2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

Release Date: Fall 2021
Estimated Price: $110,000
  • New sedan promises to be the most luxurious of Mercedes' EV offerings
  • Designed to go head-to-head with Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan
  • Debuts Mercedes' new Hyperscreen display
  • Introduces the first EQS generation for 2022
Contact your local dealers about upcoming availability and pricing details.
  • 2022
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS Review
A true flagship luxury sedan that just happens to be an EV
What is the EQS?

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS is the first model from the all-electric Mercedes-EQ sub-brand. The EQS is equivalent to the gas-powered S-Class sedan, which has set the luxury standard for decades. That means you can expect exotic technology features and unparalleled ride comfort at a price level to match.

While the EQS will be the first long-range electric Mercedes on the market, eco-friendly Mercs won't be the sole realm of the Ossetra-and-Dom crowd. In the coming years, we'll also see the more reasonably priced EQE — which will be analogous to the GLE midsize SUV — as well as the EQA, a subcompact crossover akin to the GLA, which sits as the entry-level model in the automaker's SUV lineup.

What's under the EQS' hood?

When the EQS goes on sale this fall, it will be offered in two trim levels. The EQS 450+ is the standard rear-wheel-drive model, with its single electric motor producing 329 horsepower and 419 lb-ft of torque. If you need the extra traction — or, let's face it, you want a seriously quick EV — the EQS 580 4Matic adds a front motor to provide all-wheel drive. Output increases to a robust 516 hp and 631 lb-ft. Both models utilize a 107.8-kWh battery pack located beneath the floor.

According to the European WLTP standards, the EQS 450+ is estimated to return up to 484 miles on a full charge. The EQS 580 4Matic is expected to return between 410 and 420 miles, depending on tires and wheels. WLTP figures are usually more optimistic than EPA range estimates, so expect these numbers to fall when the EQS arrives stateside. Even so, the EQS' range should remain impressively high enough to challenge the Tesla Model S and handily beat the Porsche Taycan.

The EQS is capable of DC fast charging, and Mercedes says you can charge from 10% capacity to 80% in 31 minutes. On the more common Level 2 units — like the wall charger you'd install at home — you can expect it to take just over 11 hours to fill from 10% to full. 

How does the EQS drive?

The short answer? Like a really quiet Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which is already nearly silent.

In our time with the EQS 450+, we were duly impressed by every aspect of its on-road manners. Mercedes-Benz estimates it will accelerate to 60 mph in 5. 9 seconds and we're inclined to believe it. As in most EVs, acceleration is instant, and thanks to the standard Airmatic suspension — which replaces conventional springs with air chambers — the EQS' rear end doesn't squat or send the nose skyward when you plant your right foot to the floor. The sedan launches with a level attitude, eerie silence and an authoritative shove.

With increased power and traction, the EQS 580 4Matic is estimated to reach 60 mph in only 4.1 seconds. Those acceleration figures are slower than either the Tesla Model S or Porsche Taycan, but the EQS is in no way slow. If maximum performance is a necessity, Mercedes has not so subtly hinted that we should see a high-performance AMG model soon.

With a curb weight of 5,597 pounds, the EQS 450+ is a heavy sedan, but on some very challenging switchbacks in the Swiss Alps, it sliced through hairpin turns like a much smaller and lighter vehicle. Placing the batteries under the floor certainly helps since it lowers the center of gravity to reduce body roll. Standard all-wheel steering also contributes. At lower speeds, the rear wheels can turn up to 10 degrees in the opposite direction as the front wheels, allowing the EQS to make a U-turn in a surprisingly small space. At higher speeds, the rear wheels turn in concert with the fronts, making for more graceful lane changes.

The brake pedal is rather soft, which is appropriate for a big luxury sedan, yet it manages to instill confidence. Drivers can adjust the intensity of brake regeneration (the amount of deceleration that results from lifting off the accelerator) by tapping on the steering wheel paddles. Many EV drivers enjoy maximum regeneration for so-called one-pedal driving, which can bring the vehicle to a stop without ever touching the brakes. You can easily switch to max regen by holding the + paddle on the steering wheel for a few seconds.

