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Well-integrated electric drive system
Buttery smooth ride with available air suspension
Surprisingly nimble handling for its size
Spacious, richly appointed cabin
Less storage space than competitors
Available Hyperscreen can be overwhelming
All-new electric SUV
Mechanically related to the EQS and EQE sedans
Available in rear- or all-wheel drive
2023 model kicks off the first EQE SUV generation
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV is a fully electric midsize crossover SUV that slots between the smaller EQB and larger EQS SUV. It has two rows of seats for up to five passengers and a luxurious interior to match its futuristic battery-powered drivetrain, which comes in single-motor rear-wheel-drive and dual-motor all-wheel-drive flavors.
Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV EV Insights
EQE SUV EQE 350 4MATIC
EPA Estimated Range
EV batteries lose 1-2% of range per year. Est. range for this car is 215 miles after 8 years.Electric cars typically experience 1-2% of range loss per year with slightly faster degradation over the first 50,000 miles as the car settles into its long term state, according to Recurrent's study of 15,000 EVs.
Estimated range mapThis map is a visual representation of the possible one-way and round-trips by this vehicle (on a full charge) from the geometric center of Ashburn, Virginia. The depicted ranges are based on the estimated new vehicle range value provided by the EPA, rounded down to miles for one-way and miles for round-trip. Actual range will vary depending on the condition of this vehicle’s battery pack, how you drive, driving conditions and other factors.
8 yrs or 100,000 milesThe federal government requires that EV batteries be warrantied for a minimum of eight years or 100,000 miles. The EV battery warranty includes replacement if your battery capacity drops below a certain percentage of the original capacity.
EV Tax Credits & Rebates
Available Rebates. Restrictions apply.
Restrictions: Dominion Energy offers EV owners a rebate of up to $125 towards the cost of a Level 2 charging station.
To qualify for this rebate, the customer and/or charging station must meet the following requirements:
Receive electricity from Dominion Energy.
Have an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle.
Networked/Smart charging capabilities to program the station to off-peak periods and respond to managed charging events
You also earn a $40 e-gift card on the anniversary of your enrollment every year you remain enrolled.
Restrictions: This program is a charging agreement between Mercedes-Benz USA and Electrify America. Customers who purchase or lease a new Mercedes-EQ model will receive 2 years of complimentary 30-minute DC fast charging on the Electrify America network. Complimentary charging expires 2 years from the initial activation. To take advantage of this benefit, customers must be registered with Mercedes me Charge. Offer is non-transferable and only valid to first owners or lessees. See your participating dealer for details.
EV ownership works best if you can charge (240V) at home or at work This typically means a 240V home installation, but you could also have a similar setup at your office or other places your car is already parked for several hours each day. Don't expect a regular household outlet (120V) to suffice unless you've got a plug-in hybrid, in which case overnight charging at home is feasible.
If you can’t charge at home, charging at a charging station could take at least 10x longer than at a gas station With public charging infrastructure still in its infancy, the user experience can be maddeningly inconsistent. Tesla owners tend to rave about the reliability and speed of the company's proprietary Supercharger stations, but rival DC fast options have thus far been plagued by technical issues and overcrowding. It's an evolving landscape and our best advice is to do your research on the available options for the EV you want to buy.
Adding a 240V home charging system could cost up to $1,000 or more If your existing electrical service can handle the additional demands of EV charging, you may be able to add Level 2 charging at home for less than a grand, including installation. But your costs will multiply if you need to upgrade your electrical panel or add a dedicated circuit.
The EQE SUV checks a lot of boxes for U.S. consumers shopping for an all-electric vehicle. It offers enough space for families, respectable driving range, a luxurious cabin, and plenty of the latest technology and driver assist features. Sharing many components with the EQE and EQS sedans, the EQE SUV enters a growing class of premium all-electric SUVs that also includes the Audi e-tron, BMW iX, Lexus RZ 450e and Tesla Model Y.
