Kyle Fortune is an automotive journalist at Edmunds.
What You Need to Know
New AMG version of the EQE SUV debuts
Produces up to 677 hp
Performance-tuned suspension and brakes too
The EQE SUV lineup debuted for 2023
What is the EQE SUV?
Mercedes is rapidly expanding its lineup of all-electric models. Last year, it launched its EQE SUV, which is the midsize five-passenger SUV counterpart to the EQE sedan. That debut model came in three main trim levels: EQE 350, EQE 350 4Matic and EQE 500 4Matic. For the 2024 model year, a performance-tuned Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV joins the lineup as well.
This model isn't AMG's first entirely electric vehicle, but it is the performance division's first SUV that does without a combustion engine. It shares much with its AMG EQE sedan, including its AMG-specific dual electric motors and 90.6-kWh battery pack. The basic idea is to haul some you-know-what while you also haul your kids to school. Key competitors to the EQE SUV include the Audi Q8 e-tron, BMW iX, Cadillac Lyriq and Tesla Model X, though not all of these rivals have a comparable performance version.
How much power does the AMG EQE SUV have?
The AMG EQE SUV has a motor at each axle. This setup provides all-wheel drive and a combined output of 617 hp and 701 lb-ft of torque. Pick the AMG Dynamic Plus package and that increases to 677 hp and 738 lb-ft. Mercedes says this is enough to launch the AMG EQE SUV from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds.
That maximum output with the Dynamic Plus package is a bit disingenuous, as those maximum numbers are only possible when you've selected the specific Race Start option among the numerous drive modes. Do that and the powertrain is briefly boosted to 110% to achieve that maximum output. Switching between the other drive modes lowers the output accordingly, with Slippery accessing just 50%, Comfort 80%, Sport 90% and Sport+ 100%. Regardless, even in Comfort mode, the AMG EQE SUV feels plenty fast enough.
How does the AMG EQE SUV drive?
The AMG EQE SUV is able to do the usual electric vehicle party trick of producing eye-widening, neck-straining acceleration, and not just from standstill but also while on the move. That's entertaining for a while, and, if you desire, can be joined by sounds via the AMG Sound Experience, which uses speakers inside and out to generate an electric performance soundscape. It sounds a bit sci-fi, and not entirely convincing, to the point that you'll likely just end up switching it off.
The SUV rides higher than its EQE sedan relation, but the way it manages to disguise its bulk and height is impressive. A combination of its air suspension, rear-wheel steering and active roll stabilization helps it achieve this. All that, and the way AMG tunes the motors to allocate their power, allows the AMG EQE SUV to cover ground with impervious ease. But it does so without ever really engaging the driver behind the wheel, or indeed doing so in a manner that's unique to AMG.
So, yes, this AMG EQE SUV is fast, composed and capable. But so are many of its EV rivals. The point where AMG's tuning becomes really apparent is at a speed that's not really suitable for the road. You can fiddle endlessly with the drive modes, customize them, and change the regeneration via the paddle shifters, but more often than not defaulting to Comfort mode and making decent progress proves to be the preferred option.
How much range does the AMG EQE SUV have?
The AMG version has the same 90.6-kWh battery pack as the other EQE SUVs. Official EPA estimates were not available at the time of our review's publication, but it's fair to assume that the AMG will have a bit less range than the 500 4Matic, which checks in with 269 miles on a full charge. In Edmunds' real-world range testing, we've found that Mercedes EVs can consistently drive farther than their EPA estimates.
As for charging, the EQE has an onboard charger that works up to 9.6 kW for at-home or Level 2 public charging. As for DC fast charging, Mercedes says peak charging power is 170 kW. That's a bit underwhelming for a luxury EV, though it should be enough to charge the battery from 10% to 80% in a bit more than 30 minutes.
How comfortable is the AMG EQE SUV?
Naturally, opting for that Comfort mode does as the name suggests. It adds some give to the suspension, making this EV ride with a bit less brittleness than sportier choices without ever losing its ability in the bends or feeling anything less than very quick.
