2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS test: the S-Class of electric sedans

The EQS injects true luxury into the world of electric vehicles. Mercedes is taking the plunge with the EQS electric vehicle which is being touted as the eventual successor to the ultra-chic S-Class sedan, complete with an all-electric powertrain and futuristic interior. Rivals at this level of electric luxury and price are few, and include the Lucid Air and Tesla Model S.

Everything is new for this brand new model, starting with its platform. The EQS is based on the Mercedes Modular Architecture (MMA), which will underpin many of Mercedes’ future EQ electric vehicles. What’s more is eye-catching, mainly because of its shape. Mercedes started with the goal of a 0.20 drag coefficient, the lowest of any production car, and designed the exterior around that goal. The wheels range from 20 to 21 inches in a wide range of futuristic designs.

It depends where you see it. The exterior of the EQS looks a little awkward at first. At 205.4 inches long, it’s about 3.0 inches shorter than the S-Class, but looks noticeably shorter to the eye thanks to its shape and tiny overhangs. Its form will be divisive. The teardrop profile was a necessity to achieve the aero numbers Mercedes wanted, but it lacks the majesty of the S-Class.

The all-electric EQS ​​uses the same 107.8 kWh battery pack in each of its variants, but powers a different number of motors. The RWD 450+ has a single 245 kW rear motor that delivers 329 hp and 419 lb-ft of torque, and the power only increases from there. The straight-line performance and excellent ride quality of the EQS. The 580 and AMG models add a front-mounted 140kW motor to give them all-wheel drive, and that extra motor gives it a much higher total horsepower in both models.

While the EQS 450+’s single motor unlocks a 0-60 mph time of 5.9 seconds, the additional motor in the 580 ups produces 516 hp and 631 lb-ft while bringing the 0-60 mph time down to 4.1 seconds. The AMG EQS model has 650 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque, and a Race Start mode boosts that to 751 hp and 752 lb-ft for short bursts to cut the 0-60 mph time to 3.4 seconds. The difference off the line can also be felt when passing. The 450+ starts to falter at over 75 mph, while the two-motor models are much more confident at highway speeds.

The EQS doesn’t rival Tesla’s showy acceleration times (although the EQS is still lightning fast), but that fits its character. The car’s ultra-luxurious feel lets you drive it smoother, but it never feels sluggish (with either powertrain) and the EQS is still instantly responsive, as is the case in other electric vehicles.

Where the EQS excels is the ride quality, which is impeccable. An air suspension with adaptive dampers is standard and helps the EQS glide over the road, smoothing out road bumps and seams without worry. Rear axle steering is also standard; it can turn the rear wheels 10 degrees (9 degrees in the EQS) away from the fronts at speeds below 37 mph and gives the large sedan a compact car-sized turning radius of only 35.8 feet. It’s surprisingly easy to park and maneuver the EQS in tight urban spaces.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS review

The AMG model gets shocks from the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, stiffer stabilizer bars and a beefier front subframe to go with stronger control arms and wheel carriers. The stiffer structure and firmer suspension tuning make the car more attached to the road and better control the slightly wobbly feel of other models. Its ride, however, remains smooth as butter.

There are four different levels of regenerative braking, but none offer a true one-pedal riding experience. However, with the regen increased, the setting does something weird to the brake pedal. The amount of regen the EQS uses lowers the brake pedal by an equal amount, so you reach for the brake with your foot and find some air.

The EQS tops out at an estimated 350 miles of range. While the EQS’s EPA ratings may not have reached the lofty estimates that were first announced, they still score a perfect 10 on our green rating. The EQS 450+ with rear-wheel drive has a range of 350 miles, while the heaviest, 580 with AWD comes in slightly behind at 340 miles. The EQS has yet to be rated, but is expected to have just under 300 miles of range.