The EQE SUV can cover up to 279 miles on a single charge, depending on which drivetrain you choose. Mercedes says it can also go from 10% to 80% battery life in 32 minutes at a DC fast-charging station. Drivetrain options are numerous, with a 288-horsepower single-motor rear-wheel-drive EQE 350+ serving as the base model and a 402-hp dual-motor all-wheel-drive EQE 500 4Matic topping the range — at least until the 614-hp AMG EQE SUV arrives for the 2024 model year.
On the outside, the EQE SUV might look a tad frumpy, but inside there's a lot to like. Mercedes' use of soft materials and impressive build quality is on full display, and the available dashboard-wide Hyperscreen infotainment system is a sight to behold, though it might be a bit much for some. But even the standard 12.8-inch OLED center touchscreen is no slouch, running Mercedes' easy-to-use MBUX system. Ride quality is another highlight, and the EQE SUV's smooth ride is further enhanced by its silent-running electric drivetrain. If you want a midsize battery-electric sport-ute that will pamper you, the EQE SUV should be on your list.
Which EQE SUV does Edmunds recommend?
Going with the 350 4Matic costs the same as the base rear-wheel-drive 350+. It has a little less range but gains more torque and all-wheel-drive capability, which we think is a fair trade-off. We'd also choose the Exclusive trim for its added active safety features, which include adaptive cruise control and automated lane change assistance.
Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV models
Three variants of the 2023 EQE SUV are offered: the EQE 350+, EQE 350 4Matic and EQE 500 4Matic. Motor output and drivetrain configuration are the main differences separating them. The three trim levels, which progress from Premium to Exclusive to Pinnacle, are available with any powertrain and reflect some differences in equipment. Read on for our rundown of the EQE SUV's major features and options.
This base model has one electric motor on the rear axle producing 288 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque. EPA-estimated range is 279 miles.
EQE 350 4Matic
This entry-level all-wheel-driver adds a motor to the front axle. Horsepower stays at 288 hp, while torque increases to 564 lb-ft. EPA-estimated range is 253 miles.
EQE 500 4Matic
This uplevel all-wheel-drive EQE SUV uses two higher-output electric motors, combining for 402 hp and 633 lb-ft. The EQE 500 also gets rear-wheel steering to enhance maneuverability and larger 20-inch wheels (19-inch wheels are standard on the 350+ and 350 4Matic). EPA-estimated range is 269 miles.
All EQEs are well equipped from the start. The baseline Premium trim includes:
LED headlights with adaptive high beams
Power-sliding panoramic sunroof
Hands-free keyless entry and push-button start
Synthetic leather upholstery
Heated front seats
Dual-zone automatic climate control
12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
12.8-inch central touchscreen
Integrated navigation system
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
Wireless charging pad
15-speaker premium audio system
The Premium trim also comes standard with these advanced safety features:
Forward collision warning with automatic braking (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
Blind-spot warning (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
Lane keeping assistance (steers the EQE SUV back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
360-degree camera system (gives you a top-down view of the EQE SUV and its surroundings in tight parking situations)
Includes all of the Premium trim's equipment and adds more tech features:
Augmented reality navigation that overlays route prompts onto a forward-facing camera feed
Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
Automated lane change assistance (guides the vehicle into the next lane when the turn signal is used)
Evasive steering assistance (enhances the forward collision mitigation system with steering-based collision avoidance)
Blind-spot intervention (automatically steers the car back into its lane if you try to change lanes while a car is in the vehicle's blind spot)
Tops the EQE SUV range with:
Multi-pixel Digital Light LED headlights
Four-zone automatic climate control
Air Balance cabin air purification and fragrance system
Six USB-C charging ports
Optional packages include:
Front Multicontour Seating package
Front multicontour seats with massage function
Comfort front headrests
Ventilated front seats
Rapid-heating front seats
Heated windshield washer system
Heated rear seats
Heated steering wheel
AMG Line Exterior package
AMG grille and bumpers with black and chrome accents
2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV EQE 350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
Good handling, great acceleration, 324 mile range at 90% charge, comfortable ride.
Have had it 2 weeks
"Luxury and Economy Beast"
5 out of 5 stars
Benz Guy. Coto de Caza, CA , 06/22/2023
2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV AMG EQE 4dr Sedan AWD (electric DD)
My MBZ 2023 EQE 350+ SUV, driven in E (ECO) mode, has delivered an average mileage range from 359 to 376 miles after charging is complete. The listed mileage range is 279! There is a slight power drop in the E mode, but doing 65 in cruise control on freeways is more than adequate for this driver, and around town, it's great. In Comfort (C), it can reach 60mph in 6.2 secs. In Sport (S) … 5.9 secs.
Beautifully coordinated cabin/coach design, VERY comfortable, driver, front passenger, and rear seating.
My spouse and I travel with two roller suitcases and have plenty of storage. We can adjust the rear seating if needed and have 59 cubic feet of storage.
I was attracted to the sleek evolutionary exterior design, especially the big Mercedes 3 Star on the front of the grill accompanied by the three stars embedded throughout the grill. And most other car manufacturers do not beat the drag coefficient. The 20-inch rims ride smoothly and add to the heft and performance.
Infotainment, for this driver, is easy to set up and has ready access to all the features.
One of the few infotainment features I don't like is the volume control setup, as it is awkward to adjust, but other than this feature, I couldn't be more satisfied with this car. The speakers are beautiful in sound and range!
Classy, smooth teardrop shape, it looks like no other SUV on the road...and you're in a Mercedes!
At $79,582, the price was right: Premium Trim.
P.S. Under "Vehicle details" you don't allow me to select EQE 350+SUV...and ONLY an AMG EQE 4dr Sedan AWD for 'trim'?????
5 out of 5 stars
GJT63 , 07/31/2023
2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV EQE 500 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)
Had this vehicle for about a month and I have to say it's the most amazing thing I've ever driven! It's so quiet, smooth, and maneuverable with the all-wheel steering. And driving it with one pedal has been a very satisfying experience and gives you so much control. Plus, that quiet interior has made enjoying the superb Dolby Atmos sound system, playing Spacial Audio via the … integrated Apple Music app, even better. It's like being in a personal sound studio! And add to that the hot back massage, ambient lighting, and, air balance fragrance system makes it a wonderful place to relax and unwind. The whole design is beautiful IMHO and truly reflects Mercedes's design language of "Sensual Purity", especially the front interior. I only wish it had a longer range, but with everything it offers, I'm OK with that until the battery technology for EVs improves. One final note. The HEPA filtration has been such a godsend with all the smoke from the Canadian wildfires and makes the inside air so fresh. After driving this, there's no way I want to go back to an ICE vehicle as it's just so superior in every way!
5 out of 5 stars
2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV EQE 350+ 4dr SUV (electric DD)
Wow! It’s much better than I expected! Drive much better than gas. Love it! Charger and battery are much better than Tesla that I have . Technology is far better.
[MUSIC PLAYING] RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Say it with me now. Mercedes Benz EQE SUV. What does that mean for you? Well, it means Mercedes is ready to bring out the fourth electric vehicle on its new EV platform, and it's its most important one yet. That's because the EQE SUV is coming straight after the Tesla Model Y, and there are a bunch of other reasons why this is going to be super important as well. So stick around, and we'll find out what this SUV is all about. If you want to see more up close and personal behind the scenes looks at new cars like this, go ahead and click like and subscribe so we can keep making them. Also, if you want to sell your car, go to edmunds.com/sellmycar, and you can get a cash offer right now. [MUSIC PLAYING] Now, of course, the EQE SUV is not only going up against the Tesla Model Y. It will also challenge the BMW iX, and we find that to be a pretty good electric SUV. In fact, right now, it's rated number one in our rankings for luxury electric SUVs. Mercedes says the EQE SUV will be out and available in March of 2023. At first, there will be three trim levels to choose from. There's the 350 plus, the 350 4Matic, and the EQE SUV 500. Those first two trims both get 288 horsepower, though the 350 4Matic scores all-wheel drive and extra torque. Then there's the 500, which is bumped all the way up to 536 horsepower. So how does it match up against those competitors size wise? Actually, the EQE SUV has the longest wheelbase out of the three at 119 inches and a little bit of change. The BMW iX is about 118, the Tesla Model Y is about 113, but the EQE is actually a little bit shorter nose to tail compared to the iX. So you get this long, wheelbase appearance, but a little bit of a shorter and stubbier appearance at the same time. There are plenty of cool features available on the EQE SUV. Some of them include Mercedes intelligent 4Matic all-wheel drive system, an air suspension, and rear wheel steering up to 10 degrees, which can really help with maneuverability at low speeds and increased stability at highway speed. Why do we consider this to be the most important electric vehicle Mercedes has launched so far? Midsize luxury SUVs are hot right now, and this is the right size to appeal to US customers. For that reason, we think the EQE SUV will be the volume seller among Mercedes electric vehicles, especially since the brand originally planned to bring the EQC SUV over to the US, but they've since decided that that smaller model will not come our way. That leaves this guy. What's it going to cost? We don't know yet. Mercedes hasn't released that information, but based on pricing of its other electric vehicles, it's probably going to be too expensive to qualify for federal tax incentives. For our full article on the new EV tax credits and what they mean for you, go ahead and click the link down in the description. [MUSIC PLAYING] As you can tell, the EQE has a pretty windswept roofline for an SUV. Now that is obviously going to help with aerodynamics. So what does it mean for the kind of range you can expect out of this electric vehicle? We don't know yet. We're still waiting for EPA estimates for the maximum range of the EQE SUV, but this car has big shoes to fill. When we put the EQS sedan on our patented Edmunds EV test loop, it achieved more than 20% higher than its EPA estimated range. And when it comes to the BMW iX, we also put that on our Edmunds loop, and it also achieved 20% higher than its EPA estimated max range. So this SUV has big shoes to fill. What about when you need to charge your EQE SUV? Well, this car uses an onboard charger rated at 9.6 kilowatts, and that's pretty decent for the class. It's also built on a 400-volt architecture. Now that's pretty standard for electric vehicles these days, but some of them go up to 800 volts to maximize the charging rate that you can bring into your EV. Mercedes says that they actually prefer the smaller 400-volt architecture because instead of high max charging rates, it gives you a smooth delivery instead. Mercedes says that the EQE SUV can charge from 10% up to 80% in 32 minutes. Now that's on a level three DC fast charger. [MUSIC PLAYING] Now we are inside the EQE SUV, and immediately there is a lot to like. First of all, the materials in here make a great first impression. Very soft leathers everywhere, and I especially like this little detail. Look at how the seams on this window sill curve as you go up. It's just a neat little design feature. Beautiful stitching, beautiful ambient lighting all the way around the inside of the dash. Very cool. I also especially like this panel. This is aluminum little Mercedes stars laser-cut into the wood. And then, of course, you can push it back to reveal a wireless phone charger and two holders. In this storage compartment, you've got a very deep bin, and a nice, handy little cubby down here where I've got my notebook and you can put a bag or purse. Next, we should talk about the elephant in the room, which is, of course, this massive screen panel that runs across the entirety of the dash. It's actually three screens in one. One in front of the driver, a giant, center touch screen, and one in front of the passenger. To go over it quickly, you get your essentials in front of the driver, speedometer, tach-- well, it's not really a tachometer. It's more like an energy battery reserve gauge. And you can put navigation turn by turn in there as well. On the passenger screen, there's all kinds of different menus to run through, which provide cool information or helpful stuff, or just pretty pictures to look at, too. The main feature of the center screen is the navigation and maps, which can go into 2D or 3D or satellite imagery. It's very, very cool, and pretty comprehensive. It also reacts very quickly to different touches. However, there are a few things. First of all, this is just a lot to take in. This is my first time experiencing the Hyperscreen in any Mercedes, and there is just a lot. It's almost overwhelming how much information is available to you. So still getting used to using it. I would really like to bring one in for testing, but there's no question it's extremely impressive. The thing about that, though, is that we've hammered Tesla time and time again for including every vehicle function up in the screen and not using any buttons. That's essentially what Mercedes has done here. It looks very pretty. It's working very nicely, but I feel like we have to hold it to the same standard. And if you're going to hide everything within a screen, sometimes it can be tricky to move around menus and find the exact thing that you're looking for. I can't wait to get one back into the Edmunds testing facility so we can really score it appropriately. OK, so climbing into the back seat of the EQE SUV. There is a small step-over that you have to get your feet over to get inside, but it's not too intrusive. And once you're back here, this is a really comfortable place to be. I'm 6 feet tall, and as you can see, a whole lot of knee room, and I can even stretch my legs out and recline and relax a little bit. These are very comfortable seats back here-- just as they were in the front-- a really sumptuous leather. And you can get a completely vegan non-leather interior if you want, but personally I really like the leather. Another thing I really like, this ambient lighting glow continues into the back. Who doesn't love ambient lighting? Sometimes, you get it in the front, but the rear is pretty plain, and Mercedes has made sure that rear passengers get a delightful light show just like in the front. Also up here, you can see the Burmester stereo, a 15 speaker system. Very cool. And standard is this giant panoramic sunroof. So in total, the EQE SUV interior is very impressive indeed and should immediately be one of the top contenders in its class. [MUSIC PLAYING] Let's talk cargo space. Mercedes says the EQE SUV has up to 20 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. That's quite a bit less than both the BMW iX and Tesla Model Y, both of which offer more than 30 cubic feet. And with the EQE SUV, you don't get a frunk. You know I love a good frunk, but this does look to be a very usable, voluminous space. Load floor is a little bit high, but you get nice, protective sills right here. And then underneath, if you flip this up, there's your charging cord for the battery. And in all, you've got a pretty wide space that stretches a good amount back to the rear seats. In terms of usability, Mercedes also says that the EQE SUV will have a tow rating just shy of 4,000 pounds. So this electric SUV does have some traditional capability to it. [MUSIC PLAYING] Now for those of you who are looking at the EQE SUV and thinking, but what if it was struck by lightning? May I present the Mercedes AMG EQE SUV. This thing is turned up a couple of extra levels compared to the EQE SUV we just saw, and there are some cool goodies that I'd like to show you first off. One of them is this AMG specific crest right on the front of the hood there. And then, instead of that plastic cladding around the fenders of the EQE SUV, this has turned to a more sporty, glossy look. You can also get up to 22 inch wheels, and they can even come in this very cool turbine pattern. Now hiding behind those blades are optional carbon ceramic brakes-- in an electric SUV. That's rad. You also get that air suspension from the EQE SUV, but this time it's standard, and so is rear wheel steering up to 9 degrees. It's limited down to 9 degrees instead of 10 degrees because it's got fatter tires. That's a good reason. But the biggest change of all is the powertrain. The AMG EQE SUV uses the same battery as the other model. However, this one's been juiced up, especially in its electric motors and the inverter inside. That allows it to create a lot more power. I'm talking 617 horsepower. And, if you get the AMG dynamic package, that goes up even higher. Woo! Inside, there are all kinds of AMG-specific goodies to make you feel special, but the most important things are that the AMG EQE SUV will be out in the US in summer of 2023. We still don't pricing, and I would prepare for it to hurt a little bit. But the thing does go 0 to 60 in as little as 3.3 seconds. So if you look at this and think, eh, pricing is probably worth it, then I think you're right. [MUSIC PLAYING] After our first look at the EQE SUV and its power-lifting AMG brother, it's clear that this electric SUV is going to make a splash in the class. How big? Well, it's certainly got a lot going for it, especially in terms of that stunning interior. What about negatives, though? Well, for one thing, it's maybe a little bit late to the party. Remember, it's not going to be on US roads until March of 2023. We also don't know the pricing yet, so we'll have to wait for those numbers to come in to really figure out how competitive it is. Finally, we still haven't gotten to drive it yet, so we'll have to see if that trademark Mercedes ride quality transfers into this model as well. Stay tuned to the Edmunds YouTube channel to see when we're finally able to drive one and bring it in so that our comprehensive test team can get their paws all over it. Until then, thanks for watching. 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2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV First Look | A Luxurious Electric Crossover | Interior, Technology & More
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV is a fully electric midsize luxury crossover coming soon to affluent suburbs near you — and it's likely to quickly become Mercedes' best-selling EV. The EQE SUV is essentially a shrunken version of its EQS SUV sibling, providing tons of luxury,… technology, and decent electric range in a more compact (but still spacious) package. But how might it fare against competitors like the BMW iX and the Tesla Model Y? Edmunds' Ryan ZumMallen got up close with the EQE SUV in this video to find out!
