Mercedes EQS 580 4Matic SUV Under Test

Mercedes EQS 580 4Matic SUV Under Test

The Mercedes EQS SUV 580 4Matic is impervious to minor gravel disturbances, thanks to its superior four-wheel drive and variable power distribution capabilities. Moreover, its considerable purchase price necessitates an abundance of gravel.

With a base price of precisely €135,433.90, the EQS SUV 580 4Matic confidently positions itself among the most compelling options in its segment. According to Mercedes, the test vehicle, outfitted with all optional extras, including the alpine gray paintwork (an additional €1,200), has a value of €165,124. For the same sum, a vintage convertible from the W 111 series or a decade-old SLS AMG could be obtained by our fellow Mercedes enthusiasts.

When it comes to practicality, however, neither of these options can compete with the EQS SUV. Detractors in the editorial department have even gone so far as to suggest that the “SUV” in the vehicle’s name could be replaced with “Van,” a criticism that could be interpreted as a compliment. Indeed, the EQS SUV offers the option of a seven-seater configuration (for €1,904), a feature that is also available from Tesla and others.

Spacious interior

What distinguishes the EQS SUV from Tesla is its capacious interior, which exudes an air of luxury fit for royalty, comfortably accommodating four individuals with ample knee and headroom in both the front and back rows. Though not quite as lavish as the GLS or S-Class, the EQS SUV boasts a formidable competitive advantage in this realm within the electric car sector.

Likewise, the vehicle’s cargo area is equally impressive, offering a maximum storage capacity of 2,100 liters, with 645 liters available even with the rear backrests raised, resembling that of a van. In contrast to its combustion engine counterparts, the interior design of the EQS SUV, much like the EQS Limo, is characterized by its restrained aesthetic.

The cabin’s sleek and contemporary appearance is primarily due to its extensive screen display, spanning an impressive 1.40 meters between the A-pillars, known as the “hyper screen,” a standard feature for the 580 4Matic model. For the lower EQS SUV variants, this feature comes at an additional cost of 8,568 euros. The hyper screen is remarkable for its brilliant graphics, customizable displays, swift processing, and modern design. When integrated with the MBUX, which has undergone further optimization, it provides a user-friendly, logical, and secure operating experience. Additionally, passengers seated on the right-hand side of the vehicle can enjoy extra content, such as YouTube videos.

However, the driver monitoring system, which darkens the display upon detecting a lack of attention, while undoubtedly practical and safe, does have a somewhat Orwellian quality. To receive daily news updates, be sure to subscribe to our Free newsletter.

Feel good in the EQS SUV

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The central console buttons greatly facilitate the operation of the vehicle. Positioned to the right of the start button, the fingerprint sensor is conveniently located, while the driving programs are conveniently accessible on the top left.

To delve deeper into the matter, the capacitive swipe buttons present in the steering wheel spokes of this Mercedes can be regarded as a nuisance, given their imprecision and cumbersome operation. A considerable number of customers share this sentiment, which has spurred rumors that a new steering wheel equipped with tangible buttons is currently in development. Furthermore, it is worth noting that while the test car comes equipped with the multifunction steering wheel with a flattened bottom, typically found in various AMG models, the simpler, round steering wheel might be more appropriate for an SUV.

That being said, the SUV provides ample space for a comfortable sitting position, with or without a flattened steering wheel. Moreover, a sense of contentment pervades the vehicle, owing to the favorable conditions unique to luxury electric cars.

In any case, the EQS SUV has made great strides in ensuring that drive and chassis processes do not disturb the occupants. This is particularly true for the driver, as the two synchronous machines operate in a nearly soundless manner. Despite the fact that they are capable of unleashing 858 Nm of torque, they operate softly and quietly, with the accelerator pedal exhibiting linear and precise responsiveness.

Majestic Feelings

Mercedes EQS

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At no additional expense, the optional sports seats elevate a remarkable 70 centimeters above the road surface. The standard air-sprung Airmatic chassis adeptly shields occupants from environmental disturbances, resulting in minimal disturbance even on uneven terrain. This exceptional poise imbues the vehicle with an impressive air of assurance and sophistication, further amplified by the commanding seating position.

Mercedes has devoted considerable effort to ensuring that climatic disruptions are kept at bay. The Thermotronic air conditioning system operates with exceptional quietude and efficiency, even at low temperatures. The thermal management of this premium electric vehicle is the subject of extensive research, with numerous complex engineering intricacies at play.

