The new Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé

Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé Review

Read Caroline's Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé review for everything you need to know about buying Mercedes's new luxury coupé in Ireland.

The Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé is a new model for the German brand that replaces the old C-Class Coupé and E-Class Coupé.

While luxury coupés are quite a niche market in Ireland, the C-Class and E-Class coupés have quite a lot of fans in Ireland already who may be thinking of upgrading some time soon.

The brand's coupé models always ticked the boxes for style and luxury and the new CLE Coupé certainly looks to continue the theme.

Let's take a closer look.

The new Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé
The new Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé

Styling

The CLE Coupé is a stunning two-door coupé that really has to be seen up close to appreciate its elegant and classy design.

A cabriolet is expected to join the range but for now the coupé hits just the right spot for anyone looking for an exclusive car.

The good news is all CLE Coupés in Ireland are specced in the AMG Line Plus trim so it gets sportier AMG Line bumpers as standard and some lovely alloy wheel designs to choose from (18-, 19- or 20-inch).

The bonnet is long and sleek with charismatic power domes. There are also new wraparound high performance LED headlamps. The grille gets the modern face of the brand with centrally mounted star and chrome studs in the shape of the Mercedes logo. It's low and sleek with a long wheelbase and short overhangs that celebrate its coupé credentials.

It's hard not to be wowed by the CLE, particularly finished in glorious Graphite Grey Metallic.

Interior

It's worth noting that the cabin of the new CLE takes more inspiration from the current C-Class than the new generation E-Class but it's not without its opulent touches. Like the synthetic leather upholstery in a range of colours and the option to upgrade to genuine or Nappa leather, ambient lighting with 64 colours and impressive infotainment on board.

The cabin of the 2024 Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé
The cabin of the 2024 Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé

It borrows heavily from the interior of the C-Class with the same stylish air vents and 11.9-inch, driver-oriented central display in a user-friendly portrait format. It comes with intelligent voice control and wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. There's also a crisp free-standing 12.3-inch, fully digital instrument display behind the flat-bottomed AMG style sports steering wheel.

Equipment highlights include heated front seats with lumbar support, power adjustment and memory function and wireless smartphone charging. There's the option of a sliding sunroof to let in a little more light.

Practicality

For the first time at Mercedes-Benz, the front seats are not unlocked using a lever, but instead with an elegant loop made of Nappa leather. The new CLE Coupé has a 25 mm longer wheelbase than the old C-Class Coupé so anyone upgrading from it will certainly notice it's more spacious for two rear seat passengers. There's also 10 millimetres more headroom, 19 millimetres more shoulder and elbow room, and 72 millimetres more knee room.

The boot has handsfree opening and a total volume of 420 litres - 60 litres more volume than the old C-Class Coupé. Mercedes says it can hold three golf bags!

The CLE is a stunning coupé that replaces both the C-Class and E-Class Coupés
The CLE is a stunning coupé that replaces both the C-Class and E-Class Coupés

Engines

All engines for the CLE are mild hybrid. There's a choice of four and six cylinder engines, including petrol and diesel at launch, with a plug-in hybrid promised to join at some point.

The CLE Coupé is rear wheel drive as standard, though more powerful versions get 4Matic four wheel drive. Power ranges from 197hp to 449hp in the top of the range Mercedes-AMG model.

A 9-speed automatic gearbox comes as standard across the range.

The CLE 220 D is still likely to be popular will Irish buyers, offering 197hp and 440Nm of torque from a four cylinder 2.0-litre diesel. Mild hybrid technology ensures a smooth delivery of power (0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds). Fuel consumption was in the region of 5.4 litres per 100 kilometres during my test drive.

Driving

The CLE is an upmarket coupé and drives like one too. There's a smooth, strong delivery of power and a number of driving modes through the Mercedes' Dynamic Select system to switch, for example, from a more comfort-biased setting to a more alert, sporty one. The CLE is engaging to drive and handles the road with some real skill. The steering is well-weighted and the car doesn't lean too much through corners, kept in check by an agility control suspension lowered by about 15mm. Combined with excellent grip and the response of the diesel engine, it's an enjoyable drive.

The boot in the CLE Coupé
The boot in the CLE Coupé

Comfort and refinement levels are good in a similar vein to the new C-Class but the CLE doesn't get the high-level cushiness of the latest E-Class for example. But for any driver coming from the previous C-Class Coupé, the CLE will be a massive upgrade.

Pricing

The new Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé goes on sale from €73,215 for the CLE 220 D and from €74,670 for the CLE 200. The CLE 300 4Matic is available from €89,545 and from €109,880 for the CLE 450 4Matic.

Verdict

The new Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé satisfies a niche market for upmarket coupés in Ireland - with considerable style, presence and luxury. The brand's former C-Class and E-Class Coupés are still a strong presence on Irish roads, and the CLE is a worthy successor.

This new CLE certainly puts its best foot forward with its stunning design and lavish interior. It's fun to drive with a sporty edge that mixes just fine with Mercedes' well-proven 2.0-litre diesel engine.

It's an expensive car but a serious upgrade for Mercedes coupé buyers.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

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

The Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé is on sale now
The Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé is on sale now

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class on test for Changing Lanes

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review (2024)

Read Caroline's Mercedes-Benz E-Class review for everything you need to know about buying Mercedes's famous executive saloon in Ireland.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been a bestseller for the German brand for many years and is famous around the world for its luxury, technology and safety.