How comfortable is the EQS?

The short answer? Like a really comfortable Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which is already incredibly comfortable.

The EQS' front seats are similar, if not identical, to those in the standard S-Class. That means you'd have a tough time finding thrones that are more comfortable. The cushioning is decadently plush without being too soft, and there's plenty of support and adjustments to ensure you find your optimal setting. After several non-stop hours behind the wheel, we felt no fatigue whatsoever. Yes, they're that good, and get even better with built-in massage, heating and cooling functions.

Helping matters is a buttery smooth ride quality. In most cases, bumps in the road are heard rather than felt, and even then, produce just a muffled thud. Over smooth pavement, you get the oddly pleasurable sensation of gliding over the road, yet the EQS never feels floaty or disconnected. It may very well be the most comfortable ride quality we've ever experienced.

Likewise, the cabin remains nearly silent. Wind noise is barely perceptible thanks to the EQS' improbably low drag coefficient of 0.2 (the lowest figure for any production vehicle, ever). Road noise is also silenced. Even in the midst of a torrential downpour outside, it felt like we were driving a leather-lined bank vault.

How's the EQS' interior?

The short answer? Like a really futuristic Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which is already cool and modern.

The EQS interior is dominated by a massive single glass dash panel that runs from door to door. Dubbed the Hyperscreen, it houses the instrument panel, central infotainment touchscreen and an optional third touchscreen for the front passenger. The Hyperscreen is simply gorgeous, though it can cause some very minor distractions from the shifting reflections. After a short time, it's easy to ignore them.

Up front, passengers are treated to an abundance of space, which is further exaggerated by the massive panoramic sunroof and large windows. Unfortunately, outward visibility is limited by considerably wide roof pillars. At an intersection, the front driver's side pillar was thick enough to hide two pedestrians in the crosswalk. The rear view is narrowed down to a small oval.

Despite the graceful roofline, rear seat headroom doesn't suffer. A 6-foot-tall passenger should fit with room to spare, but the sensation of space is reduced by those roof pillars. An Executive Seat option adds more adjustments, heating, cooling and massage functions. A four-seat option with a huge center console will not be offered, but we wouldn't be surprised to see that in a future Maybach variant.

How's the EQS' tech?

The short answer? Like a cutting-edge Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which is already high-tech.

We're usually not fans of having all of the controls placed in the central touchscreen, as this tends to complicate even the simplest of commands, but that's not the case with the EQS. This latest iteration of Mercedes' praiseworthy MBUX infotainment system features large virtual buttons and logical menus for easy operation. We're also no fans of capacitive touch buttons, but Mercedes managed to eliminate unintended inputs by requiring the same type of fingertip pressure as needed for a traditional button. Also included is a fingerprint scanner that can store and restore a driver's preferred seating, climate and infotainment settings.

As expected, the EQS comes with all of the typical safety features and driver assistants found in any apex luxury sedan, but we received a sneak peek at what's coming down the pike. The Mercedes Drive Pilot is a Level 3 automated driving system that can relieve the driver of almost all duties. In a demonstration at the new Mercedes test facility in Immendingen, Germany, the EQS Drive Pilot allowed the driver to have his hands off the wheel and feet off the pedals at speeds up to 37 mph. The driver does still need to remain somewhat alert, though, with eyes on the road or at least on the instruments or infotainment screen.

The system is likely to be introduced on German roads this year, and Mercedes hopes to bring it to the U.S. in a year or two. Like Cadillac's Super Cruise system, it will only be available for use on specific roads, with more added as time goes by. Also available with Drive Pilot will be an advanced automated parking system that can navigate up complicated driveways and between obstructions.

How's the EQS' storage?

