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Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

(2023 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

63
%
C

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

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Media Rating:

66
%
C

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

48
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

63
%
C

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

66
%
C

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

48
%
D

Summary


The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is a large crossover model in the all-electric Mercedes-EQ catalogue, based on the luxury EQS saloon (The Car Expert’s Car of the Year for 2021).

Now available to order, the EQS SUV is considered by UK motoring outlets to be one of the most luxurious and practical cars on the market. “It’s imposing, quiet, refined, and full of clever tech and premium features, says Richard Ingram of Auto Express, adding that “it’s a great cruiser and offers a truly cavernous interior.”

“Be prepared to pay handsomely for the privilege, though”, explains Autocar‘s Greg Kable. The EQS SUV has been widely criticised for its pricing, which Parkers calls “eye-watering” and Carwow “extremely expensive”.

The SUV’s impressive driving comfort also forms an issue for some reviewers. The Top Gear team says that the EQS SUV is “so smooth it’s almost not a car at all”, concluding that “it lacks the character and supreme authority that makes the Range Rover such a lodestar.”

As of January 2024, the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV holds a New Car Expert Rating of C, with a score of 63%. Its media reviews are average but it has the benefit of zero tailpipe emissions. Running costs are high, which pulls the score down by a few points.

EQS SUV highlights

  • Class-leading interior refinement
  • Packed with on-board tech
  • Relaxing and comfortable driving experience
  • Usable off-road and rear-steering function
  • Four drivetrains on offer

EQS SUV lowlights

  • Very expensive, base price and up
  • Not all that exciting to drive
  • Not as efficient as its saloon sibling
  • Very heavy

Key specifications


Body style: Large SUV
Engines:
electric, battery-powered
Price:
From £129,470 on-road

Launched: Spring 2023
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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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Driving Electric

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Electrifying.com

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Parkers

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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

No safety rating

As of January 2024, the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV 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 EQS SUV 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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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV 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 EQS SUV, 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 models363 milesA337 – 453 milesA – A
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models3.4 m/KWhE3.1 – 4.2 m/KWhB – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F50 – 50F – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£425D
Year 2£1,275D
Year 3£2,128D
Year 4£2,487D
Year 5£3,370D
Overall£9,685D

Running costs for the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV are quite high for an EV, according to numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data. This is hardly surprising for a car of such size and sophistication.

Electrifical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car) is poor, although a large battery means that the EQS SUV still offers an excellent driving range. Depending on which model you choose, maximum driving range is more than 450 miles accoring to official EU/UK government lab tests. In real-world drivving, you’d still expect to get about 400 miles.

Although there’s currently no road tax for electric vehicles, you will still pay a high premium for insurance and servicing, although that’s going be much the same for any car with a £100K-plus price tag.

Similar cars


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

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