What vary nervousness? The Mercedes-Benz EQS 580, reviewed

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-electric car—the EQC 400 crossover—occurring 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 aspect of the Atlantic. The US as a substitute were given a couple 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 the entire inner combustion bits swapped out for batteries and motors. The EQS is a brand new car structure designed from the begin to push electrons, no longer hydrocarbons. And the ones electrons will push the EQS 580 an excessively great distance—340 miles (547 km), to be actual.

You cannot get that a long way in an EV with out a large battery pack, and the EQS 580 has 107.8 kWh of juice at its disposal (the battery in reality has a capability of 120 kWh, about 10 % of which is off-limits for riding). But what is really spectacular about this electrical sedan is an absurdly low drag coefficient of 0.20, which is unequalled by means of any manufacturing BEV. It appears to be like swish, however to start with look, the profile is not that a lot other from an S-Class sedan. Upon nearer exam, you can understand the longer wheelbase and a pop-open slot at the entrance quarter-panel, which is any other clue to its aerodynamic profile. That slot is for including wiper fluid, as a result of no longer simplest does the EQS 580 don’t have any frunk, the hood does no longer even open.

Aerodynamics is a large a part of the image right here. Mercedes pairs a unbroken hood with the complex A-pillar to create “The Bow”—that sweeping arched glance that is helping drop that drag coefficient so low. The profile is harking back to Pinewood Derby entries from my Cub Scouts days. Even if there used to be a frunk, there can be no garage room. Mercedes has as a substitute used the gap for its HVAC, which it is calling the Energizing Air Control Plus device, which comprises an enormous HEPA clear out that it claims can block 99.65 % of particulate topic from making it within the cabin.

On the interior, the EQS gives the overall Mercedes enjoy. That comprises brushed steel, glossy black plastic, picket, leather-based, suede, and LED accessory lighting fixtures. It’s additionally insanely roomy and at ease. The seats, provided with heating, air flow, and therapeutic massage, give you the best mix of convenience and fortify for lengthy drives. There’s a number of leg room for everybody, as smartly, and our 580 used to be provided with the $1,700 Executive Rear Seat Package Plus, this means that massages for everybody within the automotive. You won’t omit having a frunk; the EQS 580’s hatchback lifts to show 21.5 feet3 (610 l) of garage, which almost triples to 62.5 feet3 (1,770 l) with the again seats down—about what one would be expecting from a fastback. There’s additionally a at hand under-floor garage house.

The maximum attention-grabbing characteristic of the 580’s internal is the sadly named Hyperscreen. Actually, 3 separate displays spanning the device panel (12.3 inches/31.24 cm) middle console (17.7 in/45 cm), and the passenger dashboard (12.3 in/31.24 cm), it is… a large number of large, gorgeous displays. No surprises at the device panel—you’ll configure it on your center’s content material to turn precisely the guidelines you wish to have. Over at the passenger’s aspect, you’ll get admission to navigation, telephone, and multimedia controls, which might result in epic battles over which station to hear.

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