While in recent years Mercedes-Benz' SUV models like the GLE and GLC have risen in popularity among Irish buyers, the E-Class has definitely not been outclassed by them. This new generation model certainly proves that.

The new E-Class is available with choice of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid and is selling well for the brand in Ireland so far in 2024.

Let's take a closer look.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class on test for Changing Lanes
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class on test for Changing Lanes

Styling

The new E-Class sees a subtle evolution of style compared to the previous model that keeps the executive DNA well and truly alive. It's a classy and handsome saloon with the availability of two different grille designs that adjust the look somewhat - from grand to grander.

Avantgarde and AMG Line models come with the modern face of the brand - three pointed star in the centre of the grille finished with chrome studs in the shape of the Merc logo. The Executive line features the classic Mercedes-Benz louvred grille with star logo mounted on the bonnet. It's a brilliant way to announce one's arrival.

Power domes feature in the long, sculpted bonnet. There are also new LED headlights. The rear lights have a new illumination in the shape of the Mercedes' star. Alloy wheel sizes vary from 17- to 19-inch depending on model. There's also new flush door handles, which pop out on approach and are elegantly illuminated at night.

Interior

The cabin is stunning and truly feels a step ahead of rivals like the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series. It's an expensive car but wow does it feel it inside.

The cabin of the 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The cabin of the 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Synthetic 'Artico' leather upholstery comes as standard, and is available in a variety of colours. The front seats have power adjustment, lumbar support and a memory function. Real leather upholstery is also available as an option. The steering wheel is finished in soft Nappa leather. Black open pore ash wood trim in the dashboard comes as standard but other options are available including the ash wood with a glam backlit Mercedes-Benz star pattern. The cabin is illuminated beautifully at night by ambient lighting. It's incredibly well-built.

The biggest upgrade comes in respect to the digital screens and technology on board. There's a crisp full digital driver display with a few different views available. There's also a new high-resolution 14.4-inch central media display with the latest MBUX infotainment and voice control. It looks very impressive and has new features that include games and the ability to make a Zoom call from the car. The lack of physical buttons for the climate control does feel like a backward step and is trickier to adjust than in the previous car.

Mercedes-Benz has also introduced the 'Superscreen' option for the E-Class, where your passenger gets their own screen too.

Practicality

The E-Class offers luxury accommodation for those lucky enough to be a passenger. The back seat will sit two adults in comfort with plenty of legroom and headroom. There is a large centre tunnel, as is typical with rear wheel drive executive saloons.

The Saloon offer 540 litres of boot space, which is competitive with its rivals. There's also an E-Class Estate available. Plug-in hybrids have less boot space at 370 litres.

The new E-Class is offered with petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid engines
The new E-Class is offered with petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid engines

Engines

The popular E 220d on test uses a four cylinder diesel engine with 197hp and 440Nm of torque. It's still a brilliant option for the E-Class offering a range over 1000 kilometres on a full tank of fuel. It's economical to run (4.8-5.2 litres per 100 kilometres) and is a smooth operator with the standard 9-speed automatic gearbox. You really couldn't wish for more.

There's also a four cylinder petrol engine ('E 200') and a six cylinder diesel ('E 450d').

The new generation E-Class petrol and diesel plug-in hybrids can drive electric for a region of 100 kilometres, which is very impressive.

Driving

The E-Class sits on a revised platform of the previous generation car that also underpins the latest C-Class, S-Class and GLC. It's a stunning car to drive, offering incredible comfort and refinement for a truly luxurious driving experience. It's very relaxing to drive across all sorts of roads, and deals with the Irish tarmac exceptionally well.

Its rear wheel drive agility means it can hustle along with a great degree of skill too, with plenty of power and torque from the diesel for swift performance. Like in other Mercs, the Dynamic Select system allows you to alter the behaviour of the car by shifting between different modes like Sport, Comfort, Eco and Individual.

Rear seating in the new E-Class
Rear seating in the new E-Class

Pricing

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class goes on sale from €80,525 for the E 220d and from €82,130 for the E 200. The E 300 e is available from €79,785 and the E 300 de from €81,705.

Verdict

Luxury saloon cars never really go out of fashion - and definitely not Mercedes-Benz' ones. The E-Class is a lesson in luxury and refinement at an incredibly high level. While it won't be a car that appeals to every buyer, it's hard not to be utterly in awe of it. It's more expensive to buy but leaves rivals behind when it comes to pure opulence, and now even comfort and refinement levels. If you're in this market for a luxury car, you can't go wrong with a new E-Class.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

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

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a brilliant executive car
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a brilliant executive car

The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV on test for Changing Lanes

Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV Review

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

The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV on test for Changing Lanes

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV Review

Read Caroline's Mercedes-Benz EQE review for everything you need to know about buying Mercedes’ new mid-size electric SUV in Ireland.

The Mercedes-EQ range of electric vehicles has expanded this year with the arrival of the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV and the EQS SUV.

Based on Mercedes' new bespoke electric platform that underpins the EQE and EQS electric saloon cars, these two new models offer a fashionable SUV version but with the same luxury and technology onboard.

The new Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV goes on sale priced from €98,780 with a number of versions available, including single motor, rear wheel drive, and dual motor, all wheel drive versions. It sits above the EQA and EQB electric SUVs in the Mercedes-Benz range, offering a spacious cabin and an electric driving range in the region of 500 kilometres.

Let's take a closer look.

