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Mercedes-Benz EQE

(2022 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

76
%
A

Used car score:

69
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

70
%
C

Safety Rating:

93
%
A

Eco Rating:

A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

54
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

76
%
A

Used car score:

69
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

70
%
C

Safety Rating:

93
%
A

Eco Rating:

A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

54
%
D

Summary


The Mercedes-Benz EQE is a large executive saloon and an all-electric alternative to the conventional E-Class saloon. It’s built on the same platfor as the larger flagship EQS saloon.

While the award-winning EQS uses a 108kWh battery to produce an official range of 398 miles, the EQE uses a smaller 90kWh battery which Mercedes-Benz says can produce a maximum of 339 miles from full charge.

“If the Mercedes EQS is Dr Evil of Austin Powers fame, the Mercedes EQE is like Mini-Me”, Carwow says. “It’s a near-identical clone of the big luxury car, albeit cut down to a smaller scale.”

Although reviewers have generally responded poorly to the car’s exterior design, which Parkers calls “ugly as sin”, the EQE is just as refined and comfortable on the road as its bigger brother, and also has a cabin packed with user-friendly tech. “It makes the EQS feel unnecessary”, Carbuyer concludes – a point that is amplified by the fact that the EQE costs £30k less.

That said, some reviewers say that its price is still too high. While the EQE is a newer model, journalists find the car’s £70k+ pricing hard to justify when you can purchase a combustion-powered E-Class for over £25k less. Many reviewers also point out that the EQE faces stiff competition from the likes of the Porsche Taycan, Audi e-tron GT and Tesla Model S, which are all considered to be better performance packages.

But for others like Autocar, the EQE is certainly a competitive package, particularly if you favour luxury over acceleration. “In terms of build quality, refinement, ride quality and interior ambience, this new Mercedes-Benz model looks set to be a far more satisfying proposition than its ageing Tesla rival and the more conventional combustion-engine E-Class, too.”

As of January 2024, the Mercedes-Benz EQE holds a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 76%. It has excellent scores for safety and produces no tailpipe emissions. Media reviews are also fairly average and running costs are high. The only caveat to this overall score is that the EQE is too new to have any reliability data at this time. Check back again soon.

EQE highlights

  • High-quality, tech-laden interior
  • Comfortable long-distance cruiser
  • Competitive battery range
  • As refined as EQS for less money

EQE lowlights

  • Polarising looks
  • Much more expensive than E-Class
  • Tight rear seating
  • So-so performance

Key specifications


Body style: Medium executive saloon
Engines:
electric, battery-powered
Price:
From £74,345 on-road

Launched: Summer 2022
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Business Car

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Driving Electric

+

Electrifying.com

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Green Car Guide

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Heycar

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Parkers

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: October 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 95%
Child protection: 91%
Vulnerable road users: 83%
Safety assist: 81%

Eco rating


No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Mercedes-Benz EQE has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the EQE is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing whenever it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Mercedes-Benz EQE to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the EQE, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models324 milesA324 – 324 milesA – A
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models3.9 m/KWhC3.2 – 4.4 m/KWhB – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F50 – 50F – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£289C
Year 2£697C
Year 3£1,105C
Year 4£1,302C
Year 5£1,701C
Overall£5,094C

Running costs for the Mercedes-Benz EQE saloon are pretty good for a car of this size and sophistication, according to numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car) is average, which again is not bad for such a large car. Combined with a large battery, you should get more than 300 miles of driving between charges if you really want to.

Insurance costs for the EQE are inevitably going to be high, but that’s no different to anything else in this price bracket. Scheduled servicing costs for the first five years are average, but still more than £700 cheaper than an equivalent petrol or diesel Mercedes E-Class.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mercedes-Benz EQE has received

2022

  • DrivingElectric Awards – Best Long-Distance Electric Car
  • News UK Motor Awards – The Sunday Times Car of the Year

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If you’re looking at the Mercedes-Benz EQE, you might also be interested in these alternatives

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