December 11, 2023

What a difference a few letters can make. The EQS is a well-made premium sedan that will enter the luxury segment in 2022 as an all-electric offering. The platform under EQS adds two new models to the EQ range for 2022-23. But Mercedes promised more. Now we have the EQS SUV.

at first glance

  • Beyond Luxurious Interiors
  • Good third row space
  • Lots of internal screen real estate
  • Good range and economy

A 450 or 580 number added to the model name means this is the larger SUV version of the EQS. Its underpinnings and features are very similar to those of a sedan, but it’s the SUV form many luxury car buyers crave. With three rows of seats, a range of about 300 miles (480 kilometers) and an interior that would make sheikhs jealous, the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is a serious competitor in the luxury SUV segment.
One of the newest models in the Mercedes brand’s EQ model range, the EQS SUV shares a similar exterior appearance with other models it shares a platform with. The lines are smooth, simple, curved and elegant. A shortened hood and longer body promise more interior space, while chunky fenders and a larger front fascia declare it a powerful SUV. Pop-up door handles and a grille-less finish identify it as a battery-powered machine.

Comfort tops the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV, but the extra ultra-screen option adds a lot of screen glare
Comfort tops the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV, but the extra ultra-screen option adds a lot of screen glare

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Take a look inside this latest Mercedes-Benz SUV and it’s not hard to see why it starts at six figures. That’s quite a luxury for a large vehicle. Everything you’d expect from a luxury model of this class is present, including a plethora of screens on the dashboard – virtually all screens if you opt for the ultra-screen (EQS 580 only). The extra screen real estate allows front-seat passengers to access items in the infotainment system and do their own thing while the driver is behind the wheel. It’s a cool touch, but frankly adds a lot of unnecessary glare to the cabin. It’s an option that isn’t included in any trim-level package, though, so if one rarely uses it, it’s at least avoidable.

Packages for the EQS SUV also add rear-seat features such as wireless charging pads, heated outboard seats and an MBUX infotainment tablet that can be synced with the front infotainment screen for requesting radio tuning or adding navigation purposes ground or waypoint. An optional third row can also add heating. The entire rear area can be enhanced with an entertainment system for viewing streams from devices via the audio system or via the included wireless headphones.

There are three variants of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV to choose from. The EQS 450+ is a rear-wheel-drive option with 355 horsepower (265 kilowatts) and 419 pound-feet (568 Newton-meters) of torque. It can be upgraded to an EQS 450 4Matic, which keeps the same horsepower but adds another motor to the front axle for all-wheel drive. This additional electric motor boosts torque output to 590 lb-ft (800 Nm). Then there’s the EQS 580 4Matic we drove, which boosts power output to 536 horsepower (400 kilowatts) and 633 pound-feet (858 Nm) to all four wheels.

The three models also come with three trim options, each adding more and more comfort and convenience/luxury items to the last. However, the basic premium version comes with a lot of great content. Includes 20- or 21-inch wheels (21s on the 580), air suspension with adaptive dampers, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a huge infotainment screen with CarPlay and Auto wireless, and a There’s a nice Burmester 3D sound system Atmos with Dolby capabilities, and lots of other goodies, including a long list of driver assistance and collision avoidance systems. There’s also rear-wheel steering, which was also nifty on the EQS sedan we drove last year.

All three variants of the EQS SUV are powered by a 108.4 kWh battery pack suspended from the floor. The EPA-rated battery range is 305 miles (491 kilometers) per charge for the 450+ model and 285 miles (459 kilometers) for the other two models. DC fast charging up to 200 kW is included, enabling fast charging of 10% to 80% in around 30 minutes. In our real-world road tests, the 2023 EQS 580 4Matic promises to come close to the promised 285 miles. We think most drivers will cover about 260 miles (418 km) or better in daily driving and around 220-230 miles (355-370 km) on the highway in most cases. That’s in line with most EV models from different manufacturers we’ve tested so far. It takes less than nine hours to charge from 14% to full using our dedicated 240V/50A plug.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4Matic's sleek design hides its third-row potential and surprisingly quick 633 lb-ft
2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4Matic’s sleek design hides its third-row potential and surprisingly quick 633 lb-ft

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The big Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is surprisingly agile. The explosive speed and seatback-pushing acceleration of an EV is there, especially in the big 580 we drove, but otherwise, the EQS SUV handles remarkably well. The aforementioned four-wheel steering, along with the SUV’s inherently low unsprung weight and responsive suspension, also add a lot to driving engagement and engagement. For such a massive vehicle, being able to do nearly 90-degree turns at low speeds is insane. For example, staying within your own lane when turning at traffic lights is a good example of the EQS SUV’s handling capabilities.

Those with an eye on the high-end luxury SUV market and aren’t picky about electrified models should consider the EQS SUV as a candidate.

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ starts at $105,550 including destination. The EQS 580 4Matic model we drove starts at $127,100 before delivery.

Product page: 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV