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What range anxiety? The Mercedes-Benz EQS 580, reviewed

The extremely aerodynamic Mercedes EQS 580
Enlarge / The extraordinarily aerodynamic Mercedes EQS 580

Eric Bangeman

Mercedes-Benz first gave us a glimpse of its electrification technique in 2018, with its first battery electrical car—the EQC 400 crossover—happening sale in Europe in 2019. Sporting a spread of round 220 miles, (354 km) the 402 hp (296 kW) SUV by no means made it over to this facet of the Atlantic. The US as an alternative acquired a pair of EQS sedans that went on sale in 2021: the $102,310 EQS 450 and the $125,900 EQS 580.

The EQS 580 4Matic is the heftier of the 2 fashions—it has extra motors, extra mass, and extra horsepower. And do not mistake it for an S-Class sedan with all the inner combustion bits swapped out for batteries and motors. The EQS is a brand new car structure designed from the begin to push electrons, not hydrocarbons. And people electrons will push the EQS 580 a really great distance—340 miles (547 km), to be precise.

You possibly can’t get that far in an EV with no huge battery pack, and the EQS 580 has 107.8 kWh of juice at its disposal (the battery really has a capability of 120 kWh, about 10 % of which is off-limits for driving). However what’s really spectacular about this electrical sedan is its absurdly low drag coefficient of 0.20, which is unmatched by any manufacturing BEV. It seems smooth, however at first look, the profile is not that a lot totally different from an S-Class sedan. Upon nearer examination, you may discover the longer wheelbase and a pop-open slot on the entrance quarter-panel, which is one other clue to its aerodynamic profile. That slot is for including wiper fluid as a result of not solely does the EQS 580 don’t have any frunk, however the hood does not even open.

Aerodynamics is a giant a part of the image right here. Mercedes pairs a seamless hood with the superior A-pillar to create “The Bow”—that sweeping arched look that helps drop the drag coefficient so low. The profile is harking back to Pinewood Derby entries from my Cub Scouts days. Even when there was a frunk, there could be no storage room. Mercedes has as an alternative used the area for its HVAC, which it is calling the Energizing Air Management Plus system; it incorporates an enormous HEPA filter that the corporate claims can block 99.65 % of particulate matter from making it contained in the cabin.

On the within, the EQS provides the total Mercedes expertise. That features brushed metallic, shiny black plastic, wooden, leather-based, suede, and LED accent lighting. It is also insanely roomy and comfy. The seats, geared up with heating, air flow, and therapeutic massage, present the proper mix of consolation and help for lengthy drives. There’s loads of leg room for everybody as nicely, and our 580 was geared up with the $1,700 Government Rear Seat Bundle Plus, which implies massages for everybody within the automobile. You might not miss having a frunk; the EQS 580’s hatchback lifts to disclose 21.5 ft3 (610 l) of storage, which practically triples to 62.5 ft3 (1,770 l) with the again seats down—about what one would count on from a fastback. There’s additionally a helpful under-floor storage space.

Probably the most eye-catching characteristic of the 580’s inside is the sadly named Hyperscreen. It is really three separate screens spanning the instrument panel (12.3 inches/31.24 cm), middle console (17.7 in/45 cm), and the passenger dashboard (12.3 in/31.24 cm), and it is… a variety of large, stunning screens. No surprises on the instrument panel—you’ll be able to configure it to your coronary heart’s content material to indicate precisely the data you need. Over on the passenger’s facet, you’ll be able to entry navigation, cellphone, and multimedia controls, which might result in epic battles over which station to take heed to.

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