Review: The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS is a very 'special' electric car
There has always been something special about the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. When it started using that name in 1972, the top model of the brand was called the Sonderklasse, denoting its place as the company's flagship.
There are other electric vehicles made by the automaker, but they are built on platforms that are shared with internal combustion engine models. The EQS is the first built on a dedicated EV chassis and will inspire other lines in the future.
Starting at $103,360, the EQS is no bargain, but it is around $9,000 less than the lowest-priced S-Class, even before taking into account the $7,500 federal tax credit.
Even though the two cars are similar in size, the EQS has an entirely different look. With a ‘cab-forward' design that flows into the windshield and over the roof to the rear hatchback,
Since electric cars need to stretch their electrons as far as they can, even at the most powerful public charging stations, aerodynamic efficiency is especially important.
A 107-kilowatt-hour battery can be charged from 10% to 80% in as little as 31 minutes on the EQS. Chargers slow down above 80% to prevent over-stressing batteries, which can reduce their lifespan.
The EPA-rated range of the entry-level 329 horsepower rear-wheel-drive EQS 450+ is 350 miles, while the 516 horsepower all-wheel-drive EQS 580 4Matic can achieve 340 miles between charging stops.
In my real-world tests of the EQS 580 4Matic, the figures are fairly accurate, and anything above 300 miles per charge reduces "range anxiety" significantly.