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

Styling

The EQE SUV is the SUV version of the EQE saloon that launched in Ireland in 2022. It carries some of the same styling cues that characterise the Mercedes-EQ range. The design is all about enhancing aerodynamic efficiency so it is quite soft and smooth in its design compared to the more chiselled look of a traditional fuel-powered Mercedes SUV like the GLC or GLE for example.

There are two different exterior trim options: Electric Art and AMG Line. The test model was the EQE SUV 300 with AMG Line exterior that retails from €104,546. It's a suitably classy finish in beautiful Sodalite Blue metallic (pictured above) with 20-inch alloys sporting an aero design.

Electric Art versions have an elegant 19-inch design. At the front, the black panel lends a futuristic face to the EQE SUV. The optional Mercedes-Benz logo pattern adds some bling, as does high-tech LED lighting. Flush door handles glide out as you approach the car.

At the back there is a full width light bar with stunning light detail.

Interior

The cabin also shares similarities with the EQE saloon. Yet buyers will appreciate a greater feeling of space and higher driving position. Once again, there is the choice of interior style: Electric Art or AMG Line. Both are equally luxurious. Leather upholstery comes as standard and is available in a range of colours. The material quality is excellent and ambient lighting illuminates the cabin to great effect. There's also a gorgeous leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The cabin of the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
The cabin of the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV with the optional 'Hyperscreen'

A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster comes as standard, as does a portrait-style touchscreen with voice control, over-the-air updates and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. It works impeccably and looks great too, a real highlight of the interior.

Other features include a reversing camera, park assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot assist, wireless smartphone charging, and heated front seats with power adjustment and lumbar support.

Practicality

There is generous legroom and headroom in the back of the EQE SUV. There's also a large boot of 520 litres with some underfloor storage. A powered tailgate comes as standard.

Driving

There are single motor, rear wheel drive, or dual motor, '4Matic' four wheel drive versions available of the EQE SUV. Depending on model, the range varies from about 474-564 kilometres (WLTP), and power from between 245hp and 476hp. For example, the EQE 300 on test offers 245hp, 550Nm of torque and a range of up to 544 kilometres (WLTP). It feels swift and capable on the road with 0-100km/h in 7.6 seconds. There are more powerful versions available, for instance the EQE 350+/ 350 4Matic (292hp) and the EQE 500 4Matic (408hp).

The EQE SUV offers a range on the region of 500 kilometres
The EQE SUV offers a range on the region of 500 kilometres

The EQE SUV uses the same electric car platform as the EQE and EQS saloons. It offers a very quiet and refined driving experience. It's notably comfortable over Irish tarmac thanks to a standard-fit air suspension with adaptive damping. It's not the most involving SUV to drive, but it feels secure and agile through bends. 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.

A heat pump comes as standard that uses waste heat from the battery and electric motor to warm the interior. Consumption is rated between 18.5 – 21.9kWh, which is realistic in real world driving. However with the high capacity 89kWh battery, the range is so good that it allows a lot of comfort between charges!

To increase ground clearance, the vehicle level can be raised by up to 30 millimetres from a button in the infotainment screen. Towing capacity is up to 750kg in rear wheel drive versions or 1800kg for the four wheel drive models.

Charging

AC charging of the battery is possible up to 11kW possible, taking about 10 hours to charge or 14 hours from a 7kW wallbox at home, for example. There is the option to upgrade to a 22kW.

DC fast charging is possible up to 170kW, so an 80% charge can be got in about 32 minutes.

Boot space in the EQE SUV
Boot space in the EQE SUV

Pricing

The range is available from €98,780 for the EQE 300 SUV with a range in the region of 543 kilometres (WLTP), all the way up to about €141,905 for the top of the range Mercedes-AMG EQE 43 4MATIC SUV.

Verdict

The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV is yet another luxury electric SUV to hit the market this year. Built on a bespoke electric platform, the EQE SUV is well-designed with a spacious interior.

Though based on the EQE saloon, it offers a different sort of experience from behind the wheel. It's more spacious for a start and many will enjoy the lofty driving position, while the ride quality on the standard air suspension is impeccable.

The EQE saloon is a more engaging vehicle to drive overall but it's easy to see the allure of the SUV. And both models do share the same excellent onboard digital tech and comfort. It's expensive but the interior of this car really does lift it above its rivals.

Along with an excellent battery range, that makes day to day driving a pleasure in the EQE SUV.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

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

The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV is an incredibly luxurious electric SUV
The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV is an incredibly luxurious electric SUV

The Mercedes-Benz GLC on test for Changing Lanes!

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 e Review (2023)

Read Caroline's Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 e review for everything you need to know about buying Mercedes' new mid-size plug-in hybrid SUV.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC is one of Mercedes' bestselling models in Ireland, outselling classic saloons like the C-Class and the E-Class. Now Mercedes is introducing an all-new version of the GLC in 2023.

The GLC is of course the SUV version of the C-Class and shares a platform with that car. Yet these days SUVs tend to be even more desirable - though the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a fine machine in its own right.

So there's plenty to look forward to with this new GLC - a gorgeous high-tech interior and new plug-in hybrids with a class-leading electric range in excess of 120 kilometres.

The new GLC is available from €80,310 for the 220 d diesel and from €91,510 for a petrol plug-in hybrid. So it does command a higher list price than rivals like the BMW X3, Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 - but could it be a bit more desirable and luxurious than the rest?

