Mercedes-Benz has debuted a new three-row SUV as part of the EQ lineup. This all-electric sport utility fits above the EQB and is styled and sized similar to the EQS car. Like the car, the EQS SUV features a luxurious interior, solid range estimates, and lots of technology. Plus it adds a usable third row of seating.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is now the largest of the all-electric vehicles in Mercedes’ lineup and is sized similarly to the GLS. Where the GLS is gasoline-powered, though, the EQS SUV is an EV with a sleeker, more aerodynamic design. It also features a higher price tag.
The 2023 Mercedes EQS SUV is powered by a 108.4 kWh battery pack that rides under the floorboards. The rear-wheel drive base model EQS 450+ produces 355 horsepower and 419 pound-feet of torque. The all-wheel drive 450 4Matic keeps the 355 hp, but ups torque to 590 lb-ft. The EQS 580 4Matic performance model is rated at 536 horses and 633 pounds. We drove the EQS 580 4Matic model and found that to be plenty of umph for the daily.
Range estimates vary by model, topping out at 305 miles per charge for the base model and 285 miles for the 4Matic (AWD) models. We were able to get 290 miles out of our test model with a daily driving mix during the week.
Charge times for that big battery vary by charging unit, of course. A household outlet would take several days to charge the full 108 kWh, but our 240-volt, 50-amp dedicated plug charged the EQS SUV in about 9 hours from nearly empty. The EQS SUV includes fast-charging capability, so if that is available, it can pull up to 200 kWh with an 80 percent charge taking about 30 minutes at that rate.
The 2023 EQS SUV handles itself very well on the road. Like the EQS sedan, the SUV also features rear-wheel steering to improve maneuverability and turning feel. This is aided by an air suspension with adaptive dampers (standard on all models). Fast acceleration and smooth braking are also nice touches.
For equipment and technology, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV comes well-heeled from the get-go. DC fast charging is standard as is a 12.8-inch infotainment screen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A Burmester 3D sound system with Dolby Atmos and an augmented reality overlay on navigation are also standard equipment. Several other things are also included, as are a full suite of safety technologies to include Mercedes’ Safe Exit Alert, which watches for oncoming traffic for rear passengers ready to exit.
Top-end safety systems include evasive steering assistance to improve the forward collision mitigation system and a semi-automated parking system. Driver’s aids such as lane keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, and a 360-degree camera view are also included.
Additional options are added in packages and include things like a head-up display, four-zone climate (versus the tri-zone standard), heated rear seating, wireless charging pad for the second row, and a removable MBUX infotainment tablet in the second row.
The third row of seating offered in the 2023 EQS SUV is a low-cost option available on all trim levels. Other ala carte options include a rear entertainment system, third row heated seating, a heated steering wheel, and a built-in dashcam.
For comfort, the EQS SUV is top shelf. Every seating position is excellent with the third row, while somewhat cramped, still being accessible and usable by adults. So long as they aren’t of large stature. Cargo space is smaller than some non-EV rivals, but still very good. Especially with the third row stowed.
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV may not fit every lifestyle need, but it is certainly a milestone in the automotive market. Pricing starts at about $105,000 plus delivery. The EQS SUV is available now.
This review first appeared on DriveModeShow.com.