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MERCEDES-BENZ EQS SALOON

EQS 450+ 245kW AMG Line Premium 107.8kWh 4dr Auto

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With the EQS, Mercedes re-writes the rules of what a luxury limo should be. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

What might the luxury limo of EVs look like? This is the Mercedes take on that question, the EQS. Other EQ Mercedes models mirror the look of their combustion counterparts quite closely, but the EQS looks nothing like an S-Class, outside or in. And of course, the driving and ownership experience it offers is completely different too. One thing is common though. The S-Class has always been the model on which we've first seen Mercedes choiciest engineering and electronic innovations, features which then filter down into more affordable cars in the Stuttgart maker's portfolio. So it is with the EQS, which pioneers new technology in aerodynamics, cabin screen tech and charging - to name just three things amongst many - which will all be seen in future smaller Mercedes EQ models. But started here with this one.

Driving Experience

The core model is the EQS 450+, which is rear wheel drive and puts out 333hp, with 568Nm of torque. Even with this model's near 2.5-tonne kerb weight, that's enough to enable the 0-62mph sprint to be dispatched in just 6.2 seconds. Drive with more decorum and up to 453 miles of range is supposed to be possible from the huge 107.8kWh battery. If you need to go faster, you'll need to talk to your dealer about the alternative EQS 580 4MATIC, which has a twin motor set-up giving four-wheel drive. The combined output of the two motors is 516hp and there's a prodigious 855Nm of torque, which sees the 0-62mph time fall to just 4.3 seconds. Both variants are capped at a top speed of 130mph. The brand also offers a high performance Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ model with 658hp and 950Nm of torque. It offers a 358 mile range and gets to 62mph in just 3.8s en route to a top speed that can be up to 155mph. Under the skin across the EQS line-up, the 4-link front suspension set-up with its multi-link arrangement at the rear is closely related to the that used in the S-Class and, as with that car, adaptive air suspension is standard, with its parameters adjusted depending on the drive mode you select - choose from 'Eco', 'Comfort', 'Sport' and 'Individual'. The ride height falls at above 74mph, which improves aerodynamic efficiency and ups the driving range. Four-wheel steering is standard, which sees the rear wheels turning by up to 4.5-degrees compared to those at the front - or by as much as 10-degrees as an option. They turn in the same direction as those at the front to help stability at high speeds - and in the opposite direction to aid manoeuvrability at parking speeds. It works too: the EQS boasts a turning circle of 10.9-metres with the standard rear axle steering set-up, which is extraordinary for a 5.21-metre long limousine.

Design and Build

There's very little of the S-Class in the look of this EQS. For a start, like the next model down in the EQ line-up, the EQE, this is a 5-door hatch. Both cars sit on a bespoke EVA platform too, which will also be used for separate SUV models in each case. Part of the reason for the unique look here lies with Mercedes desire to create the world's most aerodynamic road car - which this is with an uber-slippery drag coefficient of just 0.20Cd. Smooth surfaced panels devoid of creases help here, as does the coupe-like profile, the short overhangs and the frameless doors with their flush fitting handles. There's a large fastback-style tailgate. And, as with the BMW iX, the clamshell-style bonnet can't be opened. There's nothing of the conventional S-Class inside either, the EQS adopting its own unique dashboard, controls and trim. Customers will be offered the brand's latest 55.5-inch MBUX hyperscreen, which gives you three separate displays housed beneath a single, curved panel that's 141cm wide. Of these, the driver gets a 12.3-inch instrument screen, there's a 17.7-inch central infotainment monitor and a third 12.3-inch display sits ahead the front passenger. Rear seat space is of course generous, thanks to the long wheelbase enabled by the EV underpinnings. And a removable tablet can be specified for back passengers, along with a pair of 11.6-inch screens. There's a huge 610-litre boot, extendable to 1,770-litres with the seats folded.

Market and Model

You're going to need to think in terms of a price starting point of around £100,000 for EQS ownership; that's for the base EQS 450+ 'AMG Line' model. If you want what is one of this car's calling cards, it's MBUX Hyperscreen which has multiple displays that merge seamlessly under one piece of glass to create a curved screen over 141cms wide, you'll need to find £7,000 more for 'AMG Line Premium' trim. Rising further in £7,000 increments are three more levels of trim, 'AMG Line Premium Plus', 'Luxury' and 'Exclusive Luxury'. That top 'Exclusive Luxury' trim offers the option of an optional 'Rear Luxury Lounge' package, which for an extra £4,000 gets you power-adjustable rear seats with massaging, rear climate control and a 'Comfort' rear armrest with an embedded tablet. Mercedes expects that EQS customers will be audiophiles - even when it comes to the electric motor's drive note. That motor's ebb and flow can be tailored to various sound packages - 'Silent', 'Vivid Flux', 'Silver Waves' and 'Roaring Pulse', the latter designed to replicate the noise of a traditional combustion engine, which is a touch ironic. As for the stereo, from 'AMG Line Premium' level up, the brand offers a 15-speaker, 710-watt Burmester surround sound set-up. A neat touch we really like is the automatic door opening arrangement. With the standard model, the door handles slide out of their recesses opening automatically as the driver approaches. And if you specify 'AMG Line Premium Plus' trim, users can also open the rear doors from the MBUX infotainment system.