The Mercedes-Benz GLC on test for Changing Lanes!
The Mercedes-Benz GLC on test for Changing Lanes!

What's so special about the Mercedes-Benz GLC?

The new GLC is longer and lower than the model it replaces with increased track width for a more powerful and dynamic stance on the road. It's a subtle evolution of styling for the GLC but this car still oozes style and class.

All GLCs on sale in Ireland come as standard with the AMG Line Plus package, which includes 19-inch alloy wheels, AMG styling kit, diamond radiator grille, and a sporty chrome rear apron with a diffuser look.

Power comes from a choice of petrol and diesel engines with mild hybrid or plug-in hybrid technology. The petrol plug-in hybrid (300 e') is capable of travelling up to an incredible 129 kilometres on a single charge of its 31kWh battery - one of the longest EV ranges for any plug-in hybrid on sale.

And it will be EV driving in style as it's the cabin where the GLC truly shines. The modern interior is inspired by the latest C-Class and there's lots of interior space to get really comfortable too.

The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz GLC
The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz GLC

Inside the GLC

The previous version of the GLC was starting to feel old inside so it was important that Mercedes got the interior right for the new model. Nothing to worry about, it's simply wonderful inside!

The design is similar to the cabin of the C-Class so new features include a full digital driver display and large portrait-style touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard with latest MBUX infotainment. It looks high-tech and is simple and intuitive to use. Ventilation is now controlled from the screen but is relatively easy to adjust.

Wireless smartphone charging also comes as standard, as does stunning ambient lighting with 64 colours and 10 colour moods.

The material quality of the cabin is excellent and the GLC feels nothing short of a luxury SUV. Synthetic leather upholstery comes as standard, with a few colour options too. There's also a glamourous new steering wheel finished in black Nappa leather.

There's a longer wheelbase than before so new GLC feels more spacious for rear sear passengers. There is a large transmission tunnel in the centre, but generally this is a comfortable back seat for a few children or adults.

Petrol and diesel versions are best for boot space with a generous 600 litres, 50 litres more than the previous GLC. It's worth noting that if you opt for a plug-in hybrid GLC, the volume goes down to 400 litres to accommodate the battery under the boot floor.

The GLC 300 e has an incredible electric driving range for a plug-in hybrid SUV
The GLC 300 e has an incredible electric driving range for a plug-in hybrid SUV

Driving the GLC 300 e hybrid

The GLC range kicks off with the well-proven 220 d with 197hp from a 2.0-litre mild hybrid diesel that offers some of the best economy of the range, with no need to plug it in.

But no matter which version of the GLC you go for, a smooth nine-speed automatic comes as standard - as does 4Matic four wheel drive.

The new GLC 300 e petrol plug-in hybrid is one of the most powerful of the range with 313hp and a healthy 550Nm of torque. It's a heavy SUV but the performance stats would have you think otherwise. 0 to 100km/h is just 6.7 seconds. The power delivery is effortless and smooth, making the GLC 300 e a great companion on the road.

Mercedes has added more sound insulation to the latest GLC. The improved aerodynamics also make it quieter in the cabin at high speeds.

The sports suspension keeps the GLC 300 e surprisingly composed and athletic through bends without feeling too brittle or performance-biased. There is some firmness over bumpy rural roads, but the GLC still makes an excellent cruiser.

For the best efficiency, the GLC's considerable 31kWh battery needs to be topped up. But with AC charging possible up to 11kW, charging the battery to full can be done in as little as 2.5 hours.

Rear legroom in the Mercedes GLCa
Rear legroom in the Mercedes GLC

Did you like it?

The new Mercedes-Benz GLC is a fine luxury SUV with lots of kerb appeal and plenty of choice still when it comes to power options. It stands out for its upmarket interior with lots of high-tech features and equipment as standard.

The 300 e plug-in hybrid is a good choice with an excellent EV driving range for any plug-in hybrid on sale at the moment. It means this GLC would be excellent for emissions-free driving in town or on short commutes, with the petrol engine on board for back-up on longer trips.

It's a smooth, powerful and refined drive after all that, offering a premium driving experience amid the comfort of a top-class cabin. An expensive car but there's a lot to like about the new GLC.

Model tested: Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 e
Price: From 
€91,510
Engine:
2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid
Power: 313hp
Torque: 550Nm
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 6.7 seconds
Motor Tax: 
€140 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

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

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC is on sale now
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC is on sale now

The Mercedes-Benz EQS on test for Changing Lanes!

Mercedes-Benz EQS Review

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

When the Mercedes-Benz EQS was launched, it was the brand's first large electric saloon and a flagship for the Mercedes EQ brand of electric vehicles. It's also the first model from Mercedes to be based on the brand's new modular architecture for luxury and executive electric vehicles.

The new EQS goes on sale in Ireland priced from €135,245, which is in the region of the S-Class.

It's also Irish Luxury Car of the Year 2023.

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

Styling

The Mercedes-Benz EQS is a stunning car, measuring over five metres in length and making just the right impression with a sleek, coupé-like exterior design. It is one of the most aerodynamic cars on sale today with a low, smooth nose and flush door handles contributing to a Cd value of just 0.20. It's also one of the prettiest and classiest luxury electric cars you can buy. The full-width light bar at the front and rear is a futuristic nod to other models in the EQ range. Frameless, coupé-like doors add to the prestige. The AMG Line exterior comes as standard, but the elegant Electric Art exterior is available as an option at no extra cost. Both versions come with 20-inch alloy wheels, with up to 22-inch available as an option.