Comfort is more than just the work of the suspension, however. The firm, supportive seats offer plenty of adjustment, there's decent room in the rear seats, and the heating and ventilation system operates very well indeed. The EQE SUV is all but silent on the move, too, so long as you've deselected the augmented sound options.
How's the AMG EQE SUV's interior?
If you've sat in any recent Mercedes-Benz EQ vehicle, then the AMG EQE SUV's interior will feel familiar, though obviously AMG has put its own stamp on things. That means there's AMG badging and trim throughout, with all the screens in the interior gaining AMG-specific designs and functionality that suits its more sporting goals.
There are AMG seats, which hold you with a bit more authority than those in the regular EQE, while the steering wheel gets additional rotary controls to switch between the drive modes or adjust things like the suspension, sound and drivetrain individually. The quality of materials is good, though the proliferation of screens — especially with the optional Hyperscreen that adds a huge expanse of plastic across the entire dashboard area, with three screens behind it — lacks the class of the standard setup. That one uses just two individual screens, one for instrumentation and a central portrait-oriented one for infotainment.
It's all a lot more glitzy and gimmicky than Mercedes-Benz models of old, and AMG trim only enhances that, and not necessarily for the better.
How's the AMG EQE SUV's tech?
Besides all the driveline and chassis technology that allows the AMG EQE SUV its impressive performance and agility, there's plenty to keep you busy and distracted inside. If you do opt for the Hyperscreen, you can't escape the screens, though there's a huge amount of duplication on them. At one point during our test we could view navigation instructions from four places: a head-up display, the instrument screen, central infotainment screen, and the screen in front of the front seat passenger.
The operation of all that, whether you're looking to change the radio station, move over to a podcast or change things like the navigation, isn't always as intuitive as it could be. Mercedes-Benz's people will point to the possibility to do a lot of things via voice commands, but despite strides in the area of recognizing spoken commands, saying "Hey Mercedes" then a request doesn't always get you what you're after.
Being a Mercedes there's a host of safety equipment, active and passive. The range of assist functions to help you on your way, including keeping you in your lane and monitoring your drowsiness, for the most part work in the background rather than distracting.
How's the AMG EQE SUV's storage?
Storage isn't particularly generous. There's no frunk, and the rear luggage compartment is only 18.4 cubic feet with the rear seats in position, and a maximum of 59.2 cubic feet with them folded, so it'll carry luggage, but not as much as some rivals. It's unusual for EVs to have quoted towing weights, but Mercedes-AMG quotes a maximum 3,968 pounds towing weight with a braked trailer, with that dropping to 1,653 pounds with an unbraked trailer. Naturally, if you do choose to tow with it, you'll significantly dent the available range from that electric drivetrain.
Mercedes-AMG's first fully electric SUV demonstrates mighty potential performance thanks to some AMG revisions. But for all its competence and quickness, the AMG EQE SUV does have a feel more like a trim line than a truly distinct AMG proposition. With EVs having democratized the sort of performance that brands like AMG used to offer, trying to translate that to a new plug-in world is proving problematic — and not just for AMG. We're not certain the AMG EQE SUV offers enough over one of its non-AMG EQE SUV relations to really justify the increased expense and, ultimately, compromises.
EV batteries lose 1-2% of range per year. Est. range for this car is 200 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.
SAE ComboStandard port for most electric models. Supports Level 1, Level 2, and DC Fast charging.
EV Battery Warranty
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.
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[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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NOTE: This video is about the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV, but since the 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.
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 Edmunds experts tested the 2024 EQE SUV both on the road and at the track. 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
Is the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV reliable?
To determine whether the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the EQE SUV. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the EQE SUV's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2024 EQE SUV is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV?
The least-expensive 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV is the 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV AMG EQE 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $109,300.
Other versions include:
AMG EQE 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) which starts at $109,300
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 AMG EQE 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD). For a full list of EQE SUV models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more