Unlike the S-Class, the EQS has a large hatch instead of a traditional trunk. Cargo space is a generous 22 cubic feet, which is smaller than the Tesla Model S and larger than the Porsche Taycan. Sadly, there is no frunk (front trunk), but the main cargo area should easily suffice.

As far as interior storage goes, the EQS has plenty of places for your personal items. A large bin under the central infotainment screen hides two cupholders, a wireless charging pad and additional pockets. There's also a bin under the armrest, and large door pockets should easily handle any overflow.

EdmundsEdmunds says

The short answer? Like an S-Class but better.

Mercedes has been noticeably absent from the push for electric vehicles, but this 2022 EQS proves that the wait was worth it. With impressive performance, long-distance range, unassailable interior quality and cosseting comfort, there are few cars that can match this level of excellence, electric or otherwise.

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MARK TAKAHASHI: Mercedes-Benz is credited as building the very first car over 130 years ago. Here in 2021, however, they've been noticeably absent among the legitimate electric vehicles. That all changes with the introduction of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS, which I've just been to Germany and Switzerland to drive. Before we get into this first drive, do us a favor and hit that Like and Subscribe button below and head on over to edmunds.com/sellmycar to get a cash offer on your vehicle. The EQ name is new for Mercedes. But we'll be seeing a lot more of it in coming years. The EQS is the electric equivalent to the stately S- Class Sedan. We expect a few SUVs to follow later. Think of it as the GLA and GLE equivalents, which will be called the EQA and EQE. Makes sense, right? The EQS goes on sale this fall in the US and will be available in two versions. The EQS 450+ is the extended range model, while the EQS 580 4MATIC is the dual motor all-wheel drive version Prices have not yet been announced. But it's a safe bet that they'll be placed above the $100,000 mark. That puts it up there with the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan. The EQS 450+ has a single motor driving the rear wheels with a power output of 329 horsepower and 419 pound-feet of torque. Mercedes estimates it'll reach 60 miles an hour in 5.9 seconds and have a range of 484 miles on a full charge. That range figure is based on the European testing standard. We expect the figure to be adjusted down a bit when the EPA gets around to evaluating it. But even if it drops way down to 400 miles, that's an impressive distance that will rival the Model S long range and handily beat the Taycan. The 580 4MATIC has a second motor driving the front wheels for a combined output of 516 horsepower and 631 pound-feet. Mercedes says it'll reach 60 miles an hour in only 4.1 seconds. That's blisteringly quick but still slower than the Model S and Taycan. Range estimates for that all-wheel drive model start around 420-ish, but also based on the European model. Expect that to drop just a bit. Both have identical 108 kilowatt hour battery packs. The EQS is DC fast charge capable. Mercedes claims you can get from 10% to 80% charge as quick as 31 minutes. On more common level two units, it should take just over 11 hours to get the same charge. Those times are longer than the Taycan or Model S, but not enough to really impact your life. Now, even though this EQS isn't as fast as the Porsche or the Tesla, it's still plenty fast. And it accelerates with authority, like a good shove. It's also eerily graceful. On some of the smoother Swiss roads here, I almost have the sensation it's floating above, right until I hit a rut or a bump. But even when I hit those, you only get a dull thud. And it's heard more than felt. Now, these EQSes come standard with the AIRMATIC and adaptive suspension. And that's definitely helping. The AIRMATIC suspension replaces conventional springs with air chambers for a smoother ride, and keeps the body nice and level. The adaptive suspension allows you to choose between a softer, more comfortable ride, or stiffen them up for better handling performance. As far as braking goes, well, the brake pedal is a little soft. But it seems appropriate for a big luxury sedan like this. I would expect that the AMG version would have a slightly stiffer pedal. And when it comes to handling, it inspires confidence. It's still a big sedan, and heavy. But you don't really feel that weight because it's mostly all in the floor. And you don't want to go blasting through corners like you're in a sports car, but you have the confidence that it'll navigate some sharper terms with absolutely no problem. That's because each EQS comes standard with rear-wheel steering. When you need to make a really sharp turn at lower speeds, the rear wheels will turn in opposite direction of the front wheels by as much as 10 degrees, allowing this big sedan to maneuver much like a smaller car. Body roll is really well managed. It just feels solid on the road. You might also notice how quiet it is in here. It's really impressive how much they've dialed out road and wind noise. And there's absolutely no creaks or squeaks on the interior. Helping with sound abatement is insulated windows for sound and for heat. As with a lot of EVs, they have repurposed the shifter paddles on the steering wheel to serve a similar function for brake regeneration. If you hold the upshift paddle for a few seconds, you can access the highest regeneration level that allows you to drive without ever hardly touching the brakes. It's called