Interior

The cabin of the EQS is a very comfortable and luxurious place to spend time in. Buyers can choose from an AMG Line or Electric Art interior. The Electric Art interior comes as standard with leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, 12.3-inch digital driver display and large 12.8-inch central touchscreen supporting MBUX infotainment with more intelligent voice control than ever before. The brand's new Hyperscreen is available as an option for €12,213, with a curved and flexed surface that appears to float across the full width of the vehicle. It gives your front passenger access to their very own screen and a stunning 17.7-inch central display. There’s also a 15-speaker surround sound system. The seats can offer up to ten different massage programmes, while seat heating and inflatable air chambers replicate the body-soothing effects of a ‘hot stone’ treatment.

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

Practicality

The EQS measures over 5 metres in length and has a roomy, comfortable cabin with lots of passenger space. There is limo-like legroom in the rear with plenty of comfort features for your passengers. There is also a huge boot of 610 litres and a powered tailgate comes as standard.

Battery

The EQS introduces a new generation of batteries made by Mercedes-Benz with significantly higher energy density. The new battery management software was developed in-house and allows updates over the air (OTA) so it stays up to date throughout the lifetime of the car. The EQS uses a 120kWh battery and the 450+ is the best for range with an incredible 745 kilometres (WLTP) possible on a single charge. Goodbye range anxiety.

Charging

DC rapid charging is possible up to 200kW, while AC charging can take place up to 11kW. From a 7.4kW wallbox, it will take about 15 hours to charge the battery to full.

The EQS 450+ has a range of over 700 km
The EQS 450+ has a range of over 700 km

Driving

The EQS 450+ offers 333hp, while the 450 4Matic offers 360hp. For even more power, the EQS 500 4Matic offers 449hp, while the Mercedes AMG EQS 53 4Matic offers 658hp.

The EQS comes with air suspension as standard, which contributes to a pillowy ride befitting of a luxury car. Refinement is excellent with Mercedes-Benz investing significantly in insulation and sealing the gaps to offer a high-end cabin experience with very little noise. The EQS moves over the tarmac effortlessly with the EQS 450+ offering plenty of responsiveness and power on demand. There's 568Nm of torque available so the EQS can sprint to 100km/h in just 6.2 seconds. Rear wheel steering also comes as standard, which boosts the agility and manoeuvrability of the vehicle.

Pricing

The new Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ goes on sale from about €135,245, or from €139,510 for the EQS 450 4Matic. The EQS 500 4Matic with more power goes on sale priced from €150,645. The top of the range Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4Matic is available from €186,710.

Luxury in the back of the Mercedes-Benz EQS
Luxury in the back of the Mercedes-Benz EQS

Verdict

The Mercedes-Benz EQS is a true masterpiece of a car. The EQS oozes class and demands respect wherever it goes. Just from those sleek, showstopping looks, which are as much about aerodynamics as they are about beauty.

There's effortless power available and the range is truly exceptional in a production car.

As a luxury electric car, it really doesn't get better than the Mercedes-Benz EQS.

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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 is Irish Luxury Car of the Year 2023
The Mercedes-Benz EQS is Irish Luxury Car of the Year 2023

The new Mercedes-Benz EQE on test for Changing Lanes

Mercedes-Benz EQE Review

Read Caroline's Mercedes-Benz EQE review for everything you need to know about Mercedes' new electric saloon in Ireland.

Mercedes-Benz is accelerating their brand towards an electric future with the launch of a suite of new electric cars and SUVs from their Mercedes EQ range of vehicles.

First to market were a new range of battery-powered SUVs - the EQC, EQA and EQB, all previously reviewed on this website.

But Mercedes-Benz has long been the purveyor of luxurious saloons and thankfully 2022 saw the arrival of two electric saloons - the flagship EQS and the EQE.

The EQE is more compact than the EQS with a shorter wheelbase. In terms of external dimensions, it's similar to the CLS in the Mercedes-Benz range.

The new Mercedes-Benz EQE on test for Changing Lanes
The new Mercedes-Benz EQE on test for Changing Lanes

What's so special about the new Mercedes-Benz EQE?

While it could be tagged as an electric E-Class that would not do this car justice. The new EQE is a stand-out model for the brand in its own right, sporting a sleek, aerodynamic design that points to a new breed of Mercedes-Benz.

The wealth of technology underneath can see the EQE cover over 600 kilometres on a single battery charge.

The EQE goes on sale in Ireland priced from €82,010. All version come with a 89kWh battery but vary in power and driven wheels. The entry into the range is the EQE 300 with 245hp, while the EQE 350 on test offers 292hp and 4Matic four wheel drive.

Styling is sleek for aerodynamic efficiency including flush door handles for a smooth silhouette. The EQE sports a futuristic front end in line with other Mercedes EQ models. It's smart and subtle -  a good evolution for the brand towards an electric future.

Various trim lines are available like Electric Art and AMG Line, which alter the look of the car slightly. 19-inch alloy wheels come as standard.

But it's inside where the EQE really shines, with an avant-garde interior that is beautifully appointed.

The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz EQE
The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz EQE

Inside the new Mercedes EQE

Mercedes-Benz interiors are maturing, with a strong digital component to every new model launched. The new EQE takes inspiration from the larger EQS, though the brand's impressive new MBUX Hyperscreen is not yet available here in the EQE.

