Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

Taking its place alongside the recently introduced EQS saloon, the EQS SUV tops a growing line of all-electric models produced by the luxury car maker’s EQ range. The EQS SUV is still unmistakable as a Mercedes-Benz. The iconic three-point star is prominent on the front, while the surrounding EQ-signature black panel grille cleverly hides the multiple driving and safety sensors behind it. In addition, the EQS SUV vaunts notable shoulders over each wheel well, providing a look that projects power and stability, while the flush door handles reinforce the sleek aerodynamics. The overall look is fresh without looking too futuristic. Its all-electric architecture – shared with the EQS Saloon but tailored for SUV use – allowed the designers to break from any design restrictions. Instead, function, aerodynamics, and innovative aesthetics took centre stage. The result is one of the most aerodynamic SUVs the company has ever sculpted.

The EQS SUV comes equipped with all of the advanced features and characteristics found in the recently introduced EQS and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Optional in its case is the additional availability of a third row of seating that increases its passenger carrying capacity to seven persons. The newcomer echoes the EQS in its features and appointments – all housed within a design that marks the subtle blending of muscular power and timeless elegance.

Mercedes-EQ. EQS SUV, interior

Inside, its generous headroom gives the EQS SUV a spacious, airier feel that befits its SUV identity. Fixtures, seating, and interior fit-and-finish are of an expected high standard. Tech elements, trim and passenger comfort features are compatible with those of its siblings, both in terms of luxury and functionality.

In keeping with other models in its class, a visually dominant interior feature is its dash-mounted infotainment MBUX Hyperscreen, face of what has become a vastly advanced driver assistance system now equipped with artificial intelligence and a ‘learning’ capability. Another welcome inclusion is the acclaimed ‘Hey Mercedes’ feature that now supports 27 languages. A large stowage compartment below the centre console and a predominance of other useful storage spaces add to the EQS SUV’s practicality. 

Describing it as a ‘welcome addition to our model line-up’ Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland commented: “With levels of design, technology, equipment and luxury that are ‘guaranteed to be the hallmark of future Mercedes-Benz production’, the EQS SUV is ideal for those high-end customers whose requirement is for a vehicle that meets demand for emissions-free motoring within a top-end design that combines deluxe driving with surprising agility, deep-down power and off-road performance.”

In addition to its numerous infotainment features and options, the EQS SUV comes with a mix of goodies that includes wireless device connectivity; standard and optional driver-assistance tech; lane-keeping assist; blind-spot monitoring; collision prevention systems; and warnings and automated interventions that protect against unintended hazards. Of particular note is an acoustic presence indicator that can emit a special sound as a warning for pedestrians; and a multi-stage high-voltage safety feature to protect against electric shocks and high-energy short circuits.

Three model variants are available: EQS 450+, EQS 450 4MATIC, EQS 500 4MATIC and EQS 580 4MATIC. 4MATIC provides an all-wheel-drive version (with motors on front and rear axles). Prices are from €139,880 (EQS 450+), €144,145 (EQS 450 4MATIC), €155,280 (EQS 500 4MATIC) and €168,265 (EQS 580 4MATIC).

Featured on all-wheel drive versions is an off-road drive mode that raises the suspension and alters the powertrain’s behaviour. Adjustable air suspension and a rear-axle steering system are standard. 

Powered by Mercedes-Benz’s own-manufactured batteries – offering ‘better charging’ performance and ‘significantly higher’ energy density – the EQS SUV has an operating range of up to 639 kms (WLTP) depending on equipment and configuration, and a power output of up to 400 kW (a performance helped by lightweight components and a Cd value from 0.20). Electrical consumption is 23-18.6kWh/100km (for the 450+); 24.3-20.2 kWh/100 km (for the 450 4MATIC); and 24-20kWh/100km (for the 580 4MATIC+).

Available fast-charging systems include one that delivers an extra 250kms (WLTP) power in just 15 minutes. Moreover, innovative battery management software allows updates to be transmitted over the air to keep the EQS SUV energy management up-to-date.

The best seats in the house are up front, where huge adjustability comes with ample padding – including pillows in the headrests – and rapid heating and ventilation functions. It’s not an exaggeration to say I’d happily run through the EQS SUV’s entire range without a break as it’s that comfortable. Things are good in the back too. The flat floor and hefty legroom means you are relaxed and comfortable for any long journey. Ride quality is excellent, thanks to the Airmatic suspension and standard continuously adaptive dampers. The EQS SUV’s air suspension soaks up bumps like a sponge and creates an overall relaxing driving experience.

Mercedes-EQ. EQS SUV, rear interior, with space for up to seven persons, when equipped with the third seats row

My tester wore 21-inch wheels with plenty of rubber and the EQS SUV was quiet with no tyre or road noise. Since the EQS SUV’s primary mission is comfort rather than performance, it doesn’t deliver the same rocket-ship EV quickness as some models. It feels very powerful, and it’ll get your heart pumping if you click into Sport mode so don’t worry about thinking you won’t have power. It’s just set up as you’d expect in a luxury SUV.


From the way it drives to the way it looks the EQS SUV envelops you in quality materials and glides you down the road to your destination. The EQS SUV is an able challenger to all the other big luxury EV crossovers on the Irish market. If you can afford it I’d highly recommend a test drive,

Model tested: Mercedes EQS 450+ SUV
Price: €139,880

Engine: 265kw electric motor, 108.4kWh usable battery

Transmission: Automatic, rear-wheel drive
Power: 360 hp

Torque: 568Nm
0-100km/h:  6.7 seconds

Top speed: 210 km/h

Electric Range: 637km

CO2 emissions: 0 g/km

Motor Tax: €120 per year

Our test model: €146,038

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