one-pedal driving and many EV drivers love it enough to never want to go back. On top of that, with more regeneration, you replenish the battery more and get further on a charge. Now let's talk about seat comfort. It's a Mercedes. It's an S-Class. It's really good. There's tons of adjustments. These are the multicontour seats so you could also get a massage. Plus they're heated and ventilated, and they work really well. You always get that sense of spaciousness in an S-Class, and this EQS is no different. And it's also enhanced by this massive panoramic sunroof that really opens up the interior. Despite that tapering roofline, there is a good amount of space for adults in the back. I'm 5 foot 10, and I fit back there with room to spare. The large roof pillars in the back do make it seem a little less spacious, at least compared to the front. In the back seats, there will be an executive rear seat option. But the four seat option will not be available. So that means you will not get that massive center console that you'd see in the S-Class. And oddly enough, there's no frunk. But when you see the size of the trunk, you might realize that you don't really need a frunk. As an S-Class, also, materials quality is impeccable. Really, at this level, if you want to beat it, you're going to have to spend about a quarter million to get a Bentley. And even then, it's not that much of a difference. Right here I have this lovely huge bin. It has two cup holders and a rubberized charging pad. And you also have the usual under bin storage here. Overall, you've got plenty of spaces for your personal effects. Not a problem at all. And again, going back to the materials quality, you just enjoy running your hand over all the surfaces. They're pleasing to the touch. You have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but with the Mercedes MBUX system, you might not be using it nearly as much. It's easy to use. You have different modes of use. And of course, this Hyperscreen dash is striking. It's a big huge piece of glass with three distinct screens in it. The Hyperscreen adds a third display just for the front passenger and gives them the ability to control things like audio and navigation. Once they find a destination, all they have to do is swipe it over to the center screen. There is a very slight drawback, though. And it's the constant shifting reflections over that huge glass. It could be a little distracting at first, but you get used to it fairly quickly. Unlike a lot of other screen only systems, this one's pretty easy to use. A lot of that has to do with the size of the buttons that they put on the screen. But also, it's in a good position. I like my screens on top of the dash. But here it's fine. And also, this Head-Up display in front of me has a ton of information that really helps when I'm trying to get from point A to B in Switzerland, where I don't know any of the roads. Also standard is the Burmester sound system, which is one of my favorites in any car. In a really quiet luxury sedan like this, it really brings out all the nuances in that system-- really good punchy bass and extraordinarily clear highs. And it doesn't fall apart at louder volumes, either. Other cool technology add-ons are toll pay, which is integrated into the system so you don't have to fumble for your wallet or purse. Just like the S-Class, this has a fingerprint sensor right here so you can save all of your profiles for the infotainment and seat and navigation. So if someone else drives your car, all you have to do is tap your finger on that and it'll reset everything to your preference. Another cool feature are the available power open and close doors. So when you get in the car, you just give the handle a gentle tug and it'll open it itself the rest of the way. Once you get seated in the driver seat, to close the door, all you have to do is put your foot on the brake, and it'll close automatically. In other tech-related items, Mercedes plans to introduce the Drive Pilot level 3 autonomous system this year in Germany, and rather optimistically, in the US in the next two years. It's a truly hands-free system that takes over all driving duties up to about 37 miles an hour. It has a lot more sensors, including a LIDAR sensor up front, and more and enhanced cameras. No, you can't fall asleep or jump in the backseats while it's operating. As a driver, you still need to be present and ready to take over if conditions dictate. There's also an advanced automated parking system that goes well beyond anything we've seen before. Like a few other cars, it can parallel or perpendicular park into a tight space, and be remote parked in even tighter spots. It goes further with a memory function that can expertly navigate complicated driveways or into areas with a lot of obstructions. Imagine having that when you were a teen driver. It should be very clear that I really love the Mercedes EQS more than the Tesla Model S or Taycan. Let me count the ways. It's more comfortable than either of them, especially the Tesla. The seats are super cushy. The ride quality is glassy smooth. Sure, it doesn't have the crazy acceleration of either. But do we really need that anymore? 4.1 seconds should be plenty for anyone, especially in a huge sedan like this. This is a very promising start for the EQ for Mercedes. And I can't wait to see how it performs when we get it back here for a full evaluation. In the meantime, hit Like and Subscribe below. And don't forget to head over to edmunds.com for the latest info, specs, and news on the EQS and all of its competition. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS First Impressions