The EQE might be electric, but Mercedes has not scrimped on quality and the EQE feels suitably posh inside with lots of beautiful, tactile materials used to create just the right ambience for a high-tech electric saloon. Heated front and rear seats come as standard, as does a wireless phone charger.

There's also a full digital display for the driver and a gorgeous MBUX portrait-style touchscreen that we've seen in some other models like the newly-launched Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The interior dimensions are a bit bigger than the current E-Class with a bit more shoulder room and a slightly higher driver position. In the back there is enough legroom for adult passengers, though headroom feels tighter than an E-Class. The boot capacity is 430 litres, which is a bit less than an E-Class - but the saloon-style opening means neither car offers the most practical boot shape.

The EQE is available from about €82,000 in Ireland
The EQE is available from about €82,000 in Ireland

Driving the new EQE

On the road the new EQE shines for both refinement and electric driving range. The EQE 350 offers a smooth delivery of power and rides exceptionally well, making it the perfect long distance cruiser.

It's responsive and agile, though a BMW i4 is a more engaging drive when the roads get a little tighter and more interesting.

Mercedes' battery technology and the EQE's efficiency also make it a great choice of premium electric car. All versions of the car can post a driving range in excess of 500 kilometres on a full battery charge. The EQE proved to be one of the most efficient EVs I've driven in a while, with consumption averaging at 17 kwh per 100 kilometres.

AC charging is available up to 11kW, while DC fast charging is available up to 170kW.

Rear seating in the EQE
Rear seating in the EQE

Did you like it?

These days we tend to see more electric SUVs hitting the roads than electric saloons, but the EQE's aerodynamic design certainly proves to be very efficient and desirable.

Over the coming months an SUV bearing the EQE badge is expected for those that prefer a more rugged design and high driving position.

Mercedes-Benz is famous for executive saloons so there's a lot riding on this EQE. Its beautiful sleek design is enough to garner it a few fans and Mercedes is successfully moving their brand into this new era of electric mobility.

For an EQE that may live on the motorway, the combination of fast charging capability and an excellent driving range makes it a reliable companion.

Inside, the EQE provides a cabin design that will not isolate the brand's current customer base, such is the quality of the finish and the ease of use of the technology on board.

The Mercedes-Benz EQE is an exclusive car but ticks so many boxes for buyers looking for a high-end luxury electric car.

The EQE offers comfort, refinement and excellent battery performance
The EQE offers comfort, refinement and excellent battery performance

Model tested: Mercedes-Benz EQE 350 AMG Line 
Price: 
€85,980
Battery:
89 kWh
Range: 641 km (WLTP)
Power: 292hp
Torque: 565Nm
Top speed: 210 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 6.4 seconds
Motor Tax: 
€120 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

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

 


The new Mercedes-Benz CLS on test for Changing Lanes!

Mercedes-Benz CLS Review

Read Caroline's Mercedes-Benz CLS review for everything you need to know about buying Mercedes' updated four-door coupé in Ireland.

The Mercedes-Benz CLS has been updated for 2022 with sharper exterior styling and a more high-tech cabin experience.

Designed as a sporty, high-end, four-door coupé, the new CLS goes on sale priced from €86,035 in Ireland. It's positioned between the E-Class and the flagship S-Class, and is known for its prestigious, coupé-inspired design.

The new generation of the CLS arrived in Ireland in 2018 with a steady line-up of petrol and diesel engines providing the power.

But the world has changed since 2018 and so too has the Mercedes-Benz world, with a slew of new electric models joining the brand's range including the newly launched EQE and EQS.

So where does the CLS find itself in this brave new world? Has Mercedes-Benz done enough to keep it relevant? Let's find out!

The new Mercedes-Benz CLS on test for Changing Lanes!
The new Mercedes-Benz CLS on test for Changing Lanes!

What's so special about the Mercedes-Benz CLS?

The CLS is achingly beautiful to look at and a cocoon of elegance to spend time in. This car is nothing less than a glamourous companion to modern life. CLS stands for “Coupé Leicht Sport” in German, which means - you guessed it - “Coupe Light Sport”.

As such, this car has all the presence and class of a large Mercedes' saloon, but with the style and beauty of a coupé. The latest version has also been subtly revised to enhance that sporty character. At the front there is a new radiator grille, new air intakes and bumpers, silver-chrome exterior trim elements, new twin and multi-spoke light-alloys, and a new metallic paint colour.

Inside, the glorious cabin gets two new walnut and wood trim finishes, additional leather seat coverings and colour combinations, and a new leather steering wheel with touch sensitive controls.

There's also updated MBUX infotainment for a more modern finish with two digital screens.

All versions come in AMG Line specification, which suits the car perfectly. Standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, AMG bodystyling, keyless start, 360-degree camera, active lane keeping assist and wireless smartphone charging.

The CLS is just gorgeous
Updates for 2022 are subtle - the CLS is still a gorgeous, sporty coupé

Inside the Mercedes-Benz CLS

The cabin of the CLS has a beautiful design that still looks modern and contemporary. Good quality never goes out of fashion!

Leather upholstery comes as standard, available in a variety of colours that give the CLS just the right luxury ambience.

The interior is very well-appointed with a fine mix of materials illuminated perfectly by the ambient lighting that traces the elegant design of the dash beautifully. There are some stunning wood trims also.

