The EQS450 Plus has a single electrical motor on the rear axle that places out 329 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque and, like most different EVs, it has a single-speed transmission. With a claimed 0-to-60-mph time of 5.9 seconds the EQS450 does not have the gut-punch acceleration of a Porsche Taycan or perhaps a Polestar 2, however its surge of instantaneous torque is satisfying and befit of a luxurious automotive. There are additionally two totally different ‘soundscapes’ that pipe in noises by the audio system; they do not attempt to mimic inside combustion engines, as a substitute going for sounds that remind me of spaceships within the Jetsons.
Acceleration is not actually the purpose of the EQS anyway — although should you actually do want extra efficiency Mercedes gives the dual-motor EQS580 with 516 hp or the upcoming 751-hp AMG model. The EQS450 is not a nook carver, both, although its commonplace 10-degree rear-wheel steering does make the automotive really feel extra nimble than its measurement and heft would recommend. No, the place the EQS450 actually shines is in its serenity and luxury.
Each EQS has an adjustable air suspension with adaptive dampers that present an exceptionally clean trip, helped by the thicker sidewall of the tires wrapping my check automotive’s 20-inch wheels. (These wheels, by the best way, have an aero-optimized design with dozens of little Mercedes stars on them. They’re superior.) The Sport drive mode barely stiffens up the suspension and the EQS soaks up all method of highway imperfections. It is also supremely quiet, with solely a tiny little bit of wind and tire noise coming into the cabin because of glass that is insulated towards warmth, noise and infrared gentle. On an extended highway journey alongside the California coast It feels precisely like an S-Class ought to.
If there’s one draw back to the EQS’ driving expertise it is the brakes. The EQS has three ranges of regenerative braking, the strongest of which is not a legit one-pedal mode, although it is nonetheless sturdy sufficient to deliver the automotive to a full cease in some conditions — so long as you flip off the automotive’s creep mode. With the regen on excessive it is easy to modulate the throttle to decelerate, however the issue lies with the brake pedal itself. Beneath regen the pedal bodily strikes as if the driving force utilized strain with their foot, so once I want to really hit the brakes the pedal is not at all times the place I believe it ought to be. It’s totally unsettling and onerous to get used to.
Each variations of the EQS use a 107.8-kilowatt-hour battery pack, with the Plus within the EQS450’s identify implying that we may see a smaller battery measurement provided sooner or later. The EPA estimates a 350-mile vary for the EQS450, far off from Mercedes’ preliminary estimates, but it surely’s a distinct story in the actual world. With a 70% cost the EQS reveals an estimated 320 miles of vary left and even at a 20% cost it nonetheless reveals a variety of almost 100 miles. Getting 400 miles out of a full battery ought to be a cinch even with out hypermiling.
I do not suppose the EQS’ vary issues in any respect, although — not when its charging capabilities are so good. Mercedes says the EQS450 can cost from 10% to 80% on a 110-kW DC quick charger in 31 minutes, whereas plugging right into a 240-volt wall charger takes a bit below 12 hours to go from 10% to full. However the EQS can settle for as a lot as 200 kilowatts of charging, with Mercedes claiming it will probably acquire 186 miles of vary in solely quarter-hour. Plugged right into a 150-kW quick charger I bought the EQS from 13% to 60% in 20 minutes, including 208 miles of vary. At that time, who cares in regards to the full vary estimate?
An enormous purpose the EQS has such an extended vary is its tremendous slippery cab-forward physique, which has the lowest drag coefficient of any manufacturing automotive. It appears I am one of many few folks that genuinely loves how the EQS seems to be; I am into the blobby and clean styling, and it has some actually cool particulars just like the star-pattern ‘grille’ and helix-shaped LED taillights. White is not precisely the very best coloration for the EQS and with out the AMG Line look bundle the air intakes on the entrance finish give it a fishy mouth, however I am into it total. The EQS jogs my memory of idea vehicles from the Nineties in the easiest way.
In contrast to the S-Class or rivals just like the Lucid Air and Porsche Taycan, the EQS has a big powered hatch on the rear as a substitute of a conventional trunk. Cargo house is completely large and the rear seats fold almost flat, although there is a little bit of a bump the place the seats meet the trunk. One draw back of the hatch and the EQS’ commonplace panoramic sunroof is how a lot they lower into rear headroom. The EQS’ again seat has quantity of legroom and the flat flooring is a boon, however taller passengers may discover themselves hitting their heads towards the headliner — one thing that would not occur in an S-Class. Powered rear seats with heating, air flow and plush headrests can be found, a minimum of.
The EQS450’s commonplace dashboard setup is just like that of the brand new S-Class, with an expansive trim panel spanning the width of the cabin, a 12.8-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Setting the EQS’ cabin design other than the S-Class is a wing form to the dashboard encompass, superior turbine-style air vents on the corners, slim vents working throughout the highest, a ton of open house beneath the middle console and distinctive door panel designs. I believe the EQS’ cabin seems to be finest in a lightweight coloration, although my check automotive’s Sable Brown leather-based accents and $1,515 “yacht-design” matte wooden trim spice it up somewhat.
This check automotive has Mercedes’ vaunted Hyperscreen, which is commonplace on the EQS580 however a $7,230 choice on the EQS450. It replaces your complete dashboard with a large 56-inch Gorilla Glass panel that homes three separate shows: a 12.3-inch gauge cluster, a 17.7-inch central OLED touchscreen and a 12.3-inch OLED touchscreen in entrance of the passenger. If the sunshine hits the glass excellent there is a little bit of glare and the gaps between the screens are seen, however in any other case it seems to be fairly seamless. The Hyperscreen is without doubt one of the EQS’ standout options and it is really a marvel.
The MBUX working system’s zero-layer design means it doesn’t matter what menu, app or setting you open, the principle dwelling display screen is only one faucet away and the local weather controls are at all times in a bar on the base of the display screen. The large navigation map acts as the house display screen itself, with quite a few floating widgets showing within the corners relying on what you may have turned on, like music or the seat massagers. Mercedes’ augmented-reality nav characteristic is incredible on the Hyperscreen, because the front-camera show is ready to be proven alongside the top-down map with instructions. One other bonus of the middle display screen is the largest show for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto I’ve ever seen, each of which have wi-fi connectivity, as nicely.
A ton of options are managed by the Hyperscreen, however I discover that it is easy and fast to navigate when you get acclimated to the system. Plus, it has a configurable favorites menu that may home all method of features. The “Hey, Mercedes” voice assistant is lastly price utilizing commonly, too. It will possibly acknowledge a number of voices and is aware of the place you are sitting, so if the entrance passenger says “flip my therapeutic massage on” the automotive will change it on for simply that seat.
The passenger display screen can do rather a lot, too. It makes use of eye-tracking cameras to stop the driving force from with the ability to use it, even dimming the display screen when it spots you wanting. Passengers can see driving information, play their very own music by headphones, modify the local weather controls, set navigation routes and ship them to the middle display screen and even play video games like Tetris. The show will also be turned off fully or set to quite a few screensavers, one in every of which has an animated star motif together with three that characteristic the Imaginative and prescient AVTR idea. With the screens at max brightness and the ambient lighting at its most loopy settings I do not discover the EQS’ shows to be overwhelming even at night time, although for individuals who do not need a Berlin nightclub aesthetic all the things may be dimmed or turned off fully.
As you’d count on from an S-Class-equaling automotive, the EQS does not skimp on options. My check automotive is the ‘base’ Premium trim, which begins at $103,360 together with a $1,050 vacation spot cost — that means the EQS450 is $7,490 cheaper than a base S500, although the S comes with all-wheel drive and some extra commonplace options. The EQS450 Premium features a Burmester 3D sound system, 64-color ambient lighting, heated and ventilated entrance seats, parking help with a 360-degree digicam, six USB-C ports, a fingerprint recognition system and a full suite of driver-assist options that features adaptive cruise management with steering help and cease and go, automated lane modifications, lane-keeping help and much more. And talking of the auto lane modifications, if you activate that characteristic at night time the EQS’ LED headlights mission a beam of sunshine onto the highway that signifies the place the automotive shall be merging and going. It is Mercedes’ first actual implementation of its wild headlight projection tech within the US, and it is very cool.
Added onto my EQS450 are $1,100 massaging entrance seats (included within the midrange Unique trim), $450 rapid-heating entrance seats, fabulous $590 lively ambient lights, the $450 HEPA air filter, a $250 110-volt cost cable and the $350 MBUX inside assistant that makes use of movement sensors to activate lights or deliver up beneficial display screen features. There are solely a pair options provided on the S-Class which can be unavailable on the EQS, primarily to maintain a minimum of a couple of causes for consumers to be glad they went with the standard flagship selection. You possibly can’t get the S-Class’ superior 3D gauge cluster, even should you do with out the Hyperscreen, and the EQS additionally cannot be had with the unbelievable Burmester 4D stereo setup.
All in my EQS450 comes out to $115,245, undercutting the bottom EQS580 by $5,365 and the S580 by $2,105. And a totally loaded EQS450 is available in at round $130,000, which to me feels greater than price it. The EQS450 is serene, cosseting and tech-rich with out being overwhelming. It has mega vary and charging capabilities, and serves as an incredible ambassador for Mercedes’ electrical efforts. Most significantly, it seems like the long run. I would have the EQS over an S-Class on daily basis.