Review: The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS is a very “special” electric car

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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always been a special car.

Before starting to use the name in 1972, the marque’s top model was known as the Sonderklasse, which in German means “special class”, indicating its position as the flagship of the fleet.

It has been used as a showcase for the latest technology including new engines, airbags, anti-lock brakes and traction control, and the newest ‘S’ continues that tradition.

Not the redesigned S-Class that was launched last year, but the EQS sedan that is now in showrooms and is Mercedes-Benz’s first purpose-built electric car.

The EQS is the first purpose-built electric car from Mercedes-Benz
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The automaker has made other electric vehicles, but on shared platforms with internal combustion engine models. The EQS is the first built on a dedicated EV chassis that will spawn other ranges in years to come.

The EQS starts at $103,360, and no one would call that cheap, but that’s about $9,000 less than the cheapest S-Class, and that’s before you factor in the tax credit. federal $7,500 for which he is eligible. An estimated annual fuel savings of $2,700 for a typical driver just keeps piling up the savings. You have to have money to make money, as they say.

The EQS starts at $103,360.

The EQS starts at $103,360.
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Both cars are similar in size, which is huge, but the EQS looks completely different. It features a “cab forward” design with a low, sleek nose that flows into the windshield and over the roof to the rear of the tailgate. The somewhat aquatic shape gives the EQS the lowest drag coefficient of any vehicle on sale today.

Aerodynamic efficiency is particularly important for electric cars because they have to stretch their electrons as far as they can, due to charging time, even at the most powerful public stations.

The EQS is a four-door sedan.

The EQS is a four-door sedan.
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The EQS does this faster than many and can charge its 107 kilowatt-hour battery from 10% to 80% in as little as 31 minutes. All fast chargers slow down above 80% to avoid overstressing the batteries, which can shorten their lifespan. A full charge on a 240-volt charger, like those used at home, takes 11 hours.

Filled to the brim, the entry-level 329-hp rear-drive EQS 450+ has an EPA-rated range of 350 miles, while the 516-hp EQS 580 4Matic all-wheel-drive can go 340 miles between charging stops at the equivalent of 95 mpg. My real-world test of the EQS 580 4Matic suggested the numbers are pretty accurate, and anything over 300 miles per charge significantly reduces “range anxiety”.

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The EQS comes standard with an adaptive air suspension that gives it an almost uncannily smooth ride on rough city streets, as well as a four-wheel steering system that can turn the rear wheels up to 10 degrees. in the opposite direction to the front wheels at low speed. This effectively “shrinks” the car, allowing it to corner as tightly as a compact Mercedes-Benz A-Class. On the highway, lane-centering radar cruise control locks the vehicle in the middle of the lines, but requires you to keep one hand touching the steering wheel.

The EQS is equipped with four-wheel steering.

The EQS is equipped with four-wheel steering.
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Despite weighing three tonnes, the EQS 450+ can accelerate to 100 km/h in six seconds and the EQS 580 4Matic only needs four. Gaps in traffic are instantly filled when you step on the throttle, which is accompanied by a choice of two computer-generated engine noises. One looks more like a combustion engine, the other like a spaceship. Such upgrades are often unconvincing and annoying in many electric cars, but I never felt the need to search for an “off” button in the EQS. That’s good, because there isn’t.

The Hyperscreen covers three digital screens.

The Hyperscreen covers three digital screens.
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The EQS also debuts Mercedes-Benz’s new Hyperscreen dashboard. It is a single door-to-door pane that covers three digital screens. There’s the gauge cluster, a central touchscreen infotainment system, and a secondary screen in front of the passenger that lets them control multiple functions without having to reach the middle of the dash.

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It’s overkill because the EQS is as spacious as a concert hall. All outboard passengers get heated and cooled reclining seats and there’s a removable tablet in the fold-down rear center armrest that can be used to adjust temperature, volume and do a few other things.

The EQS is as spacious as an S-Class.

The EQS is as spacious as an S-Class.
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The Hyperscreen generally works well enough, but it and the other touch controls on the front armrest and steering wheel are sometimes difficult to use. The interior is also dressed in miles of LED strips and ambient lights that can be adjusted to any color or set to cycle through them all, putting on a show worthy of an EDM festival, especially when the Burmeister surround sound system to 15 speakers is ramped up.

Mercedes-Benz has really gone out of its way to make the EQS look like the future and managed to create a dazzling alternative to the sportier but smaller Tesla Model S. You probably can’t afford it, but if history is any guide, a lot of what it has to offer will find its way into more affordable vehicles in years to come.

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In the meantime, given the aggressive price tag compared to the S-Class and the fact that a lot of them are used as limos and never stray too far from home, I think you can expect to see a lot of people who can afford it. navigate the downtown financial and nightlife districts in the EQS sooner than that.

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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

Base price: $103,360

Type: 5-seat, 4-door sedan, all-wheel drive

Transmission: Two electric motors

Power: 516 hp / 631 lb-ft

Transmission: single-speed automatic

MPGe: 95 combined

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