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Mercedes-Benz EQS Review – Mercedes-Benz EQS is the luxury car of the future

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In the fall of 2021, Mercedes-Benz introduced the EQS, its first fully electric sedan.

“The EQS is a milestone on the path to CO2 neutrality and our plan for a new climate-neutral car fleet,” said Britta Seeger, member of the Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG Boards of Management, Marketing and Sales, in a press release announcing the EQS as “the first electric vehicle in the luxury class.”

According to a McKinsey study published in April 2022, sales of electric vehicles in the United States have increased by more than 40% a year since 2016, which is why legacy automakers like Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are taking notice. that they should focus on expanding their electric vehicle offerings. bids to compete with all-electric brands like Tesla and Lucid Motors.

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With the EQS, Mercedes-Benz makes a convincing argument that luxury car consumers should stick with a brand they know. “The EQS is designed to exceed the expectations of even our most demanding customers,” said Ola Källenius, CEO of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG. “That’s exactly what a Mercedes has to do to earn the letter ‘S’ in its name,” he added, referring to the brand’s top-of-the-line designation. “We do not grant that letter lightly.”

Having debuted in US dealerships in fall 2021, the EQS comes in two models: the EQS 450+, which starts at $102,310, and the all-wheel drive EQS 580 4MATIC, which starts at $119,110.

Having spent a week with the first one, I am convinced that cars like these are the future. In fact, Mercedes-Benz has committed to focusing solely on electric vehicles from 2025, with the automaker recently announcing an EQS SUV.

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Mercedes-Benz is the first automaker to install a full-dash screen: the 56-inch-wide Hyperscreen.

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Let’s start with the interior of the EQS sedan. Several passengers of mine compared it to the cockpit of a spaceship or a fighter plane, and I don’t think it was just because Top Gun: Maverick It hit theaters the day I picked up the car.

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The EQS 450+ starts at $102,310.

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“Everything is like a big computer,” said one passenger. It’s an appropriate comment: Mercedes-Benz is the first automaker to introduce a full-dash screen. In this case, it’s the Hyperscreen, a 56-inch-wide curved glass surface that actually includes three separate screens. There’s one for the driver, an extra-large one in the center, and a separate one for the passenger that lets you control, among other things, how intense you’d like a heated shoulder massage.

The luxuries do not end there. The headrests for all four passengers are the softest, most pillow-like she’s ever experienced. I found myself leaning back in my seat just to experience the comfort of a cloud.

As a driver, I have also benefited time and time again from MBUX, the technology behind the display that also includes an integrated voice-controlled assistant. I tapped the microphone button on the steering wheel and asked him to guide me to find the nearest charging station to Millbrook, New York, where I was visiting friends. I also asked for the weather, just like I ask Siri on my iPhone, but Siri can’t activate a seat massage system like MBUX. After returning the car, I learned that MBUX can also be invoked by saying, “Hello Mercedes.” In fact, each occupant of the car can make voice requests, and the EQS’s microphones allow the system to determine which passenger is making the request and adjust that person’s seat accordingly if the request is location-specific.

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The hyper display shows load data in real time.

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I also appreciated the driver assistance systems. Once I activated cruise control on the freeway, for example, Active Lane Keep Assist kept the car in its lane even after I took my hands off the wheel for a moment (after a few seconds, a warning on the dash alerted me). told me to put them back). in the wheel). When I clicked the turn signal and initiated a lane change, Active Lane Change Assist took over and moved the car into the other lane. Fortunately, I didn’t need to make use of the Active Brake Assist feature that helps avoid impending collisions.

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Unlike Mercedes-Benz’s other premium sedan, the S-Class, the EQS has a five-door profile.

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Despite all this praise, the exterior design had its detractors. “It’s a shame it looks like a computer mouse,” one of my Instagram followers commented after I posted a photo of the car on my story. In its defense, Mercedes points out that the EQS’s unique design makes it the most aerodynamic production vehicle in the world, with a drag coefficient of just 0.20. (The Tesla Model S reportedly has a coefficient of drag of 0.208 and the Lucia Air’s is 0.21.)

I also ran into a little problem with loading. Electric vehicles charge at three levels: level one charging is accomplished by plugging into a standard 110-volt electrical outlet, and level 1 full charging occurs overnight; some home chargers and most public charging stations charge at level two, where a full charge takes three and a half hours; Level three DC fast chargers can charge the battery in about half an hour. While all three charging stations I used worked without issue and charged the battery to power levels of six, 50, and 100 kilowatts, respectively, when I tried to use the level one charger that came with the car, it triggered the reset button on the GFCI outlet I used after a few minutes of charging.

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It wasn’t a major issue as the EQS had a range of 350 miles on a single charge, putting it between competitors like the Porsche Taycan (282 miles) and the Tesla Model S (396 miles) and Lucid Air (520 miles). I’ve never been far from a charging station in New York or Connecticut (Mercedes electric vehicles are compatible with more than 90 percent of public charging stations in the United States), but if I had been in a rural area and charging wall was my only option, it would have been a problem. However, the number of charging stations in the United States is soon expected to exceed gas stations. The Biden administration has set a goal of making half the American car fleet electric by 2030, and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act provides investment toward the goal of a network of 500,000 chargers across the country.

If electric vehicles are the future, and it certainly looks like they will be, I’d be very happy with one as comfortable as the EQS.

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