Mercedes EQS review
Mercedes' electric flagship doesn't disappoint when it comes to interior quality or on-board technology, although ride comfort can't quite match that of the traditional S-Class
- Long range
- Interior quality
- Impressive technology
- Expensive to buy
- Slight firmness to the ride
- Rear-seat space
|Model||Official range||Home wallbox charging||Rapid charging|
|EQS 450+||414-464 miles||17hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||32mins (10-80%, 200kW)|
|AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+||324-347 miles||17hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||32mins (10-80%, 200kW)|
Mercedes EQS verdict
Mercedes was the first premium player to launch a large electric luxury limousine when the EQS went on sale in 2021. On paper, it’s an accomplished all-rounder, with a long range, fast charging, plus a premium-feeling interior loaded with tech. But while that’s all well and good, the subsequent launch of the BMW i7 has proved it’s possible to offer all of that, plus a genuinely engaging driving experience and a spacious rear cabin.
The Mercedes EQS is still a worthy flagship for the brand, however, and the dazzling Hyperscreen infotainment system needs to be seen to be believed. If you want a luxurious, long-range, futuristic-feeling grand tourer, Merc’s offering brings with it plenty of appeal.
Range details, specs and alternatives
Mercedes is embracing the electric future, with plans to introduce an EV in every segment by 2025, before transitioning to an electric-only brand by the end of the decade. To usher in the zero-emissions era, the company has launched what it believes is the ultimate luxury EV: the completely new, designed-from-the-ground-up EQS.
The EQS’ arch rival is the BMW i7, which we named the Best Luxury Electric Car for 2023 and surpasses the Merc in a few key areas for a luxury limousine. The Tesla Model S saloon is another competitor because of its similar focus on range and technology, though it isn’t as luxurious as the EQS. The Audi e-tron GT and Porsche Taycan are also flagship electric saloons, and certain versions can be just as expensive as the EQS, but they’re both smaller and sportier than the Mercedes.
There are two versions available in the UK: the ‘entry-level’ EQS 450+ gets a single 324bhp electric motor powering the rear wheels only. Then there's the EQS 53 4MATIC+, cooked up by the AMG performance division, with two electric motors (one on each axle) producing 751bhp and 1,020Nm; we’ve reviewed it separately here. There's also a non-AMG EQS 580 4MATIC that produces 516bhp, but it's not available to UK buyers.
Thanks to both a very aerodynamic body and a gigantic 107.8kWh battery, the EQS boasts a Tesla-troubling 464-mile range for the rear-drive 450+ model and around 350 miles for the sportier AMG version. For reference, the latest Tesla Model S Long Range is capable of just over 400 miles, while the bigger battery Porsche Taycan variants can only just crack 300 miles.
The EQS 450+ is offered with a choice of five trims: AMG Line, AMG Premium, AMG Line Premium Plus, Luxury and Exclusive Luxury. Even the cheapest models cost more than £100,000, but for that you get 20-inch wheels, keyless go, a panoramic roof, LED lights and rear-wheel steering designed to improve manoeuvrability around town, as well as stability at higher speeds. Inside, you get heated leather front and rear seats, and a twin-screen infotainment system.
Moving up the range adds luxuries like bigger wheels, digital lights, additional parking cameras and a Burmester stereo. Luxury-spec cars swap out the AMG Line’s sporty styling for additional chrome and unique 22-inch wheels, plus acoustic glass, and comfort seats, plus open-pore wood for the dashboard.
The full-fat AMG 53 model is the raciest of the lot, with unique styling and wheels, red brake callipers, climatised seats and that eye-catching Hyperscreen infotainment setup. Prices for these cars start from more than £160,000.
For more on the Mercedes EQS, read on for the rest of our in-depth review…
In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingMercedes' electric flagship doesn't disappoint when it comes to interior quality or on-board technology, although ride comfort can't quite match that of the traditional S-Class
- 2Range, battery & chargingThanks to an enormous battery and aerodynamic design, the EQS boasts one of the longest ranges of any electric car
- 3Running costs & insuranceMercedes' EV flagship is expensive, and pricey to insure as a result, but servicing and company-car tax costs are as low as for any electric car
- 4Performance, motor & driveIt packs a punch, and despite its length the EQS still feels agile thanks to rear-wheel steering; it can’t match the S-Class when it comes to ride comfort, however
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe EQS’ interior quality more than matches up to the S-Class, which established the benchmark for this type of luxury car
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityCabin space up front is generous, but the EQS falls well short of the Mercedes S-Class when it comes to rear-seat comfort
- 7Reliability & safety ratingAs you’d expect from a Mercedes, the EQS is overflowing with technology and safety systems, the result of which is the maximum five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating