Mercedes EQS review: boot space, seating & practicality
Cabin space up front is generous, but the EQS falls well short of the Mercedes S-Class when it comes to rear-seat comfort
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Unlike the Mercedes EQA, EQB and EQC SUVs, which are based on the same platforms as combustion-engined counterparts, the EQS was designed from the ground up as an electric car. In fact, it’s the first car to be built on Mercedes' 'EVA' modular platform for large electric cars, which will also underpins the E-Class-sized EQE saloon.
You might expect that to work wonders for interior packaging, and while up front the EQS feels really spacious, in the back it’s a different story. The sloping roofline – designed as such to maximise the car’s aerodynamic efficiency – really eats into headroom. If you’re looking for a chauffeur car to carry passengers in the rear seats, then the BMW i7 – or indeed, Merc’s very own EQS SUV – is a better choice.
Mercedes EQS interior space, storage & comfort
Overall, the space in the EQS is fairly generous, which is what you’d expect from a car that's not only trying to exceed the expectations of S-Class owners, but is also 5.22 metres long and 1.93 metres wide.
However, the EQS doesn’t offer S-Class levels of rear-seat room, as a result of its sleek shape and low roofline. Six-foot-tall adults will struggle to get comfortable thanks to the reduced headroom, though legroom is no problem whatsoever. There’s loads of space for your feet, too, thanks to the almost completely flat floor.
Admittedly, the lack of headroom is also an issue in the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT, both of which get a similarly-sleek design. The boxier BMW i7 rules the roost if you want to carry rear-seat passengers on a regular basis.
When it comes to boot space, the EQS is a bit more accommodating with a whopping 610 litres on offer – even more than the big BMW iX SUV. The hatchback tailgate does make loading the Mercedes far easier than its rivals, but there’s no 'frunk' compartment in the EQS like you get in a Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan or Audi e-tron GT, which is a shame. Lower the rear seats and luggage space expands to 1,750 litres.
Those looking for even more space could be well served by the newer Mercedes EQS SUV, which not only offers room for seven people, but also up to 880 litres of boot space depending on how you position the middle row of seats.
In This Review
- 1VerdictMercedes' 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 & practicality - currently readingCabin 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