The Tesla Model Y is the standard by which all other similarly sized electric SUVs are measured. It comes standard with dual-motor all-wheel drive but can be had in standard-range, Long Range and Performance guises. The Long Range model trumps the EQE SUV with an estimated 330 miles of range, though in our real-world tests we saw slightly less than that. The Mercedes has a vastly more luxurious interior and a more comfortable ride, but if price is your chief concern, the Model Y starts a whole lot cheaper.
The BMW iX is our current favorite luxury all-wheel-drive electric SUV, and for good reason. The iX is spacious and comfortable yet surprisingly athletic. It also boasts a long range of up to 324 miles, and in our tests it well exceeded that number. Just about everything you can get on the EQE SUV is available on the iX minus the proprietary Hyperscreen, though the BMW's curved 14.9-inch display is very good. The iX has a higher starting price than the EQE SUV.
Lexus' new RZ 450e impresses with a luxurious and quiet cabin and respectable performance. However, it's let down by its disappointing EPA-estimated range of between 196 and 220 miles. Even taking the high estimate, that's 33 miles less than the lowest-range EQE SUV. It does have a lower price point than the EQE SUV, however, so if you're looking for a reasonably priced luxury EV and you don't travel that far, the RZ might be one to consider.
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV is a fully electric midsize crossover SUV that checks all the major boxes for consumer demand in the U.S.: enough space for families, long range, a luxurious cabin, and plenty of the latest technology and driver assist features. It takes its place within Mercedes' growing lineup of all-electric SUVs that includes the smaller EQB and larger EQS SUV. With two rows of seats for up to five passengers, and a luxurious interior to match its futuristic battery-powered drivetrain, the EQE SUV is a prime competitor to the Audi e-tron, BMW iX, Lexus RZ 450e and Tesla Model Y.
How much range and power does the EQE SUV have?
There are three main (non-AMG) versions of the EQE SUV: the base EQE 350+, the EQE 350 4Matic and the EQE 500 4Matic. Each one draws power from a 90.6-kWh battery pack lying underneath the floor.
In the base EQE 350+ model, the battery sends power to a single electric motor on the rear axle, making 288 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque and getting what Mercedes estimates will be 279 miles of range on a full charge.
Move up to the EQE 350 4Matic and the same battery is connected to two electric motors, one at the front and one at the rear, for 288 hp and 564 lb-ft and all-wheel drive. That drops the EPA-estimated range down to 253 miles with the all-season tires.
For more power, there's the dual-motor EQE 500 4Matic that is rated at 402 hp and 633 lb-ft and projects to get an EPA-estimated range of 269 miles.
Our experiences with Mercedes EVs in real-world driving versus EPA estimates has been positive so far. Both the EQS 450+ sedan and the EQS 580 sedan overperformed relative to their EPA estimates in our Edmunds EV range test, for example. This bodes well for the EQE SUV. We'll know for sure once we're able to run the EQE SUV on our test route later in the coming months.
What about the AMG EQE SUV?
If you'd like an SUV that runs on electricity but you'd love one that runs on adrenaline, the AMG EQE SUV may be for you. This version, made by Mercedes' in-house performance arm, takes the EQE SUV formula and ramps it up significantly. Here are the stats: 617 horsepower as standard; up to 677 hp with the optional AMG Dynamic+ package; 0-60 mph in as little as 3.3 seconds.
With the AMG EQE SUV you'll also receive sportier exterior styling, distinctive interior styling accents, AMG-specific screen graphics and available front sport seats. An air suspension is standard, and there's a 48-volt onboard system used specifically to power the highly adjustable suspension settings. If you so choose, you can option up to 22-inch wheels and carbon-ceramic performance brakes. Obviously, we can't wait to drive the AMG EQE SUV closer to its availability in summer of 2023.
How does the EQE drive?
