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Mercedes-Benz EQS

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Mercedes-Benz EQS

(2021 - present)

    Summary


    The Mercedes-Benz EQS is a luxury executive saloon that is currently the flagship model in the Mercedes-EQ family, positioned as the electric alternative and eventual successor to the acclaimed Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

    The EQS has a very smooth exterior design, with the silhouette of the car being one continuous line from bonnet to boot. This unusual styling means that the EQS is currently the most aerodynamic road car in production, and one of the factors behind why this high-end saloon can travel an advertised 453 miles from full charge, other than the fact that it has the biggest battery ever fitted to a production car.

    “The EQS is going to really push forward the electric car benchmark in terms of range, refinement and technology”, comments Electrifying.com. “It’s a surprise that it doesn’t try to challenge Tesla or Audi in terms of performance though.”

    There are other EVs around the Mercedes-Benz EQS’s £100,000 price tag with more speed and acceleration to offer, but Carbuyer points out that the EQS is not a sports saloon, and isn’t trying to be. “While other models like the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S may be faster, nothing comes close to matching its luxury or sheer opulence.”

    The Mercedes-Benz EQS has arrived in the UK with a very positive reception from the UK media, primarily due to its luxurious and tech-filled interior, though not all were that impressed. “Whether all the electronic trickery is worth it is not so clear cut. The voice control isn’t bad, while £8,000 for the Hyperscreen dashboard seems like a load of hype,” comments The Telegraph.

    All of the impressive on-board features and battery technology found in the EQS is planned to appear on future EQ models, including the smaller and cheaper Merecedes-Benz EQE, so it might be worth waiting a while longer if you are interesting in buying an all-electric Mercedes-Benz. “Still, if you like the idea of a silent, super luxurious electric limousine that’s jam-packed with impressive technology”, concludes Carwow, “then you’ll love the EQS.”

    As of July 2022, the Mercedes-Benz EQS holds an Expert Rating of 87% based on 14 reviews published by British media sources, which is just shy of the 88% given to its combustion counterpart, the S-Class.

    EQS highlights

    • Class-leading battery range
    • Luxurious interior trim
    • Impressive on-board tech and infotainment
    • Excellent build quality

    EQS lowlights

    • Slightly rigid ride comfort
    • Very expensive, base price and up
    • A bit wide for the inner-city
    • Other high-end EVs offer more performance

    Key specifications


    Body style: Large five-door executive saloon
    Engines: electric motor, battery-powered
    Price: From £99,995 on-road

    Launched: Winter 2021/22
    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.

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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: December 2021
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 96%
    Child protection: 91%
    Vulnerable road users: 76%
    Safety assist: 80%

    Eco rating


    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    No eco rating

    As of July 2022, the Mercedes-Benz EQS has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    As of July 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Mercedes-Benz EQS to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively for us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the EQS, we’ll publish the score here.

    Awards


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

    2022

    • GQ eCar Awards – Best Luxury Car

    2021

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    Mercedes-Benz EQSA sophisticated tech-laden EV, the Mercedes-Benz EQS is a high-end saloon highlighted for its futuristic interior and class-leading battery range.