2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS580 4Matic Tested: More IQ Than EQ

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From the July/August 2022 difficulty of Automotive and Driver.

Maybe Mercedes ought to rename its EQ subbrand IQ, as a result of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS580 feels as if it had been developed to attraction to people with the emotional quotient of Mark Zuckerberg and the intelligence quotient of Albert Einstein.

Though its two electrical motors (one at every axle) produce a wholesome 516 horsepower, the all-wheel-drive EQS580 is an aloof machine that provides minimal engagement when pushed vigorously. All of that grunt pushed the EQS580 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and rocketed it from 30 to 50 mph in 1.5 ticks. However a 489-hp Tesla Mannequin S Lengthy Vary Plus hit these identical marks in 3.5 and 1.4 seconds, respectively. Blame the 982 kilos of additional mass the Mercedes carries for its lesser straight-line efficiency.

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HIGHS: Hyperscreen lives as much as the hype, cavernous cargo maintain, quiet cabin.

At 5806 kilos, the EQS’s near-G-class curb weight is an anchor on effectivity, which certainly explains the jelly-bean styling that favors perform over type. Although aesthetically unlucky, the ’90s-era cab-forward look is a sensible choice. It contributes to a coefficient of drag of 0.20 and helped the 580, with its 107.8-kWh battery pack, journey 350 miles on our 75-mph vary check—considered one of few EVs that beat its EPA vary. The form additionally helps restrict noise contained in the cabin to 64 decibels throughout 70-mph cruising, the identical degree recorded within the S580.

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Sadly, this battery-powered sedan lacks the cosseting rear seat of its gas-powered Benz kin. The plunging roofline limits headroom again there, a scenario exacerbated by the fastened seatback’s upright angle. The EQS’s hatchback configuration, nonetheless, gives extra cargo house than even the GLC-class SUV.

LOWS: Dimwitted brake pedal, restricted rear-seat headroom, exceptionally heavy.

The driving force and entrance passenger endure from no such compromises on house or consolation. Additionally they stare upon an enormous infotainment system that homes three separate show screens below a 56.0-inch glass panel. Dubbed the Hyperscreen, the setup well incorporates high-resolution graphics and reacts rapidly to inputs (by contact or through the automobile’s capacitive buttons), making it fairly straightforward to function, even when we want Mercedes included no less than a couple of redundant laborious buttons.

The EQS hood doesn’t open, so Mercedes put a washer-fluid door on the left entrance fender, clearly.

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Extra irksome, nonetheless, is the brake-pedal operation. Making use of stress to the unsettlingly disconnected-feeling left pedal is akin to pushing Play-Doh via a mildew. Switching the regenerative braking system to its strongest setting limits the necessity to work together with the brakes, because it permits the one-pedal driving mode, which additionally actively strikes the brake pedal because the regen perform decelerates the automobile (mimicking the pedal’s place had you really stepped on it). In addition to the strangeness of all of this, the variability of the pedal’s phantom motions makes it troublesome for the motive force to rapidly apply the brakes when further stopping energy is required. It is a surprisingly low-IQ characteristic in a automobile that in any other case must attraction to high-IQ patrons.

Specs

Specs

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS580 4Matic

Automobile Sort: front- and mid-motor, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $126,895/$141,585

Choices: nappa leather-based upholstery, $4450; Unique trim bundle (massaging and speedy heating entrance seats, 4-zone local weather management), $3475; augmented actuality head-up show, $2000; pure grain dashboard and door trim, $1515; laminated security glass, $1010; lively ambient lighting, $590; air management plus with HEPA filtration, $450; illuminated seat belt buckles, $300; heated steering wheel, $250; 110-volt residence charging twine, $250; built-in toll cost system, $200; dashcam, $200

POWERTRAIN

Entrance Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC

Mid Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC

Mixed Energy: 516 hp

Mixed Torque: 631 lb-ft

Battery Pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 107.8 kWh

Onboard Charger: 9.6 kW

Transmissions, F/R: direct-drive

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: multilink/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 15.4-in vented disc/14.9-in vented disc

Tires: Goodyear Eagle F1 Uneven 5

265/40R-21 105H MO

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 126.4 in

Size: 207.3 in

Width: 75.8 in

Top: 59.6 in

Cargo Quantity: 22 ft3

Curb Weight: 5806 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 3.7 sec

100 mph: 9.1 sec

1/4-Mile: 12.1 sec @ 114 mph

130 mph: 16.6 sec
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 3.8 sec

High Gear, 30–50 mph: 1.5 sec

High Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.1 sec

High Velocity (gov ltd): 131 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 177 ft

Braking, 100–0 mph: 366 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.88 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 84 MPGe

75-mph Freeway Vary: 350 mi

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 95/92/99 MPGe

Vary: 340 mi

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED


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