During our drive, we were able to experience a well-equipped EQE SUV 350 4Matic and a 500 4Matic. Acceleration in both, like most EVs, is instantaneous and should satisfy most drivers. Mercedes estimates the 350 4Matic will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds and the 500 4Matic in 4.6 seconds. While neither figure is slow, the EQE SUV 350 4Matic would be almost a second behind a gas-powered GLE 450. The 500 4Matic will be closest to keeping up with the BMW's iX xDrive50, which in our testing zipped from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds.
What impressed us more was the manner in which the EQE SUV decelerates. Utilizing the paddles behind the steering wheel, you can engage three levels of brake regeneration (where the vehicle uses the motors to charge the battery when decelerating) and easily find one to suit your preference. Normal regeneration mode is good for a majority of the populace, while Aggressive regeneration will feel more natural for EV drivers who desire a one-pedal-drive sensation.
The third regeneration mode — Intelligent — is eye-opening. It utilizes a combination of map and sensor data to calculate when and where to use an appropriate amount of brake regeneration to slow the vehicle automatically. We've only driven the EQE SUV briefly but found there were instances in this mode where it began to brake early to charge the battery and slow the vehicle naturally. We highly recommend that you still brake naturally to assist it. It was just impressive in the way that it approached the regeneration process.
One efficiency breakthrough Mercedes has added to the EQE SUV relates to the 4Matic (all-wheel-drive) system when in Comfort or Eco drive mode. Upon initial acceleration, both front and rear electric motors engage to propel the vehicle forward. Then at some point when you're cruising along at highway speeds, the front motor decouples (disengages from the front driveshaft) and the 4Matic EQE SUV becomes a rear-wheel-drive vehicle to maximize the range. By disengaging the front motor, it removes the parasitic draw on range that would occur in a typical all-wheel-drive system. Once you start slowing down, or have a need for more power, the system will automatically re-engage the front motor.
The EQE SUV's ride is smooth like butter thanks to the available adjustable air suspension. It's also a capable handler. While it's a midsize EV SUV, its agility makes it feel more like a compact SUV. It will please sporty drivers in the way that it navigates through curvy roads — especially on models equipped with the rear-wheel steering system that can turn the rear wheels up to 10 degrees. That system also makes U-turns a breeze.
What kind of charging capabilities does the EQE SUV have?
Inside the EQE SUV is a 400-volt electric architecture. This is standard for modern electric vehicles, though some — like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Porsche Taycan — use a higher-capacity 800-volt system that can handle faster DC fast-charging speeds. Mercedes representatives say the 400-volt design allows for consistent linear charging, rather than higher maximum rates that spike and fall depending on various factors.
We're not sure if there's value in what Mercedes says or if it's simple marketing spin, but in either case, the EQE SUV is capable of charging at a maximum rate of 170 kW and can juice up from 10% to 80% battery life in a respectable 32 minutes on a suitable DC fast-charging station. If you use a standard Level 2 home-charging system, filling from 10% to 100% is estimated at 9.5 hours. Some electric vehicles can charge up more quickly, owing to the EQE SUV's 9.6-kW onboard charging system, which is outpaced by competitors such as the Model Y (11 kW). The Mercedes, though, is within average range for the class.
How comfortable is the EQE SUV?
The cabin of the EQE SUV is a really nice place to be in. With simulated motor noises and music turned off, the midsize SUV is silent on the inside. Wind noise was pretty nonexistent as well during highway drives. The aerodynamic design assists here and is another efficiency breakthrough on the EQE SUV. It provides the SUV with a similar drag coefficient as the last-generation E-Class sedan. This is accomplished by having panels installed to reduce drag and make the SUV slippery through the air instead of being a square brick that blocks airflow.
During our initial drive, the EQE SUV did a nice job of maintaining cabin temperature. Even without the sunshade covering the panoramic glass roof, our preferred temperature of 65 degrees was kept easily. And it adjusted swiftly when we dialed up some heat. Mercedes says the EQE SUV utilizes a heat pump that takes excess heat from the electric motors and battery to heat the interior of the vehicle when needed. This unit reduces the draw on the battery when heating the interior and is intended to increase range.
How's the EQE SUV's interior?