What is the EQS?

Most of Mercedes-Benz's technology innovations debut in its flagship vehicle, the S-Class sedan. The 2021 S-Class is fully redesigned from the ground up and comes in a variety of powertrains. One surprising absence from the options list is an electric variant, which would help further differentiate the S-Class from its similarly illustrious competitors. That might be because Merc is saving a battery pack for an all-electric vehicle, dubbed the 2022 Mercedes EQS.

Shown here are exterior images of the EQS prototype, which reveal a sedan that looks a bit shorter than the redesigned S-Class. There's a good reason, however. Based on Mercedes' dedicated EV platform, the EQS will likely place the batteries under the passenger compartment, nullifying the need for a long hood. Indeed, the wheel arch ends where the windshield begins, giving it the appearance of a smaller sedan. The sleek roofline recalls the CLA and CLS coupe-like sedans, so there might not be as much headroom in the rear as in a typical S-Class.

The interior shots, however, are pure production EQS. Commanding the entire dash is a new optional display that Mercedes calls the Hyperscreen. It consists of a single curved panel that spans the full width of the vehicle and measures more than 56 inches. It incorporates a digital instrument cluster, plus OLED touchscreens in the center stack and in front of the passenger.

The Hyperscreen is loaded with the newest version of the MBUX infotainment system, which can now learn and adapt to the driver's preferences. For instance, the system can learn the circumstances under which the driver activates a particular feature and then immediately recommend activation when the driver steps into the cabin. The GPS system can also log where the air suspension is used to lift the vehicle (say, over a hump or steeply angled driveway), then ask the driver if he or she wants to raise the vehicle when returning to the same spot.

A number of new features and technologies ensure that you're getting the full Mercedes experience, albeit with uniquely EV-centric enhancements. Two different calming acceleration audio profiles (Silver Waves and Vivid Flux) are available to mask the typical electric motor whirring noise. The audio is pumped out the standard Burmester sound system. You can also download the Roaring Pulse profile, which approximates a high-output gasoline engine. There are unique Energizing Comfort programs specifically engineered if you'd like to take a snooze while recharging the vehicle. Select any one of these three nature programs, and the driver's seat will recline and lull you to sleep with the sounds of a peaceful forest or gentle waves. On a more practical everyday note, you can also specify an air filtration system that uses a HEPA filter to clean the air entering the cabin — not exactly a trifling concern these days.

The new S-Class starts around six figures, and we expect the EQS to cost slightly more. Battery and motor output are unknown at this moment, but Mercedes isn't used to playing second fiddle. Expect performance equal to or exceeding that of its prime competitors, which include the Tesla Model S, the Porsche Taycan and the Lucid Air.