Cost of Ownership

With the size of battery in use here - it has 107.8kWh of usable energy - driving range ought to be good, and it is: this car is WLTP-rated at 453 miles from full charge in EQS 450+ form. At last, a European brand model has been able to trump Tesla in terms of driving range, though doubtless the American brand will have a response in mind. The top Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ model offers 358 miles of range. The EQS, a little surprisingly, hasn't adopted the 800V electronic architecture that top Audi and Porsche EVs use; there's a 400V system that offers up to 200kW DC rapid charge capability. Which means a 10-80% charge in both EQS models will take only 31 minutes. Mercedes claims that up to 173 miles of range can be added in as little as a quarter of an hour to the EQS 580 4MATIC variant. This improves to 186 miles in 15 minutes with the lesser EQS 450+ model. As standard, you get an 11kW AC on-board charger and as an option, you can pay extra for a more powerful 22kW unit. Using an AC charging point, the 11kW on-board charger tops up the car from 10-100% in 10 hours: with the 22kW unit, you can halve that. We like the cleverer choice of different charging programmes - 'Standard', 'Home' and 'Work', each of which allows you to pre-set things like departure time, maximum charge level and air conditioning settings. There's also a feature that Mercedes calls 'Eco-charging', which lowers the load on the battery during charging in a way that improves the longevity of the lithium-ion cells. As usual with an EV, you can lower the battery's charge state to a pre-set limit; or delay charging take advantage of off-peak electricity.

Summary

Just as the Mercedes S-Class was in many ways the original boardroom level large luxury saloon, so in future years, the EQS will be seen as being the first car to fill that role for EVs. You might think that the looks lack the traditional gravitas that a car in this class is expected to have. But that's because nothing - not even the crucial issue in this class of pavement presence - has been allowed to get in the way of the relentless engineering drive towards efficiency that characterises this car. The luxury limo of the future must have less environmental impact on its surroundings than the supermini of the past. And for that to happen, a big saloon of this kind must change; radically. The EQS epitomises the need for that. It's different because going forward, cars of its kind will have to be. And, just as significantly, it's the first European brand EV to properly trump Tesla when it comes to driving range. Of course, as a top-level executive, you may not be quite ready for this level of radical change. If so no, no problem: that's why Mercedes still makes the S-Class. But if you are, in this car, the future awaits.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Top Speed
Top Speed130mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 107.8kWh battery
  • 12.3" digital instrument cluster display
  • 12.8" OLED central display
  • Active traffic sign assist
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual)
  • EQ navigation services - map (range display), display charging stations, programming of charging settings and pre entry climate control
  • Finger print scanner
  • Front wireless smartphone charging
  • Hard-disk navigation
  • MBUX augmented reality for navigation
  • Mercedes Benz emergency call system
  • Mercedes me connect
  • Mercedes me services
  • PAS
  • Pre-installation for car sharing
  • Smartphone integration

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • 200kW DC onboard charger
  • Airmatic air suspension
  • Charging cable for domestic plug socket, Type G (Mode 2) 5m
  • Charging cable for wall box and public charging station - Type 2(mode 3) 5m
  • Combined charging system CCS-2 connector
  • Rear wheel steering 10 degrees

Entertainment

  • Burmester surround sound system
  • DAB Digital radio
  • MBUX multimedia system

Exterior Features

  • AMG exterior styling
  • AMG front bumper in vehicle colour with A-wing in high gloss black and chrome trim
  • Black panel radiator grille with central star
  • Body colour AMG rear apron with high-gloss black diffuser-look inserts, chrome double trim strip and flics at left/right air outlets in grained black
  • Digital HD LED headlight with ultra range high beam
  • Frameless windows
  • Heat insulating, noise insulating and infrared reflecting laminated glass
  • Heated windscreen washer system
  • High-gloss chrome front splitter with flics and fins at the left and right air inlets in high-gloss black with chrome trim
  • LED High level third brake light
  • LED rear tail lamps with 3D helix design
  • LED third brake light
  • Panoramic sliding sunroof
  • Privacy glass
  • Side skirts in high-gloss black with chrome inserts

Interior Features

  • Ambient lighting 64 colours with direct light lines
  • AMG sports seats
  • Front head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Lugano leather upholstery
  • Rear head restraints
  • Roof lining - Black fabric
  • Split folding rear seats
  • Storage compartment under center console
  • Thermotronic automatic climate control

Packs

  • Air quality pack - EQS
  • AMG interior design pack - EQS
  • Driving assistance plus pack - EQS
  • Interior light pack - EQS
  • Keyless go comfort package - EQS
  • Memory pack - EQS
  • Mirror package - EQS
  • Parking pack - EQS AMG Line Premium
  • USB package - EQS

Passive Safety

  • ABS
  • ESP
  • Three point rear seat belts

Security

  • Urban guard plus anti-theft protection hardware including Alarm and immobilizer

Trim

  • Anthracite wood main trim
  • Black fine structure lower trim
  • Dashboard and belt lines in space grey ARTICO man-made leather with NEOTEX grain and red topstitching

Wheels

  • 21" AMG multi spoke light alloy wheels aerodynamically optimised in black with high sheen finish
  • Summer tyres
  • Tirefit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    107.8
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    11
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    10-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    600
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    17.6
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH
    19.3
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL
    17
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH
    3.2
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL
    3.7
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City
    770
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    707
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEH
    629
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEL
    785
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City
    478
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    439
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEH
    391
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEL
    488

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    67
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    Not Available
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • AdBlue
    No
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    0.0
  • Badge Power
    333
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    107.8kWh
  • Coin Series
    AMG Line Premium
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    50E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    2
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15500
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    6.2
  • Engine Power - BHP
    333
  • Engine Power - KW
    245
  • Engine Power - RPM
    11544
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    419
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    57.9
  • Engine Torque - NM
    568
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    4060
  • Top Speed
    130

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    N/A

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    265/40 R21
  • Tyre Size Rear
    265/40 R21
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    AMG MULTI SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    21" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1512
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    5216
  • Wheelbase
    3210
  • Width
    1926
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2125

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2945
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1770
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    610
  • Max. Loading Weight
    465
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    750
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2480
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.9
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

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"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

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