2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV Review

With a starting price of $136,000, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is a high-end luxury electric vehicle that offers a spacious and luxurious interior, advanced technology features, and a powerful electric powertrain. The EQS SUV is based on the EQS Sedan, which we reviewed last year.

This all-electric SUV alternative to the EQS luxury sedan accommodates up to seven passengers with its third-row seating option. The EQS SUV boasts high-quality interior design and materials, including the new 56-inch Hyperscreen infotainment system.

It competes in the best luxury electric SUV category along with rivals such as the BMW iX, Cadillac Lyriq, and Tesla Model X. The EQS SUV is offered in two trims, the EQS 450 and EQS 580. There are currently five different electric vehicles offered by Mercedes-Benz in Canada.

Key Takeaways

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV offers a super-luxurious interior and cutting-edge technology.

It has a spacious three-row, seven-seater configuration with limited cargo space behind the third-row seat.

The EQS SUV is available with a choice of two powertrain outputs, offering a range of 459 kilometers (285 miles).

Can be fast charged from 10 – 80% in 31 minutes.

Pricing and Overview

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is positioned as a high-end luxury vehicle with a starting price of $136,000 Canadian dollars for the EQS 450 4MATIC SUV trim and $158,500 for the EQS 580 4MATIC SUV trim. It offers an array of features and options, making it one of the most luxurious electric 3-row SUVs currently available.

There are lots of optional packages that take the EQS SUV to the next level of luxury, ticking all of the options take the price close to the $200,000 CAD mark. It can be a pricey vehicle, but Mercedes-Benz sells luxury cars, which come at a hefty price, and many people are more than happy to pay it.

Interior and Technology

2023 Mercedes Benz EQS SUV Interior

The interior of the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is equipped with a Hyperscreen infotainment system, featuring three screens in one continuous curved glass and the MBUX software with Zero Layer home screen. This advanced technology provides an intuitive user experience for drivers and passengers alike. The Hyperscreen technology offers a visually stunning display that seamlessly blends into the dashboard, creating a sleek and modern aesthetic. The AI programming enhances the user experience by learning driver preferences and adapting to their needs over time.

In addition to the Hyperscreen, the EQS SUV also features digitized controls throughout the cabin, allowing for easy access to various functions and settings. The touch-capacitive steering wheel further enhances control by providing tactile feedback for intuitive operation.

Furthermore, the EQS SUV offers generous cargo space, allowing for ample storage of personal belongings and luggage. Whether it’s groceries or camping gear, there is plenty of room to accommodate various needs.

Overall, the interior and technology of the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV offer a cutting-edge experience with its Hyperscreen technology, AI programming, digitized controls, touch capacitive steering wheel, and generous cargo space. It caters to an audience that desires control over their driving experience while providing luxurious comfort and convenience.

Passenger and Cargo Space

2023 Mercedes Benz EQS SUV open trunk

The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV offers a three-row, seven-seater configuration, with spacious second-row seats providing comfort to passengers. Our review car didn’t come with third-row seats; however, reading reviews of others, it seems the third-row seating area is small and may be better suited for children or emergency usage.

Furthermore, the limited luggage capacity behind the third-row seat can pose challenges in terms of storing larger items or accommodating multiple suitcases. According to Mercedes-Benz, there are 651 liters of space behind the third-row seats.

To address these limitations, the EQS SUV provides folding seats that allow for additional cargo space when needed. With the third row folded down, generous interior space becomes available to the tune of 2,095 liters, enabling users to transport bulkier items or carry larger loads. This flexibility enhances the practicality of the vehicle and makes it suitable for various purposes, such as family trips or hauling equipment.

Performance and Charging

Both trims of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV are powered by a pair of Permanently Excited Synchronous (PSM) electric motors on the EQS 450, the combined output is 265 kW (355 horsepower) and 590 pound-feet of torque. The EQS 580’s dual PSM motors produce 385 kW (516 horsepower) and 632 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via a single-speed automatic transmission. The EQS 450 SUV does the 0 – 100 km/h sprint in 6.0 seconds, while the 580 drops that time to an impressive 4.6 seconds.

Both trims of the EQS SUV come with 107.8 kWh battery packs and offer the same 459 kilometers of range. Like gasoline cars, the driving range will be lower the harder you drive your EQS, and weather will also play a factor in the total range.

The EQS SUV offers a maximum DC fast charging speed of 200 kW, allowing for quick recharging times. The EQS SUV can be charged from 10% to 80% in 31 minutes, provided the battery and weather conditions are ideal. On a 240-volt home charger, the batteries can be charged from 10 – 100% in 12.5 hours, which is what most people would use on a daily basis.

Final Thoughts on the EQS 580 4MATIC SUV

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV offers a luxurious and spacious interior, advanced technology features, and impressive performance. The EQS SUV’s standard safety features and desirable options like adaptive air suspension make it an attractive choice for buyers looking for a high-end electric vehicle.

As Benjamin Franklin once said, ‘An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,’ and investing in the sophisticated Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV will undoubtedly provide an enriching driving experience for those seeking luxury and sustainability.




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Noman covers automotive news and reviews for Unfinished Man. His passion for cars informs his in-depth assessments of the latest models and technologies. Noman provides readers with insightful takes on today's top makes and models from his hands-on testing and research.

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