey peak that can also be built-in into the car’s Dynamic Choose drive modes. The EQS SUV’s drive modes embrace an Off-road setting in addition to Eco, Consolation, Sport, Particular person and 4Matic. 

Regardless of its weight, the EQS450 has some dynamic prowess, thanks partly to a decrease centre of gravity than its Mercedes-Benz GLS inner combustion equal. Placing the air suspension into Sport brings a firmness to the journey that also prioritises journey consolation however ties the large physique down effectively via corners.

The EQS450 4Matic is no person’s thought of a sports activities automobile, however on this mode it does really feel sporty in comparison with its stately grace in Consolation mode.

The EQS450 isn’t good. We discovered the braking system inconsistent at decrease speeds typical of bumper-to-bumper site visitors. We additionally observed that in one-pedal driving mode, lifting off the accelerator didn’t at all times carry the car to an entire cease because it’s speculated to – which could be fairly alarming when there is a automobile stopped in entrance of you.

Now, ‘what about this automobile’s off-road capabilities?’ I hear completely no person ask, as a result of no proprietor will ever intentionally take this $260,000 luxurious SUV past the bitumen.

Mercedes-EQ went to some lengths on the EQS SUV’s worldwide launch to persuade us of its off-road capabilities, and it is rather succesful. Electrical autos, I’m beginning to realise, have an inherent benefit in relation to combining drive management with energetic traction methods like ESC. Electrical motors could be extra finely managed than a fuel-burning inner combustion engine, which makes for extra finely tuned traction changes when wheels begin to slip. 

However nonetheless, there’s one thing unnerving about taking an EV into the bush, partly due to how quiet the car is. Even when the going will get robust, the EV makes no noise to sign how arduous it’s working.

However then, when you’re an avid wildlife watcher, perhaps an EV is simply what you want for silently sneaking up in your quarry?

The EQS SUV’s four-wheel-steering system supplies as much as 4.5 levels of flip from the rear wheels. Like most four-wheel-steering methods, this one turns in sympathy with the fronts at freeway speeds to assist stability, and reverse to the fronts at decrease speeds to extend agility.

Ought to an proprietor need much more rear-wheel steering, a 10-degree improve could be bought and ‘put in’ over the air. So, the subsequent time you end up caught on a very gnarly rock-climb and must make an extra-tight flip, be sure you’ve acquired web entry so you should purchase the replace on the Mercedes me digital retailer. Oh, and someplace to sleep, as a result of OTA updates occur in a single day. 

Different OTA updates out there in varied markets embrace a Newbie Driver/Valet mode that reduces acceleration capabilities and limits high velocity to 120km/h, a dashcam recorder that makes use of the car’s present cameras, AMG Monitor Tempo for laptime recording, and individualisation packages to tailor the automobile’s sounds and inside gentle exhibits, and provides video games to the front-seat passenger’s touchscreen.

It’s price mentioning that a few of these OTA purchases are time-limited, that means that they are going to have to be repurchased over time.

Key particulars 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS450 4Matic
Engine Two completely excited synchronous motors
Energy 265kW electrical
Torque 800Nm
Drive sort All-wheel drive
Transmission Single-speed automated
Energy to weight ratio 97kW/t
Weight 2735kg
Spare tyre sort None
Tow score 1800kg braked
750kg unbraked
Turning circle 11.9m with normal 4.5-degree rear steer
11.0m with elective 10-degree rear steer

Ought to I purchase a Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV?

The Mercedes-EQ EQS is a convincing and achieved luxurious SUV that additionally convinces as a luxurious EV. It’s no person’s thought of low-cost, nevertheless it does provide a variety of status and functionality for the cash. If that’s what you’re after, then proper now there’s nothing higher.

Rankings Breakdown

Mercedes-Benz EQS

7.5/ 10

Inside Consolation & Packaging

Infotainment & Connectivity

Glenn Butler

Glenn Butler is one among Australia’s best-known motoring journalists having spent the final 25 years reporting on automobiles on radio, TV, net and print. He is a former editor of Wheels, Australia’s most revered automobile journal, and was deputy editor of earlier than that. Glenn’s additionally labored at an govt stage for 2 of Australia’s most outstanding automobile firms, so he understands how a lot care and consideration goes into designing and creating new automobiles. As a journalist, he is pushed all the things from Ferraris to Fiats on all continents besides Antarctica (which he sooner or later hopes to realize) and loves discovering every automobile’s distinctive character and strengths. Glenn is aware of a automobile’s worth is not indicative of its competence, and even the most cost effective automobile can improve your life and develop your horizons. 

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