The CLS has also had a little digital upgrade too. There's a new steering wheel and two 12.3-inch digital screens combine to give a widescreen effect that comes from the latest version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The graphics are modern and crisp and it responds willingly to commands of 'Hey Mercedes'.

Up front the cabin is large and roomy as you would expect. In the rear, the footwells are large but the large transmission tunnel makes it more suitable for two people. The sloping roofline also limits headroom a bit for taller adults and makes access a bit trickier.

But it's still more practical than a two-door coupé, and looks just as good. There's also a 520-litre boot, which is comparable to any large saloon.

The interior of the latest Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé
The interior of the latest Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé

Driving the Mercedes CLS

The CLS is sold with the choice of two petrol engines and three diesels in Ireland, with a 9-speed automatic gearbox standard on all versions. Some use mild hybrid technology to improve efficiency.

The entry into the range is the CLS 220 d, which is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel. There's also the 2.0-litre CLS 300 d 4MATIC and the 3.0-litre CLS 400 d 4MATIC.

Petrol models include the 3.0-litre CLS 450 4MATIC and a high performance 3.0-litre Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4MATIC+.

My test car was the 'smallest' of those diesel engines - the CLS 220 d. It uses a familiar 2.0-litre, four cylinder diesel from some other Mercedes models that puts out a modest 194hp and will take the CLS to 100km/h from a standstill in a nifty 7.5 seconds.

This is a big car.  Thanks to rear wheel drive, it does handle the road well, always feeling agile and responsive. But it certainly is no hot hatchback. Would you even want it to be? Instead, it's a car that favours a more relaxed pace - long motorway cruises where you can enjoy a high level of comfort and refinement.

It's relatively frugal too with consumption as low as 5.5 litres per 100 kilometres. And a large fuel tank means over 1000 kilometres is possible on a full tank.

The CLS is available with a range of petrol and diesel engines
The CLS is available with a range of petrol and diesel engines

Did you like it?

For a big luxury car, it's hard to find fault with the Mercedes-Benz CLS.

For sure, it's somewhat old-fashioned now, with a line-up of pure petrol and diesel engines - there's not even a plug-in hybrid in sight.

Mercedes is already now producing some excellent electric saloons like the new EQE at a similar price point and a pure electric range upwards of 600 kilometres.

But as lovely as that car is, the CLS is more desirable in looks alone and the timeless elegance of its very luxurious cabin. The updated digital technology goes a long way to modernise the cabin too, while equipment levels are high now.

The 220 d is a straightforward power match for the CLS, though buyers seeking more power and performance may want to consider one of the larger engines.

If you're looking for the latest powertrains and zero emissions driving, the CLS is not for you. If you want a luxury car that will take you across land in comfort and style for many kilometres between refueling - I can't think of a better way of doing it.

The CLS remains a great choice of luxury car
The CLS remains a great choice of luxury car

Model tested: Mercedes-Benz CLS 220 d Coupé AMG Line
Price: 
€86,035
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo diesel
Power:
194 hp
Torque: 400 Nm
0-100km/h:
7.5 seconds
Top speed: 235 km/h
CO2 emissions: 
148 g/km
Motor tax: 
€270 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

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


The Mercedes-Benz EQB on test for Changing Lanes

Mercedes-Benz EQB Review

Read Caroline's Mercedes-Benz EQB review for everything you need to know about buying the brand's new mid-size electric SUV in Ireland.

Mercedes-Benz is strengthening their 'EQ' range of electric cars and SUVs with the arrival of the new EQB.

Based on the Mercedes GLB that launched just a few years ago, the EQB is a charismatic, mid-size SUV with the added boon of offering two extra seats. That makes the EQB one of the few electric SUVs on sale with seven seats.

There are three versions of the EQB on sale now in Ireland, with the differences being between the number of driven wheels and the power output. But all versions use a 66.5kWh battery, with up to 435 kilometres of range (WLTP) possible on a full battery charge.

Pricing starts from €65,650 for the EQB250, from €68,675 for the EQB300 4Matic, and from €71,695 for the EQB350 4Matic.

In this review, we're going to take a closer look at the new EQB and of course drive it!

The Mercedes-Benz EQB on test for Changing Lanes
The Mercedes-Benz EQB on test for Changing Lanes

What's so special about the Mercedes-Benz EQB?

The Mercedes-Benz EQB carries all the class of the German brand packaged in a trendy SUV package. The EQB has a great stance with a boxy design and traditional SUV cues like cladding around the bumpers, sills and wheel arches, and roof rails that make it look like it's ready for adventure.

At the front the EQB features the typical Mercedes-EQ black panel grille with central star. The continuous light strip at the front and rear looks impressive when lit up and is another design cue that links all the brand's new EV models like the EQA and the EQE.

There are three trim levels - Progressive, Electric Art and AMG Line - which alter the appearance of the car somewhat with different trim elements and alloy wheel designs. But all versions get 18-inch alloy wheels that fill the arches nicely.

Behind the wheel, the upright windscreen and high seating position adds to the 4x4 charisma of this car. The secret is it's electric and zero emissions, offering a silent and smooth drive that defies how we might think of an SUV.

The EQB's interior is another strong point. It's not just practical; it's also got a gorgeous design and finish that makes it a compelling choice of premium compact SUV.

The interior of the Mercedes EQB
The interior of the Mercedes EQB

Inside the EQB

The EQB has a stunning interior with lots of good quality materials and glamourous ambient lighting and design features like the neat circular vents for the ventilation. Every EQB comes well equipped including lots of safety features, reversing camera, heated front seats, lumbar support and keyless go.