While the EQE SUV is shorter than the related EQE sedan from nose to tail, that doesn't impact passenger space too dramatically. The EQE SUV provides spacious, comfortable seating in both the front and rear rows, and this is perhaps aided by the swooping, dome-like exterior shape that helps create headspace inside. Passengers 6 feet tall or taller will find generous accommodations for the class.
Forward visibility is good but the front driver's side roof pillar is a tad thick. We often found ourselves trying to pivot forward to look past it on sharper turns or through some intersections. The view out of the sides and back window is pretty comparable to visibility in other electric SUVs in the class.
The big impression inside the cabin is its luxurious feel. The soft materials and impressive construction feel no different from standard gas-powered Mercedes SUVs, and at least a step or two above the experience of sitting inside a Tesla Model Y. In comparison to the BMW iX, it's a bit more traditional yet it retains a modern appeal.
The models we drove during our first drive were airtight, and the available wood paneling gives the impression that the brand knows this is where it can shine against EV rivals. Overall, the EQE SUV mirrors the quality and plushness of other Mercedes EVs, which, in this case, is a very good thing.
How's the EQE SUV's tech?
It's Hyperscreen season at Mercedes. Like other electric vehicles at the brand, the EQE SUV offers the 56-inch so-called Hyperscreen that encompasses three digital displays in one — a screen for the driver, a central touchscreen, and a touchscreen in front of the front passenger. We've been impressed by the sheer breadth of information available through the screens, which are enclosed within one single piece of glass stretching from one end of the vehicle to the other.
Still, the Hyperscreen can be overwhelming. And besides, the standard 12.8-inch OLED center touchscreen is no slouch itself. Both it and the Hyperscreen are powered by the latest version of Mercedes' MBUX operating system. We rate its high-def graphics and quick response very highly for the class — not to mention the stellar voice controls, which recognize natural language and can be used to control vehicle functions like seat adjustments and climate controls in addition to radio and navigation settings.
And we can't talk tech without speaking of the magnificent 15-speaker Burmester audio system. Check this out: It comes standard on all EQE SUVs. That Dolby Atmos system absolutely envelops you in brilliant, clear sound and turns everything you play through it (from Queen to Wu-Tang Clan) into a personal concert experience. Crank it up and it's like being center stage and having RZA "flow like Christ when he speaks the gospel" in your face.
How's the EQE SUV's storage?
Mercedes says the EQE SUV offers 20 cubic feet of space in its cargo area behind the rear seats at its maximum cargo configuration — rear seats being more upright than reclined. If your rear passengers want the standard reclined configuration, that figure goes down to 14 cubic feet. That's considerably less than what's available in the Audi e-tron, BMW iX and Tesla Model Y. Even Mercedes' dimensionally smaller EQB electric SUV has a bit more cargo space behind its rear seats. The EQE SUV's rear seats fold down to boost storage up to a more competitive 59 cubic feet.
There's a slim space under the cargo floor where the car's charging cord and emergency equipment are kept. You won't find a frunk, however. Like other Mercedes EVs, the EQE SUV houses electrical components under the hood. In fact, it can't be opened at all without a trip to a Mercedes service center — but really, there's no reason to, anyway.
The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV makes all the sense in the world as a mass-market electric crossover for the luxury brand. The onboard tech and passenger space, plus excellent driving dynamics and standard features, should immediately compete for best in class. However, the lack of cargo room is concerning, and Mercedes will soon see whether its flavor of EV is right for consumer palates.
Is the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2023 EQE SUV both on the road and at the track. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2023 EQE SUV gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 5 reviews) What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the EQE SUV has 18.4 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV. Learn more
What's new in the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV:
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Is the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV is a good car. Our consumer reviews show that the 2023 EQE SUV gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 5 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2023 EQE SUV is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV?
The least-expensive 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV is the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV EQE 350+ 4dr SUV (electric DD). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $77,900.
Other versions include:
EQE 350+ 4dr SUV (electric DD) which starts at $77,900
EQE 350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) which starts at $77,900
EQE 500 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) which starts at $89,500
What are the different models of Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV?
If you're interested in the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV, the next question is, which EQE SUV model is right for you? EQE SUV variants include EQE 350+ 4dr SUV (electric DD), EQE 350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD), and EQE 500 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD). For a full list of EQE SUV models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more