For instance, the drive cooling circuit not only cools the electric motors but also dissipates waste heat generated from charge management and DC converters. Additionally, a water lance internally cools the rotor shafts. These measures are so effective that the high-voltage PTC air heater is typically only utilized when external temperatures drop below five degrees. Occupants can simply select their desired temperature on the displays and luxuriate in the plush armchairs, without needing to concern themselves with any of these complex systems.

Calm and frugal

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With its 108.4 kWh battery pack and two electric motors boasting 400 kW, the EQS SUV presents a sophisticated and straightforward approach to e-mobility. While the air conditioning system is the only ancillary element, the drive itself provides outstanding propulsion, characterized by its seamless operation and impressive torque output, as previously noted. Performance tests affirm that the two electric motors propel the hefty 2.8-ton vehicle to 100 km/h in a mere 4.5 seconds, akin to a soapbox with a rocket engine, with a top speed of 210 km/h executed with exceptional poise.

It is important to consider the test consumption of 33.1 kWh/100 km in light of the vehicle’s mass and performance, which entail a particular energy requirement. If drivers view the driver’s power as a safety buffer, they can operate the vehicle more economically, thereby achieving an everyday consumption rate of 26 kWh/100 km with minimal effort. Remarkably, the EQS SUV emits only 104 g/km of CO2, a figure on par with smaller vehicles.

The EVA II platform on which the EQS SUV rests is equally impressive in terms of charging capabilities. The vehicle requires only 38 minutes to recharge the battery enough for an additional 300 km of travel. While enjoying a burger, one must hasten to return to the charging station in time.

Luxury in the automotive sphere also involves minimizing driver responsibilities during long journeys. The EQS SUV provides the option of altering recuperation levels via paddles nicely galvanized behind the wheel, with three available levels of recuperation. Alternatively, drivers can select the “D Auto” mode, in which the Mercedes adjusts the amount of recuperation required based on driving circumstances, even allowing for one-pedal driving to a stop.

Moderate braking feedback

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The EQS boasts exceptional braking performance, requiring only 33.7 meters to come to a complete stop from 100 km/h – an impressive feat, especially for an electric vehicle with a weight of approximately 2.9 tons. Despite this achievement, the brake pedal still presents a significant inconvenience during everyday use, offering imprecise feedback that can disrupt driving comfort.

Fortunately, the vehicle’s varied recuperation options provide a welcome alternative to the troublesome brake pedal. Unfortunately, the pedal’s wandering pressure point proves irksome from the moment the vehicle is set in motion, further exacerbating the issue during sudden braking. The pedal’s lack of responsiveness during initial braking is further compounded by the delay before the vehicle begins to slow down again.

This erratic braking behavior significantly detracts from the overall driving experience, particularly during high-speed country road trips, where precise braking control is essential. Regrettably, this is a shame, as the EQS SUV handles corners with remarkable agility and grace.

On the test site and country roads, the vehicle performs with nimble responsiveness, striking a delicate balance between safety and thrill. This is largely due to the steering rear wheels, which can pivot up to ten degrees during tight bends. While the EQS SUV lacks automatic roll stabilization, a feature available in the AMG version of the smaller EQE SUV due to its requirement of a third 48-volt onboard network, this does not significantly detract from the vehicle’s overall performance. Ultimately, the EQS is a powerful and impressive vehicle, although it could benefit from further refinement in certain areas.

Advantages and disadvantages

  • Large amount of space
  • Lots of cargo space
  • Modest clarity

  • Top braking distances
  • Extensive safety equipment
  • Poor dosing of the brake

  • Excellent suspension comfort thanks to air suspension
  • top seats
  • Elaborate air conditioning

  • Powerful electric motors
  • Full torque
  • Well-adjustable performance development
Driving behavior

  • Precise rear axle steering
  • Fine driving aids
  • Lightning-fast 4Matic drive

  • Reasonable test consumption

  • Good standard equipment
  • Low energy costs
  • High purchase price
  • High fixed costs

If one seeks an electric SUV featuring capacious interiors, extensive driving range, and superior travel comfort, bereft of financial constraints, the current market may scarcely proffer a more compelling proposition than the EQS. Nonetheless, the subdued brake response and the consumption of resources during manufacturing and conveyance may somewhat temper the EQS euphoria.

Technical specifications

Mercedes EQS SUV 580 4Matic
basic price €135,434
external dimensions 5125x1959x1718mm
trunk volume 645 to 2100L
top speed 210km/h
0-100km/h 4.5s
consumption 20.0kWh/100km
test consumption 33.1kWh/100km

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