No one does compact premium interiors quite as good as Mercedes-Benz. The EQB is an expensive car but the quality and design of the interior certainly paints this car in good light. Leather upholstery comes as standard across the range.

The digital technology is some of the best we've seen in the segment and makes this car a pleasure to spend time in. Two 10-inch digital displays combine to give a slick widescreen effect and the MBUX infotainment system will respond to commands of 'Hey Mercedes'. The graphics look modern and it's all very easy to use.

The EQB shares its dimensions with the GLB and can accommodate seven people across three rows. Granted the EQB is at its best as a generously sized five seater with a big boot of over 465 litres. But the extra two seats are a great option for families. You can move the second row of seats forward to create a little more legroom in the third row. But it's still pretty tight back there so really only suitable for children.

A powered tailgate comes as standard.

Fast charging the Mercedes-Benz EQB
Fast charging the Mercedes-Benz EQB

Driving the Mercedes EQB

The range kicks off with the EQB250. It's front wheel drive only and offers 190hp. It is expected to be the most sought-after model in Ireland with pricing starting from €65,650 and a WLTP range of up to 426 kilometres.

The other two models in the range are four-wheel-drive. The EQB300 has 225hp, while the range-topping EQB350 has 288hp.

On test for Changing Lanes was the EQB300 4Matic. On the road the EQB impresses for its comfort and refinement, being one of the nicest electric SUVs to drive of its kind. It's a smooth and serene driving experience behind the wheel of the EQB. It's hardly sporty but there is plenty of power and grip, with the 0-100 km/h sprint done in 8 seconds should you feel like it.

Another impressive feature is the efficiency of the Mercedes-Benz EQB. Over a week of driving my average consumption was 19kWh per 100 kilometres, making it one of the most efficient electric SUVs I've tested in a while.

The EQB can charge at a maximum of 100kW, so you can get up to 80% charge in about 30 minutes at a high-power charging station. From a standard 7kW wallbox at home it will take about nine hours to charge to full. There's also an 11kW AC on-board charger, which can get the battery to full in about six hours with the right charger.

The Mercedes-Benz EQB offers a seven seat electric SUV option
The Mercedes-Benz EQB offers a seven seat electric SUV option

Did you like it?

The Mercedes-Benz EQB is the latest of the brand's electric EQ cars. It's more charismatic and spacious than the Mercedes EQA, with more traditional SUV styling and an interior design that really makes the most of the EQB's boxy dimensions.

It's certainly significantly priced but that's the price of zero emissions these days from a brand like Mercedes-Benz. There are plenty of other premium electric SUVs competing for the same market. But the EQB does shine for its elegance and refinement. It's truly a fantastic cabin experience that stands out head and shoulders above the rest.

What's more the EQB is well-equipped and genuinely efficient to run so you should see a good return on every battery charge.

Mercedes-Benz really has momentum now with a range of plug-in hybrids and full battery electric vehicles available spanning every segment of the market. The EQB is one of their best.

The EQB is one of the best premium electric SUVs you can buy
The EQB is one of the best premium electric SUVs you can buy

Model tested: Mercedes-Benz EQB300 4MATIC
Price: 
€68,675
Battery:
66.5kWh
Range: 431-435km (WLTP)
Power: 228hp
Torque: 390Nm
Top speed: 160km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 8 seconds
Motor Tax: 
€120 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes


The new Mercedes-Benz EQE is now on sale in Ireland

Mercedes-Benz EQE Arrives In Ireland

The new Mercedes-Benz EQE is now on sale in Ireland
The new Mercedes-Benz EQE is now on sale in Ireland

The new Mercedes-Benz EQE has arrived in Ireland and goes on sale priced from €85,980.

The EQE is the latest model to launch here from the Mercedes EQ brand of electric vehicles. The new electric business saloon from Mercedes-Benz is built on electric architecture developed specifically for electric vehicles that also underpins the larger EQS.

Available in numerous styling and specifications lines, the new Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+ version is expected to be of most interest to the Irish market. Priced from €85,980, the EQE 350's battery has a usable energy content of 90 kWh, combined electrical consumption rated at 22.5-19.7 kWh/100 km, and 215 kW of power. Range is given up to 654km (WLTP).

At launch, there will also be the AMG EQE 43 with 350 kW of power and priced at €120,180.

Coming later will be a EQE 500 (300kW) and AMG EQE 53 (with up to 505kW), both equipped with 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

Slightly shorter than EQS in terms of overall length, EQE is said to be comparable to the CLS in terms of its outer dimensions and visual appeal. Its aerodynamic design is reflected in sculpted surfaces. Other features include flush mounted 19 to 21-inch wheels, short front
overhangs, and sharp rear spoiler.

Inside, the EQE has been designed for a spacious executive interior, with an overall boot capacity of 430 litres. Interior design and equipment levels are heavily influenced by the larger EQS, including the availability of the MBUX 'Hyperscreen', automatic comfort doors and rear-axle steering.

Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland, said:

“Amongst dealers and customers, initial reaction to the coming of EQE has been extremely positive. We are confident EQE will be another electric powered winner as motorists convert to more eco-friendly motoring in ever increasing numbers.”

The new EQE will join the recently launched Mercedes-Benz EQS, as well as the brand's range of electric SUVs including the EQA, EQB, EQC and EQV.