The EQS can quickly charge up to 200kW on a DC fast charger, which can boost the battery by 10-80% in just over 30 minutes. Mercedes is looking to simplify the charging experience by routing all the different charging networks through a single account, powered by ChargePoint. Additionally, Mercedes has a collaboration with Electrify America to provide owners with unlimited 30-minute charging sessions on its network for the first two years of ownership (after that it will charge the listed rate). Plug-and-charge capability is also offered on the Electrify America network.

The EQS has not been tested by NHTSA or IIHS, so this rating may change in the future. The EQS comes standard with Mercedes’ full suite of active and passive driver assistance systems. This includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, a surround view camera system, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitors with steering assist and even obstacle detection for doors.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS review

Once inside the EQS it doesn’t really matter how it looks on the outside as the interior is an absolute gem. With the Hyperscreen fitted, the dashboard is unlike any other vehicle with that single pane of glass and the three screens making it an unrivaled futuristic centerpiece. Ambient lighting channeled under every crease and crease inside contributes to the abundant screen brightness. It feels like the S-Class has jumped a decade into the future.

The good faith of EQS luxury is not in question. A remarkably comfortable pair of front seats, ample cargo space and a quiet interior set it apart from everything else except its S-Class stablemate. The front seats come with heating and cooling as standard. , as well as massage functions available. Calling them seats sells them short, they are plush thrones that engulf you and make you feel majestic. The materials are fantastic; every touchpoint is finely crafted and soft fabrics cover the entire interior.

Removing the gasoline engine from the equation makes the EQS even quieter and more serene inside than the S-Class. tell how fast the car is moving or what is happening in the outside world. Conversations with rear passengers can be held barely above a whisper.

Where the EQS falls short of the S-Class is its rear seat, which feels less roomy thanks to the sloping roofline and a higher floor that lifts the back of the legs off the bottom of the seat. It’s more comfortable than 99% of cars, but it’s that 1% that makes it an S-Class. The EQS isn’t quite there as a car to drive. The rear seats offer heating and air conditioning, but the S-Class’ rear accommodations are on a different level.

The ‘base’ 450+ comes with a 12.8-inch portrait-style touchscreen and a 12.3-inch driver display, but the real star is the available Hyperscreen. A single 56-inch window covers an additional 12.3-inch screen for the passenger and a 17.7-inch touchscreen in the middle that acts as the hub of the car. This large screen allows you to control everything, from the air conditioning to the various seat/comfort functions, including navigation. It’s remarkably crisp and clear, even in bright sunlight (though reflections on glass can be piercing too).

Standard EQS features include heated and cooled front seats, panoramic sunroof, 20-inch wheels, Burmester sound system and various Mercedes active safety features. Both the 450+ and 580 come in Premium, Exclusive, and Pinnacle feature tiers. If you don’t need all-wheel drive, it’s easy to save big bucks and go with the 450+. Even in Pinnacle form ($109,560), it’s still about $10,000 cheaper than the cheapest 580. Hyperscreen is standard on the 580, but available on the 450+.

At $148,500, the AMGEQS is the most expensive model. Along with unique shock absorbers and more power, it includes front sports seats upholstered in leatherette and microfiber with red stitching, a large AMG steering wheel, AMG-specific information for the Hyperscreen that displays information about performance, a front splitter, gloss black side sills, rear diffuser and 21-inch wheels.

The EQS comes with a base warranty and a 4-year/50,000 powertrain warranty, with no scheduled maintenance. However, the battery is backed by its own robust 10-year/155,000-mile warranty with 70% remaining capacity guaranteed.

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS is impressive, just for what Mercedes has been able to accomplish. While Mercedes is somewhat new to electric vehicles, they have definitely picked up the slack with many new models hitting the market. More than 100 years of pedigree pays off, as the new 2022 EQS is the pinnacle of automotive electric vehicle engineering. The new EQS is one of those great vehicles that does everything right; advanced technology, powerful and efficient powertrains and driving dynamics that usher in the next generation of electric vehicles.

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