Read Caroline’s Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV review for everything you need to know about buying Mercedes’ new luxury electric SUV in Ireland.

In a few short years, Mercedes-Benz has rapidly expanded its range of electric vehicles to include a number of high-end electric saloons and SUVs.

The flagship of them all of course is the new Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV.

The S-Class has always been the epitome of luxury saloons in the Mercedes range. Now the EQS SUV flys that flag among luxury SUVs.

With the option of seven seats and a range in excess of 600 kilometres, the EQS SUV could be one of the best battery-powered luxury SUVs on sale today.

Let’s take a closer look.

The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV on test for Changing Lanes
The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV on test for Changing Lanes

Styling

The EQS SUV is the SUV version of the gorgeous EQS saloon that launched in Ireland in 2022. It comes to market around the same time as the EQE SUV. The two vehicles do look quite similar with their smooth aerodynamic lines, black panel grille with Mercedes star and stunning full width light bar at the rear. Yet the EQS SUV seems to wear it somewhat better with its larger frame, looking a bit grander overall. It’s still a far cry from the chiselled look of a Range Rover or BMW X7 but it is a style that grows on you and helps to make the vehicle as aerodynamically efficient as possible – a must for a large electric SUV. Measuring about 5.1 metres in length, it’s a vehicle with considerable presence. It’s the futuristic face of the Mercedes-EQ brand of electric vehicles with high-tech LED headlights adding a little bling, as does the illuminated running board and door handles that pop out from the bodywork as you approach. You can choose from two exterior styles – the elegant Electric Art and more dynamic AMG Line. Both come with 21-inch alloy wheels.

Interior

The cabin also shares much with the EQS saloon in design, but does feel more airy and spacious. From the minute you open the door, there’s no mistaking the opulence on board the EQS SUV. It’s a truly stunning cabin with some beautiful trims available and leather upholstery as standard in a range of colours. The ambient lighting illuminates the cabin perfectly. Luxury features include heated seats with power adjustment all round. Behind the gorgeous Nappa leather-wrapped steering wheel, there is an impressive full digital driver display as seen in all the latest Mercedes cars and SUVs. There’s also an excellent portrait-style touchscreen that brings it all together with an intuitive design, voice control, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and over-the-air updates. The EQS SUV is an expensive vehicle but the cabin is where it really impresses. There is the option to spec the ‘Hyperscreen’ that gives your passenger their own screen as well behind a glass panel – but the standard set-up is fine really.

The cabin of the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV
The cabin of the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

Practicality

There’s the option to spec two extra seats for three rows of seating. Headroom and legroom in the second row is very generous. The two seats in the very back are more suitable for children but everyone can relax in the luxury surroundings. A panoramic glass roof comes as standard, which really makes it very bright and family friendly.

There’s over 600 litres of boot space in five seat versions and over 500 litres in seven seat versions with the two extra seats folded neatly into the floor. Even with all seven seats in place, there’s room for a few bags or suitcases. A powered tailgate comes as standard.

Driving

The EQS SUV is built on the same bespoke electric vehicle platform as the EQE and EQS saloons, as well as the EQE SUV. Buyers can choose from single or dual motor powered versions (rear wheel drive or ‘4Matic’ four-wheel drive). Power ranges from 360hp up to 544hp, but all versions have in the region of 600 kilometres of range measured by WLTP.

The entry into the range is the single motor, rear wheel drive EQS SUV 450+ with a 108kWh battery offering up to 706 kilometres range (WLTP). Consumption in real world driving is between 18-22 kWh per 100 kilometres, just like what is quoted by the manufacturer.

The EQS SUV offers a range exceeding 600 kilometres in official tests
The EQS SUV offers a range exceeding 600 kilometres in official tests

With 360hp, the EQS SUV 450+ still has plenty of power to feel swift and responsive from behind the wheel. There’s 568Nm of torque. It’s an SUV that favours a more relaxed driving style when you can sit back and enjoy all the comfort and refinement. It’s a very hushed cabin and offers a super smooth drive. The standard fit air suspension with adaptive damping ensures that this is a top class driving experience. Rear wheel steering as standard also boosts agility in town and out on faster roads.

With the Mercedes’ Dynamic Select system, the driver can tweak the driving experience somewhat via four different mode: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Individual. There is also regenerative braking, the strength of which can be easily adjusted using the paddles behind the steering wheel.

Charging

When it comes to charging, DC fast charging is possible up to 200kW. AC charging is possible up to 22kW though the standard fit 11kW onboard AC charger can charge the battery to full in 11 hours. From a 7.4kW wallbox at home, that will take just under 17 hours.

Pricing

The range is available from €134,650 for the EQS SUV 450+ with a range in the region of 706 kilometres (WLTP). The dual motor EQS SUV 450 4MATIC is available from €138,790.

Boot space in the EQS SUV with seven seats in place
Boot space in the EQS SUV with seven seats in place

Verdict

The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV marries a luxury driving experience very well with battery power. The range on offer is truly excellent offering plenty of comfort between battery charges. It’s an SUV that commands respect and while it’s not the most involving to drive, it does offer extremely high levels of comfort and refinement.

The true beauty of the EQS SUV is really the interior, which is the epitome of luxury and comfort. With brilliant tech on board and lots of luxury features, the EQS SUV does an excellent job of giving all those on board the five star feeling – without a whiff of range anxiety.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is a pure luxury way to travel
The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is a pure luxury way to travel