This car appraisal is a job that can jump up and bite you in the butt if you’re not extra careful. I recently tested the Mercedes EQS large electric sedan. I have praised him for his driving to heaven. I said I don’t think there’s much out there like it.
And in many ways it doesn’t, because it has some wonderful claims to fame (like the dash-length hyperscreen, for example).
While I had reservations about a few things, including rear visibility, I would have said it would have gotten a nine out of ten if it had been rated for innovation, comfort and technology.
But there is a car that handles and drives better than this. And the weird/ironic part is that it’s also a Mercedes. The EQS is the brand’s largest Merc built from the ground up; Next up is the EQE. So I might as well state that the EQE luxury sedan I just tested is a nicer car to drive than the larger, wholesome, impressive EQS.
And it costs thousands less. There’s just that “something” about the smaller sedan that gives it a boost thanks to its handling and ride.
Remember that the EQS glided over surfaces with aplomb, so to be better you have to imagine how good the EQE is. It felt like a tighter, tighter machine overall.
That’s saying something, because the EQS deserves all sorts of praise for its aforementioned ability to zoom over unforgiving road terrain.
Yes, the EQE is better; It has an admirable ability to tame any bumps or dips that get in its way – to such an extent that I’ve never noticed a single wave finding its way into the cabin or sneaking into the steering wheel. Only a quiver with a sharp surface got through.
Why am I emphasizing this aspect of the car when there are dozens of other innovative little things I could go through and assess the impact of?
Basically I think it’s because a different kind of driver wants this car and I think they focus a bit more on key areas like handling and ride when they’re testing competitors.
Among them are mainly current owners of the E-Class, even if the new car costs around 20,000 euros more.
The EQE looks somewhat like an EQS, but is less expansive in lateral profile. There is a price to pay – as almost always. It suffers from a disadvantage that is a direct result of trying to bend the shape into smaller dimensions.
The result is a sharply sloping, almost coupe-like roofline that limits rearward visibility. It’s reduced to the dimensions of a peephole and certainly influenced how I would view the car as a unit.
I’ve always wondered why they design it to be so extreme just to make it almost as “slippery” as its big brother EQS, which is the least wind-resistant production car.
Or do they think all of the gadgets and sensors around the car are at the level of surveillance that makes the need for a rear window obsolete in the first place?
Unfortunately, that roofline robs the rear seats of their headroom, although there’s decent legroom. Overall it’s 90mm shorter than the EQS and a 90kWh battery is smaller than the 108kWh in the EQS.
The claimed range of 641 km alone is not impressive, it is not a dream of the future. My test car kept an accurate estimate of how much charge was left at any given time. It’s also great that a big message lights up at startup to tell you what power is left.
There’s no trace of the much-discussed hyperscreen that, as said, optionally expands the width of the dashboard in the EQS. The EQE’s combination of a 12.8-inch touchscreen (same as the S-Class) and 12.3-inch driver information screen worked just as well, albeit less obtrusively.
It’s a nice cabin and, if the rear view is overlooked, generally quite roomy.
But when driving, it really comes into its own. It loved long, good-paced corners where smaller cars would grab for grip.
It was also fun to let him drive alone on freeway trips (you still have to have one hand on the wheel, but he “drives himself”). All in all a very enjoyable experience and a glimpse of how dynamic a large electric car can be.
would i buy it I would definitely for the fun of driving and the lower price (everything is relevant). But I would have concerns about the rear view.
And you won’t find me saying there’s nothing like it. My butt wouldn’t take the trauma of another bite. So all in all, the EQE is refreshingly good to drive.
EQE 350+, AMG Line, electric motor 292 hp, 0-100 km/h in 6.4 seconds; Top speed 210 km/h. Range: 641 km, tax €120. With special equipment, the test car costs 105,131 euros.
The standard equipment includes speed adjustment, automatic air conditioning, wireless charging system, fingerprint scanner, driver’s display (12.3 inch HD), MBUX multimedia system, central display (12.8 inch), comfort suspension, ambient lighting, driver assistance package, parking package with 360° camera.
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