Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+
The German manufacturer has gone large on EVs – in every sense – with its latest battery powered offering. By John Challen
Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+
The German manufacturer has gone large on EVs – in every sense – with its latest battery-powered offering. By John Challen
We’ve already seen quite a few electric models from Mercedes-Benz and it’s clear the company is committed to its promise to offer a battery-powered option in every segment by 2025. Of course, that lineup includes the S-Class, traditionally home to V8 and V12 power alongside ultimate luxury throughout the cabin. So, when an EV version of the uber-limo arrives, it has to be good. Very good.
It’s fair to say Mercedes-Benz has thrown everything at the EQS to make it stand out and meet the needs of its drivers. The big saloon is loaded in tech everywhere you look – so much so that it can be a bit overwhelming, or surprising, when the voice assistant chimes in when you don’t expect it to. Then there’s the MBUX Hyperscreen – available on AMG Line Premium models and above – which combines different displays into one widescreen unit that’s nearly a metre and a half long! There is plenty of opportunity to customise the displays – including the head-up display screens, which offer a host of different styles and options, depending on what information you want. Change through the different driving modes – such as comfort, eco and sport – and the colour and appearance of the dials also deviate to reflect the shift.
Pretty much everything can be controlled via the onscreen menus but, for the basic functions such as heating, there are also physical buttons available. Navigating the infotainment is surprisingly straightforward, once you master the fact that there are different controls for the different screens.
Then there’s the driving range – a maximum of 453 miles is available from the car's 107.8kWh lithium-ion battery. With 333hp, the EQS is fast enough (zero to 62mph in just over six seconds), without being rapid – but this is a car that tips the scales at 2,480kg, so something has to give. Helped by a 200kW DC on-board charger, EQS’s battery can be replenished from 10% to 80% in just over half an hour. Range-wise, that gives drivers an extra 186 miles of range in 15 minutes.
As you would expect from a car costing – typically – north of £100,000, the standard spec is impressive. It features heated windscreen and seats, automatic climate control, head-up display, fingerprint scanner, multifunction steering wheel and much, much more.
Safety-wise, the car is loaded with traffic sign assist, parking assist, a 360° camera and a driving assistance package.
While appearing like an S-Class, EQS is the first Mercedes-Benz product to use the company’s new modular platform that has been designed specifically for large luxury and executive vehicles. At 5.2m long, it’s quite an imposing vehicle, but the addition of rear-wheel steer helps improve its manoeuvrability. Helping ensure comfort in the cabin is maximised, the EQS sits on air springs all round, which still manages to ensure there is some connection to the road, without things getting too floaty when pressing on. As you would expect, there is copious amounts of room inside the cabin, where driver and passengers sit on luxurious leather seats, complete with pillow-like headrests.
Which model is right for you?
The EQS 450+ range starts with the AMG Line model, which offers plenty, including 20-inch alloys as standard, 4.5° rear-steer, heated front and rear seats, panoramic sunroof and the MBUX multimedia system with 12.8-inch OLED central display.
For an extra £7,000, the AMG Line Premium adds in 21-inch wheels, interior ambient lighting, acoustic privacy glass and a 360° camera – plus more.
Next up is AMG Line Premium Plus, which adds head-up display, remote parking and the gesture-controlled MBUX interior assistant into the mix. Offering equal levels of equipment, the EQS 450+ Luxury replaces the sporty focus with a more ‘classic style’, says Mercedes-Benz. That means the addition of ship-deck wood in the interior, comfort seats and headrests, heated steering wheel and 22-inch alloys.
Finally, Exclusive Luxury adds in massage seats with climate control and Nappa leather upholstery.